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Back To School Bargains!

With the nights already drawing in and the weather growing unpredictable, it seems that the best of the summer has been and gone. As any parent will undoubtedly tell you, this also means that children across the country will soon be returning to classroom captivity, and therefore now is the perfect time to stock up on everything they need to make it through the coming term in one piece. Check out our top picks for back to school below!

It might not be time to roll out the winter wear just yet, but with sudden rainstorms and dropping temperatures on the horizon, there’s no sense in waiting to make sure that they’ll be kept safe and warm when autumn finally descends. With a soft polyester build and a choice of five colours, this Fruit Of The Loom Fleece Jacket is great for both boys and girls looking to layer up during colder weather, and those seeking a lightweight way of keeping rain at bay should look no further than this waterproof Result Core Stormdri Jacket.

Kids socks go through a lot at the best of times, and with countless hours of wear and tear to contend with, childrens school socks have to be ready for anything. With a cotton rich build and a selection of four colours, these Childrens Plain School Socks are the perfect choice for keeping feet snug and warm, and at £1.95 for three pairs, they’re painless to replace when kids inevitably grow out of them! For girls, these White Knee High Socks are also perfect for adding a cute touch to an otherwise drab school ensemble.

A sturdy backpack goes a long way to keeping your little ones’ possessions safe and sound, and this SOLS Kids Rider School Rucksack is perfect for keeping everything from books to pencil-cases in tip top condition. With two spacious zipped compartments and padded, reinforced shoulder straps for additional comfort and support, it’s the ideal way to transport their essentials to and from the classroom.

A smart, clean school shirt is the best way to start a new school term, and made from durable cotton blend fabric, this Childrens Long Sleeved Shirt is a smart and comfortable choice for the months ahead. For those seeking a more casual design, this SG Childrens Just Cool Polo Shirt is perfect, and with built in moisture wicking technology, it’s also a great choice for P.E. lessons.

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

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Winter Footwear For All The Family!

When it comes to shopping for essential winter garments, gloves, hats and scarves are the three coldweather staples that many of us pick up without fail. Whilst warm jackets and winter coats also make regular annual appearances, the benefits of swapping your summer shoes for something a little sturdier can’t be overstated. We’ve gathered together our top picks for winter footwear below, ensuring that your family’s feet stay warm and dry through the colder months. Happy shopping!

Whether you’re out for a woodland walk or stomping through snow, there’s no reason to let unpredictable winter weather keep you locked up indoors. With a waterproof build and a cushioned inner lining, these Mens Skechers Rawling-Dorson Boots can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at you this winter, with built-in Thinsulate thermal technology and a breathable inner membrane helping to keep your feet warm whilst allowing effective ventilation.

For women, these Stormwells Lace Front Winter Boots are a durable option that offers similar benefits, combining thermal insulation with a sturdy, longer-length build that’s sure to lock in warmth for longer. With a secure, lace-up front and made with special water-resisting materials, it’s a smart choice for those looking to get out and about this winter. These Hi-Tec Ladies St. Moritz Boots are also a smart choice for those looking to take on difficult winter terrain, with a rugged rubber outsole and cushioned CMEVA midsole offering security and comfort for active feet.

Available in both boys and girls designs, these Stormwells Childrens Boots are perfect for protecting your little one’s feet through winter and beyond, with their faux fur thermal lining and special tie top ensuring that their feet are kept safe and warm whilst outside. If your child likes to get out and about whatever the weather, these Dikimar JNR Wellington Boots are another smart choice, with their solid, waterproof build and sturdy nitrile sole unit making them the ideal option for kids who love the great outdoors.

To view our full range of mens, womens and childrens boots, please visit Universal-textiles.com!

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Our Top Picks For Christmas Jumpers!

Christmas jumpers are a seasonal fashion trend that has really taken off in recent years, with a host of big-name high street retailers now putting their own festive spin on the humble knitted jumper. Whether you’re looking to entertain those in the office or shopping for a design to raise a smile around the dinner table on Christmas Day, we have a range of styles and designs to suit everyone. Check out our top picks for Christmas jumpers below!

Our Christmas Shop 3D jumpers are perfect for those looking to spread Christmas cheer over the festive period, with our Santa, Snowman, Rudolph and Elf designs all made from quality knitted acrylic, and with their special 3D detail incorporating bells, pom-poms and buttons to help bring each character to life. Available in a choice of 5 sizes and with a specially crafted unisex build, it’s a great choice for those looking to dress to impress this Christmas.

This Knitted Elf Christmas Jumper is another great choice for shoppers looking for a sweater with a humorous novelty design, with its clever knitted detail turning you into Santa’s Little Helper. Available in both mens and womens sizes, it’s perfect for the office party, and why not try pairing it with this Christmas Shop Elf Hat to complete the festive look?

For those seeking something with a more traditional feel, this Mens Knitted Reindeer Duo Christmas Jumper is the ideal choice, with its classic Fairisle pattern and reindeer design making it a simple but effective option for those looking to get into the festive spirit. For women, this Brave Soul Snowflake Christmas Jumper makes for an elegant option, with its metallic fibre detail adding an eye-catching glint, and its soft faux fur build also offering the wearer soft-touch comfort and effective warmth.

Click here to see our full range of Christmas products, with slippers, hats, socks and much more on offer! Merry Christmas from everyone at Universal Textiles!

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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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Layer Up! Fleece Jackets With Universal Textiles

With the leaves already falling and just two weeks to go until we wind the clocks back an hour, it’s fair to say that Autumn is officially here. Over the coming weeks we’ll be bringing you our latest and greatest products to help keep you warm through the colder months, and with layering up on everyone’s mind as we advance into October, now is the perfect time to showcase our range of top quality fleeces!

Made with windproof polyester and with a special non-pilling build, this Regatta Mens Intercell Fleece Top is the perfect way to keep warm when the elements are against you.  Available in a choice of six sizes and with a high zip collar to help lock in heat for longer, it’s a smart and stylish choice to help tackle dropping temperatures as we move ever closer towards winter.

For women, this Front Row Zip Neck Microfleece Top offers similar benefits, and also boasts a fitted cut for a feminine fit. For those wishing to be a little more adventurous, our range of Animal Design Fleece Jackets also make an eye-catching choice, with Husky Dog, Polar Bear, Panda and Stag designs all available, each with a full zip build and a classic high collar to help protect exposed necks from the cold.green

Any parent knows that keeping kids warm through Winter is a top priority, and with this Jerzees Kids Unisex Fleece Top it’s never been easier. With six vibrant colours on offer there’s a shade to suit even the most difficult of little customers, and with a lined inner and zip neck collar it’s ideal for keeping the cold at bay, whether they’re heading to school or out with their friends.

To see our full range of fleece jackets be sure to visit Universal-Textiles.com!

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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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Back To School Bargains!

With the nights already drawing in and the weather growing unpredictable, it seems that the best of the summer has been and gone. As any parent will undoubtedly tell you, this also means that children across the country will soon be returning to classroom captivity, and therefore now is the perfect time to stock up on everything they need to make it through the coming term in one piece. Check out our top picks for back to school below!

It might not be time to roll out the winter wear just yet, but with sudden rainstorms and dropping temperatures on the horizon, there’s no sense in waiting to make sure that they’ll be kept safe and warm when autumn finally descends. With a soft polyester build and a choice of five colours, this Fruit Of The Loom Fleece Jacket is great for both boys and girls looking to layer up during colder weather, and those seeking a lightweight way of keeping rain at bay should look no further than this waterproof Result Core Stormdri Jacket.

Kids socks go through a lot at the best of times, and with countless hours of wear and tear to contend with, childrens school socks have to be ready for anything. With a cotton rich build and a selection of four colours, these Childrens Plain School Socks are the perfect choice for keeping feet snug and warm, and at £1.95 for three pairs, they’re painless to replace when kids inevitably grow out of them! For girls, these White Knee High Socks are also perfect for adding a cute touch to an otherwise drab school ensemble.

A sturdy backpack goes a long way to keeping your little ones’ possessions safe and sound, and this SOLS Kids Rider School Rucksack is perfect for keeping everything from books to pencil-cases in tip top condition. With two spacious zipped compartments and padded, reinforced shoulder straps for additional comfort and support, it’s the ideal way to transport their essentials to and from the classroom.

A smart, clean school shirt is the best way to start a new school term, and made from durable cotton blend fabric, this Childrens Long Sleeved Shirt is a smart and comfortable choice for the months ahead. For those seeking a more casual design, this SG Childrens Just Cool Polo Shirt is perfect, and with built in moisture wicking technology, it’s also a great choice for P.E. lessons.

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

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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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