This happens to me also and is very annoying. It only happens around the bottom of my tops (under the belly button). I wear jeans a lot, and have deduced that it is caused by fabric rubbing against the jeans zip or button, and seat belt. Can't be moths as holes are only in one spot and doubt they are wise enough to only eat the same spot in all my tops. Also happens to brand new tops, so can't be the washing machine.
I can't believe it! It's happening to me, too! At first it was just one or two holes, now it seems to be multiple tiny holes and all at the navel area. It's happening to shirts that are folded and those that are hanging. It could be the seatbelt -- except I wear it below that area. Though I will see if I can find a rough spot on it and maybe put some duct tape or something on the underneath side to just rule it out. But it also seems to be happening to tops I don't wear in the car. They all are cotton tops. Some are nice quality -- Jones New York and Ann Taylor and Gap... I'm wondering if it's something like toothpaste or mouthwash on the edge of the counter top? Although I rarely lean against it to consistently notice a wet spot around that area -- except when I wash dishes... Hmmmmm.... it's a mystery!!!! A very expensive mystery at this point!!!!!!
WOW!! I am not alone!!! I am not sure it is a good thing but it makes me feel better since other people just look at me like I am crazy. And it is expensive!
It must be the combination of cheap/thin fabric of t-shirts (even though you bought them at Ann Taylor, Gap or other expensive stores) and the jeans button/zipper area. I get those tiny holes after wearing the t-shirt for just 10 minutes in the morning while drying my hair, eating breakfast and getting ready. BUT it does not start with holes, it looks like the fabric is pinched or something. Others suggested the belly hanging over the jeans, which is quite an american thing (I am german and never had this problem before I lived here for 2 years and got a little heavier around the belly area) and I believe that is true too.
How to solve it?
1) Loose the belly
2) Double layered shirts (also Target), will be destroyed at some point but need longer
3) No copper button jeans might help, though mine today has a silver button and it happens anyways
4) No jeans at all... maybe we need to change to sweat pants for the office
I know from EXPERIENCE what this is exactly. Some of you have some crazy answers but they aren''t right...its not bugs I promise you!! Its your jeans, ladies. When you sit, the pointy part of where the button is (the very pointed tip where they clasp together) rubs on the shirts. And when u sit it rubs worse than when you are standing, and yes when you lean over somethin, makes it worse, also your seatbelt makes it even worse too. Put your shirt OVER your seatbelt.
It''s not bugs. Bugs are not clever enough to tell the difference between the front and the back of your shirt, and we don''t all fold our shirts the same way, Queenbleo. In halves, in thirds, inside out, front in, back in or hanging in the closet, the problem remains.
Your washing machine is also not clever enough to only put holes in one area of one person''s shirts only. Clearly, and logically, this has to be happening while you are wearing the shirt.
The answer is granite countertops. You would think that your granite countertops are smooth, and they certainly seem smooth. However, if you look closely you''ll see that they have tiny holes and imperfections that you can''t feel with your finger. These little holes have quite sharp edges and catch the threads in your shirt right at belly height. They cut through just one or two threads, and then the holes separate and run. They become more obvious the next time you wash the shirt, which is why people think their machines are the culprits.
Answer? Apron while cooking will help. That doesn''t solve the issue of you leaning over the counter to reach something when you just want a glass of water. I''m considering filling the little holes with something...clear nailpolish is going to be my first try.
My apron did not help. I bought an apron specifically for this problem and the first time I wore the shirt, I washed it the next day and holes appeare. Not as many as previous, so I think it is a combination of poor quality material and friction
Here is the REAL REASON for this problem! Put on a pair of Jeans and that t-shirt with holes, and see if the holes are right at the pointed tip of the jeans where the jeans button up. All of my shirts with this problem have the holes right at that tip. The pointed tip of the jeans stick out, the shirt covers it, and when something rubs against it right around the belly (like counter tops, seat belts) it create small holes. I have a zip up cotton shirt with front pocket and it also has holes. The material is doubled and the holes are only on the outside of the shirt where it rubs against something. There is no sign of any holes on the inside of the shirt. See it for yourself.
I too have had this problem now for several years! I have come to the conclustion that it must be bugs, silverfish to be precise, they feed on clothes you never see them because they are nocturnal and they love cotton etc. and make arc like shapes in clothing, why only the belly button area, I dont know but it must be them??? I have just rang an exterminator out who thinks I'm mad after explaining the whole holes in belly button areas but is coming out to fumigate tomorrow! fingers crossed!!!
Well This problem has been absolutely frustrating me for ages now. Same thing tiny holes in brand new & old tops. If I wear a firm fitting shirt/top over a pair of denim jeans I can guarantee I'll have those little holes appear within several hours, but I've experimented with new tops whilst wearing tights, or pants with no denim or pants with any metal buttons & have had no holes appear. I think the copper button acid release theory could be right.
Hi, I too have thought I'm going crazy, my friends kept telling me it was my belt so I stopped wearing belts but this made no difference. It not only happend to cheaper shirts. Whilst going on holiday I wore a brand new Ralph Lauren T Shirt, jeans with buttons so no zip and no belt on the plane and when I got off 8 hours later 2 small holes had magically appeared, hence I have arrived at this site, having read all the posts I'm going to try the seat belt option as this is the only one that fits. Soooo frustrating and costly.
I don't want to freak you out here but my dad had that as he was dying of cancer. Its probably due to your body being in a serious state of autotoxemia which will require radical fasting (if you can handle it) and a complete overhaul of whatever it is you are eating and drinking.
Has to be a belt buckle. Or the button on pants. If we all have the same problem, different geographical regions, different climates, different poeple, different washers, different local bugs, for Heaven's sake--etc. Has to be a common denominator.
I have the same problem. I'm from asia, and I'm also skinny. My thin fabric shirts and tanktops get those weird holes too somewhere on the belly button area. Some of my shirts are from Zara.
What is causing this?
I've had so many shirts ruined from these small holes, always in the same place - the front of the shirts, just below my belly button area. All of the shirts were a thin, cotton fabric. It happened again today. I know that when I put this shirt on this morning it did not have holes in it. Then sometime this afternoon, I looked down and there were 4 little holes. I decided I had to research this because it is just too weird. I was amazed to see that this has happened to so many others. I have told my friends about this before and they had no idea what I was talking about. After reading everyone's theories I started to piece together the clues from my own lifestyle and have figured out that my jeans must be the culprit. First, I realized that it only happens to shirts I wear to work on casual Fridays. It has never happened to any of my nicer shirts or shirts I wear at home on the weekends. I have one main pair of jeans that I wear on casual Fridays, which is what I'm wearing today and I am noticing that the button is copper so that could support the acid theory. Also, the button does stick out and the edge is kind of sharp so that is another likely cause. Either way, I'm just relieved to have what I hope is the answer and I will be much more aware of my jeans and how the button rubs against the shirts.
I was freaking out until I found this site!!!! My holes started happening about two months ago. They happen in thin fabric shirts - both hung and folded. I thought of a seatbelt and jeans to explain it. However, they are also in shirts that I only wear to bed!!! It does not happen on my partner's clothes. I do have concrete counter tops; but I've had them for years and this just started.
It is 100% the little plastic thing on your seatbelt. I PROMISE you, I also did an experiment...put cloth medical tape over that little plastic thing. NO MORE HOLES!!
The reason not everyone gets holes this is...
*men usually tuck shirts in or wear thicker shirts than women (i find this happens with cheaper cotton shirts)
*women use the lap belt right around that area that sticks out a bit on your belly (yes, we think it makes us look "slimmer" while driving)
*some seatbelts do not have that little plastic thing
I've still not figured out what about that plastic thing causes the holes...it's not sharp...but whatever the reasons are don't matter to me. I'm "hole-free" now.
I've ruined well over $1000 worth of shirts!
It's crazy but I've had that problem for a while now and couldn't figure out what's causing the destruction of brand new shirts UNTIL these little holes appeared on the right leg of my jeans (cluster of 8 holes near crotch area and 4-5 further down the leg!!!). I am puzzled and leaning towards blaming my cat for vandalizing my clothes but don't know how to find out for sure...
Do you all have kids? This started happening to me after I had kids. Now, from carrying them, their leg rubs the shirt against the button on my jeans causing holes. I now wear a cami under shirts I really care about.
Holes in shirt above the hem or near belly button area.
This is crazy....when I googled this subject, I didnt really expect to find an answer. I'm wearing a new shirt for the first time today and just noticed the holes (I've had it happen to other shirts as well--but I love this shirt and finally got irritated enough to try to figure out what is wrong). I ruled out everything else but as I read more and more about the copper button on the jeans theory, I looked down and guess what? There's a freaking copper button on my jeans! And these are jeans I typically wear with the "holey" shirts. So for now I'm satisfied with that theory--although I think I'll replace the button on these jeans.
I do believe this is medical/physiological and not due to something "mechanical", for lack of better words. I think it IS a secretion of some sort, although the copper button could cause a similar reaction for some people. I'm going to keep looking. Here are the reasons I think it's biological:
I never had this problem until after menopause (which alters your body hormone/chemical balance powerfully.)
I have not worn jeans in over five years or any pants that zip. I wear elastic waist pants and, at home, cotton yoga pants with self-fabric ties.
I have been in the same kitchen with no change in countertops for over 25 years.
I have driven the same old car with the same seatbelts for 14 years, both before and after this started happening. My seatbelts didn't do this the first ten years and I was even wearing jeans and zippered pants then, with belts.
Bugs? Not logical.
These holes are tiny and only in the belly button area. Mine do not appear as rapidly as some have described here, but they definitely show up and t-shirts that used to last forever without any sign of damage now start having holes within a couple of months.
Until I can find out something that makes sense to me, I have started drying my belly button with a cotton swab, just as I do my ears, after a shower. I'm hoping that might at least slow it down, but if it is some sort of secretion, I'm sure that's not going to fix it. I'm thinking some sort of neutralizer will be what's needed. I'm going to keep looking.