Tired of Your Fall Outerwear? Try a Shirt Jacket Instead

The shirt jacket could be deemed man’s other best friend, especially in the transition to the chillier months. The sartorial must-have is like the best of both worlds; it is part shirt (button-down with a collar) and part jacket (heavier weight fabric). As such, it’s the perfect layering piece over everything from a Henley, to a woven shirt, a button-down, or a sweater — and it is meant to be worn un-tucked. Some may call it a safari jacket, which it is not (it’s shorter in style). But its classic heritage and transitional versatility is without question, and it’s practical for a man of any age.

It is laid-back enough for off-duty, weekend wear, but it can just as easily take a more serious corporate mindset, which is to say it seamlessly goes from that business meeting to the ballpark to the bar. Here are six of the more interesting shirt jackets this season, each representing a different way to wear the style — from tailored polish to tougher edge, and everything in between.

1. Kiton Wool-Blend Over-Shirt Jacket

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Kiton Wool-Blend Over-Shirt Jacket | NeimanMarcus.com

We start this list with a consummate example of how the shirt jacket can pull double duty on the weekends and the work week. From the brand known for its luxurious, impeccably tailored men’s apparel, the Kiton Wool-Blend Over-Shirt Jacket replaces the standard sport coat when paired with a crisp dress shirt and tie. Here, the sharp structure of the point collar and the French-plackard button front along with the more tailored fit formalizes the piece just enough (while adding the brand’s signature luxe appeal) to make it an easy entrance to any corporate endeavor — no eyebrows raised.

2. John Varvatos Suede Shirt Jacket

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John Varvatos Suede Shirt Jacket | John Varvatos

The shirt jacket shows off its edgier side in suede with the John Varvatos Suede Shirt Jacket that subs in nicely for any moto jacket craving you might have. This particular model features a few stylish touches of bold hardware to take it to the next level, including slanted chest pockets, snap closures, and side-seam zipper detailing. It is ruggedly refined yet completely modern, and we can see it worn with a cool printed T-shirt for weekend day wear, or thrown over a black lightweight cashmere knit to step out at night in a sleek, monochromatic statement.

3. Vince Wool Plaid Military Shirt Jacket

Vince Wool Plaid Military Shirt Jacket

Vince Wool Plaid Military Shirt Jacket | Vince

Sometimes you’ll want a shirt jacket that’s straightforward, simple, and easy — that’s where the Vince Wool Plaid Military Shirt Jacket comes into play. The charcoal and oxblood plaid patterning is subtle enough to create visual interest without being too loud or overdone, making this piece a solid companion to cords, denim, and chinos any day of the week.

4. Brunello Cucinelli Milano Nylon Shirt Jacket

Brunello Cucinelli Milano Nylon Shirt Jacket | NeimanMarcus.com

Brunello Cucinelli Milano Nylon Shirt Jacket | NeimanMarcus.com

Nylon is a winning fabric for a shirt jacket given it creates some textural interest to a layered ensemble. It is also weather-resistant yet lightweight enough to keep on indoors. Try on for size the Brunello Cucinelli Milano Nylon Shirt Jacket with a notch collar, button cuffs, and snap front pockets for structured appeal. From afar, it’s so well-tailored you would never guess it’s nylon. We love the contrast between the nylon with a chunky sweater and trousers, but it is just as good thrown over a simple tee and jeans.

5. Rag & Bone Mallory Shirt Jacket

Rag & Bone Mallory Shirt Jacket

Rag and Bone Mallory Shirt Jacket | Rag and Bone

Some shirt jackets are injected with a bit more outerwear inspiration via a heftier weight and a puffer-style down filling. But they lose none of their unique shirt jacket style appeal. Such is the case with Rag & Bone’s Mallory Shirt Jacket that comes in a hunting-influenced camo print. The quilted, down-filled shirt is not as heavy as a puffer coat yet it’s probably still best layered over a more lightweight tee or button-down as opposed to a sweater. This one packs plenty of street cred, and we can easily see it worn with slouchy distressed denim and a cool pair of kicks.

6. W.R.K. Billet Shirt Jacket

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W.R.K. Billet Shirt Jacket | Nordstrom.com

No shirt jacket list would be complete without one in a head-turning color to round out the offerings. And the W.R.K. Billet Shirt Jacket fits the bill. The utility-inspired styling is simple enough to allow the on-trend mustard-yellow hue to take top billing. Yet there’s no reason to fear the bolder shade. Wear it with denim, or let the vibrant hue pop against darker charcoal chinos.