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Collar Stays

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by effers, May 28, 2011.

  1. effers

    effers Well-Known Member

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    Did a search and couldn't find anything on the topic, although it's probably been discussed.

    Post up your favourite dress shirt collar stays and please share your experience. I've only had a chance to use the cheapo white/clear plastic collar stays and I'm not sure if there is a huge difference compared to other material stays i.e. metal

    p.s. can't believe my first post on SF is a question about collar stays.
     
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    I use metal ones from Nordstroms. Some of my dress shirts still use the plastic ones that came with the shirt as it is not a common collar stay size(too small or too wide).

    Edit: The ones WorkingOnIt posted on very similar to ones offered by Nordstroms. And cheaper.
     
  5. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    I got a cheap set of metal stays off eBay, something like £15 for 10-12 pairs. I prefer metal to plastic but no point buying anything more expensive.
     
  6. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    As I recall, Alex Kabbaz recommends plastic stays, and that's good enough for me! I've had brass stays, but worried if one got into the wash, as stays inevitably do, it might damage or discolor the shirt.
     
  7. zarathustra

    zarathustra Senior member

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    I prefer the clear aluminum stays. They really enhance the collar roll.
     
  8. effers

    effers Well-Known Member

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    Question for those with metal stays - do they help with the natural roll of your collar or does it make it unnaturally stiff? I would imagine this to be the biggest difference?
     
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    As I recall, Alex Kabbaz recommends plastic stays, and that's good enough for me! I've had brass stays, but worried if one got into the wash, as stays inevitably do, it might damage or discolor the shirt.
    +1 Kabbaz thinks it wears out collars or something like that. Also, I think any extra weight in the collar stays can make the collar droop. Then again... Kabbaz sells the magnetic collar stays on his site.
     
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    This should help....
    http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/collar-stays/ [​IMG]
     
  11. Don Carlos

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    There's a fairly uber-expensive pair of MOP collar stays on the Hanger Project web shop (or at least there was at some point; I'm too lazy to check right now). MOP seems like a decent compromise between plastic and metal: you get some of the heft of metal, but some of the flexibility of plastic and (presumably) less wear 'n tear on the collar over time.

    I've thought about taking the plunge, but IIRC, the price was somewhere just south of $60 for a single pair of stays, and I lose stays frequently enough to make that price absurd.
     
  12. Johnny_V

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    Just a note with mother of pearl collar stays - I had one break on me fairly easy
    They are not flexible at all - I had the tateossian one.
    If you're going to buy them - buy at least 2 sets - just in case one does break.
     
  13. westinghouse

    westinghouse Senior member

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    Get metal collar stays off ebay.
     
  14. Roger Everett

    Roger Everett Senior member

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    Question for those with metal stays - do they help with the natural roll of your collar or does it make it unnaturally stiff? I would imagine this to be the biggest difference?



    You can put a gentle curve in the metal stays. and when installed would give you any degree of roll you want, depending on how much bend you put in them.
     
  15. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I prefer the clear aluminum stays. They really enhance the collar roll.

    I just found dead stock vintage ones. much finer then those produced today from china
     
  16. Sanguis Mortuum

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    MOP seems like a decent compromise between plastic and metal: you get some of the heft of metal, but some of the flexibility of plastic and (presumably) less wear 'n tear on the collar over time..

    Is there really more flexibility in MOP than metal? I always thought of it as quite a brittle material, if you tried to bend it wouldn't it just snap in two?
     
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    I lose them all the time, re-buy, and end up finding the lost ones. IVe done this at least 4 times. So I have a valet tray full of brass and plastic from thomas pink, (my favorite plastic ones) BB, dillards, nordstroms, etc. Also the ones that came in my shirts. I dont think i could use just metal or just plastic.
     
  18. Don Carlos

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    Is there really more flexibility in MOP than metal? I always thought of it as quite a brittle material, if you tried to bend it wouldn't it just snap in two?
    Evidently, yes, it's brittle and inflexible. At least if the report a few posts back is accurate. Oh well. Even less reason to drop $60 on a pair.
     
  19. nelly

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    I've ordered brass collar stays off ebay from a seller (awyung). Decent quality, you get several sets, in different lengths and the option to monogram.
     
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    I use metal all the time. I have a few brass ones from CT, and the rest are stainless steel. I once forgot a plastic one in my shirt, and it wound up breaking and poking a hole in the collar. The one time I forgot to take a steel pair out, there was no damage.
     

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