Collar stays are plastic or metal tabs that go into the end of a shirt collar to keep the ends from curling. I bet you’ve seen them before but didn’t know what they were called. Believe me, I didn’t.
But I’ve recently been introduced to the fascinating world of collar stays because I have a boyfriend who wears button down shirts frequently. Many people in this situation might still remain ignorant of collar stays, but someone’s gotta care, if you know what I mean. There’s nothing sadder looking than a shirt with the collar all skewed and crumply looking.
Now that I know what collar stays are, I’m thinking two things: (1) How have I gone this long without registering their existence? and (2) I probably shouldn’t write this article because I don’t know whether I’ve ever actually owned a shirt with collar stays. I do wear oxford shirts sometimes, but women’s shirts must not include them? Maybe?
I thought I would do a roundup of articles for you, in case you want to explore the undiscovered country of collar stays, but this article in the Gentlemen’s Gazette has all you’ve ever needed to know about the topic. They recommend Stayclip for ordering stays, although you can get them at most men’s stores as well as Amazon.
Just don’t forget the magnets. Apparently the metal stays come with magnets that you put under the shirts so the collars are locked in place. That’s pretty nifty if you ask me. These magnets seem to be popular and look, they even come in custom colors so they blend in with your shirt!
I’m thinking monogrammed stays would make a great holiday gift. No, I’m not joking, you can really get your collar stays monogrammed. You can even get secret messages written on them. Check it out. You can bet it’s a gift he doesn’t already have.