Collar inserts are also called collar stays, collar tabs or collar stiffeners. These are flat, rigid pieces of plastic or metal which are inserted in special pockets on the underside of dress shirt collars. The purpose of the collar stays is to keep the shirt collar in place by adding weight and crispness to an otherwise light and flexible piece of fabric. Collars stays are either removable or sewn-in. Sewn-in collar stays are always made from a thin plastic as they try to balance giving a rigid look to the collar without damaging it in the wash.
You will not find a sewn-in collar stay in every custom dress shirt you buy from the store, because this extra feature costs a bit of money and can over time leave an impression in the collar points if over-ironed. Well you also never find collar stay pockets in dress shirt that you buy from the store.
There is a wide variety of collar stay styles available these days, depending on what you are looking for, collar stays come in different lengths, widths, shapes and materials. Choosing the correct collar stay is not too difficult. The correct shape, width, and length of the collar stay is contingent on the shape and width of the dress shirt collar. The material of your collar stay is entirely up to your preference.
Plastic is the most common material used to make collar stays. Cheap and abundant, plastic collar stays are the go-to collar stays that most dress shirt manufacturers use. Plastic collar stays do their job to a degree; however, the plastic is light and flimsy. You will find that even with plastic collar stays, your dress shirt collar will not lay correctly and over period of time with continued washing and ironing, the plastic stays get curled up or just losses its shape.
Stainless steel is the most popular metal for collar stays. Heavy and stiff, these collar stays will do their intended job. You can be sure that your dress shirt collar will stay correctly and look crisp. If you purchase stainless steel collar stays, some manufacturers give an option to personalize the metal collar stays. Prices depend on the quality of stainless steel, design, and engraving.
Brass collar stays are equivalent to stainless steel collar stays. Brass collar stays are made out of just brass. If you are looking to have something different, then brass is the most viable option. The look of brass, especially when burnished brass is a classic look and will certainly be something to talk about.
At Fit Custom Shirts, you can feel at ease while choosing the collar stay of your choice. The plus point of dealing with is that you do not have to pay extra bucks for your collar stays. You can choose sewn in or replaceable collar stays.