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Three ways to wear a shacket this season

Three ways to wear a shacket this season

The fashion world has a way of throwing controversial hybrids into the fore – skeggings, pantashoes, and the drouser to name a few. (Nope, us neither.) But there is one style hybrid we can all agree in favour of: the shacket. A wonderful mashup of a jacket and a shirt (also referred to as an overshirt), this hero item has the ability to serve both as an in-between layer and an outer layer. And that’s pretty handy right now, since we’re entering one of the most fickle seasons of the year when it comes to weather. 

So, here to solve our seemingly never-ending quest to stay perfectly snug during the trans-seasonal months and look stylish while we’re at it, stylist Millie Rich models the shacket and breaks down three ways to wear it.

With a dress

Shackets tend to have a tomboyish feel, so why not play on that expectation and pair one with a feminine dress? Something with a flowy cut that’s longer than the jacket will perfectly juxtapose the shacket’s straight fit, sharp collar, and utilitarian feel.

Styling tips 

“When wearing a dress, make sure the jacket cuts at the right height,” Millie says. “For shorter styles, it’s good to be able to see a bit of the dress, so you don’t look as though you’re not wearing anything on your bottom half from the back!

If you’re into midi dresses, especially those with a flared cut (like the one I’m wearing here), keep your shacket in a longline cut to balance your proportions and complement the elegant drape of the dress.”

With smart separates

Here’s another way to play on expectations. Add edge to your usual smart separates by throwing on a slightly oversized shacket. It’s an easy way to refresh the look of more formal outfits, giving them a contemporary feel that won’t look out of place in the office or on video calls. 

Styling tips 

“As we’ve (hopefully) surpassed the depths of winter, why not use your shacket as your outermost layer when styling it with your smart looks? There are two key things to look for if you plan on doing so: fabric weight and fit,” Millie says. 

“For it to feel like a lightweight jacket rather than a thicker shirt, look to fabrics such as wool, or even leather if you want to add a tough-luxe edge to your look. 

When it comes to fit, go slightly oversized. Something with a relaxed cut will mean you can layer up underneath, but also add a weightier overcoat on top to keep those spring morning chills at bay.” 

With casual clothes

We don’t know about you, but we’re both bored of our WFH comfies and way too attached to them to let them go. If that sounds familiar, then here’s your perfect compromise: the relaxed-fit, patterned overshirt. 

It’s got the seal of approval from our stylist, who’s been happily wearing one on repeat around the house. And, as she tells us below, it’ll hold your hand when it’s time to pull a considered outfit together again.

Styling tips

“The comfort factor has dictated most of our sartorial choices since last March. But now, as we approach a hopeful spring/summer season where going out is back on the cards, our minds are shifting to items that work for both now and then. Choose an overshirt that’s soft enough to lounge in and versatile enough to go with anything, and it’ll serve both of those occasions.

Something with a touch of a pattern is my personal preference, like a timeless checked design. It’s got both a statement feel and casual aesthetic – just the thing for looking put-together for the impromptu get-togethers we’re all hoping for this year.” 

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Words: Ashlie Brombley
Styling: Millie Rich