9 Of The Best Men’s Shirt Jackets (When You Already Own The Basics)

by Chris Xavier  |  in Casual Style

Shirt jackets. Shackets. Overshirts. Whatever you call them, the shirt jacket is the best transitional layer you can own for spring and summer (and fall and winter, to be honest). Here, we’re featuring 9 of the best men’s shirt jackets we’ve found that go beyond the typical versions we always see.

Shackets are often light enough to wear on their own but can double as an outerwear piece when the weather is chilly enough to need a layer (but not chilly enough for a heavy winter coat).

We already wrote about how to style a shirt jacket, so we’re following up with more recommendations. Shirt jackets come in all fabrics, cuts, patterns, and prints, and below you’ll find a diverse set of options. There’s definitely a shirt jacket for everyone. Your newest obsession awaits!

Our Favorite Shirt Jackets (More Stylish Than The Usual)

Arket Basim Cotton Overshirt

I am a sucker for the classics, and this blue chore coat silhouette is as classic as it gets.

Nordic brand Arket is known for its beautiful takes on time-honored styles, applying dye techniques to make their products look beautifully washed and worn.

Arket Basim Cotton Overshirt

"This 'Basim' overshirt is made from cotton and has a trio of patch pockets for a relaxed feel. Layer yours over one of the brand's T-shirts." -Mr. Porter

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This overshirt looks like a beautiful vintage French chore coat in an on-trend electric blue. In this shirt, it will be hard not to feel like a chic Frenchman, headed to the boulangerie for a baguette before hitting the wine shop.

On Mr. Porter‘s website, the model wears it over a hoodie which is definitely a choice. You could also sport it over T-shirts, oxford shirts, or even ribbed tank tops. This is the kind of piece that you’ll own forever and will just get better with age.

It’s also available in orange, but for the more traditional look, go for blue.

Uniqlo AirSense Shirt Jacket

Sometimes we just want our clothing to be straight to the point—reliable with no frills.

I cannot remember an article that I have written where I did not recommend something from Uniqlo – for the price point, it really is as good as it gets.

Uniqlo AirSense Shirt Jacket

"Stretchy, lightweight, and quick-drying fabric. Perfectly crisp, non-clingy fabric. Regular fit. The quick-drying fabric can be washed at home. Seam pockets at the sides offer plenty of storage space." -Uniqlo

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This shirt jacket is the perfect piece for transitional weather: light and flowy, yet perfectly suitable for a chilly spring night. This piece comes in an assortment of colors, all of which are neutral tones, so they’ll go with anything in your wardrobe.

Levi’s Pink Skate Jacket

I can personally attest to the quality of this shirt jacket as I was gifted a sample by someone at the brand (don’t tell on me!).

Levi's Pink Skate Jacket

"Stretch cotton- and CORDURA® nylon-blend corduroy jacket. Levi’s® Strong technology." -Ssense

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I’ve been wearing this around in secret since last summer and it is such a well-crafted statement piece.

The corduroy fabric is strong enough to keep you warm, and should the temperatures dip below 60, the bright pink will keep you feeling hot all season long.

LL Bean Signature 1933 Chamois Cloth Shirt

Chamois is one of the most comfortable fabrics that you can put on your body.

LL Bean Signature 1933 Chamois Cloth Shirt

"The slimmest-fitting chamois flannel shirt. The same incomparable softness and comfort of our famous chamois flannel, in a more streamlined fit." -L.L.Bean

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Made with woven Portuguese flannel, chamois feels like a buttery blanket, made to age gracefully. J.Crew and L.L.Bean make the best chamois shirts, and the 1933 is probably my favorite of the two brands’ offerings.

You can’t go wrong with any color—it’s a matter of personal preference. Like most shirt jackets, it can be worn as a standalone piece or under another layer.

Abercrombie & Fitch Vegan Suede Shirt Jacket

Run, don’t walk, to the Abercrombie website to snag yourself this suede shirt jacket.

Abercrombie & Fitch Vegan Suede Shirt Jacket

"Cozy shirt jacket in a soft vegan suede fabric, featuring fold-down collar, zip-up front, side pockets and interior chest pocket. Imported." -Abercrombie

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Made with vegan suede, this camel tan shacket will make you feel like a million bucks, despite the sub-$100 price tag. If you get over to the site (or a store if you’re lucky) in time, you’ll be able to get it for the $84 sale price, assuming it isn’t already sold out.

Wythe Washed Madras Workshirt

New York-based Wythe is one of my favorite new brands on the market.

The brand provides nostalgic pieces from bygone eras. I can go on and on, but it sounds better directly from the founders:

Wythe Washed Madras Workshirt

"Crafted with a cotton and linen blend woven on vintage Madras looms and featuring an earthtone stripe pattern, this shirt is strong yet breathable with a beautiful nubby and textured hand-feel." -Canoe Club

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“I started Wythe searching for icons of the past — the perfect oxford shirt, an authentic denim pearl snap, the grey sweatshirt worn to perfection. These were all things that could be found in any shopping mall, but the soul of the garment had been ripped out.

I wanted the Oxford shirts that Miles Davis wore, the denim pearl snaps that James Dean wore, and the sweatshirts that Paul Newman wore.

This dream of a lost Americana became Wythe. The bygone heirlooms of the past, remade to fit well and last long enough to be passed down to the next generation of dreamers.”

This work shirt is western inspired, featuring a rich, washed pattern and strong texture. It’s built to last and will make you feel amazing while channeling your inner cowboy.

Carb Studios Del Rey Oversized Shirt

Carb Studios is another of my favorite new brands on the scene, seeking to achieve a luxurious California atmosphere through their minimal, high-quality clothing.

This oversized shirt can be worn as a standalone shirt or as an outerwear piece. I like the more muted green – they call it “moss”– as opposed to a stronger, trendier green like a forest or a neon green.

Carb Studios Del Rey Oversized Shirt

"Wide boxy fit. Dropped shoulders. Tortoise shell button closures. Adjustable button-closure cuffs. Left chest front placket pocket. Rounded front and and back shirt tail hem. Cut to be tucked or untucked. Oversized pointed collar." -California Arts

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This sage shade will go with more clothing in your closet, and is a good way to inject some color while sporting an otherwise safe outfit of neutrals. It’s so damn chill. I love the way it’s modeled on the site, over a ribbed tank with black pants.

This would work as well at the office as it will at the club on a Friday night.

Séfr Faux Leather Shirt Jacket

Leather has been having a big moment recently. If you’ve been on the hunt for a simple and accessible leather-look piece, look no further than this shirt jacket from Séfr.

The faux leather allows the piece to be (relatively) attainable with its $250 price tag, much cheaper than a real leather shirt of this cut and design.

Séfr Faux Leather Shirt Jacket

"Séfr's 'Rainier' jacket is cut like a classic work shirt, letting the texture of the faux leather make the statement. It feels buttery - layering well under bigger coats in the winter and producing a subtle lustre." -Mr. Porter

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This shirt is thick enough to add warmth to an outfit, but not too thick to prevent you from adding a layer on top. I love the silver buttons and the exaggerated collar on the piece.

When you think of shirt jackets, you may think of textiles like flannel, twill, or canvas, but this leather shacket may be exactly the gorgeous statement piece your spring wardrobe has been lacking.

Dickies Duck Shirt Jacket

You all know Dickies.

Chances are you may have had a pair of the work pants as a kid because they were affordable and durable for the times when you were roughhousing on the playground at recess. The brand has reached a level where the clothing will always be cool.

Dickies Duck Shirt Jacket
$59.99 $54.99

"The easy-moving Dickies FLEX Shirt Jacket gives you maximum performance with fewer layers. Extra flexible canvas Duck is upgraded with water-repelling treatments. Multiple pockets keep your hands warm and your tools close by." -Dickies

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All of the TikTok kids are wearing Dickies 874 pants these days. This shirt is one of the best value shirt jackets on the market. It’s made with flex material, so you can move around easily (some customers complain that the pants are hard to move around in).

It’s also water repellant. Grab it in a neutral gray and wear with everything in your closet.

Who doesn’t love a good shirt jacket?

Their versatility makes them the perfect piece for transitional weather and their toughness will have you feeling ready for all terrains and conditions.

No matter the occasion, there will be an appropriate shirt jacket. Shacket skeptics and believers alike can find a piece to love. If you want a traditional, rugged shirt jacket, then the classic LL Bean 1933 may be the one for you.

If you want something sleek and sexy, then check out the Séfr leather shirt.

A shirt jacket is as functional and utilitarian as it gets, but that doesn’t mean it can’t add a lot of flare and style to your outfits. You can dive into different fabrics and colors, patterns, and shapes.

You can find a trusty shacket that you wear any and everywhere or you can build a collection. There are few perfect pieces of clothing, but if you stacked your closet with a million of these bad boys, I wouldn’t argue with you.

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