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We're Sensing a Pattern: How to Introduce Patterns Into Your Wardrobe

By Team LAD

Our newest batch of Spring 2017 arrivals is finally here– with each palm tree, palm leaf, and cacti design hand-drawn by our designers in Los Angeles. California dreamin’ never looked so good; snag the styles you love before they’re gone.

Perhaps you’ve been rocking patterns since day one, and you’re ready to kick it up a notch. Or maybe patterns aren’t your thing– you like to stick with solid colors and maybe some stripes. But trust us– you don’t want to miss out on the wonderful world of patterns. Start simple, and eventually you’ll want to go bold. life/after/denim has options for everyone, from the pattern novice to the pattern master.


If you’re entirely new to patterns, start with a small print in a subtle color. Combine a patterned shirt with well-fitting chinos in a neutral color, like khaki or grey. Throw on a subtle neutral cardigan or jacket, and you’ll be ready to rock patterns like never before.

Wasteland Shirt

For pattern novices, we recommend…

The Rincon: Our short-sleeved Rincon Shirt is a fun, contemporary take on the old-school Hawaiian shirt. Featuring a hand-drawn retro palm microprint in two easy-to-wear colors, this shirt is perfect for pattern novices. Plus, the Rincon’s light, soft cotton lawn is the perfect way to stay cool on sunny afternoons. Backyard barbecues, here we come.

The Wasteland: Hand-drawn cacti adorn this statement style. Keep it mellow in smog, or choose white for a light pop of color. Either way, the Wasteland Shirt is a favorite that's sure to bring the heat this season.



Alright, so you’ve had some experience delving into patterns, and you’re ready to kick it up a notch. Adventuring into bigger, bolder design is the next step. To keep your look casual, continue pairing patterns with neutrals in complementary colorways.

Botanical Shir

For the pattern proficient, we recommend...

The Botanical: You’ve seen this bad boy in jacket form, and now we bring it to you in a short-sleeved shirt. The Botanical Shirt’s dramatic palms and striking florals are a sure-fire way to step up your pattern game. Whether you’re at a backyard BBQ, on an island getaway, or just workweek dreaming, this standout piece will have everyone asking, ‘Where’d you get that?’

The Palmetto Short: Feeling ready to stray from basic bottoms? Go rogue with the Palmetto Short. You can’t go wrong with this retro resort style print in our unbelievably comfortable peached cotton twill. Pair with a neutral henley or cotton tee for a bold spring look that will instantly set you apart from the crowd.


Feeling confident? Jump off the fashion deep end and go crazy with your patterns.

Rincon Shirt

For pattern experts, we recommend...

Head-to-Toe Oxeye: When it’s time to make a fashion statement, there’s nothing quite like rocking head-to-toe pattern. Combine the artistic Oxeye Shirt and Oxeye Board Short, featuring a Japanese-inspired hand-drawn floral print, for a moment of unforgettable style.

Different Patterns, Same Color: When it comes to mixing patterns, stick with the same color scheme to avoid clashing. We recommend pairing the Botanical Short with the Rincon Shirt. Their similar tropical prints and shared colors lend cohesion to the mix-matched patterns.


Whether you’re a novice or an experienced adventurer, there’s always a new patterned look to explore. Thankfully, with these artistic designs, hand-drawn to perfection by our designers, it’s pretty hard to go wrong. Now grab your favorite styles before they’re gone - and remember, go bold.