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Do You Use Collar Stays?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jrd617, Jul 30, 2012.

Do you use collar stays in dress shirts?

  1. Yes (metal)

    29 vote(s)
    29.9%
  2. Yes (mother of pearl / horn, etc)

    6 vote(s)
    6.2%
  3. Yes (default plastic)

    43 vote(s)
    44.3%
  4. No (take them out, let the fusing do all the work on my high end Barba's, Borrelli's, etc)

    19 vote(s)
    19.6%
  1. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    There have been threads that address this topic, but never with a poll.
     
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    I use whatever stays are provided in the shirt when purchased.
     
  4. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    With my recent upgrade of local custom made shirts, the collar is so soft that using a stay will destroy its anesthetics
     
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    jslade Senior member

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    Always use the regular plastic stays.
     
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  7. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Geneva got me those very thin, translucent plastic stays. Best of both worlds.
     
  10. PhiPsi32

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    You can find metal collar stays fairly cheap on the internet.
     
  11. jrd617

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    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?
     
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    Maybe if they're made in Italy.
     
  13. Mr Engineer

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    I just keep the defaults
     
  14. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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

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    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.
     
  16. MyOtherLife

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    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.
     
  17. RDiaz

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    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...
     
  18. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    That was a Reev joke. Over your head? :rimshot:
     
  19. in stitches

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    :facepalm: DOH!
     
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