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How to Determine What Stize Collar Stays

Updated on July 31, 2012

Who Needs Collar Stays?

Men should always use collar stays.  Woman can too with the right shirt.  Collar stays keep your collar looking good.  They're great if you want to impress your boss or your family and make them think your shirt is nicely ironed and pressed.  Collar stays just give off that nice crisp look that nobody should be without.  A flimsy collar that curls up on itself doesn't look very good, and if you've ever tried, it's tough to fix with a spray bottle and the ironing board. 

Collar stays can be pretty cheap, and come in a variety of materials.  There's no reason you need to go out and spend a lot of money to look nice.  You can pick up some cheap collar stays online, but first you need to decide on material, length, and a few other factors.  This site will tell you everything you need to know about collar stays. 

Things to Look for In Collar Stays

 For material Is metal or plastic better? Your collar stays should be made out of durable material that can support your collar.  They have collar stays made of just about everything these days.  Metal, Brass, and plastic are probably the most popular choices.  Plastic collar stays are really cheap, but one shot through the washer and they usually bend and curl, making them pretty useless.  Plastic collar stays can get the job done for really cheap if you remember to take them out before you wash your shirts though.  Metal and brass collar stays seem to last longer and work better.  I wouldn't recommend putting them in the wash, but they probably won't bend like plastic does.  Find a material that suites your taste and your budget. 

What length should I buy? The answer to that is whatever length fits your shirt.  It's probably a good idea to go and measure the little section under your collar where the collar stays will go.  A 2.5 inch collar stay is one of the most common sizes.  These collar stays will fit in almost every shirt, and fill the area for the collar stays completely.  You can get longer or shorter collar stays if you want.  If you don't know what size to get, you can pick up a mixed pack of collar stays. 

What else should I know?  You can pick up collar stays at your local clothing store, anywhere where they sell ties and collared shirts.  You can usually find a better deal on collar stays online.  You can get your collar stays engraved if you wish, which looks pretty cool and adds a nice touch of personalization, a great idea for gifts. 

Magnetic Collar Stays

 Magnetic collar stays are becoming more and more popular these days.  A magnetic collar stay is basically a metal collar stay with a little magnetic dot that lets you set up your collar any way you like.  You can position your collar at different angles and keep it in place with the little magnet provided.  Pretty cool little invention, but not necessary with a good set of collar stays. 


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