Anyone that often wear the same shirt is bound to ask the question: how to stiffen a shirt collar? The more you wash a shirt, the more it deteriorates its fabric, and with time, even the stiffest and sharpest collar becomes floppy.
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At this point in time, this is when you would tend to throw your shirts away, but there is not need for that, you can fix a floppy shirt collar from the comfort of your home with these tips, so sit back and read on:
How to Make a Shirt Collar Sharp Again?
First things first, wash your shirt well to make sure your shirt collar area is completely clean and free of stains. If you need some tips with that, read this post. Once that’s done, choose one of the following methods to stiffen your collar:
Pick up your clean shirt, spread the collar open on the board and spray just a bit of starch all over the collar, let it set for a couple of minutes, then iron the collar and repeat the process on the other side. Do it the same in the plackets (the part of the shirt where the buttons are), this will help to keep your collar structured.
A collar stay is a flat stiff stick that you insert in your collar to keep it in place. Quality shirts are usually fit with little pockets on their insides so you can fit collar stays, but if your collars don’t have them, just take them to a tailor. You can get stays in different sizes to fit various collar lengths and styles. Of all solutions, this is likely to be the one really worth buying.
Collar pins are another simple and useful invention, it attaches the ends of your collar together to keep them tall and in stiff, but you need a tie to finish the look and cover the pin; this will also keep your tie knot up and is considered a sophisticated look.If you don’t want to wear a tie, you can, just keep in mind that this might start a new trend, so get ready for the attention you will get.
If you don’t want to wear a tie, you can, just keep in mind that this might start a new trend, so get ready for the attention you will get.
If you want to make sure your collar will always be in perfect shape, you also have the option to take it t a tailor; they can reinforce the collar and plackets and make sure that with or without a tie your collar will always be in place, even if you put on a jacket.
Shirt Collar Types to Keep Your Collar Up
Now that you know how the basics to keep your collar stiff, here is another tip, some collars don’t require any of the above, they have a stronger structure and can hold themselves up, so on those days you don’t want to starch your collar, you can use of these.
The Tab Collar
The tab collar work as a collar pin, but it has instead a small tab at the end of the collar that once fasten together keep your collar tall and in place, as the collar pin, the tab collar looks better with a tie, as it will complete the entire look.
The button-down collar is a classic and versatile collar, and you probably already know this one, maybe you already have a few in your closet. The button-down collar can be used with or without a tie, and it has two small buttons to keep the end at the collars fixed in place, this creates a strong structure for your collar, so it stays in place.
Wide Spread Collar
The wide spread collar, with two collar buttons is just perfect, it has a strong built (with a wider and taller collar) that keeps it in place and you use it with or without a tie. If you wear it with a tie, use a wide tie knot as the full-Windsor to fill the gap well, but it also looks great on its own or with a v-neck jumper.
There you have it, test the methods out and find one you like, or just buy some new shirts with stronger fabric and collar structure, you choose. What you can’t do is wear a floppy collar that doesn’t stand on its own if you decide for a casual look leaving a couple of buttons undone.