It’s Time to Familiarize Yourself with the Ultimate Transitional Outerwear: The Shacket

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We love a good hybrid fashion item. You know, the type that manages to bridge two seasons and is surprisingly easy to wear. There is perhaps no item that better encapsulates this idea than the shacket.

Wait, what’s a shacket?

For the uninitiated, the shacket is indeed a combination shirt and jacket—that can be worn as both. And, apologies to the denim jacket, but it’s currently our favorite summer-to-fall outerwear piece.

Most shackets have the silhouette and details of a traditional button-down shirt (one or two chest pockets, buttons along the front and a classic collar), but are made of thicker material more akin to an actual jacket. Usually done up in flannel, cotton canvas or denim, they sometimes incorporate military details like epaulettes on the shoulders. If there are also pockets on the lower half, you may see it referred to as a chore jacket.

Got it. Now, what’s the best way to rock a shacket this fall?

Take inspiration from ‘90s grunge and wear one open over a floral midi dress and trendy combat boots. Or go for a more tailored approach and button one up over a pair of skinny jeans and pointy-toe ankle boots. Even better if you add a waist-cinching belt. Shackets have long been lauded as a spectacular layering piece, but they’ve recently become even more popular, at least according to Lyst. Those using the global shopping platform to update their fall wardrobes have been searching for denim, corduroy and oversize shackets since early September, with those numbers only continuing to rise as we head into October.

So, we decided to jumpstart the search for you and found 15 easy shackets that will make the transition from summer to fall just a bit more chic.

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1. bb Dakota Eldrige Jacket

Pair this classic red buffalo plaid with sleek extras like a pair of faux-leather leggings or some glittering gold jewelry to balance out the woodsy vibes.

Available in sizes XS to L

munthe houndstooth shacket
Saks Fifth Avenue

2. munthe Tully Houndstooth Shirt Jacket

Houndstooth is a tried and true fall pattern, but if you're searching for something that gives the classic black and white fabric a twist, go for this option. The blue and white combo matches with practically everything (We're thinking of pairing this with dark wash denim and booties) and is a killer transition piece from fall to winter.

Available in sizes 2 to 10

urban patchwork shacket
Urban Outfitters

3. bdg Royce Corduroy Shirt Jacket

Who says fun pops of color are reserved for summer style? We're loving the contrast between the navy and bright mustard and pink hues on this guy. And its warm corduroy material is guaranteed to keep you nice and cozy for those brisk autumn days. It also comes in brown, black and green if you're looking for something a tad more muted.

Available in sizes XXS to XXXL

good american shacket

4. good American Belted Shirt Jacket

When we said shackets were versatile, we meant it. And this sleek option is no exception. Wear this to work with a pair of ankle slacks or don this with a dark brown tank dress and strappy heels for a gorg GNO look.

Available in sizes XXS to XL

bb dakota shacket

5. bb Dakota For The Road Jacket

Super chic, this will work just as well for brunch as it will at the office. The enlarged plaid feels super elegant and the neutral tones will coordinate with practically everything in your closet.

Available in sizes XS to XL

river island boucle shacket

6. river Island Check Print Boucle Shacket

Boucle is one of those fabrics that just feels like autumn. Pair this with some light wash denim and a sleek tank for a fit that won't make you overheat during fall's toastier days.

Available in sizes 2 to 24

madewell military shacket

7. madewell Military Shirt Jacket

A cute and stylish twist on a army-navy surplus jacket, this has the grungy 90s feel. Faded detailing makes it look well loved and worn and looks effortlessly cool.

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

quilted shacket

8. frame Oversize Shirt Jacket

Planning out your annual pumpkin patch or apple picking excursions but can't figure out what to wear? Problem solved. Something about this baby's quilted texture screams fall time activities. And the chocolate color will warm up any outfit but is neutral enough to go with practically anything. Pair with a lightweight turtleneck and camal-colored ankle booties and you're good to go.

Available in sizes XXS to XL

white shacket

9. treasure & Bond Lightweigth Shirt Jacket

Anyone who thinks you can't wear white after Labor Day is fooling themselves. White matched with warm toned tans, bieges and browns is truly a match made in heaven. Plus, you can wear this cutie year round—from winter all the way back to fall again. Personally, we're planning on wearing this with some khaki colored denim and white flatforms.

Available in sizes XS to L

everlane chore shacket

10. Everlane The Chore Jacket

This easy cotton classic comes in yellow, white and caramel brown, but there’s also a bright cobalt hue that’s sure to make you stand out from the pack.

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

sancutary belted shacket

11. Sanctuary Faux Leather Belted Shirt Jacket

This is one of those pieces that's guaranteed to have people asking "Where did you get that?" every time you walk out the door. Make the pastel green look a bit more autumnal with dark brown slacks and chelsea boots.

Available in sizes XS to XL

munthe green shacket

12. Munthe Target Jacket

We know that the first color that comes to mind when you think of fall isn't a bright kelly green. But you can't deny how gosh darn cute this would look paired with a white tee and dark green, high-waisted pants. Add some black booties and crossbody bag and you have a look that is 100 percent fall-appropriate.

Available in sizes 2 to 14

theory leather shacket
Saks Fifth Avenue

13. Theory High-gloss Shirt Jacket

Leather is one of fall's best friends and that is a statement we stand by. Pair this with black jeans and booties for a cooler-toned fit or match with light blue jeans, chunky sneaks and a white tee for a brighter look.

Available in sizes XS to XL

isabel marant shacket

14. Isabel Marant Hacayo Jacket

Spring and summer aren't the only months you can play around with fun prints. We think pairing this with a black mini dress and some show-stopping heeled booties would be a total Insta-worthy fit for hitting the bars with your friends.

Available in sizes L to 4XL

linen shacket

15. Alex Mill Pj Shirt Jacket

Linen is known for being a breathable fabric, which is why this is an awesome piece to add to your wardrobe for the transition period from summer to fall. It's simple enough to wear with your most casual of looks but can also be dressed up with high-waisted shorts, simple tee and ankle booties.

Available in sizes XS to 4X



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