precious metal collar stays

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ThinkDerm, Jul 27, 2012.

anyone here interested in precious metal collar stays in either gold or platinum?

  1. yes, I am interested - in solid gold (14 kt or 18 kt) collar stays

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  2. yes, I am interested - in platinum collar stays

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  3. yes, I am interested - in both gold and platinum collar stays

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  4. interested in neither

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  1. NAMOR

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    Precious metal stays are a waste. Just because they cost more doesn't mean they're better. Rhodium, gold, platinum stays fall in the 'i buy this because i can' category. I use plastic stays as they help with shape and they are very flexible not to mention disposable.

    If I am to drop money down on stays it better have a story to tell. Gold and all are boring. I'd drop some money on stays out of t-Rex bones or something actually interesting, otherwise I'll stock with the plastics.


    Would also consider magnesium stays so I can burn them when I get bored.
     
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    I saw some stays on eBay a couple of days ago which were made of ferromagnetic metal and came with tiny but powerful magnets.

    The idea was to use as normal collar stays, and have the magnet inside the shirt to have the same effect as a button down shirt does to the collar shape without actually having the ugly buttons.

    I thought that was quite a nice little idea for collar stays. I may even buy a pair.


    But otherwise I just use plastic ones.
     
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    1. Collar stays shouldn't be used in the first place. Nothing is worse than a straight-lined collar. If you need them to keep your collar points put, then your problem is your shirt and shirtmaker. Invest in those instead.

    2. If forced to wear a collar stay, metal of any sort is the worst material to choose. You want something pliable so that your collar has shape without looking like cardboard.
     
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    Disagree completely
     
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    I've trimmed many of my stays down to about one inch in length so they keep the tip from curling outward while still allowing the nature of the fabric to do its thing.
     
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    Your shirtmaker makes you collars with slots for collar stays? Then I judge your shirtmaker.


    Why are everyone's collar points curling at all? Like I said, if you need collar stays, something is wrong with your shirts. Collar points should be long enough to disappear underneath the inside roll of your jacket lapels. Everything between that point and the collar band should be allowed to curve naturally. If the collar doesn't look right when allowed to do that, then the collar is a bad.


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    agreed
     
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    Yes, because it is a softer metal that is easier to work with.


    Yes, sounds quite a good idea.


    Yes Stainless Steel feels a lot better than brass, and also does not stink.


    What is rediculous, wearing cheap collar stays?


    Yes Stainless Steel feels a lot better than brass, and also does not stink.
     
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    I have seen these and this is more or less what I use. I have a couple of pair in brass that are even slightly heavier, I think they were from Thomas Pink.

    But yes, precious metal collar stays are kind of a waste of money. I toyed with the idea of some silver ones but talked myself out of it. They must be a really bad idea as this does not happen very often.

    Two things, though. First, stay far away from cheap metal stays as they often have sharp/rough edges that will wreck your collar. Second, when traveling in the U.S., metal collar stays + TSA = PITA. First, you will may have a very hard time making it through the metal detector. Second, if you put them in your carry-on, there is about a 50% chance that the airport screener will think they look like little bullets and will rip your bag apart looking for them. If I am traveling with metal collar stay in the U.S. I never wear them in a shirt and I stick them in the see-through plastic bag with the liquids so, at least, there is less to tear apart.
     
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    Yo you best getz dat colla game right young'un

    Get yo colla game figure out, bitches be linin up like it aint no thAnG

    Son i gotst that platinnum colla stayz, gotst that gucci shit, gotst dat prada shit.. bitchez be sukkin on my hang low cuz i a true pimp and dey reckanize. dey be all like awww shit dat playa rite there he gotst his collar game all set, like he a grown ass mothafukkin mane, wearin a grown ass mothafukkin biznizz suit

    Shit, yall dudes think i be jokin shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit i aint jokin.
     
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    I guess I'll stick to paper clips.
     
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    Maybe its just me, but I don't think I have ever smelled "off" odors coming from my brass collar stays (or any odor at all, for that matter). Is this a common problem?
     
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    I understand that, but I have to wear a different coat once I get to work which does not cover the points of my collar. The question is if that is still not an excuse.
     

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