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All Collar Stays Are Not Created Equal

 

If you are a frequent dress shirt wearer, you have probably realized the importance of having a flat and crisp collar. If you haven’t as yet, here’s why it’s necessary!

Collars are one of the most noticeable elements of any dress shirt. Its appearance can either make or break the style of your shirt. That being said, one thing that helps tremendously in ensuring that the collar remains in perfect shape is a “Collar stay”.

The basic function of collar stays (as the name implies) is to prevent the collar from rolling inwards or outwards, thus resulting in a flat and crisp collar. Plus, it ensures that the collar remains crumple-free even after washing or folding the shirt.

Moreover, collars stays can be extremely useful when it comes to resorting to different collar styles. For instance, nowadays there’s a growing trend of standing collars (unfolded), which means the importance of proper collars stays is paramount. Without it, the collar would roll down time and again, giving you a sloppy look. Another fine example is that some people have a disposition of keeping a comparatively wide tie knot, which again means that more space is needed in-between. And through collar stays this can easily be achieved.

 

Different Kinds of Collar Stays

There’s a diversity of collar stays available in the market, each of which has its own unique appeal. So depending on your requirement, taste and budget you can opt for any of the following stays:

 

Plastic Collar Stays

These are undoubtedly some of the cheapest and ubiquitous types of collar stays seen on dress shirts. Almost every apparel brand uses them. In addition, they are available in a variety of colors and designs, that too at a pretty low price.

However, the only potential downside of these collar stays is that they are quite flimsy. After some time (of usage) they begin to wear out and need to be replaced. That being said, a meager price of $12 for a packet of these justifies their non-durability.

 

Gold Collar Stays

If you want to personify sophistication and status, then gold collar stays are exactly what you need. Well these are undoubtedly the highest quality of collar stays available in the market and therefore, come with an incredibly high price tag.

Furthermore, because of its substantial value you don’t normally get to see people wearing one on their dress shirt, thus adding uniqueness. Intriguingly, it can also be an heirloom passed on to your children and grandchildren. So, if your budget allows, this is definitely the one to possess.

 

Stainless Steel Collar Stays

If you want to experience true crispness of a collar, then “stainless steel collar stays” is the way to go! These not only serve the purpose exceedingly well, but are also way more durable. One intriguing aspect of these collar stays is that they offer the option of having your name/initials engraved on them (some sellers do it for free, while others charge a small fee). And because of the engraving option, it makes an ideal gift for any occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries or so.  Verzari is one of the few men’s designer shirt brands that offers stainless steel collar stays as standard for every shirt.

 

Brass-made Collar Stays

This type of collar stay is an excellent option for people looking to step out of the norm. The only difference between these collar stays and silver ones is the material used for making them i.e. brass. And like silver, this also offers engraving options.

 

Miscellaneous Materials

In the market there are some collar stays that are made from diverse materials such as peal, sterling silver, high quality metal etc. But due to the unavailability of these materials, it’s very difficult to actually find one of these.

 

Which Type Of Collar Stay Should I Opt For?

It’s quite difficult to say which type of collar stay is the best, considering that everyone’s taste is different. But generally speaking, a stainless steel collar stay is an ideal choice for every type of shirt style. And why is it so?

First of all, stainless steel collar stays are well worth their price. You can get a pack of 8 collars stays for approximately $26 that will last you for a long time. In other words, you don’t have to worry about replacing the stays time and again.

Secondly, these collar stays go with almost every type of dress shirt (formal and casual), as opposed to other collar stays. Plus, when worn, it gives your collar an incredibly smart and crisp look (something you would definitely love).

Interestingly, some top apparel brands such as VERZARI use stainless steel collar stays as a staple in their dress shirts due to the superb quality and style they deliver.

All in all, considering its price, quality and durability, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that stainless steel collar stays are indeed the best buy.

 

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