The Fine Linens Guide to Monogramming & Personalization
Embroidered monograms are a hallmark of good taste and personal style that date back hundreds of years. There are
countless different options, from diamond brackets to swirly script. Choose a monogram that reflects your
personality and the mood you’re trying to create in the room (formal, casual, classic, contemporary, whimsical,
When monogramming for women, the initial that stands for the last name often appears in the middle. In
many styles of monogramming, it’s larger than the other two letters. Zelda M. Sayre’s monogram,
therefore, is ZSM.
Monograms for men frequently appear in sequential block letters. F. Scott Fitzferald's bath towels would likely be monogrammed FSF
Monograms for Couples
Now let’s imagine Zelda marries F. Scott and opts to take his name. Her new monogram would be:
Many contemporary couples choose to use a married monogram that incorporates their last name and both
people’s first initial. In that case, the pillow shams in the master bedroom would read:
If Zelda opts to keep her maiden name, the sheets and towels could feature two initials to honor both
F + S .
Monograms for same-sex couples is the same as for heterosexual couples with two last names. If F. Scott
Fitzgerald marries Ernest Miller Hemingway, they may choose a two-initial monogram like this one:
F | H.
For a less formal option, Zelda might create a two-initial monogram using both first initials:
The question of where to place a monogram really depends on how you prefer to make your bed, fold napkins, hang
towels and so on. To visualize what your monogrammed linens will look like, please consult the examples