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Wearing a Coller pin

A collar pin is a small piece of men's accessory, which holds both ends of an Oxford shirt collar together tightly, and passes below the overlapping knot of a standard necktie knot. Working in much the same way as a zipper, it lifts up the collar and holds the collar in position to give the wearer a more ornately appealing arc to his tie knot. It may be made of metal or plastic, but it should have a metal stud or metal loop to hold it in place. Collar pins are often used for identification purposes on badges and ID badges of military personnel. They are also frequently used to fasten a magnetic strip to a shirt collar.

Earlier versions of collar pins were designed to attach ID badges. They had a flat surface on one side, and a magnetic strip on the other side. Many times these would be worn on the inside of shirt pockets, on the front of heavy coats or overlarge badges. As identification badges became more popular, the designs varied and began to feature additional details such as brass prongs or an arched surface. As they evolved, they became more streamlined and began to attach to shirts with buttons, rather than a zippered flap of fabric.

Collar pins are now almost as ubiquitous as buttons and are commonly worn on the inside of a shirt or blouse. They are usually notated with the letter "C" for neck bar or "D" for deep-set collar bar; the number preceded by a number or letter identifies the hole through which it attaches. There are two types of openings that you can use for your pin: holes that run from left to right (for a right-handed man) or right to left (for a left-handed man). These days, many people prefer the one that attaches to the back of their shirts, as this is easier to hide if the wearer is going to be in a business environment. The number and letters may also vary according to where you are going to be wearing the pin: one-line collars are for casual wear, two-line collars are for more formal attire.

When designing your personal costume, remember that your collar stays will depend on the rest of your ensemble. For example, a plaid blouse will tend to have shorter collar stays, while a tailored suit or a blazer will benefit from longer ones. Likewise, your buttoning will vary depending on what you are wearing. Your formal wear might have regular buttonholes, or you might want to opt for ruffled stitches or ribbon, or for something a bit more unique, you can sew your own collar bar. As always, double check measurements carefully to make sure that your costume truly fits, and that you have no visible gaps between your collar and the rest of your outfit.

If you are wearing buttons, you will want to consider how many holes are present in the holes of your shirts. Some shirts are made with one or two large holes, while others feature two smaller holes. If you are wearing shirts with multiple holes, you may find that it is difficult to button all of them at once. In addition, collars are sometimes attached using glue or snaps, which can make adjusting holes harder. If you are unsure about the holes in your shirts, consult the instructions provided by your manufacturer or chosen supplier.

No matter what type of collar pin you choose, don't forget to use the tie knot! A collar pin should not be used to conceal loose tie knots, since they will just get in the way when you need to wear them. To tie a simple tie knot, insert the end of the pin through the hole in your tie, being careful not to leave any extra material hanging around inside the hole. Push this through the ring until you reach the top of the collar point, and then simply push the pin out through the same hole.