why do running shirts have thumb holes

THUMB HOLES в FUNCTION OR FASHION? We are seeing thumb holes on long sleeve tee shirts and on jackets. So are they just a funky fashion or do they actually serve a purpose? I lost myself in an extended Google Search to see what the world has to say about the thumb hole or, thumb holster, as I found some are calling it. We found multiple sites for hikers, climbers, and cyclists praising the thumb hole/holster for keeping the sleeve from riding up during their activities. Cold weather sports enthusiasts say the thumb hole in the long sleeve tee makes it easier to layer garments over the tee without the sleeve of the tee bunching up (one person called that an armpit wedgie).


They also praise the thumb holster for preventing exposed skin at the wrist above the glove and below the sleeve of a jacket or coat. In the last several years the extra-long sleeve, as is found in the tees with the thumb hole, are in fashion; especially with the younger generation. I found one fashion article that referred to them as "hobo mitts". So I guess the answer to my original question," Function or Fashion? " would be yes both! So what about in scrubs? We would say again the answer is yes, both function and fashion.


Healthcare apparel has always followed street clothes fashion trends and believe it or not, the thumb hole may even have a practical use in the health care field. We have all worked in that hospital or office that has the A/C set on Arctic Freeze setting, so a little bit of extra coverage is a welcome thing. I was surprised to see how easily latex cloves slip on over the extended sleeve to form an additional barrier for protection. You can find an assortment of Tee Shirts and Jackets with the functional and fashionable thumb holster on our site by typing the word "thumb" in our search tool.
All of a sudden I'm noticing sweaters, hoodies, base layer shirts, et cetera with thumbholes at the end of the sleeves.


When did this start, and why? I can guess that, at least for those items that are lower layers, it gives you a way to pull on an upper layer without scrunching the sleeves. For a base layer, it could keep the sleeve under the glove, but not so much for sweaters. For me, with my proportionately gorilla like arms, it's just a large hole that lets the air in at my wrists. For those who love them, why? What are they really good for?

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