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I really like the look of safety pin collar holders, but don't really understand them. Are they too superfluous?
- Luke, Providence, RI

A lot could be considered superfluous when it comes to clothing. But details make the man. And collar pins, much like their tie bar brethren, actually serve a function while adding a dash of old-school style. The pin keeps your collar neat and pulled down while giving a boost to your tie's knot. We definitely liked the sophistication the pins brought to this jaunty fellow captured at Milan's fashion week back in September. Of course, if you're a tad weary of punching holes in your shirt, look for pin-like clips that provide the same effect.

Gatwick pins, $75 for set, at Want Les Essentiels de la Vie

Silver collar holder, $24, at JPress

(Photos by Fosco Giulianelli)

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