SAFETY PIN (???) under a shirt collar?

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  1. SuitMyself

    SuitMyself Senior member

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    http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/i...entPage=family

    If you enlarge the image in this URL link, you'll notice the fellow is wearing what looks like a safety pin under his shirt collar where a collar bar would be worn.

    I would assume, then, that there are holes where the safety pin is to be inserted? Or would one just pierce the fabric with the pin? What's the 411?
     
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    The 411 is that if you wear that, you'll look like a bizarre, unkempt walking billboard, and the safety pin will be the least of your concerns.
     
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    amplifiedheat Senior member

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    Never heard of a pinned collar?
     
  4. SuitMyself

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    Never heard of a pinned collar?


    Yes, I have seen pinned collars (shirts with holes in the collars to allow a collar pin to go through) but I've never seen a SAFETY PIN in a collar before.
     
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    LK had a blogpost about safety pins as tie pins.
     
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    I believe the blog "A Suitable Wardrobe" linked to a cheap source for silver pins.
     
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    this is a classic. they aren't safety pins, they look like them but are usually in silver or gold. not seen very often anymore. and, yes, they tear up your collar.
     
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    this is a classic.
    Yes, but only for the last century.
     
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    This way your shirt collar doesn't need existing holes in it.
     
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    These are common enough to be sold at Brooks Brothers: Link
     
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    I wear them once in a while.

    They catch an odd look once in a while, and ppl lacking any class will ask you why you have a safety pin in your collar. Most people know what they are.
     
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    These are common enough to be sold at Brooks Brothers:

    Link


    I wear them once in a while.

    They catch an odd look once in a while, and ppl lacking any class will ask you why you have a safety pin in your collar. Most people know what they are.


    What you're saying is that the fellow in the Polo Ralph Lauren ad is not wearing a safety pin but, rather, it's a collar bar that looks like a safety pin?

    So . . . does that mean the shirt collar already has holes in them or something or what? I don't get it.
     
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    its a sterling silver safety pin otherwise known as a collar pin.
     
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    It's really a classic look. I believe the safety pin predates the barbell type collar pin. It's from back when shirts were not made with pre-cut pin holes. The safety pin can be worn either with normal collar shirts (although they will leave holes in your collar eventually) or shirts already with pre-cut holes. Personally, I think the safety pin looks better than a barbell type collar pin. It's more old-fashioned and less show-offy. I wear them about once a week.

    These are really coming back, by the way. I'm starting to see them a lot more often.
     
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    It's really a classic look. I believe the safety pin predates the barbell type collar pin. It's from back when shirts were not made with pre-cut pin holes. The safety pin can be worn either with normal collar shirts (although they will leave holes in your collar eventually) or shirts already with pre-cut holes. Personally, I think the safety pin looks better than a barbell type collar pin. It's more old-fashioned and less show-offy. I wear them about once a week.

    These are really coming back, by the way. I'm starting to see them a lot more often.


    I have one collar bar but it's not the type that needs holes in the shirt collar to wear.

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