How to Make Instant Dress Shirt Collar Stays

the dress shirt collar stays serve a purpose.

They keep your collar points pointed, ensuring the collar looks clean, crisp, and pressed.

They come in a wide variety of materials and designs. I even own a pair of magnetic ones that keep my collar points exactly where I want them!

Mens silver collar stays

Silver Men’s Collar Stays

Unfortunately, the problem with collar stays is that they are another thing we have to remember when getting dressed.  Many a man has found that right before his big presentation his favorite shirt is without its collar “bones” and his shirt collar wants to roll up despite repeated ironing.

What to do?

 

 

In this video I give a quick tip on how to make your own collar stays in a pinch.  Because the last thing you want someone paying attention to during your presentation is a distracting rolled collar that doesn’t know its place!

3 Step Collar Stay Process

RAW Transcript

How to Make Instant Dress Shirt Collar Stays
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Hi, I’m Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real Men Real Style. And today I’m going to be talking about instant collar stays. So what are collar stays? Well, collar stays, bones, whatever people want to call them. These little tabs that you know sometimes made from metal, sometimes made from a precious metal. Most of the time they’re made from plastic and they fit inside of a collar point. And they’re found on higher quality shirts and what they do is they allow the collar points to remain pointing. So that’s a whole use of them. You can iron a shirt collar only so much and you can starch it and usually within a couple of hours so it’s going to start to roll. These prevent the roll.
The problem with shirt collar stays is they’re very easy to lose. That’s why I try to own only the precious metal ones but do own a – some metal ones. I also own probably more plastic ones. I like the plastic ones because even if I wash the shirts with stays, no damage is going to happen but what happens if you’re travelling or if you find yourself in a position and you cannot find your collar point stays and you’re going in an important meeting. You can’t get – you don’t have time to iron the shirt and you just don’t want it rolling throughout the day. How can you ensure that this quality dressier that you spent maybe a couple of hundred dollars on does not let you down? That it maintains a nice great point because as you know the shirt collar frames the face and you wanted to look good.
Well, in order to get an instants’ plastic stay all you have to do is go find an old expired credit card or some type of plastic, I don’t know, food card from some type of grocery store. And basically cut it the point. From here to a little point at the end, next thing you know instant shirt collar stay. So there you have it. How to get an instant shirt collar stay? Make sure to remove them before you wash it as it – you know, if there’s a little bit of collar in there you may actually have some pleading on a white shirt, that’s not what you want. But it is a quick, down and dirty alternative to actually having your collar points roll up. And that’s a style tip from Antonio here at Real Men Real Style and stay tuned we’ll be putting quite a few more of these. And if you want more information about timeless men’s style, visit our website got a lot of information there. Take care, bye.
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  • Andrew

    Great idea! If you can’t located a plastic card, properly sized paperclips will also work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MrAllenU Allen Uribes

    This worked really well for me using an old gift card.  The shirt for which I used the collar stays had flimsy plastic stays that served as outlines for a good fit.

    Thanks for sharing!