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    Wearing a consistent hole in my shirts

    I have a recurring issue with my dress shirts. I manage to consistently wear a hole in the left elbow, and only the left elbow. This has happened to four shirts in the last month alone. It doesnít seem to matter what brand (Gap, J Crew, J Crew Factory, JCP, LEC, etc.), fabric (oxford, poplin, or twill), or whether or not itís been tailored as itís happened to my tailored shirts and non-tailored shirts alike.

    Iíve taken some steps to try to avoid this by removing the arm rest on the left side of my chair at work, I have ten shirts I rotate through on a regular basis, I wear an undershirt so I donít need to wash my dress shirts every time I wear it, but the problem persists. Iíve done some research and the responses Iíve seen to the same question range from ďyour sleeves are too short / cuffs too tightĒ to ďthereís nothing you can do about itĒ.

    With that being said, does this happen to anybody else Ė consistent wear regardless of brand, material and upkeep? Iím thinking it might be a combination of fit and shirt quality as all of them are generic sizes (large) instead of specific neck and sleeve size. Iíve been thinking about getting three Brooks Brotherís OCBD at their next 30% off sale as they are arguably a higher quality shirt coupled with a better fit. At 30% off they come in at $52.50 each before shipping, which is double what I normally pay. However, if they last twice as long it would be a worthwhile investment in my book.

    Thoughts?

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    I've heard if you blow out the elbows in BB shirts and you still have the receipt, they replace the shirt.

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    How long does the hole take to appear? Are we talking 3 years or a couple of months? I have shirts that are years old that still look new even with regular wear.

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    I've looked at the LL Bean Oxford shirts because of their unconditional lifetime guarantee on everything they sell but I've never been a fan of "wrinkle free" garments for numerous reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBarwick View Post
    How long does the hole take to appear? Are we talking 3 years or a couple of months? I have shirts that are years old that still look new even with regular wear.
    I've had some shirts from Gap where it's happened in a month where I've had other shirts from Gap for years. JCP shirts last anywhere from a six months to a year and sometimes longer. I had an OCBD from LEC that lasted over two years - arguably a pretty long lifespan for a shirt. I wore that shirt pretty hard because it was one of my favorites. There's no other signs of wear on the shirts, just a lone hole in the left elbow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustang14 View Post
    I've looked at the LL Bean Oxford shirts because of their unconditional lifetime guarantee on everything they sell but I've never been a fan of "wrinkle free" garments for numerous reasons.
    The LL Bean Signature line carries that same guarantee and they have non wrinkle-free shirts (i.e. this OCBD).

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    I'd be interested to know if this happens to anyone else as well since I've never heard of this before.

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    Would this be a result of you having very rough skin on your elbows?

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    Sounds very unusual to me. I have shirts that are many years old and about the only sign of wear is a little fraying at the sleeve cuffs. I could see this happening with a shirt worn for manual work, but even then, the left elbow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sethtvaughn View Post
    Would this be a result of you having very rough skin on your elbows?
    LOL! Lizard scales.

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