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Gloves For All The Family! Our Top Winter Picks

Harsh winter weather can be tough on your hands, so shielding them with a pair of warm gloves can ensure that dry, chapped skin is a thing of the past. With a range of top quality designs for men, women and children, Universal Textiles has everything you need to keep hands both big and small protected. Check out our top picks for winter gloves below!

Whether you’re hitting the slopes or heading out to build a snowman, these Mens Waterproof Thinsulate Ski Gloves will definitely keep the cold at bay, with a thermal barrier and fiberfill insulation helping to keep hands warm. Those looking for something a little more stylish should look no further than these FLOSO Leather Gloves, with their genuine sheepskin build and knitted cuff providing a sharp, chic look whilst offering effective warmth at the same time.

For women, these Ladies Plain Gloves With Bow make for an elegant choice, with their sleek, plain build complemented by the subtle wrist detail. With their traditional patterned design and soft, knitted build these Ladies Fairisle Winter Gloves make for another comfortable winter option, and the thermal build of these FLOSO Thinsulate Knitted Gloves are perfect for those seeking to lock heat in for longer.

Social media addicts are also well-catered for, with our range of touch screen gloves allowing people of all ages to stay connected whilst on the go this winter. With special metallic-fibre infused into their fingertips, these FLOSO Mens Touch Screen Magic Gloves are the perfect choice for any tech-savvy shopper, allowing full access to smartphones and tablets without the hassle of removing gloves. For women, these Ladies Touch Screen Gloves offer similar benefits, and even boast a special non-slip palm grip, perfect for keeping phones in place.

With their soft, high-stretch build, magic gloves are a great choice for growing kids. These Girls and Boys magic gloves come in a range of cute styles, with their patterned detail also offering added grip against slippery surfaces. These FLOSO Kids Hi Vis Thinsulate Gloves are also perfect for those looking for gloves with added thermal warmth, with their reflective Scotchlite banding helping to keep kids visible in dark and misty conditions.

To browse our full range of winter gloves and much, much more, please visit the Universal Textiles homepage!

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Our Top Picks For Warm Winter Hats!

With icy winds and dropping temperatures to contend with, tackling harsh Winter weather can be difficult, and along with hands, your head is the area of the body that feels the bite of the cold the most. It goes without saying that an appropriate hat should be a staple of everyone’s winter wardrobe, but if you’re still looking for the perfect design to keep you warm over the coming months, Universal Textiles has everything you need to keep the cold at bay without compromising on style. Check out our top picks for winter hats below!

For men, this Fairisle Pattern Bobble Hat boasts a brushed acrylic build, ensuring a super-soft feel that nicely compliments its traditional knitted look and stylish Fairisle design. Available in a choice of 2 colours, shoppers can even pick up a matching scarf for the perfect co-ordinated winter look! For those aiming to keep things simple, this Floso Winter Melange Hat offers top quality insulation courtesy of trusted thermal experts Thinsulate, and contains an internal fleece layer to lock in heat for longer.

We also stock a versatile range of hats and headbands for ladies, with a design to suit whatever style you’re searching for. With a built in water resistant and windproof membrane this Cable Knit Bobble Hat is a fashionable but practical choice, with a special Thinsulate thermal layer helping to keep the wearer warm. Those seeking something a little different should look no further than this Floso Thermal Trapper Hat, with its faux fur trim and bold purple colour ensuring that it stands out from the crowd.

Whether they’re into Teddy Bears or Monsters, Spongebob or Hello Kitty, we’re sure to stock a style that’ll keep your little ones happy and warm through Winter.  Parents seeking a practical option will no doubt love this Yoko Unisex Winter Hat, offering effective Thinsulate thermal protection in a choice of eight vibrant colours, and this Hi-Vis Beanie Hat also boasts special Scotchlite banding, perfect for making sure they’re visible on the walk home from school on dark and misty evenings.

To browse our full range of winter hats for men, women and children, please visit the Universal Textiles homepage!

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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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Preparing Your Little Ones For The Colder Weather

Whilst Summer may still technically be with us, it seems that the best of the warmer weather may well be over. When it comes to keeping kids warm through autumn and winter, it’s never too soon to start planning their cold weather wardrobe.

Infants and toddlers are small and unable to generate as much body heat as adults, making them vulnerable to the cold. Without proper insulation and warmth, they can get sick during the harsh winter. Protective and insulating clothing are crucial for babies. Apart from thermal clothes and underwear, they also need winter accessories like hats.

Around 60% of body heat escapes from our heads, making winter hats necessary for infants and toddlers. Winter hats are specially made with insulating materials that can prevent heat from escaping, thereby maintaining body heat. There are thermal beanies and wool bonnets for babies that are designed to fit snugly around the head of an infant or a toddler, yet are soft enough to be worn comfortably all day without causing irritation.  Sheepskin and cashmere are also ideal for warmth. If the baby is allergic to wool, materials like polyester fleece, cotton flannel, and winter hats that are made from thick, synthetic fibres are great alternatives.

The best winter hats for babies cover the ears. Chin straps are useful for keeping the hat in place, but is not always necessary. Check the outer fabric of the hat and make sure it is water or wind resistant. Go for a winter hat that is lined with bamboo, hemp, or cotton.

Does your baby have sensitive skin? Then some fabrics may be better than others. There are certain types of wool that may cause irritation, while fleece may cause static and may surprise your baby.

You may need a variety of different hats of various thickness for fall, winter, and spring. Lightweight hats with no or thin lining are best for fall and spring, while thicker hats are great for winter. It’s better to have back-up hats just in case you misplace or lose one.

Be sure to visit the Universal Textiles website to see our full range of baby clothing!

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Buy Thermal Underwear to Keep You Warm

Thermal underwear is a protective type of clothing that insulates your body by helping you preserve body heat. Thermal underwear is not just worn by outdoor and winter sports enthusiasts; it can also be used by those who simply want to keep extra warm during the winter, making them wardrobe must-haves. There are certain factors to consider when buying thermal underwear for winter:

• Check the thickness and weight of the underwear. Buy the right thermal underwear according to the activity or conditions that you’re going to use them for. Thicker underwear is recommended if you’re not going to be moving a lot, such as when you’re indoors or just going out for errands.
• Check the material and look for “wicking,” which means moisture spreads out and dries quickly, preventing you from getting cold. Look for materials that make the underwear easier to wash and dry, such as a combination of nylon, wool, and spandex.
• Check for odour-control properties. Avoid polypropylene, which tends to retain sweat and moisture, causing a bad smell.
• Thermal underwear must fit snugly and comfortably. Choose underwear with stretching seams so you won’t feel like it’s restricting your movement.
• Go for thermal underwear with ankle seams and neat cuffs so that they don’t ride up when worn, and a soft, neat, and comfortable neckline that can prevent moisture and stop drafts.
• Consider buying thermal underwear with long torsos to protect areas of your body where your bladder and kidney are located.

Some types of thermal underwear might be a bit pricey, but it’s better to invest on high-quality thermal underwear that is resilient and can be worn several times. Good thermal wear saves you money in the long run and ensures that you stay warm all throughout winter.

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Great Reductions Across Our Range of Scarves

As with our Hats and Gloves, our range of Winter Scarves has also been reduced by up to an extra 50% in anticipation of the cold weather. Plus next express vpn week newsletter subscribers will receive a further 15% off our entire range of Scarves and Hat, Gloves and Scarf sets. Below we look at a few of the products available in this offer.

From the premium FLOSO brand we have a great selection including the and the . Both are made with a warm fleece fabric which will keep you warm in even the coldest of conditions. Ideal for winter sports and everyday wearing, the snood can also be adjusted depending on the temperature and the preference of the wearer.

Next, from Sweater Shop, we have this fantastic . At an incredible 50% off, this British made scarf is made of a rich cotton and wool blend. Never compromising on quality, this long scarf would make a great accessory or Christmas present this winter.

As well as Scarves, our Hat, Gloves and Scarf sets are also reduced. One such set is the . The stylish leopard design with give you a striking look, whilst the thermal fleece fabric from which they are made will keep you warm.

Reductions can also be found on our Children’s Scarves and Sets, this includes the . This soft knit scarf will keep both their face and neck warm and comes in five different colours. Buy for under £5 this week.

We also have a great selection of Children’s Hat, Gloves & Scarf Sets from many of their favourite characters including this . Made from high quality warm fabrics, these sets are in designs they’ll love at prices you’ll love.

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Useful Winter Items for Spring

While many of us may be enjoying mild weather at the moment, the UK is not known for very predictable weather patterns. We have seen plenty of cold springs in the past, so it is a good idea to be prepared for the possibility that some of the coming days may feel more like winter.  Putting items away just to get them out again a few days later is inconvenient and time consuming.  This means that we do not have to abandon all of our winter garments just yet; we can certainly get a few more weeks of use out of them.

Plenty of items in our winter wardrobes will be useful in spring.  Items that are ‘thermal’ may not be needed, but plenty of lighter items, such as beanie hats and basic gloves, will be ideal for those spring days that start out with a touch of frost.  Casual scarves are useful for keeping the chill away and these are available in a basic acrylic version, rather than the heavy wool or fleece associated with winter.

There are plenty of baby winter items that should still be used at the start of spring.  These include the baby winter coats.  Young babies cannot let us know if they are very cold and it is important if venturing out to ensure that they are warm enough.  Items such as pram blankets may no longer be needed on mild days but it is as well to have them on hand just in case.

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Storing Items for Next Winter

Most of us have drawers full of bulky winter clothing. As spring approaches and the weather becomes milder, we will find ourselves using them less and less.  As this happens, we need to think about putting them away to keep them for next year.  Items need to be stored properly in order to prevent them being eaten by pests or suffering from damp conditions.  After having taken care of them all winter, it would be a shame to find that they are unusable next winter.

Woollen items such as scarves, hats, and winter gloves will all be susceptible to pests such as moths. Wrapping them in tissue paper and storing them with mothballs can be one way in which to prevent this.  Leather gloves can be wrapped in cloth too in order to help to keep them in the best condition.  Men’s and ladies thermal underwear should not just be pushed to the back of the drawer so that the summer items can sit at the front.  Opt for storage bags that can be sealed to prevent insects and moisture getting in.

In order to prevent damp, storage areas need to be kept well ventilated.  If possible, items should not be packed too tightly together.  This will allow the air to circulate.  Using silica gel in the area can also help to keep damp away from items.  For items which are to be stored in drawers, adding a sweet smelling bar of soap can help to keep the items smelling fresh throughout the year.

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Knitted Slipper Socks for Winter

Everybody likes to feel cosy and warm during the winter months and one way to help with this is to opt for knitted slipper socks.  The ‘Nordic’ style of slipper sock is particularly popular at the moment. They make ideal gifts for those who are feeling the cold and who want to keep up with the latest trends.  The design on them resembles a snowflake so it is a very ‘winter’ themed item.

Slipper socks are designed to be non-skid so those who have laminate or tiled flooring will not have a problem staying upright while wearing them. Available in a variety of colours, they are often available with a faux fur lining, giving them even better thermal qualities.  They are made from a blend of acrylic and polyester, which gives them a longer life span. Slipper socks are very easy to care for, with many styles machine washable, and proper care should see them last for more than one winter.

Slipper socks are the latest trend for those who do not like traditional slippers and this bootee style is perfect for keeping the feet warm without having to compromise.  These slipper socks are also perfect for children as it can often be difficult to persuade them to keep their slippers on.  They are also very comfortable to wear and can be the ideal remedy for those who have been on their feet all day.

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Getting Out and About in Winter

One thing we all need is fresh air.  There are times when we simply cannot stay cooped up in the house, no matter how bad the weather, but getting out and about is difficult if we cannot face the cold.  This is when it is worthwhile to have the right garments to help keep the cold out.  If we venture out into the cold without the help of thermal underwear and other winter weather items, we risk becoming extremely cold and requiring hours to warm up again properly.

There is a vast range of both men’s and ladies thermal underwear available.  This type of garment works by ‘wicking’, which means keeping the damp of perspiration away from the skin so that it does not dry on the skin and become cold.  However, it does not make the garment wet or cold.  Most of the thermal underwear available has been created from a blend of synthetic fibres that allow quick drying and therefore give the underwear a better thermal rating.

Add to this a good winter hat, scarf, and gloves and anybody is ready to venture outdoors.  Winter may not be the most appealing time of year for most people but there is still plenty to do outdoors whether walking the dog, taking the children to the park or just wandering around the shops.  A mantra for winter should be ‘think thermal’ so we can all enjoy this beautiful season.

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