8 Men’s Shirt Jackets for the Fall’s Best — and Worst — Weather

Warmer than a button down but lighter than a coat, this cozy layer will become your favorite fall staple
October 9, 2018Words by Jon Gugala

The shirt jacket or the “shacket.” The overshirt, work shirt, or “shirt-jac.” Whatever you call it, this warm layer has been a menswear staple for generations of outdoorsmen, military men, and construction workers. The shirt jacket’s ubiquity across fields is a testament to how versatile the piece is.

Typically made of cozy-but-tough materials — including canvas, flannel, and wool — shirt jackets bridge the vast gap between button ups and winter jackets, and they can be worn for just about any occasion. Some shirt jackets skew more formal while others are comfortably untucked. Some shirt jackets will keep you dry, while others will keep you warm. With so many options to choose from, we created a guide to point you in the right direction. From lightweight to heavy-duty, these are our favorite “shackets” for fall. 


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Flint and Tinder: Staywax Camp Shirt
 

Flint and Tinder Staywax Camp Shirt Shirt Jacket

Flint and Tinder partnered with British Millerain to source the waxed fabric for the Staywax Camp Shirt. Tracing its history back to the 1880s, the U.K. company perfected one of the first methods to create a water-resistant fabric — and has continued using it for more than 100 years. Waxed cotton, like leather, brass, and denim, only gets better with age, developing a unique patina based on its user. Thanks to this shirt jacket’s finish, it beads water on its surface, allowing drops to roll off harmlessly. While we loved this shirt jacket’s numerous pockets on its outside, what sold us was the interior media pocket to keep electronics safe and secure.

Just as a leather jacket is almost always appropriate, the same goes for waxed canvas. Wear the Staywax Camp Shirt as inclement weather requires, safe and secure (and dry) with the knowledge that generations of men before you have done the same.
 

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Faherty Brand: Knit Dobby Workshirt


Faherty Brand Knit Dobby Workshirt Shirt Jacket

Pulling from its beach roots, we love Faherty Brand’s already broken-in Knit Dobby Workshirt. Sun-faded and pre-washed for immediate comfort, the woven cotton fabric allows for natural stretch and mobility. Consider the Knit Dobby Workshirt the beach cruiser of the category. Without pretension, totally casual, and totally cool, this is the perfect shirt jacket for a lazy Sunday coffee run.
 

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Flint and Tinder: Moleskin Shirt Jacket


Flint and Tinder Moleskin Shirt Jacket

The NorCal-based Flint and Tinder is all about keeping it local. Sourcing its Moleskin Shirt Jacket’s materials entirely in the U.S., it’s the only one this list that can proudly claim to be American born and made.

The cotton fabric has a smooth, moleskin feel and is super comfy for nights around the campfire. Lightly brushed, this shirt jacket is like a thicker version of your favorite broken-in T-shirt. The snap buttons, from the chest pockets, sleeves, and placket, are designed for speed and convenience.
 

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Taylor Stitch: The Utility Shirt


Taylor Stitch Utility Shirt

The Bay Area knows casual style, so Taylor Stitch’s decision to craft their Utility Shirt out of 100-percent organic cotton makes sense. Sure, it’ll get a few wrinkles, but it also wears in and gets more comfortable over time, transitioning from just a shirt jacket to your shirt jacket.

The pocky Jacquard weave of the Utility Shirt’s fabric is warm, seemingly trapping heat while adding a third dimension to its deep blue hue. The shorter tail length is designed to be worn untucked and unbuttoned. As its name suggests, The Utility Shirt doesn’t put on airs. This is your Saturday work shirt, perfect for errands and dirty jobs but probably not for meeting the in-laws (unless her dad is a mechanic). When comfort is king, this is your “shacket.”


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Taylor Stitch: The Maritime Shirt Jacket


Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket

Based in San Francisco, Taylor Stitch knows how to plan for weather that varies by the hour and can include a light rain. Sourcing lambswool from Italy and slimming the standard boxy fit, it crafted this menswear staple that both looks and feels new.

The boiled lambswool of The Maritime Shirt Jacket is not just warm and breathable, it’s also water-resistant, making this piece unique: an organic fiber that has moisture repellency. The Donegal pattern (a subtle finish that adds white flecks atop its solid color) creates a deeper finish than the average charcoal overshirt. This shirt jacket’s slim fit works well for layering over a T-shirt for the day, and it can be dressed up or down as needed.  


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Grayers: Bayswater Fleece CPO Shirt
 

Grayers Bayswater Fleece CPO Shirt Jacket

A former Ralph Lauren designer launched a company that modernized the classic menswear silhouettes in both fabric and cut. Grayers, named for the rebellious men’s style of the 1930s, was born.

With button-secured chest pockets and a spread collar, the Bayswater Fleece stays true to the traditional design of the CPO, but the Grayers shirt jacket swaps traditional boiled wool for silk-soft French terry fleece. While its solid color dresses up well, we love that the subtle heathered fabric allows us to dress it down for the weekend and adds a slight pattern in an otherwise straightforward piece, and the looser fit is tailor-made for layering underneath.

 

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Faherty Brand: Durango CPO Workshirt


Faherty Brand Reversible Bondi Jacket Shirt Jacket

With stores in Massachusetts, New York, and California, Faherty Brand is never far from the ocean. The Durango CPO Workshirt is the perfect piece to wear to and from the beach when the surf is pumping and the wind is blowing offshore.

With a snappier diamond-sewn heather on one side and a faded patterned chambray on the other, this shirt jacket lets you pick an outer layer appropriate for your environment. Button snaps on the check pockets and sleeves are present on both sides for storage regardless of your choice. We loved the deep hand pockets on both sides.


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Relwen: Knit Jacquard Snap CPO

Relwen Knit Jacquard Snap CP Shirt Jacket


This is a casual jacket you grab on the way to the game, whether that’s at a stadium or in a sports bar. An Ohio-based company, Relwen specializes in workwear-inspired pieces from the Midwest. The Chief Petty Officer style (CPO) draws its heritage from one of the classic Navy silhouettes, modernized with its diamond-shaped fill compartments of synthetic insulation. Inside, flannel fabric sits against the skin for cozy warmth, and a drawstring hem seals it up from the stiffest fall gusts. With its breathability, it’s a great transition piece, but due to its lack of waterproofing, not the best shirt jacket for inclement weather.
 

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