- May 01, 2012
I monogram everything in sight. Perhaps this comes from too many nights staying in my preferred Highland Park bed and breakfast, my dear friend Ann Hobson’s guesthouse. As the quintes-sential WASP, she has emblazoned “AVH” on every single item in sight. I like something more interesting — a conversation starter, if you will — than the traditional three-letter monograms. For my classic L.L. Bean boat and tote bags and such, here are a few of my embroidery suggestions:
NERD — I have favored putting this on my totes as well as my Brooks Brothers shirts. When I meet someone new, it often makes them look twice … exactly the purpose.
MISS X — For artsy types who don’t want the world to know their top-collecting names. She travels extensively, and wittily pays tribute to the famed woman on John Singer Sargent’s canvas.
GIN — I love a delicious double entendre. With these three little letters announcing your entrance, I would know you were a girl built for fun. Perhaps you would whip out a crocodile-skin-wrapped flask for a nip of Tanqueray, or a pack of Hermès playing cards for a vintage parlor game.
SLIM – An homage to a style icon, Slim Keith. If only there were more Slims and Babe Paleys in the world. We know it’s a bit crass to say “skinny” — so I much prefer that a girl refer to herself
as slender, frail or, in the case of a monogram, “SLIM.”
THIRD or 3rd — A perfect moniker if your son happens to be the third-generational namesake. Another use could be for your wife status (we all know Dallas is the epicenter of third wives).
If you have achieved this level, this monogram serves as a subtle reminder to the other girls at Brook Hollow to keep their husbands in eyesight at all times.
IMAGE: Billy, Babe and Slim