What does one do with the cardboard tabs that come in the collars of dress shirts?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Don Black, Jul 5, 2002.

  1. Don Black

    Don Black Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 1998
    Messages:
    1,480
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ok, last shirt question I promise... [​IMG] So, I recently bought some sport shirts from a new apparel store (Jos. A. Bank) and the shirts come with two little cardboard tabs in the collar (one on each side). Clearly, they are designed to make the collar look sharper/straighter. But does one take these out before washing the shirt? Do I throw them out altogether? Thanks!
     
  2. Nathan*W

    Nathan*W Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2001
    Messages:
    1,068
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Nathan
    Don,
    Throw them out! (or into the recycle bin, if you wish[​IMG]) As you said:
     
  3. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 1999
    Messages:
    16,738
    Likes Received:
    129
    Well, unless you want to start a collection, throw them out.
    Why am I logged onto the Internet at 10:08 pm on Friday evening? [​IMG]
     
  4. Don Black

    Don Black Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 1998
    Messages:
    1,480
    Likes Received:
    0
    Just to be clear, I'm not talking about the circular cardboard pieces that come with dress shirts. I'm talking about two dagger-shaped small cardboard pieces that are located within permanent slots in the collar. I just don't think I'm suppose to throw them out since there are pockets for them that were deliberately sewn into the shirt...
    And Jack, it's because you're a mod.... [​IMG]
     
  5. Cam S

    Cam S Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2002
    Messages:
    1,524
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hmm, I doubt those cardboard pieces would fair well in the wash, so make sure you (you do your own wash don't you?) take them out before washing them. They are just for display purposes in the store.
     
  6. Wayne Bundrick

    Wayne Bundrick Cinematographer

    Joined:
    May 17, 1999
    Messages:
    2,358
    Likes Received:
    0
    No, they're not just for display purposes in the store. They're to keep the tip of the collar looking sharp and pointy and to keep it from curling. The last shirt I bought actually included some spares. But all of mine are plastic, like a credit card but not as thick.
     
  7. Bill_D

    Bill_D Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2001
    Messages:
    755
    Likes Received:
    0
    They are called collar stays. Like Wayne said, they prevent
    the tip of your collar from rolling up, hence preventing one
    from looking like a clown.

    You can buy replacement stays made of plastic, brass, carbon
    fiber, etc. .......you get them monogramed as well.



     
  8. Denward

    Denward Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2001
    Messages:
    552
    Likes Received:
    0
    You should remove the collar stays when you wash your shirts. If you lose them, you can usually buy a dozen or so plastic ones for about $3-5 in department store men's departments.
     
  9. Nathan*W

    Nathan*W Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2001
    Messages:
    1,068
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Nathan
    Sorry about the wrong info; I misunderstood. All my dress shirts are button-down collars, so my knowledge of collar stays is limited.
     
  10. Michael*K

    Michael*K Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 24, 2001
    Messages:
    1,806
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  11. Don Black

    Don Black Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 1998
    Messages:
    1,480
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks guys. Monogrammed stays it is then... [​IMG]
     
  12. Allen W

    Allen W Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2001
    Messages:
    62
    Likes Received:
    0
    Most dry cleaners carry the plastic ones, and mine will give me a pack of them whenever I ask. I do take them out of the collar when I have them laundered.
     

Share This Page