Intermediate Guide to Suits: Part XII

Each week, I will present a post on the ins and outs of custom suits AND suits in general at an intermediate level. It is recommended that the beginner’s guide be read first.

Collar Stays

Did you know that there is a long plastic piece that fits inside your shirt collar to keep its form? Of course, the shirt has an extra canvas to keep its tough form, but this “collar stay” allow the points to remain sharp. The collar stay can be sewn in or removable. It can also come in fancy metal varieties as well for that extra “umph” needed on those slow days.

The removal of the collar stay becomes pertinent when dry cleaning or machine drying to prevent the stay from becoming warped or less effective. While dryer cleaning may be necessary occasionally, it is best to avoid placing the shirt in the dry altogether – please read: Steam Clean vs. Dry Clean.

Have a look inside your collars to see if you have a collar stay in place that is removal or sewn in. The tricky part is not losing it when they are taken out. Luckily, stays can be bought in bulk from most men’s stores.

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