Preventing Fading in the Breast Area of a Blouse?

I'm sure I'm not the only woman who has this problem. You buy a really nice blouse or shirt and a few months down the line you can clearly see the breast marks on the shirt due to being a bit busty. Is there anyone out there that has found a way for this not to happen? Or if it does happen, how do you fix it?


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February 18, 20190 found this helpful

This is wear and tear. You might want to try a minimizer bra to have less strain on the blouse material.

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February 19, 20190 found this helpful

I just had this conversation with a friend last week.

We decided 4 is clothing today is made of the worst fabric that has ever been known to women (and men I guess too). Cheap and poorly made, even when expensive.

Two....that we just have to avoid these fabrics and opt for fabrics that wear better--like silks or better quality poly/cotton blends and styling is everything...nothing with buttons down the front, scooped necks or V necks....higher rounded necks seem to wear better. Back buttons can be OK...but they are hard to navigate and no one seems to make them any more


Three...that sometimes you have to go a size up to avoid this problem, but then the sleeves are usually too long. In the winter, wearing a sweater over the shirt or a blazer you can usually tuck the sleeves up and it won't be as noticeable.

Last, there needs to be a company that specializes in custom women's clothing...tailored, that is designed to fit and out of really nicely draping fabrics. I used to sew a I am giving this last one a LOT of thought!!!

Best wishes for you to find things that fit and don't wear like this.

When you find something that wears well, but it in all the colors!!!

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February 22, 20190 found this helpful

it does seem that clothes' (and materials for that matter) quality have gone down the drain. I still have a t-shirt from 1995, which is just a little bit stretched that only now got a hole in.


Compare that to some tops I bought for work, wore once or twice, and they'll have holes in.

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February 22, 20190 found this helpful

I also have a few pieces still hanging around from 60s and 70s that are in great shape and maybe someday I will be that size again. They may also come back in style (well, some already have---plaid skirts were hot this past winter).

My friend and I were also talking in the same conversation about bathing suits and how when we were much younger, the suits would last forever and our mothers would not let us get new ones for the next season because the old ones held up so well.

Now, I won't even buy a new suit now because the material feels like I will put it on, go in the pool, and the chlorine will eat it away after one dip.


I do see a lot of vintage fabric lots on eBay. I many need to dust of one of my sewing machines and see if I can still make pretty shirts that last, like I used to!!

Clothes shopping is no longer fun anymore.

Hope you can find some solutions!

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February 21, 20190 found this helpful


I have noticed that a lot of fabrics are not nearly as strong as they used to be, many times. I also wonder if the fins on the washing machines are wearing clothes out faster. I would try to buy tops that have a little more room around the chest area.

I have noticed that this problem happens to my clothes as well, and not just in the chest area, but everywhere.



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February 22, 20190 found this helpful

So glad that it's not just me. The worst part is that I've already started wearing tops that are just a bit bigger, but it makes no difference.

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February 21, 20190 found this helpful

I have a friend who works in a pretty classy office and she likes to wear separates as she can get more wear out of several pieces to mix and match.


She solved a similar problem by purchasing the longer style knitted vests that open in the front and can be worn with almost any style dress or blouse/skirt combination. She has them in all solid colors and finds it is easier to replace those than the more expensive tops.

This is convenient also because she can remove the vest anytime she has an important meeting or lunch.
Maybe something along this line would work for you.

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