They say when the shirt meets the jacket, magic happens. And well, that magical fashion hybrid is a shacket. They are lightweight yet cozy, slouchy yet polished – a layering essential that you can throw on without any doubt and instantly complete an outfit. And yes, they are just about everywhere right now, after all, this wardrobe staple makes every outfit look ten times more interesting. From oversized to cropped designs, from classic plaid to endless vibrant hues, from corduroy to wool, there are a myriad of styles, textures, and colours available to embrace this versatile layer.
And with shackets being essentially inspired from flannel button-downs, epic winter plaid definitely tops as our favourite shacket style – be it the classic plaid from IRO or pretty pastel plaid from Isabel Marant Étoile. Alternatively, if you prefer floral prints and/or vibrant hues over plaid and pastels, there’s Richard Quinn Sakura Oversized Denim Shirt Jacket, Saint Laurent Saturated Pink Wool and Cashmere-Blend Jacket, and Perona Leather Jacket as your ideal winter layer choices for elevated chicness. If you are all about more versatile and classic outerwear, opt for the shacket styles from Paltò and Lafayette 148 for maximum wearability. Seriously, the options are unlimited!
With the sartorial power to look like a shirt and layer like a jacket, shackets have become the easy-to-wear alternative to sweaters, puffers, and coats – after all, they can be worn over your loungewear, knit dresses, and turtleneck and leather skirt/trouser pairing among other outfit pairings. So, forget the sweater weather. As this time around, it’s the season of cool and cozy shackets! And yes, scroll through the #RSqEdit of the best shackets of the season below.
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