A Crash Course In Monogramming Etiquette

But before you jump on the bandwagon, there are a few rules of etiquette to observe. We turned to Britney Vickery and Ivy Hall, sisters and co-founders of Initials, Inc, for a crash course in styles and traditions, as well as rounded up some key pieces--including chic clutches, towels, and slippers--that are primed for your monogram.

Image of Olivia Palermo, courtesy of Getty Images; Image of Katharine Hepburn, courtesy of Everett Collection. 

“The traditional format is built with the first, last, and middle initial of the individual’s name. Your surname initial would appear slightly larger in the center.”

“The format is the same as traditional, but a three-initial monogram can appear with all three letters the same size.”

“There are no formal guides for proper etiquette with one-letter monograms. Either the initial of the first or last name is selected. This monogram offers flexibility, as it can be larger than a traditional one!” 

“The beauty of a two-letter monogram is that it’s more of an art form. When capturing an individual’s first and last name, or a couple with two different surnames, the initials appear interlocked equally.”

"When combining a monogram for two lovebirds, unity is conveyed in this manner. The bride’s first name initial is placed on the left, the groom’s first name initial on the right, and the couple’s surname initial appears slightly larger in the center.”

“In many circles, proper etiquette states that monograms for infants and younger children appear as first, last, and middle name initials, while teenagers adopt a more casual style of first, middle, and last name initials with all letters the same size. It’s safer to tag children’s clothing with their monograms instead of a first name, preventing the child being duped by strangers who pretend to know them using their name.”

“A woman’s monogram typically follows the format of first, middle, and last initials. A married woman’s monogram traditionally reads first initial, maiden name initial, and married surname initial. If the married woman has a hyphenated last name, the first initial of the last surname would be used as it would match her spouse’s monogram and is proper etiquette.”

“Monograms are a fun way to express the unique style of the individual. Be bold and break away from traditional monogram forms using a word that expresses a personality trait or describes the purpose of the product. The key is to have fun with monograms and reflect your own unique personal style. As with any art form, conventions and the methods are always evolving.”

Louis Vuitton

Mon Monogram Passport Cover ($465, 866.VUITTON)


Jakub Studios

The Marrakesh High Rise Kick Flare Jeans ($198)

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