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Do You Use Collar Stays?

Poll Results: Do you use collar stays in dress shirts?

 
  • 29% (28)
    Yes (metal)
  • 6% (6)
    Yes (mother of pearl / horn, etc)
  • 45% (43)
    Yes (default plastic)
  • 18% (17)
    No (take them out, let the fusing do all the work on my high end Barba's, Borrelli's, etc)
94 Total Votes  
post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 
There have been threads that address this topic, but never with a poll.
post #2 of 35
yes, every day
post #3 of 35
I use whatever stays are provided in the shirt when purchased.
post #4 of 35
With my recent upgrade of local custom made shirts, the collar is so soft that using a stay will destroy its anesthetics
post #5 of 35
Always use the regular plastic stays.
post #6 of 35
I recently upgraded to handmade bone stays from Grunwald & then got rid of all the plastic ones.

http://grunwald-true-style.com/Clothes-Care/Collar-Stiffeners-in-Bone.html
Edited by Hans - 7/31/12 at 10:01am
post #7 of 35
Those hard metal/bone stays will eventually cut through your shirt. Going stay less is one of those SF affectations that people think looks good but actually looks awful, particularly when your not wearing your jacket. Plastic stays come as stiff or as soft as you can need.
post #8 of 35
I mostly have Turnbull shirts which hold well but I use either the stays that came with or metal depending upon finding a matching pair in my morning daze.
post #9 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

Going stay less is one of those SF affectations that people think looks good but actually looks awful, particularly when your not wearing your jacket.

 

+100

 

Geneva got me those very thin, translucent plastic stays. Best of both worlds.

post #10 of 35

You can find metal collar stays fairly cheap on the internet.

post #11 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

Those hard metal/bone stays will eventually cut through your shirt.

What if I was to design some stays with a bit of cloth tape around the edges? That way there wouldn't be the problem of sharp edges. Think there'd be a market?
post #12 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post

What if I was to design some stays with a bit of cloth tape around the edges? That way there wouldn't be the problem of sharp edges. Think there'd be a market?

Maybe if they're made in Italy.
post #13 of 35

I just keep the defaults

post #14 of 35

Yes, I use brass collar stays, unless I am wearing a casual tie (linen, knit...) in which case I prefer a soft collar.

post #15 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

Those hard metal/bone stays will eventually cut through your shirt. Going stay less is one of those SF affectations that people think looks good but actually looks awful, particularly when your not wearing your jacket. Plastic stays come as stiff or as soft as you can need.

this x infinity. also, i try to keep all my says, so when i wear a shirt i have the stays it came with. im not sure if it really makes a difference. but they tend to fit the slot better.
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post

What if I was to design some stays with a bit of cloth tape around the edges? That way there wouldn't be the problem of sharp edges. Think there'd be a market?

i dont think so. the weight is also a factor, it may just prolong the inevitable tearing.
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