That being said, given the current weather, your go-to fall coats may be too warm for those sunny days early in the season. That's where a shacket, a cross between a shirt and a jacket, comes in handy.
The combination piece isn't new, but recently searches for the style have increased on Google Trends; highlights include searches for plaid, flannel and shearling shackets, along with plus-sized options and brands like Costco, Free People, Walmart and H&M. And there's good reason for that, according to fashion stylist Melissa Chataigne, who says the versatile piece is a great option to carry you into the upcoming season.
"It's a piece that I love that's a little bit more textured and that you often see in plaids," Chataigne said. Made from a heavier fabric than your typical plaid shirt, the style is the perfect pick to help you transition from summer to fall. "It's a layering piece that is a great staple for your closet, especially as the temperatures get cooler."
It's not something that you have to give much thought to styling either, which is a major bonus. It's a simple way to elevate your work from home look and a piece that you can throw on to run errands or pick the kids up from school, Chataigne said. "It's easy, low maintenance, put-together, but not trying too hard." She added that it can be paired with things like jeans, a dress or joggers.
"Wear it to the grocery store or for getting a cocktail with friends on a patio," said fashion stylist Cindy Conroy. "You can wear it for a hike, even. When you get hot, you can wrap it around your waist, and then all of a sudden you're very chic on the hiking trail."
Here, we found nearly two dozen trendy shackets of various styles and sizes to add to your cart just in time for the upcoming season.
- Best denim and corduroy shackets
- Best plaid and flannel shackets
- Best knit and wool shackets
- Best leather and faux leather shackets
- Best long and oversized shackets
Best denim and corduroy shackets
Whether you wear it buttoned up or open over a tee and jeans, there are so many ways to style an oversized denim shirt jacket like this one, according to Chataigne. Available in a classic cream or cool black color, it’s partially made from sustainable materials and is machine-washable (cold) for easy cleaning.
This short-sleeved denim shacket in bright blue will electrify your outfit so you'll be ready for a night out in the city. It's also available in a lively green.
The texture of this corduroy shacket is as soft as it looks, and it comes in rich colors like the pictured shade of green above. This easy-to-throw-on piece is also available in a cropped style.
Best plaid and flannel shackets
Conroy described shackets as “lumberjack chic,” and this pick is the perfect example of that. It's got a classic buffalo check pattern and spread collar. We think the purposely oversized fit will go well with a casual dark-wash jean.
Petite fashionistas, rejoice! Chataigne says that a shacket that hits at the middle of your thigh or the smallest part of your hips will do the trick. Try this option from Abercrombie & Fitch, which comes in five colors of plaid.
This cozy shirt jacket from Old Navy is the perfect fall piece: it's both oversized and made from heavy fabric, so you can easily layer under it when the weather gets colder. It also comes in a wide range of sizes, from XS to 4X.
Best knit and wool shackets
For the price point, you may expect this shirt jacket to be a little less durable than some of the pricier items on our list. But not so. This shacket, which comes in beige, green, and multi-colored plaid, is sturdy and warm enough for cooler fall temperatures, reviewers raved. Just make sure to size down!
Just because "jacket" is part of the name doesn't mean shackets have to be heavy. Take this lightweight, super casual take by Bucketlist. The texture is soft, the color is both autumnal and effortless and you'll want to wear it indoors and out.
This cozy shacket is both lightweight and warm — key for outdoor fall activities like apple picking, Chataigne said. Plus, the color is beautiful and neutral enough to match with various types of pieces, the very definition of a fall essential.
Who doesn't love a cozy, slouchy sherpa jacket? This one is lined and is as cuddly and warm as your typical oversized fleece jacket but gives enough structure so you can pair it with a cool graphic T-shirt and skinny jeans or leggings and get all the compliments — just make sure to size down! (If you're a fan of this style and are looking for a heavier coat, we like this one, also by Good American.)
For a designer version of the shacket trend, try Conroy's pick from Aritzia. It's available in 40+ colors and patterns, including blue, pink and a mint plaid pattern. Plus, its solid colors are available for a lower price.
Best leather and faux leather shackets
Add this fuchsia-colored shacket to any casual look and make a fashion statement instantly. Or, pair it with faux leather pants to complete the look. This trendy piece is also available in black.
This leather shacket has everything we love about a nighttime-ready piece that can still be casual enough for a fall day out in the city. It has a vintage flair from the fringe detailing, the rocker edge of a classic black leather jacket, and the comfort and lightness of a typical fall jacket.
Yes, yes, we love a good fringe detail, and we couldn't resist the ones on this faux suede shacket that looks like it's made from the real thing. If you're looking for a softer look, this one is available in multiple neutral pastel hues, including olive (pictured above) and gold.
If a classic, timeless aesthetic is more your vibe, you can't go wrong with Levi's. We love this faux suede plus-size line that is the perfect combination of the casualness of a shirt with the structure of a jacket. And when it gets cooler, there's a hidden zipper closure!
Best long and oversized shackets
Conroy is also a fan of long options, like this one from Amazon. It comes in a variety of buffalo plaid colors, which, combined with its length, just screams fall. The longer style is perfect for colder days when you need a little more coverage.
We love the London vibe of this stylish houndstooth-patterned shacket, which is a nice change from all the flannel! Pair it with a chunky cable-knit sweater, a neutral-colored short skirt and some chunky loafers to complete the look.
The light pink color of this shirt jacket is subtle, but the quilted pattern is unique enough to make a statement. Plus, some reviewers like that it's warm but not too warm, making it the perfect transitional piece.
This unisex oversized shacket is as effortless to wear as it looks. It comes in six earthy colors that make it easy to layer on top of any outfit. Plus, "it's so cozy like a sweatshirt but heavy enough to keep you warm," raves one reviewer.
Available in standard, petite and plus sizes, this sweater-coat combo (a shacket style Conroy is a fan of), is sure to flatter a range of frames. The subtle zigzag pattern and ivory color take the fashion up a notch.