Monograms

Monograms
Thursday, September, 13, 2012 Though monograms were once a preppy mainstay, they've since evolved into a high-fashion accent adorning everything from skinny jeans to leather belts. Don't get us wrong--monograms still evoke summers in the Hamptons and East Coast prep schools--but they're far more versatile than you think! Whether you choose a personalized monogram or wear a designer's logo version, these classic symbols can be elegant or whimsical, but they're always exceptionally chic, so read on to see why we're spotlighting them as a Current Classic!On The Street & Runway
No matter what your style is, you can adapt monograms into your look--just take a peek at Stella McCartney's Pre-Fall 12 collection and Rihanna's recent ensemble. The former's Carter Top ($1485, 212.255.1556) and Carroll Skirt ($1595, 212.255.1556) was a play in contrasts: a demure silhouette swathed in quirky monograms gave off a polished-meets-playful vibe. Rihanna, on the other hand, rocked a statement-making outfit in Los Angeles last month in an eyelet letterman coat with Converse sneakers. Want your own monogrammed must-have? Keep on reading to see the selection we curated for today's story!

On The Market
1. Mother The Looker Jeans ($275, 323.651.4129) in Les Baladins Du Nouveau Monde
Denim favorite Mother reworked their popular Looker jeans in a fun, whimsical print. We suggest playing off the colorful motif with a bright tank top or sweater.

2. Juicy Couture Striped Velour Pullover ($139)
Juicy Couture combines two preppy elements--stripes and a logo monogram--in one laid-back sweater. Slip it on with your favorite lived-in jeans for a lazy Sunday afternoon style.

3. Ariel Gordon Slim Signet Bangle ($340)
Elegant and understated, Ariel Gordon's personalized bracelet is the perfect gift for a dear friend (or yourself--we'll never tell!). For those who prefer gold jewelry, you're in luck! The delicate bangle also comes in yellow or rose gold.

4. Clare Vivier 3 Stripe Flat Clutch ($184, 323.665.2476)
Clare Vivier's rectangular pouch--monogrammed upon request--comes in a versatile mix of colors. We'd wear it with a crisp oxford shirt tucked into skinny jeans for a preppy, on-the-go look.

5. Tommy Hilfiger Gold Plated TH Signet Ring ($75)
Remember when a guy would give you his class ring to signify the two of you were dating? Now you can get your own with Tommy Hilfiger's bold signet ring, though it's likely this rendition is a tad more current and sophisticated!

6. J. Crew Vintage Pajama Set ($85) in Hydrangea
For a while now, J. Crew's offered monogramming for an additional fee on a selection of its sweaters, chambray shirts, and even swimsuits. Now you can personalize their classic menswear-inspired pajamas for a sleepwear set that will never go out of style!

7. Stubbs & Wootton HYC Slippers ($400)
These embroidered velvet slippers look comfortable enough for at-home lounging, but don't be shy to wear them on the street! Just team them with cropped pants and a sharp blazer for a perfectly polished ensemble.

8. Jil Sander Appliqued Cotton Sweatshirt ($440)
This is no ordinary sweatshirt! Jil Sander's slightly shrunken jumper gets the varsity treatment with contrasting orange terry letters. Temper its casual collegiate feel with trousers and pointy-toe pumps.

9. Fendi 2jours Bag ($2260, 212.759.4646) in Red
Fendi's structured satchel--in fall's must-have bordeaux shade--lends your outfit a pop of color. You can even request monogramming on the attached luggage tag for a truly original touch!

10. C Wonder Reversible Belt Strap ($58) in Navy
You get two belts in one with C Wonder's reversible strap--one side is smooth leather, while the other's a croc-embossed pattern. Show off the initial of your choice by slipping on a buckle, which is sold separately.--Tiffany Tse

Photo of Rihanna, courtesy of AKM GSI; Stella McCartney runway photo, courtesy of Stella McCartnety.
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