Q. When should a favorite shirt be retired?

— Herman, Perris

A. Even your favorite shirt must be retired sometime. Here’s how to tell if it’s time: Before you put the shirt on, button it up except for the top two buttons. Then pull it on over your head like a pullover sweater. If it takes you more than three tries to figure out which hole your head’s supposed to go through, it’s time to retire the shirt.

Q. How should a favorite shirt be retired?

— Calvin, Romoland

A. A short, dignified ceremony is all that’s required. Snip off the buttons so you can sew them onto other shirts you’ve popped the buttons off of. Each button then serves as a memorial to your old friend.

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