Here's what causes those tiny holes in all your t-shirts!

trending 03/08/2018

Have you ever wondered where those pesky little holes in your t-shirts come from? It seems like you can literally wear a brand new shirt once and the next time you pull it out it's got a tiny annoying hole in it. Could it be bugs? 

Don't worry insect-phobes, turns out there's actually a much simpler explanation.

The most likely culprit for those tiny holes turns out to be your jeans or belt. 

The CEO of US clothing brand American Giant, Baynard Winthrop, says:

"That part of the shirt is a primary abrasion point. The fabric there is (rubbing) against the hardware: your belt, the tops of your jeans, all points of wear. The friction, repeated over time, has caused the fabric to deteriorate."

Ok, so what can we do to save our beloved shirts?

Bayard blames the fabric of the shirt is mostly to blame:

"The garment itself might be produced as cheaply as possible," he said. "Cutting costs where possible. Look for brands that call out what type of cotton they are using - a longer fibre length is a good sign - and how the garment is constructed."

So there you go: more expensive clothes are less likely to rip apparently.

We're not sure we're prepared to spend more though... or to stop wearing our fave jeans. At least we know where the problem is coming from though!