As Winter rising a lot these days Gearing up for the colder months means you’re piling on the layers and wearing thicker shirts and heavy coats. Winter’s also the perfect time to add another piece of clothing to your daily look: the shirt jacket.
But how can you tell if what you’re about to buy is a shirt jacket or if it’s just, well, a plain old regular flannel or jacket? “A shirt jacket is slightly heavier than a regular shirt and is typically found in thicker fabrics like flannel, canvas, or even wool,” says celebrity stylist Samantha Brown. “In addition to being heavier, they also have structure that allow them to be worn open without loosing shape.”
Shirt jackets strike a great balance between bigger pieces of outerwear and apparel like that go-to sweater you’d wear every second of your life if you could. They won’t make you overheated but they still help add a layer of necessary warmth during the winter. Whichever style you choose—whether it’s structured or more casual—Brown suggests going with basics underneath in order to best pull off the look.
“A shirt jacket looks best when paired over a t-shirt or henley,” she says. “Layering is all about building visual interest, so vary the texture of the layering piece with the shirt jacket.” However, avoid going overboard with buttons and button-up shirts, she says. Now, here are a few that’ll easily upgrade your style this season.
1. TUNELLUS 4-POCKET JACKET
2. TOPO DESIGNS BREAKER SHIRT JACKET
3. FISHER + BAKER BRIMINGHAM CPO JACKET
4. FILSON HYDER QUILTED WATER-REPELLANT SHIRT JACKET
5. FAHERTY BLANKED LINED SHIRT JACKET
6. CLUB MONACO WASHED SHIRT JACKET
7. RAG & BONE HEATH SHIRT JACKET
8. BONOBOS SHIRT JACKET
9. MISSION WORKSHOP THE STACK DENIM JACKET
10. EDDIE BAUER FLANNEL SHERPA-LINED SHIRT JACKET