There’s a new trend in town that you can start wearing now, and it will also transition nicely into spring. It’s called a shacket.
For those not familiar with the term, a shacket is a slightly oversized shirt-jacket hybrid, and since it’s thicker than a shirt but thinner than a winter coat, it makes the perfect casual transition piece.
You will often find shirt jackets in a plaid or solid color wool blend, such as the one I’m wearing here, or sometimes they’re leather or other fabrics.
I wasn’t a fan of the shacket at first. I mean, the plaid ones give me flashbacks to my college days in New England in the 90s, when I lived in flannel shirts and duck boots. But after seeing it around for a while, I’ve warmed up to the look. It works well with the uber casual lifestyle so many of us are living these days.
If the plaid is a little too lumberjack for you, there are lots of solid options available. Some are more elevated than others, and I’ve got a roundup at the end of this post.
I found this fleece “shacket” at Nordstrom, and I was drawn to it because of the happy colors. I love the combination of blue, coral, and green grounded on the crisp white backdrop; it’s fresh and fun for this dreary time of year.
I appreciate how the pockets are placed a little lower on the chest, so they don’t add visual bulk in an area I don’t need it, and it’s also a great price — especially now that it’s on sale! With a trendy piece like this, I didn’t want to invest until I was sure I’d wear it.
I’m wearing the small here, and I’d say it runs true to size. The fit is intentionally oversized, and I’m afraid the sleeves would be too short if I sized down to the XS.
You can wear a shacket buttoned-up or open, but I prefer them open like this. Underneath, I’m wearing a long-sleeve t-shirt from Caslon, and these are my rag & bone Cate skinnies. This Kut from the Kloth pair is a nice option for under $100.
I think the light wash works well with the casual vibe of this look, but a darker wash would complement the stripes in the shacket.
These Marc Fisher high top sneakers finish off the outfit. They’re a great price and very warm and comfortable, and they also come in a darker brown as well as black. I highly recommend them if you don’t already have a pair.
They run a little big, but I’m wearing my usual size 8, and they’re perfect with thicker socks.
I was also really excited to share this Topshop hobo with you, but I see it has sold out. That’s a shame because it’s really cute, and for a faux leather, I’m very impressed with the quality. Topshop also makes this clip hobo bag, which appears to be about the same size.
I’m curious to hear what you think about the shacket! If this one isn’t quite your cuppa tea, scroll on down where I’ve rounded up some more options for you below.
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photos: Alison Cornell