Fall is the best time of year for many Americans who look forward to sweater weather, apple picking, Halloween, the changing leaves, and crisp fall air. But fall is an interesting season weatherwise. You can have a hot day that calls for shorts and a T-shirt followed by a cold day that inspires you to rummage through your closet looking for your long-sleeved shirts and jeans. The solution to this conundrum is a fashion trend that you’ll be seeing everywhere this fall: the shacket. This combination between a shirt and a jacket is a perfect piece for layering when it’s not cold enough yet for a traditional jacket. Here’s how you can style a shacket for fall this year.
A shacket is a cross between a jacket and a shirt, but there’s more to it than that. It’s typically oversized and can be made of a variety of different materials, whether it’s wool, denim, corduroy, fleece, flannel, or cotton. It may even have embellishments like leather on the pockets or collars. Shackets are thicker than a typical button-down shirt or flannel yet thinner than the average coat or jacket. You’ll often see shackets with at least one breast pocket, with a double-breasted shacket being the most common. Unlike jackets and coats, they’re typically devoid of zippers or hoods, and they’re not often weatherproof. For that matter, shackets are best for fall days when there isn’t a chance of rain or blustery winds in the forecast. You would typically wear a shacket layered over another top, either buttoned up or left opened.
Let’s talk about your options for tops to wear under a shacket. It’s trendy for the younger generation to wear a cropped T-shirt under a shacket, but that look isn’t for everyone. It’s perfectly acceptable to wear just a basic long- or short-sleeved T-shirt under a jacket, whether tucked into your jeans with a belt or just comfortably hanging loose. Turtlenecks work for those fall days that are chillier than others. If your shacket is patterned, whether plaid or otherwise, you may want to opt for a solid top underneath so it doesn’t look too busy. But if your shacket is just one color, feel free to wear any solid or patterned top underneath.
The type of women’s bottoms you’ll want to wear with your shacket will depend on the overall look you’re going for. The most common look you’ll see this fall for shackets is a sort of relaxed, baggy look — with a few exceptions. But that doesn’t mean you have to be baggy from head to toe. Some dressy wide-legged pants look great with shackets, but so do skinny jeans and leggings. It all depends on what you’re comfortable with and where the day takes you. If you want a shacket as something to slip into when heading out the door running errands this fall, don’t waste too much time worrying about your bottoms. Shackets pretty much go with everything.
If you want to wear a shacket but are going for a more dressy vibe, you can certainly wear it with a skirt or dress, although it isn’t as common of a look as with pants or jeans. Keeping in mind that the oversized look is in style, you may want to opt for a flowy maxi dress or an ankle-length skirt. But a pencil skirt could work, too, as long as your shacket is more on the dressy side. For example, a wool shacket with a belt tied at the waist could look great with a pencil skirt and ankle booties. A cropped shacket could work as well.
This is the best part of wearing a shacket: You can literally wear any type of shoe that your outfit requires, even if it is heels. A wide-legged trouser with a jacket begs for a pair of pumps or booties this fall. And if you’re still wearing sandals or flip-flops as the summer draws to an end, that’s fine as well. Sneakers work, too, if you’re pairing your jacket with a pair of jeans. And if you’re heading to the pumpkin farm or a corn field, a shacket can look great with a pair of duck boots to keep your feet dry and warm. Just dress for the weather and the occasion, and you’ll be just fine.
Don’t forget to accessorize with your jacket as well. Adding some bling or a subtle bit of shine from some earrings or a necklace is a great way to dress up this otherwise casual but versatile item of clothing.