Just how necessary are they in a man’s wardrobe?
I personally use them daily.
However the reality is most men don’t even use basic collar stays.
Basic collar stays are primarily made of plastic or metal.
The small percentage of us men who use collar stays regularly – only the most detail oriented of us focus in on the magnetic variation that allow you to hold your dress shirt collar in place with a hidden magnet.
So don’t be embarrassed if you’ve never heard of the specialty niche that magnetic collar stays fill.
But now that you know it exists – I’m sure you’re interested to learn more….
So let’s get this review-slash-informative post started!
Would you rather watch my video on magnetic collar stays – click here to view on YouTube!
The first thing to consider is knowing when and how to use magnetic shirt collar stays.
One will need a shirt that can actually hold stays. The way to determine if a shirt can take stays is to look under the collar and see if the stay pocket exists. On higher end shirts, there is a slit just big enough to slip the stay in.
This detail may be missing on inexpensive shirts so it is up to you to take these shirts to the tailor and request for one to be put in.
A magnetic shirt collar stay will come in 2 parts- the actual metal collar stay and a small magnet that will stick to it on the other side of the shirt. Wurkin Stiffs , an American company founded by the Boos family, produces magnetic collar stays and a few years back even landed an appearance on Shark Tank..
Wurkin Stiffs first started out in 2008 which was around the time I came across their website and thought that it was a great idea. I got in touch with one of the owners, Amy. She kindly sent me some samples.
Prior to that, I had already bought some so I ended up with a variety which was nice. I tried the magnetic shirt collar stays out and thought that they were really effective and built well.
Wurkin Stiff’s magnetic shirt stays come in a really nice box and are well-made – the quality is excellent as mine have lasted 5 years and counting.
When it comes to practicality – Wurkin Stiffs are convenient for regular use. With continuous usage of the magnetic shirt collar stays I’ve easily gotten my money’s worth out of them.
Also worth mentioning is the excellent customer service the company offers.
If you happen to lose a magnet or have a problem with quality, simply contact the owners Amy and John and they will be more than happy to help.
However, Wurkin Stiffs are relatively pricey for what you get.
For 6 magnetic shirt stays or 3 sets of each, you will pay close to $40.00. The upside is that they are presented well and make an excellent gift.
A More Cost Effective Magnetic Collar Stay Alternative
It is understandable that not everyone is willing to hand over 40 bucks for six pieces of metal and six magnets.
For those in a tight budget Amazon has an alternative.
Simply go to Amazon.com and search for plain metal shirt stays. Then search for small magnets on the site too.
For about 12-14 dollars you end up with about forty magnetic shirt stays that you’ve sort of made yourself.
That translates to about $.25 cents per magnetic stay versus a $6 you can get on Wurkin Stiffs.
The downside to this is that compared to Wurkin Stiff’s magnetic shirt collar stays, the quality of the ones bought from Amazon were acceptable but not “gift-worthy.”
Basically the stays were thinner and more prone to bend, and the magnets were a bit smaller and less powerful.
To add to this there is no guarantee that your stays will work with the magnets that you pick out. There are some stays out there that aren’t even compatible with magnets despite being listed as “metal”.
What Do I Suggest?
So do you go for the cheaper alternative or shell out on the more expensive ones? Here’s my take:
If you were just buying magnetic collar stays for yourself, then definitely start out with the Amazon magnetic collar stay hack.
However, if you’re buying these magnetic shirt collar stays for a gift, then definitely go with the higher-end version and buy Wurkin Stiffs magnetic shirt stays. They are presented nicely and will make more of a great impression!