Choosing a Monogram

Monograms are a great way to make your mark. Here, Editor-at-Large Kimberly Schlegel Whitman shows you how to choose the perfect monogram.


[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Editor-at-Large at Southern Living. Monograms are everywhere in the south. Here's how to pick the perfect one. The first thing to consider is technique. Monograms can be appliqued, embroidered, etched, stamped, or even painted. The next step is to pick out your style. Traditionally, men would use a block style and women would use a script style, but today, anything goes. Just pick something that reflects your personal style. The third step is to lay it out. A single monogram is the most casual. If someone only has two names, this is an example of a two letter monogram, and for three letters, you would lay it out like this. If the middle letter of the monogram is the largest, that should be the last name. In this case, L would be the first name, W would be the last name, and H would be the middle name, but if all of the letters are the same size, and being laid out in a row, it will be first, middle, and last. Monograms are a great way to customize just about anything, from a cutting board, to cut crystal, and they're a great way to personalize a gift. With so many colors and styles and options available, it's a great way for you to make your mark.
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