SHIRT JACKETS ARE THE MOST VERSATILE WAY TO ELEVATE YOUR STYLE
Stylish men are by now well acquainted with fashion’s nonsense terms. ‘Athleisure’ and ‘sportsluxe’? The two simply jog off the tongue nowadays, particularly at times of scrutiny when a clueless friend questions your choice of jeans, sneakers – and a blazer.
It’s time to extend your fashion vocabulary, again. Introducing the ‘shacket’. Or shirt jacket.
When To Wear A Shirt Jacket
Designed for those times when the weather has no idea what it’s doing – a slight wind with patches of sun and when upon entering the shade you’re instantly cold – the shirt jacket is here to bridge the divide between winter and spring or summer’s turning into autumn.
A good shirt jacket has these properties:
- A mixing of button down shirt characteristics but with casual jacket capabilities
- With a straight point collar and utility pockets the lightness of the shirt jacket makes it perfect as a layer under a top coat or wearing on its own as an over shirt
- A much more breathable alternative to the heftier winter coat
To dumb it down – it’s an overshirt, disguised as a coat. Confused? Fear not. Let’s take a look at how to wear it.
Military Shirt Jackets
Made from canvas or cotton, the military shirt jacket usually sticks to khaki or an army green colour with metallic buttons in some cases for ceremonial pazazz.
Pair this version of the shacket with tailored trackpants and white leather trainers for a clean sportsluxe look. Then, add technical outerwear – like a mac coat or parka for a light protection against enemy attack from the rain.
Indigo & Denim Shirt Jackets
With Japanese denim tearing up men’s wear lately, the shacket has been karate chopped into different shades of indigo this season . The fabric is usually linen or breezy organic cotton – delicate and rustic – but with superior Japanese design and colouring.
Pair a light-hued indigo shirt over a tee or polo paired with raw selvedge jeans, for a double denim outfit that is bold in texture and an authentic American work wear aesthetic.