Pitter Pattern

By The Editors
September 27, 2013 9:00 am

What the well-dressed man in Los Angeles will be wearing this season. This is your Essential Fall Style Guide, Part Two: in which we recommend The Patterned Button-Down.

This is what we want in a patterned shirt.

Simple. Subtle. Classy enough for work, rakish enough for the evening. A playful flourish to liven up the darker, more muted tones we break out come fall.

The five we’ve got our eye on:

Ian Velardi

The former GQ Designer of the Year uses a single needle on this Medallion Print shirt. It’s offered in a lighter shade of indigo and doesn’t have a pocket, making it easier to dress up with a suit or solid tie. Goes great with chinos and a denim jacket. Buy here.

Gitman Vintage

This is your Saturday morning shirt. Mayan motifs in faded orange and turquoise on soft cotton. Pairs well with two days of scruff, sunglasses and bed-head. Offered in navy and grey. Go with navy, sleeves rolled up. Buy online.

Engineered Garments

Here’s your lightweight flannel for the cooler nights. The print screams 19th-century bravado, but a modern, rounded hem means you won’t be wearing it with waistcoat and tophat. This one’s not for tucking. Buy online.   

Universal Works

Faded and relaxed. That’s what this shirt from Universal Works is. Indigo-dyed, 100-percent cotton pocked like a parquet-floor with little squares and diamonds. Pair with lighter denim and a brown belt and boots to bring out the shirt’s pattern. Buy online.

Gitman Vintage

Polka’s an old standby when it comes to patterns, but unless they’re small, dots can be too busy. But Gitman Vintage does it just right — red, off-white and green dots over thin rail corduroy in midnight blue. Weighty texture perfect for evening BBQs. Buy online.  

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