Ever wondered what causes those little holes in your shirts? 72



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As the fabrics in our stores get thinner and thinner, and we wear more and more casual clothes, there’s one big problem: little holes that appear at the waist area of shirts.

Don’t you hate paying good money for clothes only to find that after 6-10 wears they are ruined?

All of us have, at varying times been suspicious of a load of causes, but today we have the official cause!

And it turns out…it’s not insects or moths at all. The problem is your jeans or pants. Yes, folks! It is that simple. Your jeans are damaging your tops.

The small holes are caused by your tops sitting on top of the hard surfaces of your jeans, in which you bump up against tables tops and counter tops. Small threads break in the tops from the rubbing of everyday life and when the tops are washed the threads pull back. It is even worse if you use a dryer as the threads contract further.

You can do your own experiment – wear a shirt for a week untucked from your jeans then take a good look at it for small holes around the top area where it covers the button region of your jeans.

Or wear a shirt for a week, and tuck the front of the shift into your jeans – you won’t get holes.

The solutions to this problem are:

1. Wear pants with no buttons i.e. exercise pants, leggings, and similar.

2. Tuck your shirts into your buttoned pants at the front (even if you don’t tuck the sides and back).

3. When you wash your shirts, try to resist using the dryer as it adds to any damage that has been done.

Have you had problems with holes in the front of your shirts?

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  1. Yes ,my dear old dad ,used to smoke rollies.and the ash always dropped on his shirt and burnt little holes.

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    • My dear old Dad too. It was my job to turn his shirt pockets inside out and scrape out the bits of raw tobacco. Havelock and papers please.

    • My dear old Dad too. It was my job to turn his shirt pockets inside out and scrape out the bits of raw tobacco. Havelock and papers please.

    • Ah, the holes in the shirt – our Dad is still kicking along aged 91, has long ago given up but smoked Phillip Morris for decades BECAUSE they were unfiltered.
      When his shirts showed wee holes he used to (jokingly) accuse Mum of smoking while she hung the washing on the line.
      Ya gotta love those old timers…

  2. Mine only appeared after getting a stone top with my kitchen….took me a while to figure it out….my advice,dont wear Jeans/pants with metal button on the outside while standing at the kitchen sink.

  3. nope. explain ones on the back up high etc. I only wear elastic waisted pants. still happens. over simplistic I think.

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