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Personalizing your dress shirt with your initials? If so, where? If not, bad taste?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Soph, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. Soph

    Soph Well-Known Member

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    ????????
    Or Mono gram good show or bad blow? You decide.
     
  2. wilson brother

    wilson brother Well-Known Member

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    Hey Soph-

    Ive been thinking about putting the Guy on the cuffs of my shirts [​IMG] so I can be original at work without causing any trouble.


    -Danny Wilsn
     
  3. edmorel

    edmorel Well-Known Member

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    Or Mono gram good show or bad blow? You decide.



    For me, monograms fell under the "real old school" category or the "young guy trying too hard" category.
     
  4. Soph

    Soph Well-Known Member

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    Hey Soph-

    Ive been thinking about putting the Guy on the cuffs of my shirts [​IMG] so I can be original at work without causing any trouble.


    -Danny Wilsn


    This guy?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Fawkes_portrait.jpg
     
  5. coachvu

    coachvu Well-Known Member

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    On my first Jantzen order, I had them put the monogram on the inside of the yoke. Sort of a nice personal touch that few will see. I think anything readily visible is too flashy.
     
  6. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Well-Known Member

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    I also have them on the inside of the yoke. Invisible to anyone but me.
     
  7. Hoya Saxa

    Hoya Saxa Well-Known Member

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    Big monogram proponent ... but only if done tasetefully. All of my monograms are done between the fourth and fifth button (down from the neck) about two inches left of the placket. More discreet than on one's chest or cuff.

    Hoya
     
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    I'm an inside the yoke guy, too.
     
  9. pscolari

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    +4 on inside of yolk.

    The Senior MD in my group has them on his left cuff. Kind of interesting. FWIW - He is old school Alden/BB all the way.
     
  10. Film Noir Buff

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    I dont think theyre always in bad taste, just often so.

    I found an old shirt that was made for me with my initials on the lower left, just above the belt line. I think I didnt like that the initials werent obviously handmade. I used to get these small, obviously handmade ones but even that was an expensive waste of time. And what if the monogram gets botched?

    There is such a wide diversity of reactions to monograms that it is hard to say whether it's worthwhile or not. I have seen whole groups favorably impressed with a man's monogram on the collar or cuff. That placement almost always makes my lip curl. The only exception Ive seen was this client of my shirtmaker who had two sets of buttonholes on each of his french cuffs with a different major city around the world (NYC, Tokyo, London, LA, I think). He wore tiffany watch cufflinks in there and apparently he worked in a trade where he needed to know differnt timezones. that's so unique that what mightve been crass becomes appealing.

    Be prepared to have your privacy invaded constantly because we are in a time where people will ask you constantly what the monograms mean. In an age of legible clothing, the expectation is that someone will ask for a translation. If that's what you want, then fine. But let's say youre in a situation where you dont want someone aksing what the initials stand for?

    For me personally, I recognize that the way I dress already garners enough attention (suspicion?) that loading on the bells and whistles isnt a good idea.
     
  11. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    I dont think theyre always in bad taste, just often so. I found an old shirt that was made for me with my initials on the lower left, just above the belt line. I think I didnt like that the initials werent obviously handmade. I used to get these small, obviously handmade ones but even that was an expensive waste of time. And what if the monogram gets botched? There is such a wide diversity of reactions to monograms that it is hard to say whether it's worthwhile or not. I have seen whole groups favorably impressed with a man's monogram on the collar or cuff. That placement almost always makes my lip curl. The only exception Ive seen was this client of my shirtmaker who had two sets of buttonholes on each of his french cuffs with a different major city around the world (NYC, Tokyo, London, LA, I think). He wore tiffany watch cufflinks in there and apparently he worked in a trade where he needed to know differnt timezones. that's so unique that what mightve been crass becomes appealing. Be prepared to have your privacy invaded constantly because we are in a time where people will ask you constantly what the monograms mean. In an age of legible clothing, the expectation is that someone will ask for a translation. If that's what you want, then fine. But let's say youre in a situation where you dont want someone aksing what the initials stand for? For me personally, I recognize that the way I dress already garners enough attention (suspicion?) that loading on the bells and whistles isnt a good idea.
    +1 I am always curious about people with visible monograms, although I have seen some done by hand that are beautiful. I would still not want a beautiful one, but that is just me.
     
  12. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Well-Known Member

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    I only have one shirt with a monogram. It is a MTM Zegna and the monogramming was free, so I had it done near the bottom of the shirt, just to the wearer's left of center. It is completely concealed during wearing.
     
  13. pinchi22

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    I think a discreet monogram on the chest or the sleeve is very nice. It shows your shirt is MTM (of course, someone could just add a monogram to RTW).

    If the monogram isn´t your own initials, yes, you´re open to being questioned!
     
  14. gdl203

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    I also get them inside the yoke when it's free of charge but couldn't care less and would not pay an extra cent for a monogram. I actually dislike visible monograms
     
  15. lawyerdad

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    I also have them on the inside of the yoke. Invisible to anyone but me.
    +1
     
  16. lawyerdad

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    I think a discreet monogram on the chest or the sleeve is very nice. It shows your shirt is MTM (of course, someone could just add a monogram to RTW).

    If the monogram isn´t your own initials, yes, you´re open to being questioned!

    To each his own, but that's exactly why a number of people here do not like visible monograms.
     
  17. Joffrey

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    Big monogram proponent ... but only if done tasetefully. All of my monograms are done between the fourth and fifth button (down from the neck) about two inches left of the placket. More discreet than on one's chest or cuff.

    Hoya


    IMO, the best spot. Or maybe just a bit higher if the shirt lacks pockets
     
  18. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    I would never, ever wear a visible monogram.

    On umbrella/silver card case/other item likely to be lost or stolen, maybe. But not on clothes.
     
  19. TyskJohan

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    My Hong Kong tailor insisted on a monogram, and was mighty disappointed when I asked him to put it on the left front, below the belt line (about where the extra button is on most shirts). I think that's a good place.

    I've had hand-me-downs earlier where the monogram was on the pocket, and it did become a bit annoying to do the double explaining (yes, it's a monogram; no, it's not mine)
     
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    +7 inside the yoke. Tougher to lose if you send it to the cleaners. I wouldn't pay more than a few bucks for it though...
     

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