Monograms- Classy or Cheesy?

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  1. theSeamsterCo

    theSeamsterCo New Member

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    I see a lot of people with monograms on their cuffs, especially financial advisers and insurance people and I am just curious as to what you all think about them? I personally would never put a monogram on one of my shirts since I find it quite cheesy and i hate the way they look. However, I see them a lot and it makes me think people do it just so other people know they are wearing a "custom made" shirt. I have no idea why people get monograms but to each his own, I just would like to know what other people think.
     
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    Cubits Well-Known Member

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    I've seen it as an option when i've had shirts made, but haven't brought myself to doing it. If i could have a little fun at the expense of serious monogrammers in a "counter-culture" way without being garish, i would totally be down for it.
     
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    Utterly classless.
     
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    If the monogram's in a place where it'll only be seen by your housekeeper, so she knows which shirts belong to you, and which shirts belong to your son/brother/father, then fine. Get the monogram. Put it down low on the left shirt tail, or inside the collar, or someplace like that.

    Otherwise, I agree with you that a monogram on a shirt is cheesy. Although I suppose it's less cheesy to wear your initials, than to wear a designer's initials.
     
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    I get them at the natural waist point, left pannels, but always tone on tone (light blue on sky Blu shirts, dark pink on light pink shirts, cream/yellowish on white shirts etc).

    Most people in the office when i am not wearing a jacket do not even notice them, which I prefer, and when wearing a jacket they are invisible
     
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    I have my initials on my shirt cuff. At home it is very common to have it on your shirt.
     
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    P-K-L Senior member

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    Exactly the same over here!
     
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    I tend to go big. Always at my left shoulder Laverne style.

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    Hahaha well played
     
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    I dislike monograms that are blatant and in a place where they'll be seen. A monogram in a place nobody sees it (shirt tail, inside collar, etc.) is fine with me, as is a very subtle monogram that one would have to look very hard to find (sounds like some of the tone on tone ones). I've been considering adding monograms to the keeper on my Hober ties for awhile but haven't gotten around to it.
     
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    If they're visible they're cheesy, and unnecessarily ostentatious. if they're invisible they're pointless. I suppose their only utility is if you send shirts out to be laundered and don't trust the laundry to get them back to you.

    A bit like surgeons cuffs. If they make you feel better then go ahead with them but 99.9 % of anyone checking you out won't notice and the remainder are unlikely to care.
     
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    Ah this old chestnut. Been debated up and down on here many a time.

    Personally, I do the same thing as Marco, so long as it is a shirt that I will be wearing with a jacket. What's more, I generally wear braces with my suits and they usually cover the monogram altogether.

    If it's a sport shirt I don't get my initials, though I do generally get the month/year the shirt is made embroidered on the inside collar band. Reminds me that I likely need to look into a new shirt when the date is past a year old or so.
     
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    monograms make a statement



    and that statement is, "I HAVE A MONOGRAM"
     

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