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The shacket: the marriage of a shirt and jacket, which has become the autumnal fashion staple that has infiltrated your social media feed and lined the walls of all of your favorite stores. You’ve probably seen them all over your Instagram feed and are pinning them to your “Fall 2022” Pinterest boards, but have you picked up one of your own yet?
“Shackets are meant to be a little oversized, and they are so versatile — they go with everything from jeans and a sweater to a dress,” says Sky Pollard, Head of Product at Nuuly, the women's rental clothing service from Urban Outfitters. Whether you’re sporting this jacket to the pumpkin patch or pairing it with leggings like a Jenner or a Hadid, there are several ways to style this trendy piece and countless different fabrics and designs it comes in. Think leather shackets to edge up your going-out ‘fit or a corduroy version to throw on over light wash jeans and your favorite sweater to go grab an autumn-inspired coffee (you know the one we’re talking about).
With so many of these stylish shackets on the market, it can be hard to narrow down which trendy jacket (or two… or three) is best for your closet. We spoke with stylists and did a deep dive on the best shackets of 2022 that you can shop now and reap the benefits of for the seasons to come.
Someone who wants an easy, thin jacket to throw on that goes with everything.
Anyone on the hunt for a statement jacket.
One essential item for anyone’s wardrobe is a simple, yet stylish jacket that can be thrown on any day, with any outfit. We’re big fans of Good American here at PEOPLE, and their Fleece Shirt Jacket ticks all of these boxes with its clean-cut design, neutral color options, and classic details like the button-up lapels and front-facing pockets. Its fleece fabric provides just enough warmth for those early fall days when there’s a slight chill in the air or even late spring, but you may need a few layers under (or over) this jacket if you want to wear it when the temps are a little lower.
Its oversized design allows for a roomier fit so that you can layer it up underneath or wear the shacket as a top over boyfriend jeans, a skirt, or leggings — making this a versatile addition to your wardrobe that can be styled in several different ways and for many occasions. To us, a jacket that you can double as a top and dress both up or down is well worth the investment in our book. We’ll be finding ways to style this classic shacket year round!
Price at time of publish: $129
Colors: Bone, Putty, Black, Grey | Sizes: XS-5XL | Material: Cotton
The fashion-forward buyer who wants to be savvy with their spending.
Someone looking for a warm jacket.
If you’re someone who likes to save a little cash or simply wants to try out this trend without committing to a big-ticket buy, then you’re in luck. This pick is an Amazon favorite and comes in 23 (yes, that many) plaid colorways, ensuring that you find the right shade to match your personal style. This cozy shacket features an oversized fit and front pockets to keep in line with the button-up shirt style, but with a flannel-like twist.
This shacket is a blend of polyester and spandex, meaning that it’s on the thinner side as well (like most shackets are). Your best bet is to do some fun layering underneath with your favorite turtleneck or sweater and a skirt or pants when the weather starts to cool — but you can also wear the jacket as a layering piece itself, stacking an oversized blazer on top for a bit of edge or a puffer jacket in the heart of winter. In all, this Shewin shacket is the perfect way to try out this fun trend without spending too much cash.
Price at time of publish: $37.98
Colors: Grey, khaki, red, black grey, blue, brown, deep pink, green, pink, purple, yellow | Sizes: S-XXL | Material: Polyester, Spandex
The shopper looking to invest in a warm, high-quality shacket that will last for years to come.
Someone who wants to dabble in this trend or stick to a budget.
If you’re looking for a shacket with a little bit more weight and warmth (and you don’t mind a good splurge), then you’re in the right place. The Plaid Snap-Front Shacket from Monrow is a smart mustard, gray, and white jacket that feels a bit more fall thanks to its cozy wool fabric. Its drop shoulder and oversized, yet structured fit allows for a multitude of styling options, making it super simple to dress up or down while still keeping a stylish air about your outfit.
The buttons can be snapped up to the collar, should you choose to bundle up or wear it as a top, or you can leave the shacket open to reveal your outfit underneath. Its wool blend is a huge plus for chillier days when you don’t want to layer too much underneath, keeping you warm with its heat-retaining fibers (and looking good while doing so).
Price at time of publish: $298
Colors: Black/Natural/Camel | Sizes: XS-XL | Material: Polyester, wool
Someone who wants to take a chic spin on a classic flannel.
The shopper who wants a plain shacket so as to not clash with other prints.
The changing of the leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and plaid-printed jackets seem to encompass the essence of fall — and that’s exactly the feeling we get when we see the Eldridge Coat from Steve Madden. This elevated take on a flannel jacket features an oversized plaid checker in three different colorways to tailor this shacket to the different seasons (think Cognac for fall and Light Taupe for winter and spring).
The longer silhouette and sturdier fabric further refine this shacket, holding its structure thanks to a blend of polyester, acrylic, rayon, and wool, a combination that not only keeps its shape but keeps you warm, as well. This shacket is the perfect transition piece from those late summer nights to turn-of-the-leaves days and can add a bit of contrast to an otherwise simple outfit.
Price at time of publish: $99
Colors: Cognac, Sage, Light Taupe | Sizes: XS-L | Material: Recycled polyester, acrylic, rayon, wool
Someone who wants to take an unconventional approach to the typical texture and print of a shacket.
The shopper who’s looking for a lightweight shacket to wear in warmer weather.
Who said that shackets have to be plain-colored or plaid? The Relaxed Fit Faux Shearling Overshirt from H&M takes a playful approach to your classic shacket, spicing up the texture with a fuzzy surface and artistic airbrush-like print — perfect for the trendy dresser. “I love how H&M incorporated the [shearling] trend into this colorful splatter-effect overshirt,” says Mickey Freeman, stylist to Hocus Pocus 2 star Lilia Buckingham and Us and 2019's Lion King alum Shahadi Wright Joseph.
Freeman compares its colorful composition to the “decadent yet psychedelic look” from brands like Marni, except at a much more appealing price. Just as this look is cool, we recommend it for cool climates as well, since the shearling fabric will not be kind to wearers in warmer weather. Keep this graphic option for a splash of color in your autumnal wardrobe or as a transition piece into those chilly spring days.
Price at time of publish: $39.99
Colors: White/Patterned, Cream | Sizes: XS-XXXL | Material: Polyester
Someone who wants colorful print options at an affordable price.
Someone who is more a fan of neutrals.
If you’re anything like us, then it’s easy for your autumn and winter color palette to become drab with gray, black, and brown hues taking over our outfits. Changing this narrative is the Women's Cozy Shacket from Target’s Wild Fable, a fuzzy and soft piece that is not unlike our favorite graphic shacket. It comes in several fun prints and colors to compliment your personal style and inject a bit of color into your cooler-climate wardrobe.
Available in prints from leopard to orange tie-dye, you can add a healthy dose of color into your look with one of these statement jackets that are sure to help you stand out from the crowd (in the best way possible). This jacquard-knit shacket features the standard front pockets and a snap-button center to make this piece super simple to shrug on and off. If you feel like your winter wardrobe is in need of an increase in saturation, then we’ve found the shacket for you.
Price at time of publish: $38
Colors: Brown Leopard Print, Dark Red, Dark Teal Green, Light Blue Landscape, Orange Tie-Dye | Sizes: XS-XXL | Material: Recycled polyester
Anyone who wants a transitional coat that can keep them warm during cooler months.
Someone who is looking for a light jacket to casually throw on and off.
While the Heavyweight Overshirt from Everlane is no parka, we love this shacket as an option for that in-between time from early to late fall where you need to play around with your layers throughout the weeks to reach that perfect level of comfort. Though it looks like a light shirt, this shacket is made from a heavy cotton twill, which adds some density to the fabric and makes for a thicker layering piece.
This overshirt is a great option for men who want to incorporate a shacket into their fall or spring wardrobes, or anyone who simply wants a dependable jacket that can provide a bit of warmth on chillier days. Layer up with a sweater or shirt underneath (depending on the temperature) or stack the shacket on top of another button-up for more warmth (and some seriously elevated looks).
Price at time of publish: $98
Colors: Heathered Grey, Navy, Charcoal Heather, Heathered Green, Toasted Coconut, Golden Palm, Golden Brown / Parchment, Pewter Plaid | Sizes: XXS-XXL | Material: Cotton
The shacket-seeker who wants to add a little edge to their outfit.
Someone who seeks the soft comfort of a cotton or cotton-blend jacket.
If your style leans a little edgy, then we have just the shacket for you. This style from BlankNYC is the perfect oversized piece to style as a top or wear open as a jacket during the fall (or truly anytime). Its faux leather fabric shakes up this button-down style in a fashionable way, adding texture and contrast to any outfit you may pair it with.
It’s worth noting that a different texture elicits a different feel, so this shacket may be better suited for nights out on the town rather than chilling at home in something comfortable. Leather is a perfect way to take this casual style and upgrade it to something worthy of your Instagram grid.
Price at time of publish: $98
Colors: Starting Over, Suspicious Mind | Sizes: XS-L | Material: Polyurethane, polyester
The fashion-forward shopper who wants a leather shacket but with a bit more texture.
Someone who wants a simple (and soft) shacket.
If you want to lean into your edgy side and separate yourself from the crowd with a chic take on the leather shacket, then an embossed croc option like this piece from Open Edit could be your new go-to. Freeman favors this option for days when you want to add a little drama to your outfit, especially as an accessory “to liven a boring black dress.”
This design has all of the elements of a button-up shacket but with the sleek twist of a shiny, croc exterior and a single, structured front pocket. Perfect for transitioning an outfit from day to night and acting as the ideal fall accessory, this vinyl-like jacket is sure to stand out amongst the sea of plaid shackets that you’re sure to encounter this season.
Price at time of publish: $99
Colors: Black | Sizes: XXS-XXL | Material: Polyester, cotton, polyurethane
The vintage-loving dresser who goes for a nostalgic style.
Someone seeking a patterned shacket.
Corduroy reminds us of autumnal days and ‘70s style, a combination that comes together effortlessly in the Corduroy Buttondown Shirt Jacket. This style takes on a vintage version of today’s shacket, adding a bit of character to the button-down design with medium-thick corduroy material, two oversized front pockets, and a Western front yoke to pull everything together.
This style features the classic button-down hemline but is differentiated from the rest by its elastic sleeves, which allows you to roll them up with ease or leave the gathered detail as an accent at the wrists. Though this jacket’s fabric reminds us of fall, its colorways allow you to wear it any time of year (and these shades are screaming spring).
Price at time of publish: $148
Colors: Ivory, Moss | Sizes: XXS-XL | Material: Cotton, elastane, viscose, polyester
Someone who’s looking for a textured (and cozy) long jacket.
A shopper who wants to wear their shacket in warmer months.
Some shackets can be worn year-round, but some have designated seasons — and that’s exactly where the Longline Sherpa Shirt Jacket falls. This ultra-stylish shearling shacket is just as cozy as it is chic, meaning that it's best to be worn during the late fall, winter, and early spring. The medium-thick, earth-toned polyester fabric is soft to the touch thanks to its plush, shearling surface and makes this coat a bit denser, which is perfect for cooler climates.
This design stands out from the crowd thanks to its texture and warmth, which not only elevates your seasonal outerwear but adds an interesting contrast to the outfit worn underneath. The extended silhouette and long hemline preserves a bit more warmth as well, covering more of the legs on breezier days. We’d recommend keeping this piece as your autumnal shacket, as the fabric could be too hot for warmer days — but you’ll be itching for the weather to cool once you add this coat to your wardrobe.
Price at time of publish: $168
Colors: Beige, Moss | Sizes: XS-XL | Material: Polyester
Someone whose style toes the line between classic and trendy.
A shopper looking for a neutral jacket that can go with anything.
Need a shacket that can do double duty between the office and weekends out on the town? Look no further than the Frayed Tweed Shacket from Forever 21, a piece that Freeman describes as the “perfect and relatively inexpensive example of deconstructed luxury.” Kelly green has never had such a moment as it does right now, making this a hot staple for the fall and several months to come.
The luxe-looking fabric elevates this shacket even more, making this statement piece the perfect accessory for any work or weekend wear thanks to the “multithreaded tweed and wool knits [that] create a colorful and textural arpeggio,” according to Freeman. If you’re on the hunt for a versatile yet striking shacket that feels high-end (just without the luxury price tag), then you’ll want to consider this clover tweed pick.
Price at time of publish: $49.99
Colors: Green/Multi | Sizes: XS-XL | Material: Polyester, acrylic, wool
Someone who wants an alternative to the popular puffer jacket.
We all know and love the classic puffy jacket — whether it’s cropped, long, a crazy color or texture (hello, celeb-loved metallic puffer), you most likely have a version of this coat in your closet. However, if you want to break the mold but still embrace this comfy fall coat, then the Airpuff Shirt-Jacket from Madewell could be your next favorite purchase.
This jacket has the body and design of a shacket, but with a warm, nylon makeup and down-like insulation between its scalloped seams. The feather-alternative filling props up the structure of this jacket, making the fabric a bit denser and more fitting for cooler weather when regular shackets won’t keep you warm enough. If you love the look of a shacket too much to give up when the weather turns or if you just want to separate yourself from the puffer-adorned crowd, then this shacket could be just what you need.
Price at time of publish: $150.99
Colors: Warm Coffee, Pale Thistle | Sizes: XXS-XXL | Material: Recycled nylon
Anyone who wants to switch up the classic shacket for a longer, chicer version.
Someone who wants the traditional shacket style.
An easy way to instantly elevate an outfit is by throwing on a longline coat, which is why the Long Shacket from H&M is a great choice for someone who wants to wear the style but kick its elegance up a notch. This version has all of the traditional details of the regular shacket, but has a much longer hemline than the kind that ends at your hips — grazing the knees or a little past, depending on your height.
This plaid shacket is another great option for fall, as the slightly-fuzzy fabric retains a bit of heat thanks to the polyester, and the long hemline keeps your legs protected from the wind. The pattern only solidifies this jacket’s place in the autumn or springtime, suiting these transitional seasons with ease and leaving room for layering with its unstructured frame.
Price at time of publish: $64.99
Colors: Dark green/plaid, Dark red/plaid, Blue/plaid | Sizes: XS-XXL | Material: Polyester
Someone who wants to accentuate their silhouette.
Wearers who like the unstructured, boxy look of most shackets.
While oversized silhouettes are all the rage nowadays, it’s easy to look like you’re swimming in some shackets. If you want to try out this popular jacket trend, but don’t want to lose your shape in the process, you’ll be intrigued by this faux leather shacket from Vero Moda that features a tie-waist belt to accentuate your figure and add more structure to your silhouette.
The material is a faux leather fabric made from a polyester blend to add an element of luxury to your figure-hugging shacket. Freeman suggests pairing this piece with jeans, a statement bag, and pumps to pull together an outfit that looks carefully planned but takes no time at all. If oversized shackets aren’t quite your thing, then you’ll love this shaping option from Vero Moda.
Price at time of publish: $89
Colors: Black, Dark Olive, Birch | Sizes: XS-XL | Material: Polyester, polyurethane
Though most shackets have a similar look to them, not all of these shirt-jacket hybrids are made the same. Depending on your personal style, you may want a classic shirt-length shacket, or perhaps a longer silhouette, like the H&M Long Shacket. Both supply a different feel and can take an outfit from casual to dressed up with the simple drop of a hemline. There are also several different fabrics and textures a shacket can be made in, from faux leather to corduroy and shearling, each of which adds contrast to an outfit to better suit your personal style and take that outfit to the next level. All that matters is what speaks to your style.
While it’s more than okay to buy several shackets for different seasons (don’t worry, we don’t judge), it’s definitely worth taking into consideration the climate or season in particular that you will be sporting your shacket in. If you’re looking to wear this jacket in the late summer or early fall, you’ll want to opt for a breezier material, like cotton, to allow for airflow, whereas the fall and winter months will require a bit thicker of a fabric to retain heat. Opt for styles that have the correct material for your season to find your match made in shacket heaven.
As mentioned earlier, the fabric that your shacket is made from is paramount in the decision process, especially when it comes to style and season. Many lighter shackets are made from cotton, while warmer styles are made from polyester, acrylic, and even wool (if you’re getting fancy — and trying to stay warm). On the other hand, specialty fabrics like faux leather require a polyurethane blend to achieve that shiny look and add an edge to your style of shacket.
As with most things, price is a real factor to consider when adding another jacket to your wardrobe. There’s quality shackets to be found at any price range (shoutout to our favorite budget pick, the Shewin Women's Long Sleeve Plaid Shirt), and you can easily find a handful of options depending on your comfort level with spending, with some of our picks rounding out at $49.99 while others can reach nearly $300 and above. It’s completely up to you what range you are comfortable with in allocating money for a shacket, but there is a healthy range of stylish options and plenty to choose from.
“A shacket is a portmanteau of ‘shirt’ and ‘jacket,’” says Pollard. “Basically a heavyweight shirt that can be worn as a jacket.” Simple as that!
While you can style your shacket any way you like according to your personal style, there are a few routes you can take to spark some inspiration for your next shacket ‘fit. “Shackets are meant to be a little oversized, and they are so versatile, they go with everything from jeans and a sweater to a dress,” Pollard shares. She suggests pairing a leather shacket, like the BlankNYC Faux Leather Shacket, with a floaty maxi dress during the fall for a “new take on a moto jacket.” Pollard recommends taking the rustic route if leather isn’t up your alley, explaining how easily shackets can be paired with other fall staples “like denim overalls and flannel shirting for heading to the pumpkin patch.”
A flannel shirt is a lightweight top that is typically made from cotton or wool, which is typically seen in a signature plaid print. On the other hand, a shacket is essentially a heavier-weight button down, which is a denser, more coat-like version of a flannel shirt. These two pieces are very similar, but in the end, not the same.
Fabrics For Scarves Alyssa Brascia is a commerce staff writer for PEOPLE and has written for publications such as InStyle, Shape, and Real Simple. When researching the best shackets, she spoke with Sky Pollard, Head of Product at Nuuly, and celebrity stylist Mickey Freeman for their expert picks and insight. She also took a close look at style, season, fabric, and price while compiling the list to ensure that all angles were considered for the shopper who is looking for a new shacket to compliment their wardrobe.