4 Ways To Easily Stretch Out Shirt Collars

Stretching out shirt collars is sometimes necessary. If you discover that your favorite shirt or blouse is just too tight in the collar, fortunately, there are ways in which you can actually stretch out shirt collars.

Check this out:

How do I stretch the collar of a blouse that is tight around the neck but fits perfectly well otherwise

– Rose

How To Stretch Out Shirt Collars

Heya Rose,

Good to hear from you and thanks for sending in your question!


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I will not profess to be an expert in stretching shirt collars, but some ideas come to mind:

  1. Wet the entire collar line of the blouse, then once it’s soaked, gently stretch out the collar and let it air dry
  2. Do #1, but use something like a waistband extender or waistband stretcher (if you can find one to fit)
  3. Also do #1, but use a collar stretcher or hat stretcher
  4. Depending on the collar of your blouse (if it has a button), maybe a collar extender would work

Do you think any of those above suggestions would work for you?

Clothes Stretching Products

Hat Stretcher

If you cannot locate a Collar Stretcher, then maybe you can try using a Hat Stretcher to stretch out a shirt collar.

Hat Stretcher: Could be used to stretch out shirt collars instead

More Info: Amazon 

Collar Extender

Available everywhere, just Google it or look for it on Amazon.

Try using a collar extender instead of stretching out a shirt collar

Waistband Stretcher

Available pretty much everywhere, including Amazon. Might be too big for a shirt collar though.

Alternatively, Google “waistband stretcher” and you’ll be stretching different shirt collars in no time.

A Waistband Stretcher lets you easily stretch out different shirt collars.

Collar Stretcher 

Originally available on ShoeandFootCare.com, though no longer available.

Use a collar stretcher to stretch out shirt collars

Stretching Out Shirt Collars – Other Suggestions?

If you have any other methods that you use to stretch out shirt collars, tell me about them in the comment section below.


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7 thoughts on “4 Ways To Easily Stretch Out Shirt Collars”

  1. You show a shirt collar stretcher in the last picture above. It looks like a pants band stretcher . Do you know where I can purchase one?

    • hey there k, sorry i forgot to reply. i updated the article with current links.

      i think the best bet is to use a hat stretcher, since the collar stretcher / extender is no longer available for purchase.

      outside of that, i think the collar extender might be the next best option.

    • heya matthew — i can’t seem to find the collar stretcher anymore.

      but, maybe you can try either using a hat stretcher to stretch out your shirt collar, or possibly use a collar extender instead?

      i just updated the article with some current links, so please check it out again and see if any of the recommended collar stretcher products would work.

  2. This is going to sound archaic, but I have been buying clothes one size too large and taking them to the tailor, who I’m sure is glad to have my business all these years.

    That said, I think I’m going to check out these gadgets. It’s going to save a lot of trouble for sure.

    I never would have thought of doing this.

    • heya brett — yeah, pretty interesting.

      i wouldn’t have naturally thought about it either, but once this reader emailed me the how to stretch out a collar question, i remembered running across those waistband stretchers a while back. then, i did a little research and ran across the few collar stretching ideas i posted above.

      my neck is a bit on the thinner side, so i don’t usually have problems with the neck being too tight. my big problem is the long sleeves on stock long-sleeve shirts always being too long for my arm length.

      i just might have to take some of my shirts to a tailor or dry cleaner and have the sleeves shortened some.

      let me know how it goes with your collar stretching!


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