A zillion years ago, monograms were used to mark territory, stamp property and for artists to leave their marks. Now, the tradition’s softened and personalization is a way to make something you purchase even more yours. Which is exactly why we started monogramming our denim earlier this year. (Who doesn’t want “hola” on a chambray shirt?) But with 18 colors to choose from, it can be hard to pick. Here, we gathered four solid tips from our design team—people who definitely would know. FYI. (Wink.)
Here at Madewell, we consider chambray a true wardrobe essential—which is why we love this little bit of fashion trivia: the lightweight, plain-weave cotton fabric originated in Cambrai, France, possibly as early as the 14th century. It was then put into rotation for naval uniforms and workwear in the early 20th century and became a go-to casual staple for some of our favorite stylish celebs. For more great moments in chambray’s history—and major style inspiration—click on over to our denim-inspired Pinterest board.