Making the Case for the Shirt Jacket, Fall’s Most Versatile Styling Piece

What makes a shirt a shirt and a jacket a jacket? Perhaps there is a technical definition dividing the two, but from a style perspective it really comes down to position: shirts go under, jackets go over. But what about the shirt jacket? This hybrid is an ideal wardrobe component that makes dressing for erratic temperatures during tricky transitional weather easier than ever. The shirt jacket’s versatility is unmatched. Wear it alone as a top or with some light layers underneath as a jacket — and, come winter, you can even fit one under a bulky coat.

What’s more, the piece has street style’s stamp of approval. Here, 5 street style stars are seen wearing them in denim, leather and wool flannel versions, as well as wrapped utility styles. They’re structured like jackets, yet comfortable like a shirt or blouse. They’re fitted enough so you can tuck them into trousers, loose enough to layer with, and warm enough to wear alone. Plus, they offer a more casual take when worn with a skirt or trouser than a formal blazer, but can be thrown together with just as many outfits as a suit jacket could. Layer a wrapped style over a midi skirt for an ultra chic take on fall office dressing, or tuck a button-front leather or plaid version into jeans for easy weekend style. Stylish versatility is perhaps where the secret lies to nailing the street style look this fall.

Shop 11 of our shirt jacket picks below.

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