Everything you need to know about men’s collar stay

A collar stay is a collar stick or collar support (also known as collar insert, collar bones, collar tabs, collar stand, collar stiff, butterfly pin, etc.). It is a shirt accessory that is usually made of metal, MOP(Mother of pearl), animal horns, and plastic. Its shape is pointed at one end and arc at the other end. And it is the most basic accessory for men’s formal shirts.

A collar stay is not like ties, bow ties, squares, etc., which are exposed outside of clothing as a modification. They are absolute behind-the-scenes heroes. And we can say it is the inner show. And it is responsible for bracing the collar. In an elegant shirt, the collar support plays the most basic and crucial role. Then we can supply personalized custom collar stays with brand engraved logos and names. Any size, type, color is available.

Removable & unremovable collar stay

The collar support can be divided into two types from the form: removable collar stay and unremovable collar stay.

removable or unremovable collar stay

Unremovable collar stays: We usually use it for cheap dresses, shirts, and some casual shirt products. Inside the collar is sewed a piece of mylar collar support. And it is completely hidden, not removable.

Removable collar stays: Most high-quality formal shirts and men’s polo shirts use removable collar stay. In general, we will reserve a slot on the back of the collar and attach more than one pair of collar supports. In this way, customers can change the collar stay of different materials at their personal taste and features of the shirt. And that will achieve different effects.

What are the different types of men’s collar stays?

Plastic collar stay

Plastic is a relatively common collar stay material. It is easy to make and low in price. In terms of material, the plastic collar stays mainly uses polyester film and PVC. The collar stays that most shirt brands come with are made of plastic. So, brands who want to look for low prices can choose plastic collar stay.

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The advantage of plastic collar stay is that it has better washability. Even if you forget to take it out when washing the shirt, it will not cause too much damage to the shirt. If we lost or damage it, just buy a new one.

But, the problem with the plastic collar stay is that the rigidity is poor. And the collar is not straight enough; at the same time, the weight is very low. Thus, it can’t add weight to the collar.

Metal collar stay

Metal collar stay includes brass collar stays, stainless steel collar stays, gold collar stays, silver collar stays, steel collar stays, magnetic collar stays, etc.

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Among metal collar stays, stainless steel collar stays are the most common. Stainless steel has a smooth surface and appropriate weight. And it can provide a very ideal collar appearance while having good wear resistance.

copper collar stay

Copper collar stay is also common. The wearing effect of it is similar to that of the stainless steel collar stay, but its texture is slightly softer. Copper has a unique texture. And good design and crafts can make the copper look more elegant than stainless steel.

gold collar stay

Gold /silver collar stays are definitely a kind of “low-key luxury.” Their physical properties will not be much better than other metal materials. But, they look more elegant and luxurious. So, many men’s shirt brands will engrave logos on it to display their brand. And even some brands will also inlay hand-made diamonds on it.

Mother of pearl/ fish bone/horn collar stay

MOP collar stay

Fishbones (the origin of the English name”Collar Bone” ), horns, and MOP are relatively rare in the market. And they are not cheap. Then, the collar stays of these materials are mainly small objects. Some high-end wearers like to collect them because of their scarcity.

Wood/bamboo collar stay

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The wooden and bamboo collar stay is not expensive, and more represents an aesthetic and concept. Yet, the problem is that the thickness cannot be very thin. Therefore, it is only suitable for a part of the collar lining and shirts with thick and hard fabrics.

How to choose the size of the collar stay?

  • Small square collar with short collar, suitable for a width of about 10mm collar stay;
  • Use 2-inch long collar stay for small square collars with shorter collars;
  • Windsor collar or small pointed collar with a slightly larger collar, use 2.2-inch collar stay;
  • Large horoscope with a larger collar, using 2.75-inch long collar stay;

How to choose and use the collar stay?-Four rules below

Rule 1

When the first button is buttoned, the tip of the shirt collar should press on the front of the shirt.

A decent formal dress shirt collar should not curl or rise. When the first button is buttoned, we should press the collar tip against the front of the shirt. The weight of the collar stay makes the collar fit better. The rigidity and elasticity of it make the collar more straight and flat.

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Rule 2

The collar stay should match the size of the shirt collar support slot.

Since the size of the collar support slot for shirts is not a very common standard. And the size is not consistent for each brand, and even for different products of the same brand. Therefore, you may need to prepare many sizes of collar stay to adapt to different brands of shirts in your hand.

For example, if the collar stay is too long, we can’t bend the collar normally; the collar stay is too short and not easy to take out, we can’t see the supporting effect; if the collar stay is too narrow and it is easy to fall out; but, if it is too wide, we cannot put it in.

Rule 3

The collar stay material should match the material of the shirt collar.

First, a thick, stiff collar works well with stiff collar stay. Because a too soft collar stay can’t support it. Second, a soft collar is suitable for relatively thin and soft collar stay. Just because the collar brace is too hard to form marks on the collar surface.

Rule 4

Be sure to remove the collar stay before washing and ironing the shirt.

Some collar stay material is not washing, not high-temperature resistance. And it can damage the shirt and even the washing machine in the wash or iron. So be sure to remove it before washing or ironing the shirt!

History of collar stay

Back in the late 18th century, stiff two-collar shirts became more and more popular. People starched their shirts with paste. Then, neat and straight collars became a symbol of a good life. At the same time, the collar stays born. The earliest collar stays date back to 1809 and wood makes it.

In the 19th century, the removable collar emerged. And people can starch the collar separately. Then men can wear the shirt for a few more days. But, the collar changed every day. By the 1930s, laundry tech became more and more automated. Removable collars gradually disappeared from the stage of history, and collar stay became popular. Before people used plastics commonly, the collar stay was consist of metal, wood, and bamboo. And the metal collar stays have been around for over a hundred years.

List of garment trims and accessories with pictures

Garment trims and accessories both have important purposes during making or packaging a garment. And they complement each other and are indispensable. Together they constitute the entire process of a garment from production to sale.

Garment trims are the items for completing your clothing. It means that these functional trims are necessary for a garment during the production process. They make clothing more complete. And we often sew or use velcro to attach the trims on garments. Garment trims include lining, clothing labels & tags, tape, elastic band, buttons, zipper, slider buckles, etc.

Garment accessories often are items to pack, package, decorate or ornament a garment to make it more exquisite and perfect. They are also an integral part of clothing. Garment accessories include plastic bags, polybags, boxes, hang tags, stickers, hangers, etc.

List of garment trims and accessories with pictures below for your reference:

List of Garment trims

  • Interlining
  • lining
  • Labels
  • Pads
  • Sewing Threads
  • Band
  • Twill Tape
  • Buttons
  • Zippers
  • Hook and Loop
  • D Rings
  • Buckles and Sliders
  • Eyelets
  • Rivet
  • Lace trims
  • Tassels
  • Stopper
  • Braid
  • String & Cord
  • Ribbon
  • Garment Motif
garment trims
garment trims

List of Garment accessories

  • Tissue paper
  • Paper Bags
  • Polybag
  • Mini Polybag
  • Muslin Bags
  • Hanger
  • Pressure Sensitive Tape
  • Inner Carton
  • Foldable Box
  • Garment Clip
  • Tag Pin
  • Safety Pin
  • Stickers
  • Hang Tags
  • Hang Tag string
  • Collar Stay
garment accessories
garment accessories

Specific Garment Trims

silk fabric lining

Interlining: Garment Interlining is the material of the inner textile between the lining and outer fabric. It mainly affects the overall shape of clothing, and almost all clothing needs it.

lining

Lining: The garment lining is a fabric used in inside clothing. The main types are cotton lining cloth; linen cloth; bristle lining; horsetail lining; resin lining; adhesive lining, etc.

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Labels: Clothing labels and tags are indispensable for a new garment. Moreover, they can display the brand logo and size info. And the types of labels include main labels, woven or printed labels, fabric labels, size labels, care labels, etc.

shoulder pads

Pads: We use pads in the inner layer of the garment. And the types of pads include shoulder pads, chest pads, collar pads, etc.

sewing threads

Sewing threads: Threads are materials that connect garment pieces and use for decoration, knitting, or special purposes. Types of sewing threads include cotton thread; polyester thread; nylon thread; polypropylene thread.

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Band: Bands are mainly composed of decorative, practical, industrial, and protective belts. And it is ideal for clothing cuffs and waistbands. So, we can weave, braid, knit, and embroidered ways to make it. 

twill tape

Twill tape: Twill tape is a fabric tape woven in a twill pattern. It means that it has parallel diagonal lines. This woven pattern is very strong, making it a very popular sewing concept.

resin buttons

Buttons: Buttons are important trims of clothing. They include synthetic buttons, metal buttons, wooden buttons, leather buttons, shell buttons, resin buttons, cloth buttons, etc.

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Zippers: Zippers are all composed of tapes, fastener elements, sliders, locking parts, and other components. The materials include PVC, leather, metal, fabric, etc.

Hook and Loop

Hook and Loop: Hook and loop is a fastener closure that consists of a hook side and a loop side, and it can be applied to provide for perfect adhesion. It has two parts: hook tape and loop tape.

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D Rings: D rings are made of zinc alloy and iron by the shape of “D” using electroplating and polishing, including metal D rings and plastic D rings.

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Buckles and Sliders: Buckles and sliders are metal hardware for webbing belts, leather straps, bags, dog collars, like slide release buckles, belt buckles, straps buckles, etc.

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Eyelets: Eyelets mainly refer to metal eyelets and they are small metal fasteners used to cover or reinforce holes in fabric or leather. It is also called grommets. Besides, their materials include brass, iron, metallic, galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum, etc. 

rivet

Rivet: A rivet is a nail-shaped object used to connect two parts (or components) with a through-hole and a cap at one end. Material: steel, aluminum alloy, etc.

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Lace Trims: lace trims are fabric borders made of lace with patterns to embellish clothes, as crochet or beaded lace trims, ruffled lace trims, knitted lace edging. 

tassels

Tassels: Tassel is a drooping tassel-shaped ornament made of colorful feathers, silk, or cotton threads. And it is often tied to clothing or utensils. These fringes are extensively used in the form of tassel earrings, tassel necklaces, and tassel bracelets.

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Stopper: Stopper is a metal cord end made of zinc alloy or stainless steel, which can be plated, painted, printed, and stamped for clothing, bags, accessories. It is also called end stopper, metal cord stopper, metal drawstring ends. 

braid tape

Braid: Braid here mainly refers to the braided tape used in the garment trims, clothing fabrics, bags, and other industries. Besides, its material can be silk, polyester, cotton, nylon, etc.

white solid cotton rope

String & Cord: String & cord is a kind of rope that use in clothing, bags, and other fabrics. The material can be cotton, nylon, jute, etc.

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Ribbon: Ribbon is an essential part of garment trims and crafting supplies It has various widths, finishes, colors, and patterns. Its types include elastic ribbons, grosgrain ribbons, satin ribbons, velvet ribbons, cotton ribbons, etc.

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Garment Motif: A garment motif is a kind of fabric with patches, texture, stitch pattern, or color to make the finished product more beautiful.

Specific Garment Accessories

gift tissue paper

Tissue paper: tissue paper is a thin, soft wrapping paper, aiming to protect items, such as garments, bags, shoes. Then, its surface is fine, smooth, and without foam sand, etc.

paper bags

Paper bags: Paper bags are branded packaging bags or shopping bags with printed logos for shopping or fashion clothing. Then it can create a fancy presentation of brand and garment.

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Polybag: A polybag is a plastic bag made of thin, flexible, plastic PE, OPP film. It is also called postal poly bags or poly mailers. Besides, it can be recycled packaging bags including green plastic bags and PE plastic bags.

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Mini polybag: A mini polybag is a small plastic packaging bag or pouch. Its materials include plastic, PE, OPP, PVC, PP, etc. And it is suitable for packing spare buttons, small food, goods, accessories.

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Muslin bags: Muslin bags are plain-weave cloth bags from natural cotton, including muslin draw-string bags and tote bags. They are easy to carry and versatile to use. Thus, they are great to package clothes, cosmetics, and accessories, gifts, food, snacks.

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Hanger: A hanger is used for hanging clothing that can print or engrave a logo, including wooden hangers, ABS hangers, plastic hangers, velvet hangers, metal hangers, fabric hangers.

Pressure Sensitive tape

Pressure Sensitive tape: Pressure-sensitive tape is packaging tape that will stick under pressure without using heat or iron, and it is also called adhesive tape, self-stick tape, seal tape. It is ideal for inner or outer cartons or foldable box sealing.

inner carton

Inner carton: Inner carton is the inside carton of the master outer carton, which packs and ships the customers’ items in a box. And it has direct contact with the goods.

foldable box

Foldable box: Foldable box is made of cardboard, kraft paper, etc, which is used for gifts, clothes, jewelry packaging. And they are easy to set up. Finishes such as matte glossy, hot foil stamping, or embossed are available.

garment clip

Garment clip: Garment clips are the small transparent plastic clips or pins used to shirt binding. We can also call it ready-to-wear garment clips. And it aims to keep the textiles or clothes stay in their original place. Then it can make the garments fold neatly during shipping or displaying. So, it is suitable for shirts, skirts, towels, etc. (fixed products).

tag pin

Tag pin: A tag pin is a plastic tag fastener or tagging barbs for hang tags, price tags, or clothing tags’ brands. And it includes a hand-sealing plastic pin and tag gun barb. In general, they refer to hangtag plastic pins or plastic seal barbs in a broad sense.

hang tag string safety pin

Safety pin: A safety pin is a metal fastener used for securing fabric, and its material includes steel, brass, nickel, or stainless steel. Types include straight safety pin, curved safety pin, coiled pin, and coilless pin. Then, they are widely used for linking hang tags to garments.

stickers

Stickers: A sticker is a type of paper or plastic that with adhesive to display size and fabric information. Of course, we can remove it from clothing without leaving behind any residue. And it includes name tag stickers, size label stickers, shirt stickers, carton stickers, barcode stickers, etc.

hang tags

Hang tags: Hang tags are labels attached to products to include brand name or logo, price, specification, wash symbols, etc. In general, we use paper, plastic, metal, leather, fabric material to make them. Apart from this, we hang it on the products by string, rope and metal chain, etc.

hang tag string

Hang tag string: Hangtag string is to connect the hangtag and garment. And materials include plastic, tape, natural jute, elastic thread, cotton, polyester, flax, waxed cotton, ribbon, etc. Besides, the seal on the string can add a brand logo.

collar stay

Collar stay: The collar stay is also called butterfly pin, collar stand. Then, it is the inner show, and it is responsible for bracing the collar. So, it is different from other accessories of shirts, such as ties and bow ties, which are externally displayed to others.

What’s the difference between garment trims and accessories?

  1. Trims is to complete a garment. While accessories is to complete, decorate or even package a garment.
  2. Trims have both functional and non-functional use. Accessories only have decorative features.
  3. Examples: trims include: buttons, zippers, lace, tassels; while accessories include polybag, tissue paper, inner carton, stickers, etc.

What is hot drilling?

Hot drilling is a garment accessory and processing technology
that will melt and stick to fabrics, leather, cloth when they encounter high temperatures. At present, hot drilling on clothing has become a fashion and trend. It can increase the beauty and value of clothing.

What are the types of hot drilling?

There are two main classifications of hot drilling:
(1) Divided by production: Korean hot drills, Czech hot drills, Austria hot drills, domestic hot drills (acrylic hot drills), etc.;
(2) Divided by texture: crystal hot diamonds, glass hot diamonds, aluminum octagonal hot diamonds.

How do we judge the quality?

The hot-drilling process is generally divided into three steps: selecting diamonds, rowing diamonds, and setting diamonds. So, how do we judge the quality? It is mainly divided into 5 steps. That is appearance, adhesive, firmness, grade of hot drilling, and variety of hot drilling.

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Appearance

  • First look at the cutting surface of the hot diamond. The more the cutting surface, the higher its refractive index and the better the brightness;
  • Secondly, check whether the cutting surface is uniform. Scratches and bubbles are all defective products;
  • The hot drilling process has strict request. And the process is complicated, so the yield rate is not very high. Diamonds with a defective rate of 3%-5% should be regarded as good products;
  • Then, see if the diamonds are the same size. The diameter of SS6 is 1.9-2.1mm, and the diameter of SS10 is 2.7-2.9mm;
  • Finally, see if the thickness is the same;
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Adhesive

We can turn the diamond over to see the color of the glue on the back. First, see if the color is uniform. And the color cannot be different shades. Then, if the color is bright and even, it is a good diamond.

Firmness

The higher the solubility of the glue on the back of the hot diamond, the better the firmness of the diamond.

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How to identify the firmness of a diamond?

The way is to wash it in the washing machine after it is ironed. Yet, if it does not fall off after washing, the fastness is good. If it falls off immediately after washing, it proves that the glue is not strong enough. Because high-quality hot diamonds will not fall off even if we dry-clean them.

Grade of hot drilling

Commonly used Korean hot-stamping diamonds are divided into three grades: special A grade, A grade, and B grade.

Special Grade A: High brightness, no variegated diamonds. The cutting surface is uniform. There are no teeth, scratches, bubbles, and the defective rate is 1%-2%. The probability of degumming bottom is 0.5%-1%. The diamonds are of the same size and have high firmness.

Grade A: In the brightness, there are a few variegated diamonds, and the cutting surface is uneven. There are teeth, scratches, bubbles, and the defective rate is 5%-8%. The probability of degumming the bottom is 1%-2%. The diamonds are of the same size and have high firmness.

Grade B: Poor brightness, 15% variegated diamonds. The cutting surface is uneven. Many teeth, scratches, bubbles, and the defective rate is 20%-50%. The probability of degumming the bottom is 3%-10%. The size of the diamonds is inconsistent and the firmness is low.

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Variety of hot drilling

About the Austria hot drilling and Czech hot drilling

These two kinds of diamonds are of high quality. Besides, they are unparalleled in terms of brightness and quality. The quality can almost reach a 100% pass rate. But the price is high. So they are suitable for watches, belts, leather bags, and other high-end products that require a small number of diamonds.