Day 23: The Dresser and the Cost of Cheap Clothing
I’ll make this quick because the pictures made it obvious. I cleaned out the bottom four drawers of my dresser. It was full of t-shirts, which I rarely wear outside the house.
I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to put it out.
Like sweats, t-shirts don’t do me any favors. When you can give Dolly Parton a run for her money, shirts that accommodate your bust are often big in the shoulders and waist. Fitted t-shirts solve the problem, but a fitted t-shirt only calls attention to what is usually a pain in the neck (and back) in more ways than one. For a lot of reasons, primarily poor body confidence and shyness, I stick with the flowy tops that have been popular for the last few years, usually with an empire waist. Fingers crossed I can afford a reduction before they officially go out of style.
I don’t think my before was all that messy, but I knew most of it had to go. Not just because it looked bad or didn’t fit, but because many of the t-shirts had holes. Itty-bitty holes in the front, down by the hem.
This is what I really want talk about. Does this happen to you? It seems like all my t-shirts get holes slightly below the belly button. I thought it was my washer or dryer snagging them, but appliances aren’t selective about what they destroy. I don’t imagine dryers roll t-shirts around their drums like a fine wine, tasting the bouquet of cotton and only taking a bite when the finish has the unmistakable zing of thin t-shirt, China.
I thought maybe it was me, my soft belly testing the confines of its cottony prison. But no, I once mentioned it to a thin, flat-bellied friend and she admitted to having the same problem. The only conclusion we reached was that we rubbed them from standing against counters, but even as I type that it makes no sense. If the holes are from friction, they wouldn’t be holes. They’d be tears or patches of threadbare material…right? I’m stumped and I need to solve this mystery.
Last theory. Cheap t-shirts? Like, maybe the t-shirts are thin and the belly button area is a stress point? This theory reminds me of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, a book I’ve been wanting to read. I’m interested in the premise. I feel like my position on expensive clothing versus cheap clothing changes everyday. And yeah, okay, I have hopes I’ll find a chapter in the book that addresses mystery holes in t-shirts from Target.
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