Add your personal stamp to accessories with marvelous monograms

Make it yours with a traditional monogram

Monogram canvas tote
girlytwirly.com

West avenue jewelry
$100 – maxandchloe.com

14 karat jewelry
$235 – maxandchloe.com

Monogrammed Iphone 4 Case
$56 – neimanmarcus.com

Thread Monogrammed Luggage Tags
$15 – girlytwirly.com

Maybe it’s because I’ve been frantically putting my daughter’s name on all of her belongings as she gets ready to head back to the University, but lately I’ve been thinking about monograms. I’ve long been a fan of swirly letters on sweaters, block prints on shirt cuffs, and of course, all forms of casual jewelry sporting my initials. And lately it appears that monograms have made an incredible resurgence after a noticeable absence. Happily, I’m seeing monograms on everything from traditional writing paper, to home goods, to totes, hats, bags and more.

A monogram can turn otherwise bland pieces and accessories into something special and uniquely yours. In fact, I think I became a true convert in college – in order to stop my roommate from constantly borrowing my clothes!

As a fashion statement, a well-executed monogram says confidence. And, as Lisa Birnbach so eloquently stated in The Preppy Handbook, “Who needs LV or YSL when you can lay claim to a discreet EBW III?”

I’ve highlighted a few suggestions for contemporary accessories that become truly special with the simple addition of a monogram, but the possibilities are endless. Try a local embroidery shop or seamstress who can easily and inexpensively add monograms to pieces that you already own.

Monograms? They’re not just for co-eds anymore!

While you’re here, please make sure to enter our most recent giveaway – over $100 in stunning Magnabilities interchangeable jewelry. Contest ends 8-24.

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!  

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