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Date: 5/15/13 2:53 PM

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In the beginning, the shirt monogram served much the same purpose as a name Sharpied on the elastic of summer-camp underpants. Its function was to thwart accidental switcheroos at the laundry—and because no one ever took his jacket off, back in the day, a breast monogram was, again, no flashier than an iron-on name label informing a select few persons of the true identity of the rightful owner of a particular set of Batman Underoos.


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Date: 5/15/13 5:28 PM

They are not tacky. Unless you're over 8 and they are acompanied by trains, blocks or cartoon characters.
Shirt pockets, cuffs and hankerchiefs look lovely monogramed.

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Date: 5/15/13 5:51 PM

This is the same hipster publication that has as one of the popular articles "Help my husband caught me cheating and now wants an open marriage."

While there is an element of Nouveau Riche tackiness to monograms (especially among hipsters), it is also one of the few acceptable/conservative ways to have something that doesn't look like what everyone else is wearing.

Having a monogram on every.single.shirt would be a bit much, but using it as a design element - especially as one that makes people do a double take, like an off kilter patch pocket, or a piece of jewlery w/ an insect on/in it - can show creativity, flair, and a sense of humor. (Says the woman w/ a pair of painted wood dinosaur earrings, lol.)

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Date: 5/15/13 6:00 PM

Tacky. So are names, unless placed inside for laundry ID.

However, some schools require names on all belongings as do the military. First example - never in public and the second, you can handle it!

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Date: 5/15/13 6:03 PM

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This is the same hipster publication that has as one of the popular articles "Help my husband caught me cheating and now wants an open marriage.


Count yourself lucky that I'm not reposting advice columns from The Stranger, then.

I have no opinion on the matter, I just thought that the article might be interesting to PR.

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Date: 5/15/13 6:31 PM

I love a small subtle tone on tone monogram on a cuff.

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Date: 5/15/13 7:21 PM

Fun article! I like the idea of the monogram on the shirt tail. Very classy. But discrete and on the cuff? No problem, but I do not live in a button-down world.

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Date: 5/15/13 8:49 PM

Every now and then I see a man's shirt cuff with a small, tone on tone monogram and I always think it looks elegant.

On a breast pocket or in a contrasting color, not so much.

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Date: 5/15/13 10:53 PM

Hi All,

I have to admit I don't know much about what is deemed "acceptable" regarding "fashion," so I'm a bit confused.

What is the difference between having the wearer's initials monogrammed on the pocket (which is considered "tacky"), but it is acceptable to have the designer's initials (ie. YSL) or a polo player, etc. on the pocket?

Or are they all considered "tacky?"



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Date: 5/16/13 0:03 AM

I don't know what's acceptable or "fashionable" either but the small, tone on tone, cuff monograms appeal to me when more obvious ones don't because they are so discreet. They seem like something you would have done just for your own, private satisfaction, not to draw attention.

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