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MEAT
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"I need collar ironing advice "


  

          

For the last few years I’ve fallen in love with button down collars
But after a few washes that first button starts to fall down and the nerd look starts to go casual with a large amount of undershirt showing
How can I keep my collar up, nerdiness in tact, and minimal undershirt showing?

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what material are the shirts?
Jun 20th 2019
1
Linen. And I want my undershirt to peak. Which is achievable
Jun 21st 2019
6
v-necks or a-shirts?
Jun 20th 2019
2
Fitted (tight) shirts and v-neck t-shirts solve this
Jun 20th 2019
3
Definitely fitted shirts. They changed my life haha.
Jun 21st 2019
7
My body changes too much and too quickly for fitted
Jun 21st 2019
11
      In one summer ! Wow
Jun 21st 2019
13
Do you need an undershirt ?
Jun 21st 2019
4
Need and prefer. I like the hint of color to match my belt.
Jun 21st 2019
5
      Gotcha. And above I should've said "looks better for me"*
Jun 21st 2019
8
      am i wrong for picturing this?
Jun 21st 2019
10
           I basically always wear plaid to work.
Jun 21st 2019
12
Another thing re: button downs:
Jun 21st 2019
9
I never have more than the neck button unbuttoned
Jun 21st 2019
14
LOL exactly. That's why this middle-button is so money.
Jun 21st 2019
16
Wardrobe tape strips solved that problem for me.
Jun 21st 2019
15
      Ohh this is intriguing. Think my wife has some of this.
Jun 21st 2019
17
Is this what you're looking for?
Jun 24th 2019
18

tomjohn29
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Thu Jun-20-19 05:01 PM

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1. "what material are the shirts?"
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undershirt not showing is a fit issue
also invest is some collar stays for when you hang up your shirts to keep the collar in shape
sometimes they come with the shirt but keep em in the future and put them in when you are not wearing them

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MEAT
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Fri Jun-21-19 09:20 AM

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6. "Linen. And I want my undershirt to peak. Which is achievable"
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If the collar stays stiff and up
But once you button down a collar it starts to fold out.

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Selah
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Thu Jun-20-19 05:02 PM

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2. "v-necks or a-shirts?"
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flipnile
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Thu Jun-20-19 05:02 PM

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3. "Fitted (tight) shirts and v-neck t-shirts solve this"
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The neck measurement is crucial for a good fit. Make sure it's not too big. Also, ties, or is it too hot in TX for that?

  

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Brew
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Fri Jun-21-19 09:29 AM

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7. "Definitely fitted shirts. They changed my life haha."
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I have no ass at all, which presents several problems in terms of clothes fitting properly. Specifically pants since no matter how well-fitting the jeans are, they still look loose on my thighs and upper legs cause of all the extra material that my non-existent ass is supposed to be using.

But more pertinent to the subject at hand - also ostensibly due to my lack of an ass, I for years had an issue where my dress shirts would pull out a little bit from my pants in the back, so there's be all this fucking extra material flailing about on my back. It looked positively terrible. I tried all different sizes of shirts and it was no matter, if it was "regular fit" then the extra flailing material was there and drove me *nuts*. Then a few years back I finally did my diligence and discovered fitted/slim shirts and it changed my whole entire life lol. I see myself in more recent pictures and breathe sighs of relief every time haha.

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MEAT
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Fri Jun-21-19 09:45 AM

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11. "My body changes too much and too quickly for fitted"
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In a given year I can be up to 210 and down to 175.
One summer my weight got as low as 145 and then as high as 185
I’m trying to work on consistent plans for exercise and sustainability but it’s been at least a decade since I’ve Ben able to have a work life and life that allows that
All to say, I can’t buy fitted shirts because ...

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Brew
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Fri Jun-21-19 10:39 AM

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13. "In one summer ! Wow"
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That's crazy.

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Brew
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Fri Jun-21-19 09:12 AM

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4. "Do you need an undershirt ?"
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I stopped wearing them years ago, looks better and is more comfortable having just one shirt on instead of two. Plus the issue you raise re: the shirt showing too much if the collar isn't 100% upright.

But I understand some folks don't feel comfortable w/out an undershirt and/or sweat too much to go buttondown-to-skin so if it's not possible my advice is professional cleaning. Find a local cleaner who's reasonably priced and have them do light starch on your shirts; the collar will stay straight up for several wears each time.

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MEAT
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Fri Jun-21-19 09:19 AM

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5. "Need and prefer. I like the hint of color to match my belt. "
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Brew
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8. "Gotcha. And above I should've said "looks better for me"*"
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Fri Jun-21-19 09:31 AM by Brew

          

Cause obviously everyone's style is different, and different preferences work for different folks and all that. Probably didn't need to specify that but just want to be sure that you didn't think I was criticizing your preferred style or anything hah.

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mista k5
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10. "am i wrong for picturing this?"
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https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/4169s4dV4rL._SX466_.jpg

  

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MEAT
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12. "I basically always wear plaid to work. "
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But he has way too much undershirt showing
I also button my collar down
I don’t like the flaps.
Think suit wear but without a tie

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Brew
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Fri Jun-21-19 09:36 AM

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9. "Another thing re: button downs:"
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I've always had a problem with unbottoning the 2nd button (the one after the neck button) because I feel it shows *too* much chest w/most shirts. I always found that there's no happy medium and it's frustrating. Buttoning that 2nd button makes me look like a stiff, unbuttoning makes me look like I'm trying too hard to be cool haha.

Was shopping at a local men's shop recently and they had a shirt with a small, hidden button between the 2nd and 3rd button. They had a name for this button which is escaping me right now but what a fucking brilliant idea. It solves the extra problem I've always had.

Shirt was $120 so I'll never buy it lol but I hope this is an idea that takes off (if it hasn't already ... that was the first I've seen of it).

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flipnile
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Fri Jun-21-19 10:43 AM

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14. "I never have more than the neck button unbuttoned"
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Feels like I look like a dude out of a cheesy 80's movie set in Miami if I unbutton the 2nd or 3rd.

  

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Brew
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16. "LOL exactly. That's why this middle-button is so money."
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Fuck I wish I could remember what they called it. Very clever and apt name.

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15. "Wardrobe tape strips solved that problem for me."
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https://www.amazon.com/s?k=scotch+wardrobe+tape+strips&crid=23ADE8NLHWYSV&sprefix=scotch+war%2Caps%2C243&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_10

They default to being way longer and are marketed for women's clothes. But perfect for the problem you mentioned. Cut a small piece and put it between the 2nd and 3rd button and you're good to go.

Depending on the dress shirt I've also used 2 small pieces for the collar to turn any shirt into a hidden button down collar.

Again, marketed towards women, but have been a total game-changer for my work attire.

  

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Brew
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17. "Ohh this is intriguing. Think my wife has some of this."
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Thanks !

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18. "Is this what you're looking for? "
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078YHXPZ3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  

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