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Discoloured collars

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by water, Jun 20, 2004.

  1. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Oooh, you know, that might be something totally different that we're talking about here. That discoloration is something totally different than what I thought you were talking about. Where do you live? This may actually be a bleaching effect, which could be the result of bleach being used to clean your washing machine or of some minerals in your water, etc. Ultimately, I don't think it is the result of the fabric, but rather the way the fabric interacts with a foreign body in your water. I've had this type of bleaching effect occur on some of my clothes, mainly on olive colors. Do you wash your clothes in a machine at home, or in a commercial/community machine?

    By the way, is that on the inside of the color, so that you can't see it when the collar is folded down?
     
  2. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    This does appear to be the color coming out of the fabric somehow. I have seen similar effects on shirts that have been ironed dry and way too hot or just with no care. This area takes a lot of pressure during ironing and if it's not done right the fabric will get burned. Usually the area becomes shiny and you can see the collar stay channels inside, etc. By that time I toss the shirt but I can imagine it possibly getting like this after a long time. Another possibility is that someone tried to get out your ring-around-the-collar with a method that bleached out the fabric.
     
  3. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    That looks like a bleaching effect to me, without doubt. Some fabrics simply are predisposed to this, regardless of the quality. Honestly where I've had the most problem with this is in dorm washing machines, which are carelessly washed with bleach every few weeks or so (bleaching is good, carelessly doing it is bad).
     
  4. Alias

    Alias Senior member

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    Yeah, I hate it when this happens. I now have a slightly discolored spot right under one of my shirt's armpits. It won't be noticeable when I wear it, but it will still bug me.

    Edit: I'm talking about the iron thing.
     
  5. water

    water Senior member

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    I live on the east coast of Canada. I wash my clothes at home and never use bleach. This problem has never occurred with any of my "better" shirts, and only to two of my "cheaper" shirts. Also, I have shirts which I have owned for years and treated them with a much greater abandon than this one without such conditions arising.

    I do not think it is an ironing problem because, to be honest, I do not iron my collars out of fear of something like this happening. Plus, this shirt is only four or five months old.

    I also doubt it could be cologne as I do not wear cologne on my neck.

    The discolouring is right on the "bend" of the collar (and also down the placket a little). It is noticeable if someone happens to be looking at that area of the shirt. Of course, it is hard for me to comment without bias as the damn thing stands out like a red flag everytime I put on the shirt. It is literally the only thing I see. Basically unwearable.

    I have written Ricky asking if I can return it for a replacement (although I think I would prefer trying a different material). Unfortunately, it takes a little while to get a response so I am just hoping right now. For this to happen after four/five months I think it is a reasonable request.
     
  6. shoreman80

    shoreman80 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry about my misguided advice, it didn't occur to me that it was a lightening of the color, not what I interpreted as yellowing. I can't imagine what could cause that, as long as you don't outsource your laundry. And it certainly doesn't look fixable with further washing. I certainly hope Ricky has some idea, and can replace your shirt. [​IMG]
     
  7. Timothy

    Timothy Senior member

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    I have a green shirt (J Crew I think) that this has happened to in the armpits. I think it was the combination of sweat and maybe a deod. with aluminum in it for it was fine before I wore it, and then it was stained when I took it off that night. No washing involved to get it to that point, and when I did wash it it was still bleached out. I think that maybe sweat can act as a bleaching agent, at least in that situation. Though I have seen many a returned/damaged shirts from Express (at a local store that resells other stores merch.) that seemed to be worn once, or even brand new, still have the collar area bleached out like yours. Maybe it is some mysterious collar gremlins at work here, or at least a problem of poorly dyed fabrics?
     

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