What is a shacket and do I need one?

A what, you say?

If you’re thinking a shacket is the new skorts (the look of a skirt but the comfort of shorts) – or some other kind of crazy concoction, you’d be absolutely right.

Check out any Insta or TikTok feed and you’ll see shackets galore – after all, they’re a pretty handy staple once you get to grips with what they are!

For those still lurking in the 2010s, a shacket is a crossover between an oversized shirt and a jacket – and can be worn by men or women.

It definitely looks like a shirt but it’s made of much heavier material, so it does look much more like it’s to be worn out and about.

And do you need one? Yes, definitely! Here’s why…

How to wear a shacket

The most versatile of clothes, you can wear them buttoned up like a shirt if you wanted but they do look super cool just left undone with a top underneath. They usually feature two large chest pockets and bigger buttons.

The good news is that whatever your style and age, you will suit a shacket. From popular prints and colour clashes to soft neutrals and muted pastels, shackets are a great finishing touch for any outfit.

A lot of them tend to be made from thicker materials such as wool or heavy linen so you can always find something to pair them with. They also come in fabrics like flannel, denim, faux and real leather, so there’s something for everyone.

What would you wear with a shacket?

Missguided shacket

While it looks like a shirt, you wouldn’t need to wear a jacket over a shacket.

Basically, they’re a great basic for layering whatever the season.

So, in the summer, you might wear one over a t shirt, vest, cropped top, tank top and something thicker like a roll neck or hooded jumper in colder weather.

The best thing is the versatility as there are endless styling options. They’re great for lots of different occasions. Whether you’re taking the kids for a run about at the park, you’re off to the cinema or a relaxing coffee, a shacket is a great transitional piece to get you from Spring through to Winter.

You won’t be too hot in summer but it’s thick enough for some warmth in the colder seasons.

Need some shacket inspiration?

Quilted style

Like the look of a Barbour jacket but not the price? You might like to try a quilted style shacket. These look great over a plain white t shirt or plain blouse and are great teamed with skinny jeans or wide leg trousers.

Effortless cool

Take a brushed twill shacket in any colour and wear plain one-colour top underneath. We love this one from H&M. This one features a collar, press-studs down the front, chest pockets and welt front pockets. It offers a relaxed fit with low dropped shoulders, long sleeves and cuffs with a press-stud.

Structured approach

Mint green shacket from Whistles

Want a more structured option? Check out this wool blend mint green shacket from Whistles. The colour is unique but it will go with more things despite the shade and somehow neutral enough to go with probably anything already in your wardrobe.

Hooded shacket

Hooded shacket, Shein £9.99

Now while a hood breaks the usual shacket rules, we do like this one. It’s much more like a coat, but the cut and shape are great. It still has the long sleeves, a relaxed fit and two large chest pockets so it good for those who like streetwear.

Autumn days

When there’s a chill in the air but it’s still not time to get your ‘big coat’ out, a shacket can be a great jumper layering key. You could pair a fleece-lined shacket with a cable knit sweater, mini skirt and knee high boots for the perfect autumnal look.

Flannel feel

Photo credit: New York Post

No need to borrow from your teenager anymore. Flannel shackets are in every high street store for women for a good mid-weight option.

Flannel looks great over thin ribbed jumpers, baggy t shirts or pastel colours. They look great with leggings and any style of jeans. Heading for the hills? Layer your new flannel shacket with a corduroy collar and add hiking boots.

Can you wear a shacket with a dress?

Hell, yes. Over a mini dress they look fab – even with a summery maxi dress. You can wear a shacket open or with buttons closed over either option.

Even in the office you’ll find that work-leisure trend is on the rise with more people working in relaxed fashion as the hybrid working thing kicks in.

A refined overshirt with a built-in belt is the perfect accompaniment to a satin shift dress and kitten heels. Add a few accessories like hair clips to stay polished and professional.

Before you know it, you’ll be looking around for your shacket so what are you waiting for? Get one ordered today. You won’t regret it!

Photo credit: Sincerely Katerina
Dawn Jackson
Dawn Jacksonhttp://www.shopforay.com
With a history of over 15 years in PR & publishing, Dawn is a fashion blogger, Editor at several business news websites and a contributor to a range of lifestyle media outlets.

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