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Interesting Collar Stay

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mrchapel, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. mrchapel

    mrchapel Senior member

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    This is an interesting product; it's a set of collar stays that come with a small magnet to help shape the collar. According to the web site, you insert the collar stay where it would normally go in the collar, and then place the magnet on the inside of your shirt, and the magnetic attraction between the stay and the magnet help keep its shape. One would surmise though, that if you have a good shirt, this product wouldn't be needed, or would it?

    http://www.wurkinstiffs.com/
     


  2. Kent Wang

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    I'm still not sure how this works. Are the magnets so powerful that they help keep your collar closed?
     


  3. mrchapel

    mrchapel Senior member

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    I'm still not sure how this works. Are the magnets so powerful that they help keep your collar closed?

    That seems to be it. It's rather odd.
     


  4. mrchapel

    mrchapel Senior member

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    I was recently at a professional conference where we all got our little name tag things encased in the plastic slipcover deal that you affix to your lapel or breast pocket or whatever. For the first time, instead of the ones that attach with a metal clip (probably too many SF members bitching about the potential for creating snags on their jackets) they had a magnet thing kind of like this. You put one magnet inside your pocket, and then the magnet that's actually attached to the plastic holder-thingy (pardon the technical jargon) would hold the name tag in place. Worked like crap, at least for me. The magnets weren't strong enough, so if I'd inadvertently brush the name tag or just move around too abrubtly it'd fall off. Maybe it would work better with a shirt pocket with a jacket pocket, or maybe I'm just inept, but it struck me as a marginally bright idea in concept that sucked in reality.
    Sorry, long wind-up for a pretty weak climax: if these collar things are like those nametag things, they're probably pretty lame.
    Thanks for letting me get that off my chest - I feel much better now.


    Yes, I have the same question about how strong those magnets are. What really is to prevent them from falling off when taking off your jacket or putting it on, etc. No worries about venting; that's part of the fun of being in a community [​IMG].
     


  5. Kent Wang

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    There are rare-earth magnets that would be strong enough for the nametag purpose that lawyerdad mentioned but I doubt they're strong enough for the collar stays. Or maybe they work some other way.
     


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    You guys are grossly underestimating the power of these magnets. They are strong enough.
     


  7. Margaret

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    Yes, I have the same question about how strong those magnets are. What really is to prevent them from falling off when taking off your jacket or putting it on, etc.

    yes, or when tucking in your shirt, reaching up for something, etc. -- I agree. I seriously doubt these magnets could be strong enough to withstand the various shifts in fabric caused by normal daily movement, and then you end up with a magnet bouncing around the inside of your shirt. The magnets also seem like they might be just bulky and heavy enough to be a bit uncomfortable and annoying, even if they did work reasonably well.

    I think that if you have a limp-collared shirt that you like to wear tieless, a better solution would be to simply convert it to a 'concealed button-down' collar (is that what they call them?) -- have buttons sewn into the appropriate spots, and have loops sewn onto the underside of the collar points. Or hell, just use starch -- this probably isn't going to be an issue with your finer dress shirts anyway, so just starch 'em to hell, wear 'em 20 times and toss 'em.
    [​IMG]
     


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    Margaret Senior member

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    Plus, you never have to worry about losing your pen or your keys again . . .



    http://www.100megsfree4.com/farshores/!magman2.jpg


    Just make sure your belt buckle isn't metal, or you'll end up with horrible posture! [​IMG]
     


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    Seems awfully gimmicky. I'm sticking with my brass stays.
     


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    Seems awfully gimmicky. I'm sticking with my brass stays.

    Yeah ... they're fancy, but it's not like they're those nice clear metal collar stays.
     


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    [​IMG] These would make a perfect bundled gift with the magic tie DimplerÂ[​IMG]
     


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