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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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An Extra 15% Off All Fleeces

With the temperatures dropping, you may have found yourself needing an extra layer in recent days. At Universal Textiles we are offering an extra 15% off our entire range of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Fleeces next week. From top brands such as Regatta and Result, these great Fleeces are sure to keep you warm. Here we take a look at a small selection of the range.

Firstly from UCC we have this Men’s Polar Fleece Jacket. The full zip jacket provides exceptional warmth and a reversible zip puller. Available in three colours, it is ideal for work and casual wear. The drawcord and toggles at the fleece’s hem help to maintain heat and the two zip pockets allow valuables to be stored safely.

Next from Regatta, this Men’s Thor Fleece. Renowned for the exceptional quality of their outdoor wear, a Regatta fleece is a guaranteed item of quality. This particular fleece has fleece cuffs and an adjustable shockcord hem to keep you warm. Made from high quality anti-pilling fabric, this half zip fleece is both lightweight and comfortable, making it ideally suited to outdoor pursuits.

Great to be worn alone or underneath a coat on particularly cold days, the SG Ladies Fleece Jacket is made from a tightly knitted compact pile meaning it has less bulk than a traditional outdoor fleece. The anti-pill fleece has a full zip and comes in six colours.

The Harvest Sarasosta Ladies Fleece Jacket is a garment of exceptional quality. The double face jacket is made with a wind-stopping membrane and is both wind and water resistant. With an elastic bottom hem and warm fleece lining, the jacket will keep you both dry and warm. Available in four colours, this jacket will serve you well in all weathers.

From our extensive range of Result’s innovative outdoor wear, we have this Kid’s Micron Fleece Jacket. This warm and lightweight jacket is made in a super stretch fit design, taking into account children’s growth. The easycare fabric means the jacket can be washed and dried in minutes. The anti-pill fleece has an easy open full front zip and two side pockets.

Lastly, from Jerzees, we have a great Quarter Zip Fleece Top. Ideal for school, this plain jacket has a soft and comfortable feel. Cord pulls are attached to all zips for ease of use and the cadet collar helps to keep the wearer warm. Available in six colours, this unisex fleece is perfect for keeping your kids warm this winter.

To view our full range of Fleeces, click here.

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Choosing Sweatshirts and Hoodies

hoodieEven though Summer is upon us, there are still some colder days to contend with, and the range of men’s Sweatshirts that are available can help with this.  There are some days when it is not cold enough for a coat or jacket, but it is too warm to go without that extra layer.  A sweatshirt is the obvious choice, particularly the Hoodie style that is very fashionable at the moment.  These practical items can help to keep that extra bit of cold away.

Men’s sweatshirts come in a range of styles, so finding one to suit should be fairly easy.  They are generally a blend of Polyester and Cotton – synthetic and natural fibres respectively – and this means that they are machine washable and easy to care for.  Many of them have a detachable hood section so they can be worn with or without a hood, depending upon the wearer’s preference.

The jackets have good sized pockets on each side, which are enough to hold your keys, phone, and wallet, and they come in a range of colours.  Popular options now are blue, grey, and neutral shades such as beige.  The striped hoodie sweatshirt is also a fashionable design. Others feature logos, such as that for Oxford University.  Some of the styles available have a zip running the full length of the front of the sweatshirt while others have a small zip at the neck to allow extra room for the top to be pulled on. Browse our range here.

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