I started a full-time office job in June of last year, and since then a large percentage of the shirts that I regularly wear have ripped at the elbow. I've ripped at least 6 shirts now. Here's
a picture of the most recent casualty.
There doesn't seem to be any real correlation to any parameter I can think of. I've ripped shirts that I've had for years, shirts that I had for months, and shirts that had been washed maybe once or twice. I've ripped shirts that had very baggy sleeves and shirts that had tighter sleeves. I've ripped cheap shirts, and I've ripped nice, expensive shirts.
Because of some of the responses to this question
, I tried not rolling my shirts up. I never rolled up the sleeves of the shirt above, which I've only had since Christmas and only washed two or three times. I often wore it with sweaters, and in fact it ripped while I was wearing a sweater.
I'm 6 feet tall and about 215 pounds, and I've recently tended to favor slightly slimmer-tailored shirts - not tight, but not super baggy "classic" fit shirts. That said, some of the shirts that have ripped were on the baggy side and some were on the tighter side. The lengths of the sleeves don't really seem to matter that much either: the one that ripped today was probably what I would call the perfect length. Should I buy looser shirts? Longer sleeve shirts?
If you have this problem, how do you deal with it? Are there things I can do or products I can buy to prevent this from happening?