Shirt Collar Placement – Men’s Dress Shirts Collar Perfect Fit – Collar Style _ Cut _ Point Length
Hi. I’m Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real Men Real Style. And today I’m going to be talking about shirt collars and how to get them to lay correctly.
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Okay. The question came in – hi, Antonio. Great site. Great advice. Well, thank you. I’ve got a question. For casual occasions I like to wear a suit or blazer with no tie. But I have trouble finding a shirt collar that really stands up. It seems like I’m always adjusting and the collar either under the jacket lapel or even worse, the placket on the shirt collapses into a sloppy mess. Is there such a thing as a super reinforced placket? How can I get this to stay?
So, he gives me a little bit of information about his size, his measurements, and everything. But unfortunately, there isn’t a silver bullet here. And this is something that is you wear dress shirts or button up shirts and you don’t like a tie, this is something you’ve probably thought of and you fought with. And so let me give you some things to look at, some ideas to consider and five quick tips on how you can get your collar to stay the way you want it to.
So first, you’ve got to have the right collar build. Okay. There are all different types. There are going to be spread collars. There are going to be point collars. You want to go more towards point collars. And I can’t, you know, tell you the exact degrees because this goes into a lot of construction – how, you know, how big your chest is. What you’re going to want to do is play with it. And you’re going to want to – especially if you’re buying off the rack and it’s not coming with a removal collar stays. You’re going to want to get this as close to right as possible. Otherwise, it’s going to be very difficult, especially without collar stays.
And so that’s the second point. Buy shirts with removable collar stays. By doing this, you can ensure that this point stays and that the collar doesn’t, you know, doesn’t get soft. I mean, if you want a soft collar, you want to either look at companies that make soft collars or you can just take the stays out. But if you can’t take stays out, you’ll never be able to get a stiff collar.
In addition, there’s a great company called Working Stiffs, who I use their – they’ve actually got magnetic collar stays. So, I’ve actually got a magnet right here, which ensures this stays where I want it to stay. So, that’s actually a really nice tip and it’s a great company. You can go check them out.
The other thing is going to be button placement. And this – again, if you’re not buying custom, you really don’t have much choices. You’re going to want to find a brand that has this second button or depending what – maybe you’re down in Florida and I guess you may be doing button down until you get to your navel. But in any case, you want to make sure the button that you do button, that there is – that it fits right here and that it’s – doesn’t need to be lowered or – lowered or raised, because you’re not going to be able to do that with an off the rack piece. You can actually put a hole in there.
So, that’s something you want to be looking at. Button placements, making sure it’s got removable bones. The other one is going to be the collar shape – making sure that it’s a point and not a cutaway collar.
The other one is going to be – are you going to be wearing a jacket with this? So, for me, I know when I wear a jacket, it does a good job of keeping this in place, especially if I’m wearing collar stays.
The last part is going to be – consider a hidden button and this maybe an option. You can actually take it to tailor and they can put in a hidden button underneath. And that would ensure it stays where you want. Now, it’s going to be a bit of a softer – a softer collar roll unless you’ve got bones in there. But the hidden button is an option for some men.
All right. Hopefully, that helped. Again, you’re going to want to go out there and find a brand that fits your body type. If you’re going custom, then work with your tailor to get the exact shape for your build, button placement and all those other things I mentioned.
All right. If you’ve got more questions and you want to learn more about real men and real style, well, go to the website of Real Men Real Style. And by the way, we’ve got a free 47 page eBook. I think you’ll enjoy it. I’ll link to it down below and I hope to see you in my next video. Take care. Bye-bye.
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