The shacket. Is it a shirt? Is it a jacket? We’ll leave it to people smarter than us to answer these age-old questions. For now, all you need to know is that you need one.
The shacket, or shirt-jacket, is the perfect layering piece for this time of year where the temperature can fluctuate more than 20 degrees overnight. One day it can feel like a warm Indian summer day. The next, you’re in full-on “Winter is coming” mode. Regardless, you’ll be thankful for the not-too-heavy, not-too-light warmth that a shacket provides. Wear it over a T-shirt on a milder day, or under a thicker coat or vest on a cooler day and you’ll be good to go.
Here are the 8 best shackets you can get right now:
Snow Peak Flexible Insulated Shirt
Water- and wind-resistant, Snow Peak’s shacket is made with a stretch material that makes it easy to do any activity in. It also features two hand-warmer pockets, which are crucial in colder temps.
This reversible shirt jacket has a DWR (durable water-repellant) coating on one side and a soft flannel on the other, allowing you to style it based on weather conditions and the rest of your outfit.
Filson’s products have proven themselves up to the task in the harshest outdoor environments and the hippest urban streets. This shacket is made from 100% virgin wool from the U.S. and is cut roomy enough to make layering a breeze.
Pendleton’s Lahaina Wave
The same beautiful patterns that Pendleton uses to make its iconic blankets also work well on a shirt jacket. This pattern is inspired by Hawaii and has dual entry patch pockets.
With styling borrowed from your favorite chambray shirt, this taffeta-lined shacket will work with anything you have in your closet.
H&M Twill Jacket
This one treads the line between chore coat and shirt jacket. But if you’re worried about such distinctions, you might have other issues. Just know that it’s constructed from a thick twill that incorporates recycled cotton and is a highly versatile layer.
L.L. Bean Signature Lined Wool Blend
Born in the woods of Maine, this wool blend shirt jacket has been updated with a modern, slim fit. The indigo and white color combo is timeless.
Woolrich Woolen Mills Quilted Raglan
Designed by Mark McNairy, this shirt features a tight diamond weave that keeps warmth in.