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Armpit tears??

nizzer

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Can anyone advise as to what aspect of a shirt's fit would cause tears in the armpits?? I am not overly active in my damn suits (courtroom attorney) but I have found that three of my shirts, two RTW and one made to fit, have developed tears in the armpits. What's a man to do?

Thanks for any advice.
 

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A) Cheap shirts

Do you wear an undershirt?
 

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I do not wear an undershirt. Yes some are not of the finest cloth. I was wondering more though if it has to do with the length of the shoulders or what.
 

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Wear an unershirt and by better shirts...
 

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The under shirt is irrelevant so do not start wearing them.

Try getting better fitting shirts.
 

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OP, when you write tears do you mean the stitching is coming undone, or is the fabric actually ripping?
 

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If it doesn't feel tight then it isn't the construction but the quality of the cloth. Fabric also have a self life and the older cloths can rip easily.
 

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It's not the stitching, the actual fabric has torn. I ask mainly b/c one of the shirts fits so well I've gotten compliments on it. That was until the damn tears!
 

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it's not unusual, for some individuals, to find tears developing in the underarms of their shirts. Typically, these tears develop because of one or a combination of the following:

* acids and chloride salts in perspiration

* metallic salts in antiperspirants

* ingredients in certain medications.

As regards shirts that currently display tears or rips, I'd suggest that you toss them.

To reduce the possibility of further deterioration in shirts that do not currently show signs of tearing or ripping, I'd suggest that you soak your shirts for 3 or 4 hours in a solution of ammonia and water (1 to 5 proportion) prior to laundering them at home or prior to dropping them off at your "professional dry cleaner".

For more information on this subject...

Blog post: Are the underarms of your shirts deteriorating?

Link: http://www.ravefabricare.com/true-quality-cleaning/2011/2/16/are-the-underarms-of-your-shirts-deteriorating.aspx
 
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perspiration is a strong chemical, it weakens the fabric faster than you think.
the shirt that fits so well receives more strain from arm movement than a looser one.
enough said?
 

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