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The Many Benefits of Modal Fabric for Kids
I was surprised when I first learned that Lucky & Me children's underwear uses modal for girls and boys underwear and other clothing. In all my years producing lingerie for famous brands like Soma, Victoria's Secret, Hanes - we never used modal – What a miss!
Fabric made with modal has some amazing properties that make it perfectly-suited for anything worn next to the skin. And for toddler and kids underwear it has lots of benefits that help blended fabrics outperform cotton alone.


Lucky & Me uses modal for boys and girls underwear. As soon as you touch one of these products made with modal, you will feel the luxurious difference silky modal yarn brings when blended with cotton. And your child may say something similar to my daughter’s reaction when she first tried on the Annika Boyshorts: “Mom, these undies are so comfy!!” She loves the super-soft feel of modal underwear, and we think your kids will love these special qualities, too.

Does Modal Shrink?

Modal is 50% more resistant to shrinkage than cotton. So blending modal with cotton keeps your kids’ undies fitting long after 100%-cotton garments would have shrunk down a size. And have you ever noticed how cotton underwear often twists after washing? The side seams get out of skew or the leg openings are not symmetrical. This is due to uneven shrinkage - modal helps our garments keep their shape.

Does modal keep kids dry?

Modal fabric is 50% more absorbent than cotton so moisture is absorbed into the yarns. And, modal has better wicking properties than cotton, so excess moisture is carried away from the skin. No more clammy cotton! Your little ones will stay dry and comfy throughout each busy day.

Is modal fabric breathable?

Because modal material is made from Beechwood pulp, its natural properties allow breathability so sweat and moisture are quickly released and not trapped next to the skin.

Will modal underwear last?

Modal is very stable so kids clothes made from cotton modal will hold up to your children’s active lifestyle. The fabric resists pilling and the fun colors and prints will remain bright longer than cotton undies.

There are so many different types of fabrics out there that it can be confusing to know what is what. From organic cotton to rayon to modal, it's hard to know the difference. That's why we're giving you the straight scoop about modal fabric so you can better understand this fabric.

What is modal fabric?

Modal fabric is a super soft fiber made from beech trees. In clothing you often see it combined with cotton and spandex. It is considered a semi-synthetic because the raw material, cellulose, is a natural material which is then turned into fiber using an environmentally-friendly chemical process. Modal is classified as a bio-based textile, which means it was made from a substance derived from living organisms.

How is modal made?

A very common question is what material is modal? Modal comes from sustainably harvested beech trees, which are a renewable cellulosic plant. It is biodegradable and eco-friendly because of its natural content. The beech wood cellulose is mashed into liquid, turned into fiber, and woven into fabric.

How do you wash modal?

Modal can be cared for with the same guidelines you use for cotton. You can wash it in any temperature, and tumble dry in accordance with the directions on the label. Avoid chlorine bleach as it can weaken the fiber. For more guidance on using the right water temperature, read our blog post Laundry Temperature - Hot, Warm, or Cold Water?

What are the benefits of modal fabric?


It’s lightweight and durable, and resistant to pilling. It also won’t get that crunchiness to it after a lot of washes like some cotton blends do. Clothing made with modal is very hand-me-downable. Fabric made with modal resists pilling and shrinking. It stands up to multiple washings without losing its shape.  


Since it’s made from trees, it is naturally breathable. This means that sweat and moisture won’t be trapped next to the skin.


It’s 50% more absorbent than cotton, so your child will stay dry and comfy throughout the day.


Modal yarns wick excess moisture away from the body.

Resistant to shrinkage

Clothing made with modal won’t shrink like 100% cotton products do.

Colors stay vibrant

Modal holds dye easily, so the colors will stay vibrant even after many washes. So your child's favorite fun colors and prints will last longer.

Super Soft

Modal is known for being super soft. That’s a big part of what makes it perfect for our products! 

Click below for all Lucky & Me products made with Modal.


shop girls cotton modal collection

 shop boys cotton modal collection


By Liz Smith. Liz has worked across the globe for many of the world's best known apparel brands, including Justice, Chico's, Victoria's Secret, and Hanes. She has worked closely with dozens of factories in more than 20 countries to ensure that production is of the highest standard. Liz has managed all aspects of garment production, from design through fabric development to sewing and merchandising - so she knows what it takes to make high-quality apparel. Liz is thrilled to share her knowledge about clothes to help discerning customers choose the finest products.