5 simple ways to stretch a shirt collar

One of the most common issues that people have with shirts is that the collar can become too tight, causing discomfort and even making it difficult to button the shirt. While it’s possible to buy a new shirt with a bigger collar, it’s often more economical (and environmentally friendly) to simply stretch out the collar of the shirt you already have.

how to stretch a shirt collar

Here are five simple ways to stretch a shirt collar:

1. use a collar extender

If you find that your shirt collar is too tight, a collar extender can be a quick and easy way to loosen it up.

A collar extender is a small device that attaches to the buttons on your shirt and gives you an extra few inches of room around the neck. You can find them at most stores that sell clothing accessories, or online.

collar extender example
collar extender

The best part about these extenders is that you don’t need any sewing knowledge, you just insert the extender and you’re good to go!

2. skirt hanger

If you don’t have a collar extender handy, or if you want a more permanent solution, stretching your shirt collar with a skirt hanger can be an effective method.

A skirt hanger is a hanger that has clips on them used to hang up clothing items that don’t have arm holes, like skirts.

skirt hanger
skirt hanger

To use a skirt hanger to stretch your shirt collar, simply clip your the collar of your shirt, then slide the clips outward.

Just be careful when sliding them because if you slide it too much you could actually stretch it out further than what you wanted or your could tear or break the collar.

3. pegboard

If you don’t have a skirt hanger, another item that can be used to stretch out your shirt collar is a pegboard.

To use a pegboard, simply take the collar of your shirt and put it over one of the pegs. Then, using another peg, pull the fabric taunt until it’s stretched to your desired amount.

This method is a bit more permanent than the others, so only do it if you’re sure you want to make the change to your shirt.

Now, I use the pegboard as an example, but as you can see, really all you need is a pole like item to place your collar over and then you can stretch it out by pulling on it. Just don’t rip it.

4. hot water

If you’re looking for a quick fix, hot water can be a great way to temporarily stretch out your shirt collar.

To do this, simply fill a pot with hot water and holding the collar of your shirt, dip it in for about 30 seconds.

The heat from the water will cause the fibers in the fabric to loosen, giving you a bit more room. Then you can stretch it out by hand. Just be careful not to leave it in too long or you could damage the shirt.

5. go to a tailor

If you’re not comfortable stretching out your shirt collar yourself, or if you want a professional opinion, you can always take it to a tailor.

A tailor will be able to assess the situation and stretch out your shirt collar for you, ensuring that it’s done correctly and won’t cause any damage to your shirt.

This is usually the most expensive option, but it’s also the most foolproof.


So there you have it, five simple ways to stretch a shirt collar! Try out one of these methods next time you find yourself in need of a little extra room around the neck.

how tight should a shirt collar be?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on personal preference. However, if you find that your shirt collar is uncomfortable or difficult to button, then it is likely too tight. In this case, using one of the methods above to stretch out the collar can be helpful.

how to fix a loose shirt collar?

So let’s say you loosened up your shirt collar a bit too much by stretching it out with your hands (first off, take it easy Hulk). What should you do?

I recommend just taking it to the tailor at that point. It might cost a bit of money but you know what they say, you get what you pay for.