January 24, 2014 - Style, The Next Thing You Need

The Next Thing You Need | Monograms

Happy Friday, pretties!  I’ve got good news and bad news today.  Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.  This will be the last Next Thing You Need post for awhile.

Now for the good news…I’m replacing it with a fun new series that was YOUR idea.

In my reader survey, you asked for more wardrobe essentials posts.  You want to know the pieces I keep going back to in order to create casual, chic outfit combos.  (Lots of you actually used the word “chic”, I kind of like that!)

In my new series, I’ll be showing you some of my favorite brands of casual, chic outfit building blocks, along with different price points for each.  I’ll also be giving you inspiration for pairing each piece up in new and fresh ways to create lots of outfit options.

Sound good?

I haven’t decided on a series name yet, but if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments!  I’d love to hear them.

Now back to today’s business.

Let’s start with a little story about my first experience with monograms.

Christmas 1983.  I was 10 years old.  Go ahead, do the math.  Under the tree was a beautiful red sweater with my initials embroidered on the front.  I unwrapped it and immediately told my mom she needed to return it because they had my initials backwards – AHN instead of ANH.  She laughed and explained that it’s supposed to be that way.  The last initial goes in the middle!

After her little monogramming lesson, I decided to keep the sweater and ended up adoring it.  To this day it is still one of my all-time favorite pieces of clothing I’ve ever owned.

It looked a lot like this but red.

monogram sweater [Via Pinterest, Source Removed]

Well I couldn’t be more delighted that monograms are making a big comeback.  And not just in the south, although they’re way bigger here and have been for awhile.  Some of my favorite retailers like C. Wonder, Pottery Barn and J. Crew have monogram shops. Nordstrom is also offering more monogrammed and personalized items and Etsy is an excellent source of all things monogrammed.

Monogrammed items make a perfect gift too.  Let me ask, have you ever gotten a personalized gift that you didn’t love?  What a minute, maybe you have.  I know I’ve been on the wrong end of a few gifts from Things Remembered!  But you know what I mean.  Something with your initials is uniquely yours.

I guess that’s why I loved that red sweater so much.

Here are some great monogrammed and personalized items.  Don’t worry, none of them are from Things Remembered.

Monograms [1/2/3/4/5/6/7]

A piece that I’ve been wearing almost daily that reminds me of my beloved monogrammed sweater is this necklace.

onecklace review [Monogrammed Necklace c/o Onecklace]

Onecklace is offering a discount to GYPO readers.  Get 10% off your order with coupon code GIFT at Onecklace.com.  The quality is great and shipping was fast. I promise you’ll want to wear this necklace every day!

It’s Your Turn:  Do you own any monogrammed items?  Tell me in the comments.

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15 Comments

  • Actually I don’t have monogram items. But I love the jewelry box. Happy Friday Alison.

  • I LOVE a monogram too!!!!! Fun round up!

  • Great round up! I wear a monogram with my daughter’s initial every day .I have a couple of necklaces and a leather cuff with her bday on it. Love monograms! Susan

  • Monograms are so fun and classic! Your necklace is gorgeous and I am loving those earrings!

  • Buffie McConville

    I have fallen in LOVE with monogram! After purchasing items off of Etsy, I decided to try my own hand at it! I highly recommend the Brother PE-770 machine – it is easy to use, does quality work and it reasonably priced (considering how much I was spending on Etsy!). I am still learning the tricks of using the machine but really enjoy wearing my creations to work (I am a high school principal). The girls LOVE it – I’m a trend setter here in small town Missouri!

  • Kim

    Living in the south all my life, I just assumed EVERYONE loved monograms! We have monogrammed pillowcases, tote bags, aprons, serving trays, towels, pitchers, glasses, clothing, jewelry boxes, luggage, necklaces, and on and on! We even hang monograms on our front doors! My daughter recently moved from Alabama to Iowa as a new bride with all her monogrammed things and the folks in the Midwest don’t quite get our obsession! Haha! The best gifts are always monogrammed! Loved your post.

  • Pia

    I too am traumatized by Things Remembered (received a few pens and-gasp-lighters from there back in the day). I’ve turned a corner and now love classic pieces with monograms. My latest purchase is the Madewell Transportation Tote with my initials.

  • OMG I’m in love with that vest!!!!!!! I need one!! too bad my hubs won’t recognize that as a need when we just bought a house 🙁 boo! Happy Friday sweet friend!

  • Suzanne

    I love the necklace and would like to order it in silver. What chain length do you have? Thanks!!

    • Hi Suzanne – Mine is the 18 inch. I’m thinking about ordering one in silver too!

  • I swear I belong in the south since I monogram EVERYTHING, lol. These are fun picks! Thanks for sharing!

    Amanda
    All Things Pretty

  • Interesting, I didn’t know about the sequence of initials – probably we usually do not have a middle name here in Germany.
    I have a silver brooch with my initial “A” from my childhood and since my daughter’s name is Alena… guess who is wearing it?

    Annette | Lady of Style

  • Pretty necklace! I like that C. Wonder box too… would make a great gift!

  • I’m totally on board the monogram train! I have an initial necklace and LOVE it. Great roundup!

  • Thanks for linking to my monogrammed vest! You have great taste and a neat blog!