Have you ever started folding your clean laundry only to notice a t-shirt with holes near the bottom? Then one holey t-shirt turns into a few after the next load of wash. After that, you end up in my current situation; there are holes in about half of my band shirts and even in my work t-shirts I’ve only had for a month or two. (One of my Avenged Sevenfold shirts even managed to develop a hole in one of the armpit seams.)
Now, why does this happen? Sometimes it’s just the fact that shirts get old and they are giving the signal to toss them. (Which I don’t do, since I still have band shirts from middle school…don’t judge me.) But often, when the shirts are newer, it has a lot to do with the material as well as the shirt manufacturer being on the cheaper end mixed with abrasion against your pants and skirts.
Dealing with holey t-shirts during this move and facing the fact that they need to go after so many years, I discovered a few tips to try and salvage your tops for as long as possible:
1. Pay attention to how you do your laundry and adjust, if possible.
No, do not walk around with half-clean, stinky shirts just to try and salvage it; it is still just a shirt. However, I pay attention to not only which wash cycle I tend to use and how long the items are shuffling around in the washer, but I also noticed which items to avoid throwing shirts in with. I am 100% notorious for throwing every single type of clothing item in one load because everything is dark. Though that abrasion against coarser pant fabrics and metals I mentioned just may partially be a culprit for even some newer band tops to gather a couple holes. Set the cycle only to what is necessary, and sort!
2. Read that microscopic tag/print on any shirt before purchasing.
If you are like me, most of the tag information just goes right over your head. It is never something you think to look at, despite the difference it can make as far as the quality of your purchases is concerned. Pretty much, if the material names sound long and fancy, there is a better chance it will last.
Did you read the tag and still feel confusion? Go by your instincts when inspecting a shirt in-store. If it feels cheaply made between your fingertips, it is more likely to get those little tears.
3. Watch out for the cheap-o brands (unless you are willing to spend $15 on a shirt only to throw it out sooner).
Brand is another important factor to decide on investing in a more pricey item. You are almost guaranteed a ripped up shirt sooner when purchasing from fast fashion shops like Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe (as cute as their stuff may be). My example is comparing a shirt I bought from Rainbow to my favorite Kiyonna red kimono top. I may not wear the Kiyonna top very often, and it was much more expensive, but the quality of it is insane as well as the longevity of the materials. (Not to mention it is absolutely beautiful.)
4. Keep a close eye on your products in case of moths.
Moths creating holes in your clothes is way less common, but it is still something to watch out for. If you take precautions and your shirts still end up with holes, invest in moth balls or something.
Hopefully this helped you guys out a bit. Now, go invest in something quality and beautiful for yourself, and have a beautiful rest of your day!