Well the short answer is, of course, no. Monogrammed shirts (bags, ties or towels) are definitely not a necessity. But in terms of style, they can be a fun way of personalizing your clothes. And like anything that's been around for a century or so, there's an old way and new way of doing things. Here's how to brand yourself without looking like an old fogey.
Monograms should be discreet. While the brash American thing to do is have your moniker sewn onto your sleeve, opt for a more subtle display on the tail or chest, either on or just below the pocket of your shirt. If you decide on a sleeve, go for the left one.
First initial, last initial then middle initial.
First, middle then last initial. Or rather a singular letter or full first name.
in-store monogramming, $14
at Thomas Pink
at L.L. Bean
$95 (with monogram)
Want the best of both worlds? Have something monogrammed in a matching color. It's discreet with just enough flash.