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COMPETITION TIME! Win A Beach Bundle Worth £18!

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Universal Textiles are offering one lucky person the chance to win a beach bundle when making a purchase via the Universal Textiles website. One winner will be randomly chosen from those who have made a purchase between 1/7/2017 and 016.

The following criteria must be met in order to enter the competition:

1. Purchases must have been made via the Universal Textiles website between 1/7/2017 and 15/7/2016.

2. One person will be randomly drawn (on 18/7/2016) from the eligible entries in the specified period with the winner notified by email/phone. If the winner cannot be contacted after reasonable efforts to do so, Universal Textiles reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random.

3. The winner agrees to the use of their name and image in any publicity material.

4. Universal textiles reserves the right to cancel or amend this competition, including its terms and conditions, at any time without notice.

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Thermal Clothing: What You Need To Know

Thermal clothing is the perfect way to keep extra warm throughout Autumn and Winter. They are also useful if you want to keep the cold out while playing winter sports or simply enjoying the outdoors. This is why you need to shop for high-quality thermal clothing. The next time you go shopping for winter thermals, keep these important tips in mind:

  • Check the materials. When it does to thermal wear, it’s all about the fabric. Low-quality thermal underwear does not wick your sweat away, leaving you feeling wet and cold. It’s a good idea to spend a little bit more money on “wicking” thermal clothes made of materials that easily spread out moisture. You want a thermal garment that moves sweat away from your skin and dries quickly. Look for thermal clothing that is made with lightweight and stretchable materials like spandex and polyester, so they easily balance moisture and temperature. Try to avoid polypropylene because it tends to retain odour and becomes stinky.
  • Fleece is fantastic and you can’t go wrong with it. It’s a tried and tested insulator, making it perfect if you spend a lot of time outdoors. It still performs even when wet, and it dries quickly because the material spreads the moisture out.
  • Layering is the key to staying warm. Invest on thermal sweaters, turtlenecks, pullovers, and vests. If you are outdoors a lot, you need an exterior layer that repels water from snow, rain, or sleet, and effectively blocks wind.
  • Protect your face, neck, head, and extremities. Did you know that 60% of your
    body heat escapes from your head? Preserve that heat by wearing a thick,
    insulating hat. A fleece neck gaiter or scarf is also recommended to cover your neck area. You also need insulated gloves and medium-weight or lightweight thermal socks.

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Our Top Picks For Men This Summer

Shopping for summer may seem simple on paper, but if you or your loved ones are struggling to beat the heat during the warmer months, being a savvy shopper can really pay off. We’ve gathered together our top menswear picks for the summer, with hints and tips about what to do to survive the season and stay sweatfree.

Whilst style is definitely important, the composition and colour of an item can play a bigger part than you might think. Lightweight polyester tops like this Just Cool Men’s Plain Performance T-Shirt, are a prime example, with the fabric incorporating a special moisture-wicking fibre to help keep sweat at bay. Avoiding black and other dark colours is another top tip, with these darker shades being scientifically proven to absorb more heat when exposed to direct sunlight.

In professional environments the standard shirt and tie are inescapable, even in summer. But those wishing to keep their cool when at work whilst also staying in their boss’s good-books should stock up on short sleeve shirts, such as this Fruit Of The Loom Poplin Shirt, blending practical heat-management with an office-friendly finish. With a light polycotton blend, it’s the perfect choice to boost personal ventilation.

Whilst sweaty feet are undoubtedly embarrassing, they can also lead to a number of genuine health complaints, including athlete’s foot. Though many choose cotton socks by default, these are often a major cause of the problem, with cotton tending to hold onto moisture rather than dispersing it. These Men’s Wool Blend Socks are a far safer option, with their wool rich build allowing feet to breathe easier and stay ventilated during warmer weather.

If you’re keen to free your feet even further, a pair of good quality sandals can go a long way to keep them cool and dry. These Surf Men’s Closed Toe Sandals offer efficient ventilation without sacrificing comfort or stability, making them the perfect choice for casual summer wear. For added accessibility, these Floso Men’s Stripe Palm Print Flip Flops are another great option, boasting a vibrant palm tree design and a pocket-friendly price-tag.

For further inspiration visit the Universal Textiles menswear section, with shorts, shoes and much more also on offer!

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Our Top Summer Baseball Cap Picks

It’s no secret that when it comes to protecting you and your loved ones from the harmful effects of the sun, a high factor suncream is always the best option. But if you suffer from sensitive skin or simply take your UV prevention seriously, a good sunhat can go a long way to keep harmful radiation at bay. Check out some of our top summer headwear picks below!

Although on first glance this Just Cool Sport Baseball Cap might look simple, internal Neoteric wicking technology and a built-in sweatband makes it the ideal way to manage moisture and perspiration during the warmer months, and with a sturdy, curved peak and a choice of thirty colours, it’s a stylish way to beat the heat this Summer.

For those who require extra ventilation, this Beechfield Trucker Style Snapback Cap is the perfect choice, boasting a full mesh back that allows air to circulate and moisture to escape from within. With a simple snapback fastener it’s easy to adjust to your own specifications, ensuring a comfort fit for both men and women of all ages.

When it comes to sunburn, it’s not just your face that’s vulnerable to harmful UV rays, and legionnaire hats are the perfect investment for those wishing to also protect their neck from the effects of the sun. With an elasticated side adjuster and a fabric drape back, this Result Unisex Legionnaire Cap is a simple but effective way to boost your protection and ward off any unexpected burns.

With the summer holidays approaching, protecting kids as they head out for fun in the sun should be a top priority for parents. With a variety of baseball caps featuring Spiderman, Minnie Mouse, Ben 10 and a whole host of other familiar faces, Universal Textiles has an extensive range of styles and designs to cater to even the most choosy of young customers, perfect for making sure they stay cool in more ways than one!

Check out our full range of baseball caps at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Wimbledon 2014: Our Top Tennis Picks

Wimbledon 2014 is well under way, and to celebrate the efforts of the talented players taking to the court to battle it out for this year’s top honours we’ve gathered together our favourite picks from our range of sportswear and athletic accessories. Whether you’re the next Andy Murray or simply starting out, we’ve got everything you need to get active this summer. Who knows, maybe it’ll be you lifting the trophy this time next year! Happy shopping!

Stable and supportive footwear is an important consideration when it comes to any sport, and tennis is certainly no exception. Boasting a specially designed shock-absorbing midsole and carefully engineered side vents, these Skechers Diamond Back Tevor Mens Shoes are the ideal choice for men who take their sport seriously, and these Skechers Ladies Flex Appeal Trainers offer similar benefits for female feet.

Sports socks are also vital for protecting hard-working feet during tiring athletic activities, helping to prevent painful blisters from popping up. These Mens Plain Sports Socks are a simple but effective choice, with a cotton rich build that also incorporates elastane for a comfy stretch fit. Ideal for both men and women, these Kariban Trainer Sport Socks are another great option, offering a thinner blend of material and a lower, more subtle cut.

Come rain or shine, you’re guaranteed to work up a sweat whilst playing tennis, and therefore lightweight clothing is an absolute must. For men, these Kariban Sports Shorts are the perfect choice, boasting an elasticated waist and special quick drying fabric. Skorts are also popular amongst female players, blending together the lightweight build of a skirt with the added modesty that shorts provide. This Rhino Performance Skort is a great example, with its stretch fabric build also allowing athletes to move freely on the court.

Of course, with all this new gear, you’re going to need something to put it in! This Sols Calcio Sports Holdall is perfect for storing everything from clothing and accessories to personal items, and even comes with a special compartment for shoes and boots. This Bagbase Sports Gymsac Bag is also great for those looking for a lighter, brighter option, coming in a selection of eight vibrant colours, each with a bargain price-tag of just £1.49.

Be sure to check out our full range of sportswear and accessories at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Our Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is fast approaching, but if you’ve yet to pick up the ideal present to show your dad you care on June 15th, don’t panic! We’ve gathered together a few ideas to suit everyone from working dads to new fathers, so check out our gift guide below (and don’t forget to pick up a card!) Happy shopping!

Balancing family and work can be a difficult task for modern men, so there’s no better time to reward today’s busy working fathers. This Quadra Portfolio Briefcase Bag is a perfect choice, boasting a detachable shoulder strap and an internal organiser that’s built to house everything from notebooks and stationary to phones and wallets, and this Premier Men’s Business Tie is great for office-proud dads, with twenty four colourful designs on offer.

Whilst socks might have a reputation as something of a cliché catch-all gift, no-one can deny that they ultimately make a practical present that everyone can make use of. These Honeycomb Top Argyle Socks are a smart choice that’s perfect for almost any occasion, but for those looking to make more of a statement this Father’s Day, these Greatest Dad Novelty Socks are a fun way to show you care, and even come in a special gift box, perfect for gift-wrapping.

If you’re buying on behalf of smaller shoppers, this pack of three children’s bibs will make a great gift for new dads. With a fun ‘I Love My Daddy’ message and a choice of boy’s baby blue and girl’s soft pink shades, they’re a fun and easy way to show some appreciation this Father’s Day, and their cotton rich build will also ensure that babies stay clean and comfortable throughout dinnertime.

Slippers are another great gift idea for Father’s Day, ensuring that your dad’s feet are kept comfy and warm throughout the year. These Men’s Suede Mule Slippers are a great lightweight choice for dads who want easy on-off access, and these Mirak Stag Men’s Classic Slippers are a perfect for those who prefer a more secure, fitted feel, with each design available in a selection of different colours.

Be sure check out our full range of menswear at Universal-textiles.com!

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How To Keep Cool And Banish Sweat From Your Workout

jogladyjogWhen it comes to working out, most of us can admit that we need all the help we can get. With our modern-day lifestyles growing ever more hectic, it can be hard to make time to hit the gym or slide into our running gear for a jog around the block, particularly when the outcome leaves you tired, sore and soggy with sweat. But are you wearing the right thing? Many of us jump at the chance to try the latest superstar diets and flock to whatever workout class is suddenly in fashion, but when it comes to effective exercise, your wardrobe choices play a bigger part than you might think.

Perhaps one of the most off-putting aspects of exercise is the sweat factor. Whether or not you buy into the old adage of ‘If you’re not sweating, you’re not doing it right’, perspiration is a natural part of the workout process, and even though it may be tough to prevent it, innovations such as Adidas’ Climacool technology can help to minimise its lasting impact.

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Made from a combination of warmth and moisture management materials, the Adidas Climacool sportswear range is designed to move heat and sweat away from the body through ventilation channels built into its three-dimensional fabric. These channels allow air to reach the skin, instead of locking it beneath a wall of dense material that acts as a perspiration prison, thus allowing moisture to evaporate and escape instead of lingering on your body.

But how did they come up with it? The first step was to use sophisticated infrared cameras to generate thermal body maps of athletes in action. These were analysed and used to identify the key spots where sweat formed during a particular exercise. From there, the Adidas team were able to design ways of ensuring that fresh air reached the problem areas.
fielFor those that want an even more comprehensive cooling experience, Adidas just last month launched an enhanced range called Climachill. The new collection features strategically-placed aluminium cooling spheres sewn into the fabric, providing an instant cooling sensation and drawing heat further from the body.

Perhaps most importantly, Adidas have been quick to acknowledge that our bodies react differently to different sports. To this end, the Adidas Climacool range covers everything from golf and running gear to rugby and football kits, ensuring that whatever you take on, you’re guaranteed protection that is designed with you in mind.

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Grab A Bargain In The B&C Clothing Sale

Here at Universal Textiles we love a good bargain, and that includes the ones we offer to our customers! This week marks the start of the B&C sale, with sizable price cuts applied to the brand’s full range. Take a look at our choice picks below! First up we have the B&C Childrens Sirocco Lightweight Jacket. Just in time for half term, this piece boasts a double-slider zip system and comes in a choice of six colours including green, yellow and royal blue. The jacket also incorporates the K-Way system, allowing it to fold into a small pouch when not needed. With this ultra-portable approach and 24% shaved off the original price-tag, it’s the perfect way to keep your little ones dry this Easter. Don’t let the April showers fool you, summer is on the Horizon. If you’re searching for a casual, lightweight garment to keep you cool throughout the warmer months, look no further than the B&C Ladies Patti Tank Top Vest. Bringing together a wide crew-neck collar and double-stitched arm-holes, this 100% cotton piece will ensure that you feel the sun on your skin whether you’re at home or abroad, and at just £4.24 you can shop guilt-free! The B&C Mens Long Sleeve Oxford Shirt is perfect for the office worker looking to stay sharp this Spring-time. Made of high quality Oxford fabric with an Easy Care finish, this piece offers a sleek, button-down collar and comes in a choice of five colours, including Blue Chip and Silver Moon. With 23% knocked off the original price, it’s a stylish purchase at an affordable price for any formal occasion. The B&C Real+ Thermo-Isolated Jacket is a must-have for those who don’t let the weather stop them from getting out and about. Available in both mens and womens sizes and in a selection of six colours, the Jacket offers protection from the elements with its waterproof and windproof build, as well as its warm quilt padding and a concealed drawstring hood. With almost a quarter of the original price slashed, it’s essential for any outdoor adventurer at £29.24. Click here to see the full range of items in the B&C sale, happy shopping!

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