I was once in a client’s wardrobe doing a wardrobe therapy session and the smell of mothballs was overpowering.
She had them all over her closet, hanging everywhere.
I asked her if she had a serious moth problem and she said, absolutely, let me show you!
Then she pulled knit top after knit top, t-shirt after t-shirt out of the wardrobe with little holes around the middle near the bottom of the front of the top.
Then she asked me, if it’s not moths then…
Why Do My T-Shirts Get Holes in the Bottom?
It made me laugh. I pointed out that her moths must have some sort of weird OCD as they only ever made holes at exactly the same spot on all her tops – had she noticed that? They were all around the belly button area.
She was puzzled … and then I pointed out that the holes were made by …
… the button of her jeans and not moths.
Yes that’s right. A super common issue and one that can be easily remedied by wearing a cami underneath your tee, and having that cover the button so you nice knit top doesn’t get to touch, rub, and get caught up in that button which tears tiny holes in your tops.
She was super happy to get rid of all those moth balls as they really do stink.
So there you have it – the answer to your t-shirt holes.
Moths tend to eat your clothes indiscriminately. If holes keep appearing in the same spots on your clothes then the answer to why they appear is about something rubbing and grabbing onto the fabric and tearing tiny holes. Other culprits may be things like handbag straps and seat belts!
If you love your jeans and keep getting holes, you can try the Shirt Guardian, which has been developed to stop that friction of the button, your top and the kitchen benchtop (or whatever is making them rub together). It fits over your button and helps to reduce this friction.
Get pilling just under your boob on your knits? Then here is the answer to that conundrum too (and how to solve this pesky issue).