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.

plastic collar stay

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

wood collar stay

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.

good or not good collar stay

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 clothing label material with pictures

There are different types of clothing label material that can use, and we divide them into 4 main types, such as rubber, metal, leather, fabrics materials.

Rubber labels material cover:

  • Rubber
  • PVC
  • Silicone

What’s the difference between PVC, silicone, and rubber?

First, rubber includes PVC and silicone. And PVC and silicone belong to rubber. Second, Silicone is more shiny and smooth in appearance. And PVC products are rougher than silicone products.

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Judging from the hand feel, silicone is much soft than PVC, with good toughness and elasticity. PVC, as soft rubber, is relatively less hard. However, we can add a softener when making PVC labels, and it will be softer.

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Third, PVC material includes ordinary material and eco-friendly material, also called ATBC-PVC. Silicone can pass ROHS certification and is safe, non-toxic than rubber and PVC.

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Finally, rubber and PVC are cheaper than silicone. But, rubber has much wider use in many products. Finally, Silicone products emit white smoke when they burn, while rubber products emit black smoke when they burn.

Can rubber labels, PVC labels and silicone labels customized for clothing?

Yes, brands can customize rubber labels, PVC labels, and silicone labels with logos, company names, or other info. Then, because of the MOQ and price issues, PVC labels are the most commonly done. PVC can be made in a variety of colors. The background color can be a solid color, translucent or transparent. PVC is generally used as a single-sided logo. Silicone can be used as a mold to directly make a two-sided logo.

Metal labels material cover:

  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Alloy
  • Brass
  • Aluminum
  • Stainless steel

The above-mentioned materials of metal labels are the most common material in metal. And customers who customize metal labels will choose from them.

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In addition, metal labels & tags include many types when concerning materials. Such as copper labels, iron labels, alloy labels, aluminum labels & tags, stainless steel labels, brass labels, etc.

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Then, all these garment labels can withstand high temperatures and are not easy to corrode. And we can use stamping, printing, or laser cutting ways to customize the brand logo on it.

Leather labels material cover:

  • Artificial(PU) leather
  • Genuine(real) leather
  • Suede(microfiber) leather
  • Kraft paper

Types of real leather

The rea leather has two types, that is the first layer of cowhide and the second layer of cowhide.

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The former is processed from raw animal hides, with a soft texture and strong toughness. The latter is the two-layer leather of cowhide.

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It is processed by coating a layer of PU resin on the surface. Thus, its firmness is lower than the former.

What is the artificial leather?

Artificial leather has two types of synthetic leather: PVC and PU.

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Meanwhile, it is not afraid of dirt and mildew, and the surface has good water resistance. Then, it can make many colors. And the leather is delicate and the price is cheap. Therefore, it is very popular with buyers.

Microfiber leather

Microfiber leather

Microfiber leather is a better leather and is soft to the touch. It belongs to synthetic leather. And it has a soft texture, is breathable, not easy to age. So, it has become an ideal choice to replace animal leather.

Kraft paper

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Kraft paper here mainly refers to the material of leather labels in clothing. And it is washable and tear-resistant. Then, it is mainly used to decorate the back waist of jeans.

Fabric labels material cover:

  • Satin
  • Nylon Taffeta
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Non-woven fabric
  • Blended fabric
  • Twill fabric
  • Cotton fabric

There are so many fabric materials in the clothing industry. And the following list is some specific types of them. And all the types can use as fabric labels materials.

nylon taffeta P005469
  • Nylon Taffeta: barcode nylon taffeta, frim nylon taffeta, non-flammable nylon taffeta, matt nylon taffeta, thick nylon taffeta.
black soft polyster tape P005511
  • Tape: matt black tape; glossy black tape; soft tape; polyester tape; shredded tape; stain resistant double-sided composite tape; pearled tape; self-adhesive tape.
self adhesive semi-rigid ribbon P005545
  • Ribbon: upscale ribbon; encryption ribbon; barcode ribbon; thick ribbon; hard ribbon; hot melt ribbon; soft ribbon(white, black, grey, beige, etc); softer ribbon; unpolished ribbon; double-sided ribbon(or with pressed/selvage edge); self-adhesive ribbon.
natural poly-cotton fabric P005526
  • Cotton fabric: blended cotton fabric; bleached imitation cotton fabric; poly-cotton fabric; thick cotton fabric.

Metal cord end for clothing

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Metal wine labels for bottles

Metal wine labels are customized from soft metallic foils such as aluminum, pewter, brass and specially designed for liquor, vodka, wine, and whiskey bottles. We are good at providing all kinds of custom metal wine labels with relief brand logos. These labels can be embossed, engraved, stamped, or laser engraved to design a 3D effect. Besides, the strong adhesive on its back helps to fix it to the bottle. These wine labels bring your bottles a polished and advanced look. So, it will bring more value and prestige to your brand. And it can help you open the market. Our minimum order is 1000 PCS.

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3D metal sticker to highlight brand

3D metal sticker is a new type of adhesive metal logo sticker, metal adhesive labels, which uses refined nickel and silkscreen printing to highlight the brand. They are also called metal markers, metal foil names, and metal sticker labels. Materials include aluminum, brass, stainless, and plated alloys. The stickers give smoothed-out detailing. The 3D metal stickers are used for a variety of applications, such as clothing and instructional tags.

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Metal slider buckles for belts

Metal slider buckles are metal hardware for webbing belts, leather straps, bags, dog collars, like slide release buckles, belt buckles, straps buckles, etc. They are widely ideal to adjust the length of webbing. Besides, some of them are simple geometric shapes, circles, D-rings, antiques, etc.

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Images of the 3D metal sticker

3D metal sticker is becoming more and more popular in box making and packaging design, and it can save costs in the packaging box, paper bags, bottles, etc. Now the following images of the 3D metal sticker are brand-new products from our customers for your reference. All the following metal stickers are available at your request. Besides, they can surely promote your brand logo.

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Metal buckles’ photo gallery

Metal buckles are widely ideal to adjust the length of webbing, they are metal hardware for belts, straps, collars, and you can refer to the following photos. Such as slide release buckles, belt buckles, strap buckles, etc. Besides, some of them are simple geometric shapes, circles, D-rings, antiques, etc.

And we wholesale custom metal buckles with logos. All the size, color, type is available. So we can customize personalized buckles for fashion brands. Hence, come here to make your order! Low MOQ with cheap price. Feel free to contact us by email or WhatsApp. We are always here to serve you.

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Wholesale metal eyelets for clothing

Metal eyelets are small metal fasteners used to cover or reinforce holes in fabric or leather, and we supply custom metal eyelets and grommets for clothing. And they are circular metal fasteners and styles that can be rolled, scored, and flared. Besides, their materials include brass, iron, metallic, galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum, etc. Then, they have a high duration. Meanwhile, we wholesale metal eyelets and washers with logo engraved. So, the final products can be black, plain, tin, or nickel-plated.

The metal eyelets are perfect for fabrics of different textures and thicknesses. Also, both galvanized steel and stainless steel offers corrosion resistance. So they are ideal for outdoor applications and clothes’ accessories. Such as small or large hang tag eyelets. Then it is suitable for fasteners exposed to moisture.

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Custom metal labels for clothing

We wholesale custom metal labels with the brand logo for clothing, which are eco-friendly garment tags and accessories used in clothing, bags, hats, etc. Metal labels are not only waterproof, but they are durable. It is the most durable label to date. Custom metal labels are ideal for instruction and brand publicity. They are multi-functional. Also, they are perfect for clothing brands. But they are suitable for name labels, handbags, and fashion jewelry, etc.

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