We often talk about seasons transitioning from one to the next, but to me, there always seems to be that one day when it feels like someone threw the switch. Like, a couple weeks ago, summer was definitely over. Highs just touching the 70s, and lows in 50s. Perfect weather for sleeping with the windows open and waking up to cold hardwood floors. Stepping out into the morning chill calls for a little lightweight outerwear.
More than a shirt, less than a jacket, the shirt jacket (sometimes referred to as a “shacket”) is a great option for those early fall days when you need an extra layer, but don’t need to really bundle up. This one from Armani Exchange has been keeping me warm recently. Here’s a little bit more about the shirt jacket as well as some styling tips.
Styling: Shirt jackets come in many different fabrics, including cotton, waxed cotton, tweed, flannel, and wool, like mine. They can sometimes be lined, but those versions are a little too bulky for my taste. Ideally, you want to be able to wear it a variety of ways, from business casual to just hanging out with friends.
Color: To get the most milage out of it, stick to colors like navy, grey, or even olive if you’re looking for a more military-inspired look. I’ve seen some great plaid shirt jackets, including some in big, bold buffalo plaids, but it’s not nearly as versatile as one in a solid color.
Fit: Like any piece of outwear, make sure that it’s fitted, but not tight, through the body and sleeves. You should have enough room so that you can layer lighter pieces like a cardigan or lightweight sweater, but not so much room that you’re swimming in it.
Are you a fan of the shirt jacket?
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