Shirt Collar Stiffeners

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There are many variations to the traditional collar stay. Some metallic collar stays are sold with a magnet, which is used to hold the stiffened collar in place against the shirt. A different type of collar stay discreetly adds a button hook on one end, to help fasten tiny buttons on dress shirts; e.g. Shirt Collar Stiffeners, cuffs, or button-down collars. 


Adhesive Collar Stiffeners can be stuck to the underside of a collar to either add stiffness or attach the collar points to the shirt.

Collar Stiffeners are removed from shirts before dry cleaning or pressing, as the cleaning process can damage both the shirt and the stays; they are replaced prior to wearing. 


Shirts that are press ironed with the collar stays are vulnerable to damage, as this results in a telltale impression of the collar stay in the fabric of the collar. Some shirts have stays that are sewn into the collar and are not removable.

Shirt Collar Stiffeners

Choose the best quality shirt collar stiffeners at James Crawley Men's Exclusive fashion store. At James Crawley, we offer the shirt collar stiffeners to hold your collar stiff while also making sure not to damage the shirt thanks to their smooth edges.

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Shirt Collar Stiffeners

What are Shirt Collar Stiffeners?


Collar stays, also called “collar tabs” or “Shirt Collar Stiffeners”, are flat, rigid pieces of plastic or metal that are inserted in special pockets on the underside of dress shirt collars.

The purpose of the collar stays is to keep the shirt collar in place by adding weight and crispness to an otherwise light and flexible piece of fabric.

"Shirt Collar Stiffeners" are either removable or sewn-in. Sewn-in collar stays are almost always made from a thin plastic as they try to balance giving a rigid look to the collar without damaging it in the wash.

In my opinion, they fail at both and should be avoided if possible.

Will you find a sewn-in collar stay in every dress shirt you buy from the store? No, because this extra feature costs a bit of money and can over time leave an impression in the collar points if over-ironed. Know how to keep your shirt tucked in.

Will you find collar stay pockets in the dress shirt that you buy from the store? More often than not, no unless it is a higher-end dress "Shirt Collar Stiffeners".  Most manufactures save a few pennies by not having the pocket sewn in underneath as the majority of their target audience will not notice.

Metal Shirt Collar Stiffeners

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The next time you are buying a dress shirt, make sure there are collar stay pockets sewn on the underside of the collar.

There are a wide variety of collar stay styles on the market. Depending on what you are looking for, collar stays come in different lengths, widths, shapes, and materials.

Choosing the correct collar stay is not too difficult. The correct shape, width, and length of the collar stay are contingent on the shape and width of the dress shirt collar. The material of your collar stay is entirely up to your preference

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"Shirt Collar Stiffeners" Composition Types

Plastic Shirt Collar Stiffeners

Plastic is the most common material used to make collar stays. Cheap and abundant, plastic collar stays are the go-to collar stays that most dress shirt manufacturers use.


You can purchase a bag of 200 plastic collar stays for around $12.00 plus shipping.

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Plastic collar stays do their job to a degree, however, the plastic is light and flimsy. More often than not, the plastic is too light and too flimsy.


You will find that even with plastic collar stays, your dress shirt collar will not lay correctly.

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Stainless Steel "Shirt Collar Stiffeners"

Metal "Shirt Collar Stiffeners"


Stainless steel is the most popular metal for collar stays. Heavy and stiff, these collar stays will do their intended job. You can be sure that your dress shirt collar will lay correctly and look crisp. If you purchase stainless steel collar stays, some manufacturers give an option to personalize the metal collar stays.

Prices depend on the quality of stainless steel, design, and engraving. Generally, you can purchase a pack of 8 plain stainless steel collar stays for $25.00 plus shipping. Some producers of stainless steel collar stay offer free engraving, if not, then assume that engraving will cost you a few extra dollars.

Brass "Shirt Collar Stiffeners"

Brass collar stays are equivalent to stainless steel collar stays. Brass collar stays are made out of just that: brass. If you are looking to have something different, then brass is the most viable option. The look of brass — especially when burnished brass — is a classic look and will certainly be something to talk about should anyone ask about them.

Gold Collar Stiffeners

Gold collar stays will easily set you back $600+ for a pair, and with gold prices rising aren't getting any less expensive. Consider gold collar stays an automatic heirloom to be passed down to your sons and grandsons – or use as currency when the economy crashes.


Magnetic "Shirt Collar Stiffeners"

Not as common as their slide-in counterparts, these metal collar stays use small powerful magnets to assure that the collar lays crisply and proper.

Shirt Collar Stiffeners Made From Other Materials

Collar stays can also be made from heavyweight paper, baleen (whale's tooth), horn, sterling silver, mother of pearl, and other precious metals. These materials are not commonly available. With effort and a thorough search on the internet, a collar stay aficionado can acquire collar stays made from these rare materials.

Emergency Shirt Collar Stiffeners

Collar stays can be made from just about anything.  If you realize you left your gold pair at home and need something to straighten your collar points before the big meeting, consider making a pair from a plastic credit card shaped.

How To Use Shirt Collar Stiffeners

Simply slide in the collar stay in the pocket on the underside of the dress shirt collar. After that, fold down the collar as normal. Remember that pointed shirt collars require pointed shirt stays. Rounded shirt collars call for rounded collar stays.



Before you wash your dress shirt (or send the shirt to the dry cleaners), make sure you remove your collar stays. Also, remove them before you iron your shirt.


Collar stays are easy to lose can damage your dress shirt if left in by either tearing at the fabric during a wash or leaving a crease under an iron.

Why You Should Use Shirt Collar Stiffeners

Simply put, collar stays are small details that make your dress shirt collar points look crisp.  A  Man's collar directly frames his face; he should give it a bit more attention as it will be seen in any picture and is impossible to hide.

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