There are few sharper looks than a slim-fit shirt tucked crisply into a well-fitted pair of slacks.
Unfortunately for those of us who like to keep our shirts looking tucked and tidy, it’s far too easy for our shirt tails to creep out from underneath our belts, causing our slim and sharp silhouette to look slovenly and unkempt.
Making matters worse, by the time the bottom of your shirt pops out it tends to look all wrinkly and crinkled, making you look even sloppier.
That’s where shirt stays come in.
While they come in different styles and types, shirt stays (also known as shirt garters) hide underneath your pants and use an elastic strap to keep your shirt crisply tucked throughout the day.
They’re popular with law enforcement, military personnel and other guys who wear a military uniform shirt (e.g. security guards) because they help them maintain the tight military tuck demanded by strict dress codes.
But they’re also great for civilians who want to maintain a put-together and professional appearance.
In this post I’ll round up seven of the best shirt stays on the market and break down the pluses and minuses of each type.
The Best Shirt Stays for Men
Breaking Down the Best Shirt Garters for Guys Who Want to Keep Their Tuck Tight
Best Y-Clip Shirt Stay ↓
Y-Style Shirt Stay
- 4.5 Stars on Amazon
- 3,456 Reviews
- Made in USA
- Clip closure on both ends
- Adjustable buckles with nylon teeth clips
- Available in black or white
Designed by a veteran police officer, Shirt Stays Plus claims to make “the world’s best shirt stays.”
(And as alluded to above, if there’s one group that needs an effective way to keep their shirts tucked in, it’s law enforcement officers.)
Their “Y-style” stays are their most popular model, and one of the best-rated shirt stays on Amazon.
As the name implies, they use a long y-shaped design to connect the bottom of your shirt to the top of your socks, which is one of the best ways to keep both pieces in place all day.
Stirrup Style (Loop) Shirt Stays
- 4.4 Stars on Amazon
- 1,472 Reviews
- Adjustable strap
- Made in USA
Stirrup-style shirt stays are similar to the y-style, only instead of clipping to your socks at the bottom they include a loop that you slide your foot into.
While they don’t pull double duty by keeping your socks nice and high, the stirrup shirt stay is a little more secure because you only have to worry about the clips on one end.
“Heavy Duty” Shirt Stay
- 4.4 Stars on Amazon
- 919 Reviews
- Made in USA
- Available in both white and black
Similar in design to the NV stays above, Shirt Stays Plus offers a garter-style stay that wraps around your thigh then clips to the bottom part of your shirt to maximize elastic tension.
Unlike the NV model, which has three clips, these are straight shirt stays that clip in just two places: one in the front and one in the back.
Signature Shirt Stays
- 4.3 Stars on Amazon
- 400 Reviews
- Flat rubber grips with button slot; won’t puncture clothing
- Fits heights from 5’4″ – 6’8″
While shirt stays aren’t meant to be seen by anyone, there’s no reason why they can’t come in cool colors and patterns.
That seems to be the (admirable) underlying philosophy of the (abominably named) FancyBoy company, which offers this well reviewed “Y” type of shirt stay in a variety of styles.
*Yes, that’s seriously the name, and no, I don’t blame you for laughing. (But you can’t deny that their shirt stays look pretty cool.)
Shirt Stays Upgrade
- 4.2 Stars on Amazon
- 2,055 Reviews
- Adjustable leg loops
- Stainless steel platypus clip with plastic teeth
- Available with extra strap for socks
This model from Kedofe combines two different styles of shirt stays.
The base model is similar to the NV Holders model above, which wraps around your thigh and then clips to the bottom of your shirt.
But it also comes with a removable strap that you can clip downward to your sock, offering the same benefits as the y-style shirt stays above.
Best Price ↓
Tuck-It Belt Style Shirt Stays
- 3.9 Stars on Amazon
- 747 Reviews
- Available in two sizes
- Hooks on to bottom button of shirt
- Fully adjustable
Also from Shirt Stays Plus, this model is a shirt stay belt that wraps around your waist just below where your actual belt sits, cinching the shirt tightly around your waist.
It features a plastic hook, instead of the metal clips used by most shirt stays, which loops over the last button of your shirt to help keep it in place.
It’s a great product for anyone who’s nervous about wading into the world of shirt tuckers, and nervous about the embarrassing looks they might get if your shirttail garters should somehow snap, and an elastic band suddenly comes shooting out of your pants.
Do shirt stays work?
Yeah, shirt stays work pretty well—as long as they’re properly fitted. If you get the kind with adjustable straps, make sure that you’ve tightened them enough to keep the shirt secure, but not so much that they make your shirt look strained.
What is the best shirt stay?
As highlighted above, the best shirt stays on Amazon are the NV Holders “S-Holder” Premium Shirt Stay, which have 4.5 stars after more than 1,600 reviews, and come with free shipping and great customer service if you have Amazon Prime.
(And since not that many guys wear shirt stays to begin with, you gotta figure that’s a huge portion of the shirt-stay wearing public.)
Does Walmart have shirt stays?
Does Target sell shirt stays?
Target doesn’t carry shirt stays. Nothing came up when I searched for both “shirt stays” and “shirt garters” on their website, other than some regular ol’ ladies garters, which won’t do much for your shirt (but depending on what you’re into, I guess could help your love life?).
You Know Where to Find the Best Shirt Stays
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Knowing which models make for the best shirt stays will help you project a put together, sharp and slim appearance above your bet.
But securing your shirt is one thing; securing your overall appearance is another.
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