Early Fall Layering: The Shirt Jacket

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.

Shirt Jacket - He Spoke Style

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.

Shirt Jacket - He Spoke Style

Shirt Jacket - He Spoke Style

Are you a fan of the shirt jacket?

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Disclosure: Compensation for this post was provided by Armani Exchange. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Armani Exchange.


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  • http://www.modini.pl Marynarka Modini

    Simple but inspiring. Cheers

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Marynarka.

  • http://www.TheFollowFashion.com Rashgmaal

    Really like this post.


    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Rashgmaal!

  • http://www.awedathecomplexman.blogspot.com Aweda

    Great post as always Brian! I actually do like the vibe of your shirt jackets, quite cool and functional. I school up in the north central part of my country and at this time of the year, the hamarttan season is always in full force in that region and high above. I used to do light weight cardigans alone but they didnt seem to help much. Then i added a shirt with a little more thickness than regular shirts and it was okay. Seems like i’d give the SHACKET a try. Thanks For The Inspiration As Always.

    Cheers !

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Definitely do! Very versatile and an easy choice in the morning when you’re not feeling like making many choices. Thanks for the continued support, Aweda.

  • http://www.bucketsandspadesblog.com Matthew Pike

    Really digging this shirt/jacket/shacket thing. I’ve been looking for the perfect one for years but haven’t managed to find it.

    Buckets & Spades

  • http://www.alphapeople.org Julien Mériot

    Great article! I remember reading a much older post where you had a yellow h&m overshirt that looked amazing. It kinda reminded me of that. Overshirts and shirtjackets (shirt jackets being thicker?) are coming back a little as the “new” denim jacket I think.
    It’s pretty cool because it’s really a big workwear piece if you think about it (lumberjack history) but it looks amazing in a lot of situations.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Good memory, Julien! These are definitely a bit of a trend this fall.

  • DJ Hargrave

    Layering at its best. Its great how you stuck with conservative tones yet its a look that grabs your attention.

    DJ | Founder & Editor of College Style Guy


  • https://www.FrankWilder.com Frank Wilder

    Imagination is more important than knowledge – Frank Wilder

  • Neil Natic

    i am seeing this is an older post but i love that jacket. Have you seen anything like it recently. I would love to pick something like this up but cant find anything close to it.