Fall-to-winter weather warrants something heavier than a sweater but lighter than a coat, there’s one effortless, super stylish piece of clothing you can always turn to: shackets.
Its simple silhouette combined with its comfort and convenience has made it a popular wardrobe staple, and one that we’ve been spotting on celebs and style influencers alike. That’s why we’ve consulted the experts — from stylists to fashion bloggers — to break down exactly what a shacket is, how you can style this versatile piece, and which options they would recommend.
What is a shacket?
“A shacket is a crossover between a shirt and a jacket,” explains Hang Nguyen, a lifestyle and fashion blogger. “It’s usually a little oversized and looks like a shirt, but made from a heavier material.” And while the heavier material helps distinguish this piece of outerwear from a shirt, it’s also not quite a jacket. For starters, there’s typically no hood or lining. And while you can layer a shacket underneath heavier outerwear, it’s more often layered over tees, tanks or long-sleeved shirts.
One thing experts love about a shacket? Its versatility. Stylist Rebecca Dennett explains that you can wear it “belted, open or buttoned up with a turtleneck underneath” — just a few of the “endless” styling options she notes are possible. Nguyen echoes this sentiment, adding that she loves how shackets can be worn alone as a shirt or as a layering piece, whether over or under other pieces of clothing. Plus, she adds, they’re available in a “wide variety of styles and fabrics like flannel, denim, leather, and more – so there’s something for everyone.”
Shackets are also a perfect option for all sorts of occasions, explains Dennett, “whether you’re headed out to a stylish brunch or just taking your dog for a walk.” And it’s an ideal transitional piece to take you from fall to winter. “It is light enough that it won’t be too hot,” explains stylist Candice Lambert, “and thick enough to give you a bit of warmth as well.”
$198 at Aritzia
A cult-favorite shacket, this option from Aritzia features the style’s signature patch pockets, dropped shoulders, and rounded hem. It’s available in over 30 different colors and patterns, a short and regular cut, and in sizes from 2XS through 2XL. If you’re looking for a non-wool option, this shacket’s also available in a vegan leather, among other various fabrics.
$60 at Uniqlo
“I love the deep brown color of this one,” explains Nguyen. “Brown got really popular last year and it’s still a trend this year.” This shacket is perfect for anyone on the hunt for a neutral piece of outerwear that’s different from your typical black. “I think everyone has found a deep appreciation for this color and it’s here to stay,” Nguyen says.
$350 at Banana Republic
“I get Chanel vibes from this shacket,” Lambert says. This wool-mix fabric has a relaxed and boxy fit making it ideal for layering. “It looks tasteful and expensive,” she says.
$69 at Urban Outfitters
Lambert is a big fan of black and white houndstooth. “It is such a fun pattern, and can also go with anything,” she says. “It shows some personality too,” Lambert notes about the pattern. “That you’re adventurous and willing to play with your clothing.”
Flannel and plaid shackets
$49 at Nordstrom
“Plaid is always a go-to for fall,” says Nguyen. “The light brown and white plaid combo is my favorite because it looks great on all skin tones and won’t go out of style.” And at under $50, this classic shacket option is available at a great price point.
$50 at H&M
Dennett notes that H&M has some great options when it comes to plaid shackets. And at their affordable price point, it’s a challenge not to pick up more than one style! This option is made from a soft, woven fabric and features snap buttons — a huge draw if you’re looking for a casual, easy to throw on shacket option.
$270 at Banana Republic
This reversible jacket is perfect for pulling together multiple looks and has some feminine fringe detailing too. Lambert loves looking for shackets that offer more than just a plain plaid pattern, and might be more geometrical in design. “It’s interesting and gives a fashionable twist to the average shacket,” she says. And though this may be a stylish option, it’s also pretty practical as well.
$159 at Z Supply
Dennett loves that there are many different and versatile versions of plaid, and this option from Z Supply is a perfect example. Combine the chic print with the color of your choice, and you have a totally cool-girl shacket that you can match with your wardrobe favs.
$89 at Nordstrom
“A leather shacket is a great piece to wear for an evening outing,” says Dennett. This option from Reformation is chic, super cool, and the perfect way to dress up any basic look without coming off as formal. For a slightly dramatic and super trendy monochromatic look, pair it with a matching leather (or faux-leather) pant.
$70 at Zara
“This leather shacket is perfect to edge up your outfit,” says Lambert. It’s “a perfect lightweight version of a leather jacket,” she notes. And it’ll pair perfectly with everything from loud patterns to an all black ensemble for a super sleek, effortlessly chic look.
$90 at Madewell
Dennett loves this corduroy shacket option, which she suggests pairing with denim. The piece features useful button tabs on the cuffs so you can adjust the sleeve opening. And it’s available in a couple different colors — from a rich clove to this pale thistle reddish brown — and in sizes XXS through 4X.
$160 at Phase Eight
“If you aren’t into bold colors this shacket is for you,” says Lambert. The light grayish shade is different from most fall neutrals, but still versatile enough to be paired with clothes you already have in your closet, she explains.
From $63 at Gap
Lambert notes that this copper corduroy shacket could work equally well in the fall or the spring, since the color truly suits both seasons. When it comes to styling this piece for fall, she recommends layering it over a turtleneck, and adding your favorite pair of jeans.