Would I be lying if I said that linen clothes comprise about 70% of my closet? No, not at all!

Considering linen is as equally suitable for a beach day as it is a wedding (must I mention the sheer comfort?), there's literally nothing not to love about this soft, breathable, and versatile clothing material.

We're a bit of a linen-obsessed family, and I'm totally cool with that. This led me to really amp-up our line of linen clothing at Salty Shreds, like our newly released, yin-yang linen loungers, and I couldn’t be more stoked.

When it's all said and done, a majority of other clothing materials just can't hold up to the incredible benefits of linen I love and need for my lifestyle.

The 10 Admiral Benefits of Linen Fabric:

Our family is style-oriented and always on the go, so if yours is, too, then you'll surely love linen. Here's why:

1. Linen Lets me Breathe!

It's one of the most breathable materials to exist. Made from the flax plant, flax linen fibers are hollow, and linen clothes are woven rather loosely when compared to other materials, such as cotton. This allows the air to circulate and flow freely through the fabric and against your skin for sensational breathability that everyone will enjoy.

A summer breeze has never felt so good, has it? The breathability of linen makes it perfect for beach walks in the afternoon, a mellow hike, or running around frantically checking off the boxes on your errand list!

2. It Doesn't Show my Sweat

Australia is hot, and sweat is no stranger. I'm not the only one that gets a tad self-conscious about my armpit stains, or… must I even say it… Booty sweat?!

Trust me; If you had to chase around three munchkins like mine, you'd be sweating, too.

Anyways, as another reason for my love of linen clothes, linen fabric is known as nature's wicker. Self-wicking, the hygroscopic fabric repels moisture wonderfully, yet it's also ironically absorbent, as well.

Wait, what? How can it be both?!

Linen clothes can absorb up to 20% of their weight in moisture before looking or feeling wet, meaning that you'll have to seriously sweat before the stains become visible. So not only do you feel cooler (like, your body temp is literally lower), but you can avoid that heavy, sticky, sweaty feeling synonymous with a cotton tee on a sunny day.

3. Linen is… Healthy?!

Not many of us are used to identifying a fabric as 'healthy', but linen is a huge exception. The fact that it is made from 100% natural plant fibers without chemically altering any of its properties makes linen perfect for anyone who suffers from allergies, rashes, or eczema. In fact, studies in Japan have shown that linen greatly reduces the occurrence of bedsores, and linen acts as a natural barrier to many diseases.

For the health nuts, linen also has a vibration frequency. Basically, the vibration frequency of linen, being far higher than that of humans, will give this energy back into your body. It's kind of crazy stuff, so I highly suggest checking out this article on the vibration frequency of linen and how it affects us as human beings.

4. Linen is Durable as all Heck

Summertime? Sounds like running in the grass, sliding in the sand, skateboarding, and bruising knees! Or shall I say, it sounds like chasing after my groms as they do all of that.

Either way, we're one heck of an active family, and that means we need clothes that can keep up. Linen clothes are some of the most durable on the planet, regardless of your misconception believing you to think such a light and flowy material couldn't be strong.

Linen, derived from flax fibers, is up to 30% stronger than its cotton counterparts. So strong that linen fabric was even used as currency in ancient Egypt. Oh, and linen actually gets stronger with water… Pretty radical, right?

So my clothes not only last longer, but I am looking out for the planet, as more durability equals less waste.

5. Speaking of Sustainability

The flax plant can thrive in lousy soil and harsh conditions, so it doesn't take a lot of resources for flax to grow freely.

Other textile materials, cotton being the common, require far more intensive and unsustainable growing practices. Flax requires less water, less fertilizer, and fewer chemicals to help it grow. Besides, flax is used for far more than just clothing.

Ever heard of flax oil? Who else adds flax seed powder to their smoothies?

This allows for much more versatility in use after production. It is, all around, one of the greenest materials that we can grow and wear.

6. Biodegradable

As a separate point, I freakin' love that linen is biodegradable. This hugely lowers our waste outputs, and once linen clothes have seen their years of use, you can toss em' in the compost and right back into the soil.

Imagine growing flax with this soil- ha, talk about full circle sustainability!

7. Style Points!

Linen clothes are the epitome of style. You can be a total surfer or skater, a busy professional, or just another mum at the mall. If you wear linen, you're going to look dang good doing it.

Linen has a vibe. It gives off a free-spirited aura without compromising any style, and the loose-fitted, flowy look and unique texture scream, "I care about style, and I care about comfort".

After all, back in the day, linen fabric was quite the luxury, reserved for only the wealthy. The intensive process of turning flax into linen is lengthy and complex. It involves extracting the flax fibers and storing them for months before undergoing the rigorous spinning method that results in the fabric humanity has loved for centuries.

You should feel good wearing it, and that's a fact.

8. Moths Hate It

No more annoying holes in your favorite pants. Insects, specifically moths, hate linen clothes and fabric. So yeah, you can feel pretty good about storing it away in the dark and finding it right back in its original condition when summer comes around!

9. Colorful and Fun

Linen is an extraordinary material, as its porous nature allows it to be effortlessly dyed by nearly any color imaginable.

This means more vibrant, unique, and playful colors than cotton or polyester clothing. Just look at our insanely cute beach prints and linen baby clothes. That is color coming to life, all thanks to the beauty and versatility of linen fabric.

10. Antibacterial

Linen fabrics are actually antibacterial! The fibers do not promote an environment (wet and warm) for bacterial growth. Remember, linen is cool and self-wicking!

This is exactly why linen was used in battles to wrap wounds, and if you want some numbers to back it up, linen reduced the occurrence of staphylococcus by 30-55% when tested. So your linen clothes will smell better just as they will feel better, and they won't be a breeding ground of nasty germs.

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Live rad, stay salty.

- Ash, Dev & The Salty Shreds Fam.

June 01, 2022 — Salty Shreds

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