Make your collars ‘STAY’
Posted on 09 May 2019
Have you ever noticed chaps on the street wearing shirts with crushed, limp collars or the corners turned up like a goblin’s ears? Me too! And I think it is absolutely inexcusable!
So what do you do to fix your collars?
You'll need to buy a little shirt accessory called a ‘Collar Stay’ - also known as collar sticks, bones, collar tabs or collar stiffeners. These are smooth, thin, strips of metal (typically brass, stainless steel or sterling silver), horn or even plastic, with rounded edges on one end and pointed tip on the other. When inserted into specially made channels on the underside of the shirt collar, they help to keep the collars in shape.
Insert the collar stays, pointed side first, with rounded edges on the outside and make sure they are completely inside the channel. You don’t want to be caught with a collar stay showing!
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!
Watch the below clip for an explanation on how to wear your collar stays, it's essential viewing because after a real gentleman never has his collar out of shape!