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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 #16 of 35
I do. The plastic ones are good enough but not all are created equal. I tried the metal ones and didn't like them and gave them away.
post #17 of 35

Well I use brass collar stays because that's what comes with my Tyrwhitt shirts, and I'm sticking to the brand lately... I was afraid they would eventually cut through the cloth, now you have confirmed it. Guess it's time to get some plastic stays...

post #18 of 35
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

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

That was a Reev joke. Over your head? rimshot.gif
post #19 of 35
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post

That was a Reev joke. Over your head? rimshot.gif

facepalm.gif DOH!
post #20 of 35
post #21 of 35

The answer is 'it depends' - on the collar and the way the fabric, cut and context seem to dictate. I generally do wear stays (not bothered about the material), but sometimes you want to have some roll or a softer look.

post #22 of 35
Yes, plastic stays. I have brass stays, but find the plastic ones to work better.
post #23 of 35

If you iron a shirt collar correctly this will give a better result than any collar stay will ever give. Collar stays metal or plastic will not hide a poorly ironed collar and could almost say they are surplus to requirements. This applies to all brands floating collar or fused. I have posted at some stage I think, on how to iron a shirt on some thread. It is all about the inside and the outside of the curve and the correct removal of steam

post #24 of 35
the clear very flexible stays are for permanent sewn in stays.

i use basic plastic.
i find the metal ones to be too hard. and will poke through.

i have some mop stays inmy shop, but i have never used them myself.

the most interesting stays i have are from the 60's
they are cloth covered thin metal stays that are bendable.
i will try to post a photo of them
post #25 of 35

I just use the plastic ones; can't see the point of spending money on precious metals on something like this, and don't really think there's any advantage to brass over plastic in terms of appearance.

post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by Holdfast View Post

I just use the plastic ones; can't see the point of spending money on precious metals on something like this, and don't really think there's any advantage to brass over plastic in terms of appearance.
same here.
post #27 of 35
Usually MOP stays from here: http://www.handicraft-vn.com/shop/garment-product-collar-stays-c-217_176.html
For a few shirts with odd sized stays I just keep the original plastic.
post #28 of 35
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Originally Posted by Fred G. Unn View Post

Usually MOP stays from here: http://www.handicraft-vn.com/shop/garment-product-collar-stays-c-217_176.html

Nice. Have they ever torn through a collar like the metal ones supposedly do?
post #29 of 35
I stopped wearing them about a year and a half ago. My shirts are not fused, however.
post #30 of 35

I noticed in several fit posts by Mr. Spoopoker that most of his collars have a slight but perfect outward curve to their drape.  I have experimented with brass stays, preshaping a pair to a slight curve.  I am very pleased with the results ( emulating the look of Mr.S is, I find, usually a good thing).  

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