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TSA Approved* Collar Stays
on July 14, 2011
This item is amongst the best values you can give your wardrobe for under $20 (along with a Tide stick pen, a pocket square or a simple tie bar).
Unfortunately, many of the shirts I purchase come paired with those flimsy plastic collar stays. Select bespoke shirt makers still issue metal collar stays and that is how I learned that I need not use the plastic ones that are standard issue.
The metal collar stays reviewed here do just the trick. They come in 4 different sizes (all of varying lengths, but all in the same width and thickness). Both ends are nicely rounded so as to avoid puncturing the pointed end of your shirt. For the same reason you don't want to run any collar stay through the wash or dry cleaner, I've made it a habit to remove them each evening (i.e., dont want to leave an imprint of the collar stay on the shirt).
I've found that the torsional rigidity of the collar stays is sufficient to use one as an impromptu screwdriver.
Finally, to those who are considering the Werkin' Stiffs collar stays - save your money and invest in the tiny magnets only -- these stays work with the little magnets so you can position your collar as you wish.
*I am not authorized to make any representations on behalf of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), so I dont know it they're really "TSA Approved" (does the TSA even approve collar stays?) The point of my subject line is to convey the message that these collar stays will not set off the metal detectors at the airport.