Make your collars ‘STAY’
Posted on 30 August 2013
You ever noticed chaps on the streets, wearing shirts with crushed, limp collars, the corners turned up like a goblin’s ears! Me too! And I think it is absolutely inexcusable! A man got to know how to keep his collars up. I mean literally!So what do you do to fix your collars?
You buy a tiny little shirt accessory called ‘Collar Stay’. Also known as collar sticks, bones, collar tabs, collar stiffeners, these are smooth, thin, strips of metal (brass, stainless steel, sterling silver), horn or even plastic, with rounded edges on one end and pointed on the other. When inserted into specially made channels on the underside of the shirt collar, they keep the collars in shape. The stays are to ensure that the collars stay put against the collar bone.
How to use collar stays
Buy a shirt that has a thin channel pre-stitched under the collar. You can even get one sewn by your tailor.
Choose the right collar stay. Often shirts come with plastic stays which are widely available and more popular while metal stays would last longer. Depending on your frequency of use, you can choose the material.
The stays should be removed from shirts before dry cleaning or ironing and put it back before use. If you iron them with the stays on, they might melt or bend due to heat and spoil the fabric as well. However, some dress shirts are sewn with the collar stays. In that case, you might want to be careful while ironing.
If used properly and with care, collar stays can extend the lifespan of your shirts by preventing the collar corners from fraying!
Take a look as this gentleman explains the use and benefits of Collar stays!So read, watch, and learn because you aren't a well dressed gentleman if the collars aren't in place! After all, what’s a shirt without its collars, eh?