Where To Buy Collar Stays
Where To Buy Collar Stays
Metal collar stays, as opposed to plastic, are significantly heavier and rigid which will keep your collar flatter and straighter. Inexpensive metal collar stays are likely made from a cheaper grade metal such as tin or aluminum. Stainless steel is a higher grade metal and will cost a bit more. The ones shown above have the added benefit of adjustable sizing, so they can be worn with shorter and longer point collars.
These stays are essentially luxury metal stays. They are significantly heavier than metal stays but look much more elegant. Brass collar stays are also a great gifting option for the fashion conscious gentlemen.
A truly innovative product from Wurkin Stiffs were first introduced to us in 2005. As described, magnetic dress shirt collar stays consist of a magnetized (metal) collar stay along with a small circular magnet. The magnetized collar stay is inserted into the collar stay pocket and the magnet is placed underneath the upper chest portion of the shirt torso. The collar stay is thus magnetically affixed to the stay resulting in a super secure collar that will never fly away. Many cheaper knock-offs have emerged in the 10+ years that have passed. However, we still remain partial to Wurkin Stiffs as the quality of the magnets used within their stays is of the highest quality.
Forgetting a pair of dress shirt collar stays while on the road is a common problem that many men can attest to having encountered. A great DIY solution that is perfect should you be in a hotel is to make your own dress shirt collar stays from a hotel key card. The key card itself is made from thicker plastic that is significantly better and more rigid than those that come with an off the rack dress shirt. Honestly, we like these stays as much as a metal collar stay as the length / width can be cut precisely which will give the collar a precise and sharp appearance.
A collar stay, collar stick, collar bone (British English), collar tab (British English), collar stiffener, or collar stiff is a shirt accessory consisting of a smooth strip of rigid material, rounded at one end and pointed at the other, inserted into specially made pockets on the underside of a shirt collar to stabilize the collar's points. The stays ensure that the collar lies flat against the collarbone, looking crisp and remaining in the correct place.
Collar stays can be made from a variety of materials, including metal (such as brass, stainless steel, or sterling silver), horn, baleen, mother of pearl, or plastic. Shirts often come with plastic stays that may eventually need to be replaced if they bend; metal replacements do not have this problem.
Collar stays can be found in haberdashers, fabric- and sewing-supply stores and men's clothing stores. They are manufactured in multiple lengths to fit different collar designs, or may be designed with a means to adjust the length of the collar stay.
There are many variations to the traditional collar stay. Some metallic collar stays are sold with a magnet, which is used to hold the stiffened collar in place against the shirt. A different type of collar stay discreetly adds a button hook on one end, to help fasten tiny buttons on dress shirts; e.g. placket, cuffs or button down collars. Adhesive collar stays can be stuck to the underside of a collar to either add stiffness or attach the collar points to the shirt.
Collar stays are removed from shirts before dry cleaning or pressing, as the cleaning process can damage both the shirt and the stays; they are replaced prior to wearing. Shirts that are press ironed with the collar stays are vulnerable to damage, as this results in a telltale impression of the collar stay in the fabric of the collar. Some shirts have stays which are sewn into the collar and are not removable.
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