Black Onyx Leather with Gold Serif Deboss of Alphabet, Numbers, Punctuation, and Different Fonts Sizes

After you have decided which monogram style is right for your item, we have more ideas for the best monogram placement and personalization tips based on the type of item.


In this series, we have already covered the most popular types of monogram techniques available and modern or traditional ways to arrange your initials. Now you ready to learn more about the next key question: “Where should I put my monogram?” Placement can vary, depending on the item being monogrammed and the material the item is made of. The following sections delve into the criteria to consider and traditional positions for the placement of a monogram for personal items like clothing, linens, and accessories.

6 Tips for Monogram Placement

Monogram placement can be tricky, but with a few tips and guidelines, you can ensure that your monogram is positioned perfectly on your item. The right placement will highlight and call attention to the monogram detail without overwhelming the item as a whole. Here are six tips for monogram placement:


Tip #1 – Consider the item's size and shape
The size and shape of the item will affect where you can place the monogram. For example, a small item such as a handkerchief may only have enough space for a small monogram in one corner, while a larger item such as a tote bag may have more space to work with, allowing for a larger monogram to be centered on the bag.


Tip #2 – Think about the monogram's size
The size of the font used for the monogram initials should be proportionate to the item it is being applied to. A large font size may overpower a small item, while a small font size may be difficult to read on a larger item.


Tip #3 – Determine the orientation and style
Consider the orientation of the item when deciding on placement. A monogram on a shirt should be placed so that it can be easily read when the shirt is worn. The style of the monogram can also affect placement. A vertical monogram may look better on a tall, narrow item, while a horizontal monogram may look better on a wide item.


Tip #4 – Follow traditional placement guidelines
There are some traditional guidelines for monogram placement that can be helpful. Tradition states that on a button-down shirt, the monogram should be placed either on the inside or outside of the cuff, and on a pillowcase, it should be placed near the opening.


Tip #5 – Take advantage of monogramming brands
If you're unsure about placement, consider using a template or guide. These guides are easy to find online for DIY monogramming like embroidery, so you can create your own by measuring and marking the item.


Many brands that specialize in monogramming will offer a monogram generator with pre-selected colors, positioning, and spacing for placement. In our monogram previewer, we have optimized our personalization options with the best fonts, colors, sizes, and positions for every style we offer.

Leatherology monogram previewer for hand paint personalization on Kress XL Tote

Tip #6 – Use your own judgement

Ultimately, the placement of the monogram is up to your personal preference and style. Use your own judgement to determine where the monogram looks best on the item you are monogramming. Don't rush the placement process. Take your time and make sure you're happy with the placement before committing to the monogram.

Monogramming Etiquette on Personal Items

Let's delve into the more specific etiquette surrounding monogramming personal items. Personal items include clothing, linens, and accessories.


Monogramming on Clothing

When monogramming clothing like formal evening wear or school uniforms, it's important to consider the placement and font of the monogram. For men's dress shirts, the monogram is typically placed on the cuff or chest.


A shirt pocket’s monogram may be better placed on the left side so that it is visible when the shirt is worn under a jacket or sweater. For exterior layers of clothing, tradition dictates you place a monogram on the outside cuff of a jacket.  However, the placement can always vary depending on personal preference and the item of clothing.


For women's clothing, the monogram can be placed on the cuff, chest, or pocket of the shirt or blouse. The collar can also be considered. Monogramming is often associated with more formal occasions, such as weddings, and can add a touch of elegance to an outfit. However, it may be thought of as too reserved or ceremonial for more casual situations.


Not all women's clothing items are considered appropriate for monogramming. It is generally considered acceptable to monogram items such as shirts, blouses, jackets, sweaters, and handbags. It may not be appropriate to monogram lingerie, swimwear, or workout clothing. Exceptions to that rule could be items such as a satin bridesmaid’s or bride’s robe, worn before dressing for the wedding ceremony.


Choose a font that is appropriate for the occasion and the item of clothing. The font should be simple and understated, such as a traditional serif or modern sans serif font, think of fonts similar to the look of Times New Roman for serif or Calibri for sans serif.


A cursive font may be more appropriate for a dressy blouse, while a simple block font may be more appropriate for a casual sweater. It is also important to choose a color that complements the item of clothing. A monogram in a bold or bright color may not be appropriate for a formal occasion. However, monogram done in bright colors to represent sports teams or Greek organizations and alma mater colors from high school or college can be acceptable.


Monogramming on Linens and Towels

The monogram letters for linens and towels are typically placed in the corner of a napkin or face cloth but could also be centered on the bottom end of larger hand or bath towels for a uniform look when folded. You can also place a monogram on a sheet or duvet cover near the top edge.


As always, the font should be easy to read and not too elaborate. A script or cursive font may be more appropriate for a formal linen napkin or personal handkerchief, while an easy block font may be more appropriate for a bath towel. You may encounter examples of monogrammed towels and linens at a luxury hotel or spa.


However, monogramming can also add a personal touch to everyday linens and towels at home and make thoughtful monogrammed gifts for weddings or housewarming parties. It is traditional to use a tone-on-tone color for monograms on linen, such as the subtle look of cream-on-cream or white-on-ivory, while brighter, contrasting colors may be used on towels.


Monogramming on Accessories

No matter what monogramming method is used, accessories like wine glasses, pens, handbags, or wallets, typically have the monogram placed on the outside of the item, on the front or back, in a classic, easy-to-read font that won’t go out of style.


In our previous post, we covered the traditional monogram order of initials with first, last, middle as well as the contemporary initial order of the person's first, middle, and last names. Choosing an appropriate text size proportionate to the item and complimentary yet contrasting colors, will ensure a pleasing look overall.


A proportionate and complimentary monogram simply means the size of the text should be appropriate for the size of the accessory. A larger monogram can be used on a tote bag or bath towel, while a smaller one may be more appropriate for a wallet or keychain. And a silver monogram would look elegant on a black leather bag, while the frosted white of an etched monogram looks best on the champagne flutes for a recently wedded couple’s reception.

Deboss Monograms with Leatherology

At Leatherology, we offer a variety of personalization options to express your personal style. Our original monogram option, hand stamped deboss personalization is always a classic look and can show up to 10 characters on select styles. For a more modern look or an unusual arrangement of initials, we also offer a selection of punctuation in addition to a full range of uppercase monogram letters and numbers.


You can use punctuation like periods, dashes, apostrophes, ampersands, and plus signs to create unique monograms. Monogram ideas include periods in between numbers to signify an important date or dashes for hyphenated names. You could do “1.1.23” for your birthday or engagement date or emphasize your full last name like “Zeta-Jones”.

Debossed date monogram example using periods and numbers on our Square Valet Tray

You could also use the plus sign or ampersand between the first initials of two last names to symbolize a marriage. An example would be to take the initials of “Carter” and “Knowles” with the ampersand to represent the union, creating the monogram “C & K”, or use first names initials instead with the plus sign for a cute “J + B” monogram on a luggage tag for your honeymoon vacation.

How to Choose Hand Paint Colors for Personalization

Our hand paint personalization was meant to stand out. It is why we offer 14 paint colors, including seven new vivid colors, for nearly 100 combinations of bright main and shadow colors to personalize your piece.

Color swatches and names of our 7 new hand paint colors and female model holding Meadow Small Sling Bag with example hand paintWe have added 7 bright new hand paint colors for a total of 14 colors and endless possibilities.


With so many colors to choose from, we suggest the use of contrasting colors to best complement the leather color. You will want to pick colors that contrast with each other as well as the color of the item.


A classic combo might be white as the main text color and black as the shadow color on the Camel colored leather of our Kress Mini Top Handle Bag. For a more eye-catching monogram, choose the new neon Lime for your text color and refreshing Turquoise as the shadow color on that same Kress in Camel or style yourself bold and add the colorful monogram to a Meadow Small Sling Bag in our equally bright Lilac colorway.


In our next post, we will explore some unusual ideas for self-expression through monogramming and personalization that go beyond traditional initials on clothing and gifts. By following these monogram tips, you can ensure that your monogram is placed in the right location based on what the item is, creating a balanced and visually appealing design that represents you in the best way possible.