The perfect embroidered shirt

There’s something about having a child that had me hop on the personalization thing, big time. A monogram? Me? Pre-pandemic Victoria would scoff; now, the number of things I have embroidered with matching V’s on them for Violet and myself is…embarrassing.

Though it’s not just me. Personalization is hot hot hot right now, and besides, it makes for a unique take on casual weekend wear. Tote bags had their moment—why not have a little fun with tees, too?

And as it turns out, Etsy offers a number of small business embroiderers making cool, feminine-yet-modern products that are certainly not your grandma’s cross stitch.

Here for your shopping pleasure, a round up of a few small shops hand-embroidering easy basics made for pairing with jeans and white sneakers.

Buying from an established brand more your vibe? Sézane and J.Crew both offer personalization of basics. Kule does too (and I’ve ordered embroidered items from them before!), though note that right now, you’ll need to write to their customer service to get your order in, as they’re not currently taking them directly through their website.

So now the conundrum: you have to pick one word or phrase for your perfect pocket tee. What do you have embroidered on it?

Shop embroidery:

1. Club Chainstitch: T-shirts and sweatshirts

2. MacDaddy Stitches Floral Pocket Tee

3. Turn and Twist: Wildflowers Pocket Tee

4. Misty Mountains Co. Floral Pocket Tee

5. Club Chainstitch: T-shirts and sweatshirts

6. StitchedxAmanda: Letter Embroidered Sweatshirts

7. it’s Thready Completely custom embroidered tees

8. Fox Knoll Co.: Embroidered Kids’ Sweatshirt with detail add-on

9. Wandering Wells Co.: Floral Initial Shirt