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Can you stretch a shirt collar?

k4lnamja

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I searched and some said yes and most said
no.

Couldn't I get the shirt wet and pull? One of my nicest dress shirt collars is really tight on my neck or maybe my neck got fatter. I don't know.

Thoughts please?

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Not really.

See about shifting the button over a bit, and shanking it out when it's sewn on.
 

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there's a reason why collars are made to 1/2 inch increments
 

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You can always try one of those collar extenders. I think it gives you an extra half inch. The button may not match your shirt buttons, but with a tie no one will see it.
 

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I am currently having this same issue, so I am interested in thoughts on this, as well. Probably the collar cannot be stretched. As mentioned, moving the collar button closer to the outside edge of the collar and using a collar extender looped onto the collar button are possible solutions for existing shirts. If having shirts made is feasible for the OP, the collar measurement should be increased.
 

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Collar extenders are pretty hideous. Instead of a tiespace you have a gap.

If the collar is not too small, you can simply not button the top button, and snug up your tie. If the collar is too small, there is going to be too much tiespace no matter what you do. At that point, charity shop, polishing rag, or store it until your neck gets smaller again.
 

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Originally Posted by k4lnamja
I searched and some said yes and most said
no.

Couldn't I get the shirt wet and pull? One of my nicest dress shirt collars is really tight on my neck or maybe my neck got fatter. I don't know.

Thoughts please?

Cheers


It is hard to give you an answer that will cover every situation.
Fused collar are not that easy
but usually humidifing and stretching while pressing you can strech max 1/4 inch.
But next time it come back from the cleaner you will have then same problem.
Next shirts go for a bigger size.
Freddy Vandecasteele
 

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Originally Posted by k4lnamja
I searched and some said yes and most said
no.

Couldn't I get the shirt wet and pull? One of my nicest dress shirt collars is really tight on my neck or maybe my neck got fatter. I don't know.

Thoughts please?

Cheers


No, but you can buy those corny button extenders, with a button and a loop that will give you about
3/8". You will have a time covering it with a wide enough knot and it still will look like your collar is unbuttoned, however.
 

k4lnamja

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Originally Posted by Archivist
Not really.

See about shifting the button over a bit, and shanking it out when it's sewn on.


I thought about this but if I moved the button over wouldn't this make the top of the shirt uneven when buttoned?

Originally Posted by Archivist
Collar extenders are pretty hideous. Instead of a tiespace you have a gap.

If the collar is not too small, you can simply not button the top button, and snug up your tie. If the collar is too small, there is going to be too much tiespace no matter what you do. At that point, charity shop, polishing rag, or store it until your neck gets smaller again.


Yes, extenders do look funky. I've never thought about not buttoning the top button. I think it's a great idea but I wonder if I would have to constantly re-adjust my knot.

Originally Posted by Freddy Vandecasteele
It is hard to give you an answer that will cover every situation.
Fused collar are not that easy
but usually humidifing and stretching while pressing you can strech max 1/4 inch.
But next time it come back from the cleaner you will have then same problem.
Next shirts go for a bigger size.
Freddy Vandecasteele


I might try this. Thanks for the advice. I can button the top button and it doesn't suffocate me or anything like that. However, it creates enough pressure that it leaves red marks on my neck. Maybe I'm gaining weight?


Originally Posted by SilvioDante
Might have to pony up and buy a new shirt.

Yes, I could but I'm going to B-school next year so I'm trying to save as much as possible


Thank you everyone. I greatly appreciate the feedback.

Cheers
 

Matt S

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Originally Posted by Archivist
Collar extenders are pretty hideous. Instead of a tiespace you have a gap.

If the collar is not too small, you can simply not button the top button, and snug up your tie. If the collar is too small, there is going to be too much tiespace no matter what you do. At that point, charity shop, polishing rag, or store it until your neck gets smaller again.


Collar extenders are still better than just leaving the top open. At least the collar extender will keep the collar in place throughout the day.

I find that when I put on a tight collar in the morning, it feels loser by the end of the day. I don't know if the collar actually gets looser or I just get more used to it.
 

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