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    Stiff Collar

    A stiff collar is a collar that is reinforced or stiffened to make it stand up higher and therefore look more formal. Collars can be stiffened with starch, a stiff layer of extra fabric in between the two outer layers of the collar or collar stays. Collar stays are strips of metal, wood or plastic that are rounded on one end and pointed on the other to perfectly fit specially stitched pockets on the underside of a shirt’s collar. Collar stays can be sewn into the collar or removable. A stiff collar looks more elegant than a soft collar and is worn to formal events or with a business suit.

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