This week’s Quick Tip Tuesday will cover collar stays, specifically metal collar stays. For those of you who don’t know what a collar stay is, they are the thin pieces of plastic or metal that are inserted in special pockets under the collar to keep the collar straight.
The plastic ones that come in shirts are flimsy, and we can do a lot better. Having metal stays have many advantages over their plastic counterparts. The first is they will never curl. The plastic stays will eventually get bent or curl, which will curl the collar too. The next advantage is they are heavier, so they weigh the collar down. You will get less movement and flapping in your collar.
You can buy them in many lengths to fit different collar lengths. I have this set, which I bought on Amazon.
The last, and best thing about metal collar stays is the ability to use small neodymium magnets on the inside of your shirt, between your skin and the shirt, to place your collar exactly how you want it. Not all metal collar stays attract magnets, so if you want to try this, look in the description and reviews. If they don’t have enough iron in them, magnets won’t stick. The metal stays above work well. These are the magnets that I have that I use with my metal stays.
And here is a picture I took of myself. The point of the collar on the left has a collar stay in it. On the right, I have used a magnet to secure the collar in a more upright position. Either one is acceptable. It is just a personal preference.
Snap up some metal collar stays and some neodymium magnets, and try this look out for yourself! As always, if you have any questions or comments, fire away in the comments section! If you are viewing this from my homepage, click the “talking bubble” at the top of the article to comment.
“Sharpness is in the details.” – Antonio Centeno of Real Men Real Style