As I type, I realize this post screams, ‘first world problem’. I’m struggling to even continue writing. However, this issue comes up very often in my line of work. Women are always asking me, “What causes those annoying little holes on the front of my t-shirts and how can I prevent them?"
My clients are currently stocking up on new cotton tanks and t-shirts for summer. They want to avoid the all too common outbreak of tiny holes just below the bellybutton.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, feel free to skip this post...or read on and file this info away for future reference:-)
These tiny mystery holes always seem to crop up on the lower front part of cotton t-shirts.
Right about where the button is on jeans or where a belt buckle hits the shirt.
If you Google this bothersome issue you’ll quickly discover that there are lots of theories out there about the origin of the holes. And lots of solutions.
In an effort to help you avoid this damaging situation, I'm offering my two cents.
From my own personal experience, here’s what I know for sure…
I very rarely, if ever, get these holes in my t-shirts.
I almost always tuck in the front part of my tops.
I usually wear a belt.
These little holes don't seem to discriminate. I’ve seen this problem occur with lots of variables...
Women of all shapes and sizes
Hand washed and machine laundered
Line dried and tumble dried
$78 tees and $5 tees
100% cotton and blended fabrics
Want to avoid the holes?
I suggest the following-
Rock the front tuck
Bonus: this simple fix gives your outfits a modern, youthful look.
Wear a belt
My go-to favorite is leopard print. You can see it here.
Cut off the sticky part of a Band-Aid and use it to cover the button on your jeans. While I haven’t ever tried this, I’ve had many clients tell me this method works like magic. No more holes!
Take It Back
Return the damaged top to the retailer...most stores will stand behind their merchandise. Anthropologie is great about this. Don’t hesitate because the top has been worn. All clothing should hold up under normal wear, laundering and circumstances.
Please share. Let’s save each other from future tiny holes!
UPDATE! (June 2017)
After posting this, I received the nicest email from a gal named Lauren. Turns out she owns a company called Holé. She sells button covers that eliminate the problem of tiny holes in t-shirts! She kindly offered to send me a pack to try out. They are awesome!
Holé button covers are small silicone 'jackets' for your buttons. The covers easily slip over the button on your jeans and prevent your shirt fabric from rubbing on the button.
Genius! Click here for more info on Holé Button Covers. Thanks, Lauren!
I'm heading into graduation week for my daughter. She will officially be out of high school next weekend! Lots of feelings and emotions (combined with waterproof mascara and a pretty hanky:-). Soaking it all in. Now is now.
Thanks for being here. Go have yourself an amazing week!
Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,