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​A Style History: Monogramming

​A Style History: Monogramming

January 28, 2017

A Style History: Monogramming

Embroidered monogramming first appeared in the middle ages as a way to identify clothes at communal bathing facilities (picture). By the early 17th century, monogramming was adopted by the nobility and middle classes, who favored embroidered embellishments on clothing and home furnishings. In that era, large embroidered tapestries of genealogy and family crests often included the monogrammed initials of each member of the family. At the beginning of the 20th century, a single initial, usually the first initial of the last name, had become the most common monogramming style on clothing. With modern monograms, the emphasis still remains on the family surname, however, there is now the use of three initials as opposed to one. Today's monogramming consists of a person's initials — usually a variation on the first, middle, and last name—and much has been written about proper monogram etiquette. The two most common monogramming school's of thought follow these rules:

LARGE SURNAME LETTER in the MIDDLE

Men and women use the first letters of their first, last and middle names, in that order. The surname is always the centered, largest font, enlarging its first letter and placing it in the center, while two smaller letters, for the first and middle names, flank it on either side.

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_"WSE" William Edward Smith_

SAME SIZE LETTERS

Men and women use the first letters of their first, middle and last name, in that order. This style is the most updated and the only style we recommend and offer at ENRO.

_"WSE" William Edward Smith_

A NOTE ABOUT FONT STYLES and COLORS

There are literally hundreds of font styles and thread colors available for creating monograms. When choosing fonts and colors for monograms, be aware of how they will be look on your shirts. At ENRO we have made it easy by curating options to either a Block font, which is more modern and pairs perfectly with an oxford dress shirt or a script font, which is more elegant and paris perfectly with a french cuff or tuxedo shirt.

As it so happens...you can receive complimentary monogramming anytime you purchase an ENRO tuxedo shirt. Click here and give the ENRO monogram maker a test drive.

As you can see, monograms remain a traditional and elegant way to add functional flare to your ENRO Dress shirts.