1. The first tip on how to get the perfect shirt collar actually has nothing to do with the shirt collar. What do I mean? Actually, guys, it has to do with having a strong placket. Now, when you go out there and you look at shirts, plackets aren’t something most people think about unless maybe you’re going custom and you can design it. But, a strong placket is a core is the center of your shirt and if you’re going to be able to wear a shirt without a tie, maybe have one, two, three buttons were undone and for it to look great, you’ve got to have a strong jacket and, I know that there are, you know, all the other tips I’m going to talk about they’re important, but they’re not as important as this one.
So, what’s my advice? Buy a shirt with a strong placket. If you’re going to get custom-made, make sure maybe they’ve got it, you know, double material reinforced. This is going to be the key to making sure it looks great. Unfortunately, most shirts out there have weak plackets. Even shirts that you buy that have a strong placket at the beginning after maybe five to ten washes start to loosen up and all of a sudden they’re not going to hold that look. Thank goodness, we have entrepreneurs. As you guys know I love businesses that solve our problem. I want you guys to go check out Million Dollar Collar. I’m using their product right here. Basically, what it does is they’ve tested this like little material that you sew into your actual placket to reinforce it. Guys, I have tested a lot of things and you guys know I get stuff sent to me all the time. I was actually amazed at how well this work, relatively inexpensive. Guys, again, go check out Million Dollar Collar. I love it when entrepreneurs come in and solve our problem and that’s what these guys have done.
2. Choose a shirt with the right collar style. So, if you have a strong placket, you can actually get away with a wide range of collar style. If you have a weak placket, you’re going to want to be careful. There are only going to be certain styles that are going to work and basically, the placket that’s weak is going to be able to support them. So, you want to look at maybe more spread collars, collars with a shorter point. There are two things to determine collar styles, it’s going to be the spread and it’s going to be the point length. In both of those, you’re going to want to make sure it’s something that isn’t too close together, so you want to be really careful of narrow point collars and you want to be very careful of anything that is going to have a longer basically collar point length.
So, those two things you’re going to want to minimize if you can imagine the placket just simply can’t hold that much weight. Now, there is a way around it. If you can find a shirt actually has a very maybe an attached collar or one and you can, yes, take this to a seamstress and have her sew on a stronger collar. There are ways they actually may be put reinforcement in there, then it possibly can stand up a bit better on its own, but, again, with a weak placket, it could start to fold in on itself. Really quick let’s talk about the button down collar. The button-down collar is going to do a great job of actually keeping the points in place, but it can still have them leaning to one side or the other so it’s not truly going to solve the problem.
3. The third tip I want to give you looks for collars with collar stays. What is collar stays? Basically, guys, they are the bones underneath here. So, I’m going to pull this one out right here, this is a collar stay. You need to make sure when you’re looking to buy a shirt that it has a place basically to be able to put this and then it’s actually going to work properly. Now, if you have a shirt that you already love and you it doesn’t have pockets for collar stay, you can possibly get those sewn in. Now, guys, I cover collar stays and I talk about magnetic collar stays and a lot of other things in this video right here, so you can go check that out.
4. Use starch. What you want to do is starch the front right over here in the placket. Go ahead and starch the collar. Starch is a temporary stiffener. This is actually going to keep it in place. Now, notice I said temporarily because the problem with starch is after a few hours, it’s going to basically it’s going to stop having its effectiveness. Also, it can irritate the skin and in some cases if overused and if used for too many times, it can start to damage the shirt. However, it’s a very inexpensive and very quick way to fix the problem.
5. Button placement and fastening. So, the rule here is the more buttons that you leave undone, the more likelihood the collar is going to basically fold in on itself. So, one way is to actually button it up a bit more and actually see if that can better support the collar. The other thing is if you’re going to get a shirt custom-made, perhaps you actually want to talk with a tailor and say, okay, I want to have a little bit maybe less room between there. Oftentimes, they differ the distance between the second and the first button can be shortened and therefore it’s going to hang a little bit better.