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Shorts are easily one of our favourite summer staples, and during the hot weather they’re also one of the most necessary too. Whether you’re into cargo shorts, three-quarter lengths, hot pants or chinos, there’s a style for everyone here at Universal Textiles. Took a look at our top picks below!
Easily one of the most popular styles for men, cargo shorts are great for the beach and other informal summer occasions, with their medium length and crumpled effect fabric making them the perfect choice for casual wear. These 55 Soul Men’s Cargo Shorts are no exception, with their 100% cotton build and a total of six pockets making them a practical and comfortable choice. For those wanting to be a little more adventurous with their colour pallet, these Brave Soul Classic Cargo Shorts come in a choice of orange and blue hues, as well as the standard, sandy beige.
Chino shorts are another style that’s found a firm following amongst male consumers. Cut slightly shorter than their cargo counterparts, their neat design also sheds the crumpled effect for a more presentable look, making them a great choice for more formal summer occasions. These Men’s Pinstripe Lined Chino Shorts are a great example, with their detailed inner lining and turn-up hems providing a sleek, smart finish.
Chino shorts are also a fantastic choice for women, with these Brave Soul Skinny Shorts boasting a similar turn-up hem and a choice of pink, teal and navy designs. Their medium length means that you’ll feel the sun on your skin and avoid overheating, and their cotton rich build ensures a comfortable fit for the hot summer months.
Hot pants are another great option for women looking to work on their tan and beat the heat. These Women’s Bleached Hot Pants boast a fashionable fade effect and three handy pockets, and come in a choice of light blue or pink shades, with their cotton and elastane blend offering a soft, skin-friendly feel. For those looking for something a little different, these Denim Stars And Stripes USA Hot Pants are a fashion-forward choice with an eye-catching design that’ll ensure you stand out from the crowd.
Check out our full range of men’s and women’s shorts at Universal-Textiles.com!
One of the best things about the arrival of warmer weather is finally being able to shed our winter layers and hit the beach, and with a heat-wave supposedly heading our way next week, the opportunity might arrive a little sooner than you’d thought! But if your family’s swimwear selection could do with a bit of an update then take a look below at our top picks for making the most of the sunshine this season!
Whether you’re travelling to the coast for a seaside adventure or simply taking them to the local pool, kids love to take to the water at the first opportunity. With a netted interior lining and vibrant summer design, these Boys Palm Tree Swim Shorts are a stylish and practical choice for kids from the age of eight to thirteen, and these Cargo Bay Camo Print Swimming Shorts are great for younger kids also hoping to visit the beach with friends and family over the coming months.
There are plenty of options for girls too. This Fluorescent Heart Print Halterneck Swimsuit is a great choice for kids looking to stand out from the crowd, and this Patchwork Two-Piece Bikini is another colourful, beach-friendly option for the warmer months.
With their fun anchor and yacht print design, these Brave Soul Nautical Swimming Shorts are a fashionable choice for men looking to feel the sun on their skin this summer, and with an elasticated drawstring waist, a comfortable fit is guaranteed. For male shoppers seeking something a little different, these Colour Fade Swim Shorts boast a longer over-the-knee cut and come in a selection of three colours, each with a detailed Hawaiian flower pattern.
For women who take their swimwear seriously, this Aqua Sphere Womens Naiad Swimsuit is a sleek and stylish option, boasting high UV protection and quick-dry capabilities. The suit’s breathable polyamide build is constructed with elastane, ensuring a snug but comfortable fit, and built-in chlorine resistance makes it ideal for combating the cocktail of chemicals found in many swimming pools.
Accessories such as these Aqua Sphere Adults Kaiman Goggles are a great way to improve your swimming experience and investigate the world beneath the waves. The easy-adjust buckle and sturdy, elasticated straps makes the design easy to alter to your liking, and with scratch-resistant lenses that also boast 100% UVA protection, comfort and protection are both guaranteed. The Aqua Sphere Kids Moby Swim Goggles make a great leak-free companion piece, ensuring that younger eyes can also play and explore free from the effects of chlorine.
Make sure you check out our full range of swimwear at Universal-Textiles.com!
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With Summer not officially kicking off until the 21st of June, there’s still a little way to go before the weather permits us to slip on our board shorts and take to the beach, but with
sunshine said to be on the horizon, it’s never too early to stock up on a few summertime essentials. Universal Textiles has everything you need to make sure that you and your loved ones take advantage of any warm weather that comes our way.
Even though we Brits are always keen to welcome the sun back after months of dull, grey winter weather, keeping cool soon becomes our immediate priority. With that in mind, designs like this Womens Diamond Pattern Summer Dress are a great way of balancing style with practicality throughout periods of hot weather. Made with 100% cotton, the dress flows freely and leaves your arms and shoulders open to the air, helping you soak up the sun without overheating in the process.
For men looking to beat the heat this year, these Brave Soul Over The Knee Cargo Shorts are perfect for getting out and about whether you’re taking to grill for an early barbecue or simply lounging in the garden. Their 100% cotton build means that you’re guaranteed comfort and softness, and with a total of five pockets, there’s plenty of room for your phone, wallet and keys. Try pairing these with this Front Row Mens Denim Shirt for the perfect sun-ready outfit.
It goes without saying that kids should always make the most of warmer weather whenever the opportunity presents itself, and in the likely event that they’ve already outgrown last years’ sun-friendly garments, these Brave Soul Denim Shorts are perfect for kids embarking on outdoor adventures. With its cute, Hawaiian flower pattern and strappy design, this Floral Pattern Dress is another great option for girly girls looking to have fun in the sun throughout the coming months.
By now we’re sure you’re more than ready to stow away your winter wellies and trade them in for something lighter and brighter. These Mirak Mens Yachtmaster Slip-On Shoes are a great casual and colourful choice, perfect for pairing with cargo or board shorts, and these comfortable Cotswold Summer Sandals are perfect for ladies looking to relax with friends at informal warm weather get-togethers.
Be sure to check out our full range of shirts, shorts and dresses at Universal-Textiles.com!
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For most people taking a trip to the coast, a super-sized beach towel and a simple pair of board shorts are all that’s needed to relax on the shore and take a paddle in the often-icy British ocean. But for those that take their aquatic activities a little more seriously, clothing and equipment has to provide divers and surfers with the comfort and warmth they need in order to take to the water whatever the weather, all year-round.
The wetsuit as we now know it was first born in 1952 from the mind of physicist Hugh Bradner, whose job at the University of California required him to partake in several underwater dives. Having experienced first-hand the difficulty that humans had at staying warm in water for extended periods of time, Bradner soon set about looking for a solution, one which he found in the form of Neoprane.
Following experiments with the rubbery material in the basement of his family home, Bradner soon determined that Neoprane was able to trap water between the body and the material, with the liquid then being warmed by the wearer’s body heat and kept at a comfortable temperature. What was more, as the wearer swam, fresh, cold water was largely prevented from permeating the material, with the suit already being ‘full’ of the warmed liquid.
It was these two discoveries that revolutionised the way in which anyone with an interest in water-sports or diving takes to the waves today, and since the 1950s the technology has been improved and enhanced to keep swimmers warmer for longer. Today’s wetsuits are equipped with an even greater ability to lock water out, with fabric flaps and even rubber glue guns being used to seal off seams and zip-locks that would otherwise let water seep in.
What’s more, some of today’s designs blend the core Neoprane build with a variety of additional fabrics, such as Spandex and even Merino Wool, which help to enhance a suit’s ability to hold onto heat and mould closer to your body. A selection of different shapes and styles are also now widely available, with some ‘shorty’ wetsuits opting to leave lower arms and legs exposed and other designs coming with detachable limb and head sleeves to offer additional protection as required.
With wetsuits now available in such an expansive variety of different shapes, sizes and material widths, there’s a model that’s ideal for practically any temperature. So if you’ve ever wanted to take the plunge but feared a less than warm welcome, a close-fitting wetsuit might be the key to getting into you into a new and exciting hobby this summer, and staying warm in the process!
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Whether for a holiday or a family barbeque, a quality pair of Men’s Shorts are a must have for the summer. Here at Universal Textiles we have plenty to choose from, so here is just a sample of what we have to offer.
These Brave Soul Mens Cargo Shorts are great summerwear. Made from 100% cotton, they are of the high quality you would expect from Brave Soul. They come with a stylish striped belt and are available in burgundy and teal. The comfortable fit makes them perfect for casual wear, whilst they would also make a great addition to many a holiday suitcase this summer.
The Cargo Bay Shorts are another excellent pair of casual shorts. Adorned with an ever-popular camouflage design and made from 100% cotton, these comfortable and quality shorts would be great for enjoying many a summers day in.
Great for both work and casual wear, these RTY Mens Cargo Shorts have been hugely popular with our customers so far this summer. They have several deep, secure pockets to keep all your valuables in and are durable as well as being comfortable and lightweight. Available up to 5XL, these shorts would be ideal if you’re planning any DIY this summer or sadly have to be at work in the great summer weather!
For those of you planning a more active summer, the KooGa Murrayfield Shorts are just one of our great range of sports shorts available on our website. These have an elasticated drawstring waist and are incredibly lightweight. The quality of fabric means they are sure to survive several games in the park and other, more serious, sporting activities.
A timeless design, these Soulstar Denim Shorts are an incredible 50% off, so get them now before they sell out! They have a washed denim look, zip pockets and turn-up at the knee. A must have for so many during the summer months, these comfortable shorts have all the qualities needed to become a summer regular.
Lastly, for those of you who are looking forward to spending your summer by the pool, the Brave Soul Swimshorts are both perfect for swimming and casual wear. Fully lined and available in three colours, these versatile checked shorts are a holiday must have.
To view our full range of Men’s Shorts, click here.
With the school holidays beginning, many parents will be looking to purchase a few extra clothes for their kids in anticipation of a busy summer. At Universal Textiles we have clothing they’ll love at great prices. From top brands such as Tombo and Caterpillar, these durable garments will keep your kids going through the summer. Here we will look at some of the Boy’s T-Shirts and Shorts we have on offer.
Firstly, we have the SG Heavyweight T-Shirt and the Gildan Heavy Cotton T-Shirt. Both are available in a variety of colours and constructed with fine knit so as to provide superb shape retention, meaning they will survive various trips to the park and the like. At under £2 each they offer great value for money without compromising on quality.
Next we have this Humbugz Supersoft Baseball T-Shirt. Specialising in Children’s clothing, Humbugz products are finished to a high standard and made from quality materials. This particular T-Shirt is made from 100% ring-spun cotton, it offers a supersoft feel and comfortable fit. It is available in three designs and has longer sleeves to keep your children protected from the sun.
We have a wide range of T-Shirts from Caterpillar which prove ever popular with kids and parents. This Caterpillar Earth Moving T-Shirt is just one of these items. Adorned with fun print designs on the front, these are durable garments which will maintain their shape. Plus we are currently offering 23% off our range of Boy’s Caterpillar T-Shirts, making it a great time to buy.
As well as T-Shirts, we also have an excellent range of Boy’s Shorts. These Brave Soul Cargo Shorts are proving a particularly popular choice. A simple yet classic design, they are made from 100% cotton. They also have several pockets and come in a variety of colours, making them ideal for the summer.
Lastly, two pairs of shorts perfect for sports and activity. The Tombo Teamsport Shorts and the Spalding Training Shorts are both made from smooth, lightweight fabric. They have an elasticated waistband and come in several colours. The Tombo shorts also have a mesh lining and are currently at 31% off.
It’s shaping up to be another great summer of sport and now we have the weather to match! So whether you’re inspired to pick up your racquet or jump on your bike, we have the perfect products for you!
Firstly we’d like to introduce a brand new range from Tombo. As a company they pride themselves on providing ‘affordable, high quality multi-sport apparel’ such as this Tombo Teamsport Mens Performance Wicking T-Shirt. It comes in a variety of colours and is made from Aridus Dri moisture wicking fabric, which is designed to keep the wearer dry and cool. These are ideal for summer sporting activities, and with 31% off across our mens and womens Tombo Teamsport range, now is the time to buy.
Other top quality sporting garments we offer include this Fruit Of The Loom Mens Vest, made from 97% Heather Grey Cotton and 3% Polyester. Whilst for women we have a Kariban Sport T-Shirt made with quick drying lightweight fabric. Both would be great for a day at the park or more serious sporting activities!
Next, if you’re a keen cyclist or the Tour de France has made you want to give it a go, we offer these Spiro Padded Cycling Shorts. Available for men and women, they are made with soft athletic Cool-Dry performance fabric, designed to keep the skin cool and comfortable.
Lastly, we know with all this activity you’ll need an excellent pair of trainers! The Mirak Womens Trainers are a vented shoe, helping you stay cool in the summer. We also have the ever popular Dunlop Green Flash Trainers, a classic design which has been around for over 50 years.
So whatever your sporting ambitions this summer, make sure you come to Universal Textiles!
Following the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured a Shugon Krakow ABS Flyer Suitcase, this week the prize is a pair of Brave Soul Men’s Swimming Shorts.
These are great quality mens swimming shorts. Perfect for wearing when swimming and when on the beach. They provide a comfortable fit, with ties and velcro at the front of the swimming shorts to do them up. There are 2 side pockets, a back pocket and a pocket on the leg of the shorts.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go to our Facebook Page here and like the picture. (You may also have to like the page if you have not done so already) and the winner will be chosen at random next Friday. Good Luck!