For the past year, the left elbow in my dress shirts has been giving way, separating into a split (see picture). I have been trying to figure out this mystery for a long time, and nothing fits the facts. So, I need your help!
Those of you who know me understand that I do not purchase cheap dress shirts. I am extremely meticulous when it comes to my business attire, and usually stick to the brands that give that neat, pressed, clean look. They're never cheap. Having said that, I do have one or two shirts that cost under $40, as well. However, all of these shirts, regardless of brand or price, have had the left elbow split at some point. Here's what I've ruled out:
Physiology: I am right handed. My left arm does nothing... if anything, it is my right arm that should be suffering this problem. But not so.I am honestly at my wit's end. My wife is ready to force me to buy my shirts at Marshall's because of this problem (and it's necessary expense when replacing good shirts). I have thought of everything I can. I even put my dry cleaner on the spot! Although, I didn't demand $65 million. Besides, if that were the case, it should be happening to my right and left sleeve equally, right?
Size: My sleeves are 35" long. I have plenty of give, and they do not form tight fits when my arms are bent. So I can rule that out.
Quality: As I said, my 15 dress shirts shirts cover about 7 brands of various price ranges. I have found the left elbow split on all but one (my beloved Hugo Boss shirt).
Sitting position: This would seem the most obvious culprit. However, my left arm pretty much does nothing all day as I sit here. When I rest on my desk, it's my right elbow. My right arm works the mouse all day, too. Yet, despite all of this, my right sleeve remains perfectly intact.
Snags: I have scoured my office, my home and my car for any snags that might be catching my left elbow, but have found none.
Commute: I always sit on the right side of the Metro train in the mornings (yes, I am a creature of habit. And yes, those of us who board the train in Vienna actually get seats). Coming home is standing room only, so no regular left-elbow stress there.
So here's my challenge: If you can give me scenario that makes sense to me and allows me to solve this mystery, I'll give you a $40 gift card to Chilis. That, or an arm-full of shirts with holes in the left elbow sleeve! Post your comments. I will answer any questions you may have, and will be honest when telling you if I've already thought of your idea...
Good luck, and thanks!