At any rate, clothes seem to fall apart a lot faster than they used to. One big cause of failure is the laundry cycle. If you have a top-loading laundry machine, your clothes are being thrashed unmercifully at laundry time - even if you use the delicate cycle.
For this reason alone, I always handwash my "important" clothes. You know - ThinkGeek shirts, my last pair of jeans, that kind of thing.