Men find a great difficulty to maintain their collars. At times, the collar themselves do not remain crisp or at times, they tend to be dirty very often. At the same time, it is also very necessary to keep the collar in place because it is the collar of the shirt that gives the first impression of the shirt followed by the user. If the collar is not maintained well, then it creates a very bad impact upon the personality of the person. So collar stays are essential.
Collar stays or more popularly known as collar stiffeners are rigid, smooth and they are used to keep the collars crisp and tidy. These collar stays can be made up of variety of materials like plastic, metal, horn, mother of pearl and many more. These stiffeners are rounded at one end and pointed at the other.
These collar stays are inserted into the specially made pockets under the collar of the shirt so that it can stabilize the points of the collars. These are also used because they ensure that the collar of the shirt lies flat against the collar bone giving a crisp and rigid look to the collar.
There are varieties of collar stiffeners available for variety of needs and variety of prices. If you need a collar stays for regular wear shirt, you can choose a variety and if you choose to buy for a shirt which will be used in occasions, then you can go for another variety. These varieties, however, will all depend upon your need as well as budget.
If you are looking one for your expensive shirt, its better you go for the removable ones. These can easily be inserted and removed when required. These removable ones also have to be removed while dry cleaning or ironing. Otherwise your shirt will get totally spoiled. On the other hand, if you do not buy the removable ones, you will have to sew it with the collar of your shirt. This can be done for shirts which are less expensive.
Collar stays are mainly available at the fabric and sewing supply stores, haberdasher?s stores as well as any other men?s clothing stores. You can also go for an online purchase which will probably save a lot of time as well as money. However, before you make the purchase, you need to decide the kind of stiffener that you would like to buy and prepare your budget from before. This will help you make a better selection of the collar stays that you will buy.