If you own a dress shirt, chances are you’ve got a set of collar stays. Most shirts you buy will come with a set of cheap plastic collar stays, which are not very effective. If you haven’t already, it’s time to make a small investment and upgrade your style with a set of metal collar stays. Here are a few recommendations.
Why upgrade to metal collar stays? The function of collar stays are to keep your shirt collar in place as well as to give the collar some structure. Since plastic collar stays are just about as flimsy as the fabric that they’re inserted into, they aren’t much help in this area. Metal collar stays, on the other hand, have a heft to them that keep your collar flat and rigid.
Recommendations for Collar Stays
1. Brooks Brothers Collar Stay Set, $85
This is the set I own. You get 18 collar stays total—two sets of 2″, five sets of 2.5″, and two sets of 3″—which should have you covered for any situation. These are incredibly sturdy and will last forever. The leather case is also a classy touch. Worth the investment in every way.
2. Brooks Brothers Adjustable Collar Stays, $30
If you’re not ready to spring for the handsome set above or are looking for a smaller set for travel, these adjustable ones will do the trick. They’re not quite as heavy as the other ones, but with four different settings they’re incredibly versatile.
3. Turnbull & Asser Mother of Pearl Collar Stays, $75
I’m a big fan of special details for special occasions—even if they’re details you don’t see. A set of mother of pearl collar stays that you pull out exclusively for black tie events or special occasions is a small way to help make you feel a little more luxe.