We’ve all had that problem: the dreaded floppy collar.
Sagging down…curling up…just generally out of control.
Of course, collar stays can help. But recently I’ve found an entirely different solution for misbehaving collars: Fashion Anchors.
Fashion Anchors are small gel adhesive dots that can keep your shirt collar in place—but they have a lot more uses. If you haven’t heard about them yet, here’s what makes them so brilliant.
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Yes, Fashion Anchors Keep Your Collar In Check…
Fashion Anchors do a great job taming your collar. But they also work harder than collar stays.
Nothing against collar stays—they do a fine job—but they are really a one-hit wonder. Those little plastic or metal inserts keep your collar points…well, pointy. But that’s about it.
Consider this: what do you do for a sport shirt or a polo that doesn’t have slots for collar stays? Do you just settle for a messy collar?
Or what if you’re using collar stays but one side of your collar STILL refuses to stay aligned with the other?
Fashion Anchor adhesive dots help your collar stay up, and lie flat at the same time.
Fashion Anchors Are More Than Just Collar Stays
Beyond helping with your collar, Fashion Anchors help keep your outfit put-together in a number of other ways.
Watch the video below to see 5 alternative uses for Fashion Anchors in action.
1. Creating a Hidden Button
Have you ever noticed how the distance between the buttons on your shirt is always perfectly WRONG?
Much like the distance between belt holes on standard belts, you’re always faced with a Catch-22 with buttons:
Do you go with the higher button and look uptight and constricted?
Or do you go with the lower button so your co-workers can make fun of you looking like bare-chested Fabio (or a schlub because your undershirt is on display for the whole world to see)?
With Fashion Anchors you can get that “happy medium” by creating a hidden button. Just place the Fashion Anchor dot where you WISH the button was…and voila, you are master of your own domain again.
2. Keeping Your Tie and Pocket Square in Check
Another great use for Fashion Anchors is wrangling wayward accessories.
Maybe you like the idea of using a tie bar or tie dot to keep your tie from flapping around like a runaway snake…BUT you don’t want the visual clutter of another accessory.
You can use a Fashion Anchor to keep your tie in place, and no one will be the wiser.
I’ve also found them helpful when I don’t have an extra-long tie (I’m 6’ 6”) and the small end is too short to fit through the tie loop on the back. I can use a Fashion Anchor to keep the small end from poking out like some annoying tie cowlick.
And what about your pocket square? You go to the trouble of doing a nice fold, but the damn thing keeps sliding down below the edge of your suit pocket. With one little Fashion Anchor, that “shy” pocket square will stay visible and firmly in place all day.
3. Keeping Your Sleeves Rolled Up
Have you noticed how some shirts “play nicely” when you roll up the sleeves, and others are a complete pain?
Maybe you have a busy day ahead, and it’s time to literally roll-up your sleeves and get stuff done. You look good, you’re feeling confident…
Then in less than an hour, you look down and your neatly rolled sleeves have come unraveled—they’ve just given up. Suddenly you don’t feel so put-together anymore.
Fashion Anchors help keep your rolled sleeves in place, even if you feel like the rest of your day might come apart.
4. Emergency Alterations
If you’ve ever traveled for business, you know that the world doesn’t stop just because you’re having problems with your outfit.
There’s nothing like flying into Philadelphia and finding that your bag somehow ended up Dallas.
Can you find a pair of slacks in time for your early appointment? Maybe, but they might not be the right length or even hemmed at all.
With a handful of carefully placed Fashion Anchors, you can do an emergency hem job to make your new pants fit…at least temporarily.
And what about those embarrassing “wardrobe malfunctions”? If you split a seam in your pants right before you walk into your presentation, Fashion Anchors can help with a quick fix. That way your clients can focus on your message, not on your colorful Mickey Mouse boxers.
5. Creating your Own Accessories
Besides all the MacGyver-like ways they help keep your outfit together, Fashion Anchors can also help you express your creativity.
Just affix one of the adhesive dots to your sports coat and add a shiny penny, and you’ve got a unique lapel pin.
You can use Fashion Anchors to create instant accessories out of almost anything you can dream up—even common household items.
Fashion Anchors are a great alternative to traditional collar stays. They can help keep your floppy collar in check—and you can even use them in combination with regular collar stays if you want.
But the most interesting and unique thing about Fashion Anchors is just how versatile they are. Fashion Anchors are like a secret weapon for keeping all the little details of your outfit looking great. The only limit to how you can use them is your imagination.
What are your thoughts about Fashion Anchors? How would you use them? Leave a note in the comments.