Why do T-shirts get shorter and wider?
March 5, 2008 4:16 PM Subscribe
Why do T-shirts become wider and shorter over time, and not the reverse? And is there any minimal-effort way to avoid this?
posted by stuckie to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I am a fairly thin-to-athletic-topped guy who likes his shirts kind of "fitted", and an endlessly frustrated that simply by regular washing, all my favorite shirts eventually seem to do this. And its not just me - going to thrift stores I find that most t-shirts have already succumbed to this phenomenon.
WHY!?! Can one buy particular KINDS of shirts that don't do this? Do I have to cold-wash, flat-dry EVERYTHING I own to keep this from happening? Is there a way to bring (for instance, used) shirts that have already gone this way "back from the dead" without scissors and a sewing machine?