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)

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  2. Yes (mother of pearl / horn, etc)

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    6.2%
  3. Yes (default plastic)

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    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. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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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.
     


  2. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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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...
     


  3. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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


  4. in stitches

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    :facepalm: DOH!
     


  5. Liquidus

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  6. FlyingMonkey

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    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.
     


  7. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Yes, plastic stays. I have brass stays, but find the plastic ones to work better.
     


  8. Brendon

    Brendon Senior member

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    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
     


  9. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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
     


  10. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    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.
     


  11. Mariooo

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    same here.
     


  12. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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  13. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I stopped wearing them about a year and a half ago. My shirts are not fused, however.
     


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    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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