The White Lotus: Shane’s Pink Seersucker Shirt and Swimwear
Jake Lacy as Shane Patton, smug and spoiled newlywed
Maui, Hawaii, Summer 2020
Series: The White Lotus
Episode: “New Day” (Episode 1.02)
Air Date: July 18, 2021
Director: Mike White
Creator: Mike White
Costume Designer: Alex Bovaird
WARNING! Spoilers ahead!
While it’s the second season of The White Lotus that’s currently dominating memes and award show headlines, my honeymoon this week had me—for better or worse—recalling the frat-tastic style of the newlywed realtor Shane Patton (Jake Lacy) from the first season, set in Hawaii.
Lacy himself has described Shane as “the most entitled victim possible,” unable to enjoy his Hawaiian honeymoon with his new wife Rachel (Alexandra Daddario) after being assigned to a different luxury suite than expected, beginning a private battle against the beleaguered hotelier Armond (Murray Bartlett) that escalates through a series of drugs, defecation, and daggers. But before that… breakfast!
Shane’s buffet-to-pool apparel at the start of the second episode is one of my favorite fits from his wardrobe, to some extent reminding me of the classically inspired warm-weather gear I packed for Jamaica this week. (That said, it’s hard for anything to beat my delight at seeing the sage OAS terry shirt he wears later in the season.)
What’d He Wear?
Shane smartly combats the tropical heat in a camp shirt made of seersucker, the light-woven cotton with its distinctive puckering that retains cool air pockets against the skin. The blue-and-white “railroad stripe” is the most traditional seersucker pattern, but many variations have emerged over the years, including Shane’s configuration of wider “candy stripes” in pink and white.
Shane’s short-sleeved shirt follows the traditional design of a leisure-oriented camp shirt, so named for its flat, notched one-piece camp collar (also known as a “Cuban collar”, among other names). The shirt has a breast pocket, six ivory buttons up the plain front, and a straight hem (with short side vents) that befits sporty shirts like this that are meant to be worn untucked. Costume designer Alex Bovaird confirmed via Instagram that the shirt was from ONIA.
Dressed to digest his hearty breakfast poolside, Shane wears a pair of mid-thigh swim trunks in teal-blue polyester with a unique white border print depicting ancient Roman revelers—orgiastic vignettes of knights on horseback and toga-swathed philosophers, illustrated by English porcelain painter Thomas Baxter—all positioned above white wavy borders framing each thigh’s hem. These drawstring-waisted shorts have slanted side pockets, an additional hidden right-side zip pocket, and a ventilated patch-style back-right pocket with a “V”-shaped cutout along the opening.
Following a tip from Ethan Lauer’s Instagram comment, these have been identified as a product from Tombolo Company, specifically the “Bacchanal!” swim trunks made from a waterproofed polyester blend of 92% recycled plastic and 8% elastic. While discontinued as of 2023, these are still featured with their matching linen cabana shirt in Terence Connors’ hero image on their online swimwear shop.
Shane leaves his brown leather Gucci loafers in their suite to sit poolside in his blue-and-red rubber flip flops by the affordable and popular Brazilian brand Havaianas. Shane’s sandals consist of navy footbeds against red soles with red thongs detailed with the Brazilian flag and the white-lettered “havaianas” branding.
Shane’s tonneau-shaped wristwatch has been identified as a Franck Muller Conquistador, an appropriately named model given the series’ overall themes of colonialism while also echoing Shane’s own desire for conquest, whether it be of a beautiful trophy wife or the upper hand in a battle of wits (and shits) against a hospitality manager.
Like a few other Franck Muller timepieces, the Conquistador’s dial is detailed with baroque numeric hour markers, adapted in varying sizes to fit around a ringed center within the swelled tonneau-shaped parameters. Shane’s stainless Conquistador has a white dial, worn on a russet-brown crocodile-scaled leather strap. He also wears his gold wedding ring on his left hand.
“Jake Lacy was really into clothes and all about the tiny details,” costume designer Alex Bovaird explained to Tanya Mehta for Grazia. “In his fitting, we talked about how we could make his character a bit more boyish. We shortened every pair of shorts to just the right length where you know he is conscious of his body and we tailored all the shirts to make them just a little snug. Shane’s character reminds me of the time I went on a boat to Nantucket, where I saw three men sport the same salmon shade of trousers, this reinforced the idea of conforming to a certain aesthetic.”
How to Get the Look
Shane’s quasi-classic summer leisurewear reminds me of how I first aspired to pull off Sean Connery’s Thunderball outfit with pink camp shirts, blue swim trunks, and a nice watch.
- Pink-and-white candy-striped seersucker cotton short-sleeved camp shirt with breast pocket
- Teal-blue plastic/elastic Tombolo Company mid-thigh swim trunks with white Roman-figure border print, side pockets, and back-right pocket
- Navy-and-red rubber Havaianas flip flops
- Franck Muller Conquistador stainless tonneau-shaped wristwatch with white dial and russet-brown croc leather strap
Do Yourself a Favor and…
Check out the series, streaming on HBO Max.
You can also read more about The White Lotus‘ costume design from these source articles:
- Grazia: “Paradise Lost: The Vision Behind The Costumes On The White Lotus“ by Tanya Mehta
- Vanity Fair: “Caftans, Goyard, and Elvis: Inside The White Lotus’s Costumes” by Matthew Jacobs
- W: “On The White Lotus, Resort Attire Weaves Its Own Tawdry Tale” by Gabe Bergado
Welcome to the rest of your wonderful life.