As temperatures continue to drop this winter, you’re going to want to stock up on cozy layers that are also stylish and versatile. Enter: the shacket. Need a light outer layer in the warmer months? Grab a shacket to wear over your spring dress. Or do you need an extra layer during the colder months? You guessed it! Grab a shacket.
The shacket is a fun play on words to describe the combination of clothing pieces that inspired it; it is a jacket and a shirt. It is the Schrödinger's cat of clothing articles: it's both things and neither thing at the same time! It's an outer layer. It's an in-between layer. It can be used on warmer days when there’s still a chill in the air but maybe not quite cold enough to warrant a full warm winter coat. It can also be worn as a layer in between your undershirt layer of women’s thermals and your outer weatherproof coat.
If you’re using the shacket as a fashionable but warm in-between layer, it can be a great replacement for a layer of fleece under your outer wind-breaking shell on the most blustery and cold winter days. Many shackets come in thick fleece and warm wooly fabrics, some of them with hoods, making them great options for layering in freezing winter weather.
Not all shackets are created equal though. Some are much lighter in both weight and warmth, making them a great option for spring outerwear. Since many of these unique wardrobe pieces are equipped with some of the same features of a real jacket (like zippers, buttons, a hood, and pockets), the shacket makes for a fantastic outer layer as the seasons change and the weather outside starts to warm up. And because the shacket is part shirt, it's lightweight enough that you won’t feel the need to take it on and off throughout the day. If you opt for a shacket in the spring, you can leave the house during the cool and crisp mornings, and still feel cozy and warm. With a shacket as your outer layer, you also won't get stuck carrying around a heavier coat as the temperature rises.
I’m so glad you asked because the answer is: almost anything! This versatile piece can be worked into any wardrobe and can be worn with almost any outfit.
A sleek, monochromatic shacket can be worn over your favorite blouse and women’s chino pants to head into the office.
Throw your warm and cozy flannel shacket over your fleece pajamas to drive the kids to school while still sipping coffee early in the morning.
Pair your shacket with a maxi dress for a fabulous and fun feminine flair.
Shackets are also a fantastic option for the gym or a fitness class. Simply don your best gym ‘fit and throw a shacket over it for warmth and style. Pair your shacket with yoga pants and sneakers. Fit and fab!
Oversized is in! Order a size up for a bigger boxier fit and wear your shirt-jacket loosely draped over a more fitted outfit for a glamorous and hip look. A soft and warm contoured cashmere sweater, paired with fitted jeans and cute boots to wear under your shacket makes for a great date night outfit for fall or spring!
Don’t limit yourself to the colder months—this incredible and changeable item can be worn any time of year if the occasion calls for it. Even a summertime beach trip can have cool and breezy nights. Bring along your lightweight shirt-jacket to wear over your shorts and swim suit for that late-night walk on the beach or roasting marshmallows around the bonfire.
Shackets aren’t just for women. Having a shacket as a go-to item in your wardrobe is a great option for the whole family. Younger kids famously resist wearing jackets and bulky layers even when they need them most. Let the shacket be your compromise (weather permitting of course)! Kids and teens will also appreciate this changeable and wearable layer that can easily be tied around the waist when it gets too warm outside. Or, it can quickly be thrown in a backpack for when it gets cool in the evening.
A shacket is as adaptable and multipurpose as your favorite pair of jeans. Whether you’re getting ready for a day at the office or a night on the town, this shirt-jacket option is ideal for almost any style situation. The possibilities are endless! However you wear your shacket, make it yours! This adaptable and multifaceted piece is sure to become a favorite go-to part of your wardrobe.