One could argue there are plenty of essential fall layers out there, from the rugged henley to the selvedge denim jacket. But what if you’re seeking something in between — not as light as a henley, not as heavy as a field coat? Something that’s wearable day in and day out, particularly in rugged fall style situations? Well, my friend … you want one of the best shirt jackets for men.
It’s exactly what it sounds like: Part shirt, part jacket and all rugged, tough and fall-ready style. Your favorite brands are making them, too. Some take on a decidedly fashion-forward edge while retaining the hallmarks of tough fall style, and some of our picks for the best men’s shirt jackets are all about function.
And the great news is, they’ll work with favorites you know and love — from slim black denim to olive chinos to faded dark blue denim (don’t forget a durable watch and sturdy leather boots). The choice really is yours.
Todd Snyder Italian Boucle Shirt Jacket
Want a luxurious take on the shirt jacket? Look no further than Mr. Todd Snyder. The New York menswear designer — responsible for launching J. Crew into the stratosphere with his designs before launching his own line — has developed a refined, easily wearable piece out of Italian boucle. What does that mean for you? It means this shirt jacket would look excellent atop everything from a grey chambray shirt to a classic pocket tee to a white Oxford. Don’t forget the charcoal trousers and a clean dress watch. – Buy It
Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket
Perhaps the preeminent pick on this list, and certainly one of the preeminent brands when it comes to making menswear that looks great, wears well and provides plenty of versatile style. The Maritime Shirt Jacket should absolutely be on your fall style wish list, because it’s on ours. Available in shades of indigo as well as this pleasing charcoal color, you should certainly wear it with tobacco chinos and black wingtip boots for high-low seasonal style. And with the great value Taylor Stitch provides, you’re going to be able to layer this shirt jacket into winter with your favorite topcoat. – Buy It
North Coast Shirt Jacket
Perhaps just as lauded among outdoor gear fans as the Taylor Stitch brand is among fans of both classic and rugged menswear, the Edgevale Shirt Jacket is a jack of all trades this fall season (pun intended). Constructed from water and wind-resistant four-way stretch fabric that can take a beating, this shirt jacket can work at a tailgate or a bonfire, and it can absolutely step up to the plate when you need to hit the trail. The cool Heather Gray also works with everything else you’ve got in your closet, though we like it best with faded, American-made denim and suede chukka boots on a casual Saturday. – Buy It
Like Todd Snyder, Bonobos offers a similarly refined take on the shirt jacket, offering this poly-silk blend in a laid back camp shirt style that calls to mind the 50s and 60s. This is the kind of shirt to layer over a thin turtleneck at an apres-ski (or snowboard?) dinner — or just over a henley at a bonfire. The Olive Camp color is possibly our frontrunner, able to pair up with charcoal corduroys at the office or a broken-in pair of blue denim and clean leather sneakers on the weekends. – Buy It
Jeremiah Creek Herringbone Wool Shirt Jacket
For the kind of classic, throwback style that wouldn’t look out of place in, say, a Robert Redford movie, grab the Jeremiah Creek Herringbone Wool Shirt Jacket. In a deep navy color, it’s a cool layering piece — even with your favorite pair of indigo denim. The herringbone tweed fabrication gives this piece a distinct, workwear-type feel — the sort of shirt jacket you want to layer with a striped henley and suede chukkas to head to your favorite brewery. It’s an investment at $225, but your fall and winter wardrobe is all the better prepared. – Buy It
Bonobos Shirt Jacket
Make no mistake, Bonobos can nail the rugged outdoorsman vibe, too. In addition to the brand’s tailored suits and chinos, this shirt jacket deserves a place in your wardrobe. Made with lightweight nylon and available in a pleasingly neutral fall shade of olive, this shirt ijacket s a casual, grab-and-go piece that works with grey selvedge denim or navy corduroys for a bit of versatile, casual style. And if you happen to have some grey Bonobos chinos? They’ll more than pair up nicely with plenty of other fall essentials. – Buy It
Relwen S-Quilt Shirt Jacket
If Relwen’s inspiration for its S-Quilt Shirtjacket strikes you as surprising — old military jacket liners — it shouldn’t. The brand turns those types of rugged design cues into pieces that any guy can wear. The carefully designed S-Quilt Shirtjacket is definitely one of them. It’s windproof, water-resistant and made with a very warm 4oz. Of insulation. For those chilly fall days that turn into chilly fall evenings around the bonfire, this shirt jacket is the one to get. Given that it’ll set you back nearly $300, you’d do well to wear it atop chambray shirts, a classic white Oxford or your favorite indigo henley in equal measure. – Buy It
Snow Peak Flexible Insulated Shirt Jacket
If you want a beastly, windproof outer layer to wear in inclement fall weather, the Snow Peak Flexible Insulated Shirt Jacket is the one to buy. It’s quilted and insulated to keep you warm, and the sleek black color means it’s mountain-ready and all about business. Even the cuffs and waist are elasticized. Plus, the chest patch pocket offers a handy small storage area — keep everything from your keys to a bottle opener in there at your next tailgate. Did we mention it’s sharp and versatile enough for weekend activities galore, beer-drinking and grilling included? – Buy It
Breaker Shirt Jacket
If you get out and about in the great outdoors, you likely know Topo Designs for the brand’s rough, tough and ready everyday carry gear and apparel. Add the Breaker Shirt Jacket to that list — it’ll get the job done the next time you’ve got a rugged adventure in mind, to say the least. The Breaker Shirt Jacket features a DWR finish, relatively rare among shirt jackets — and placing it squarely in “jacket” versus “shirt” camp. In that case, you can wear it with your favorite flannel shirt or a slim henley any day of the week. – Buy It
Everlane Filled Shirt Jacket
Didn’t know Everlane made shirt jackets? The brand keeps adding to its already stellar product offering seemingly by the week, what with everything from durable weekender bags to clean Oxfords to slim denim now being sold by the sustainable and transparent retailer. The Filled Shirt Jacket is a similarly minimal-yet-tough piece, made with a quilted lining, a straight fit and the type of neutral color that works with tan chinos, burgundy corduroys or sturdy black denim for monochromatic style. Add handsome brown leather sneakers or tan suede chukka boots, and you’re set with casual fall style. – Buy It
We couldn’t possibly get through our list of the best men’s shirt jackets without turning to Filson, purveyors of rugged outdoor gear for years and years on end. Season after season, the brand just gets it right — and if you want a shirt jacket (or Jac-Shirt) that stands up to repeated wear, here’s the one to buy. The use of 100 percent virgin wool means this piece is going to be incredibly warm while hunting, fishing, chopping firewood or simply hanging out around a patio fire. And at $250, it’s going to keep going and going after season — no need to worry there. – Buy It
Outerknown Evolution Shirt Jacket
Can a brand with its roots in surf culture and style make a shirt jacket that’s ready for fall? When it comes to Outerknown, you’ve absolutely found that brand. The Evolution Shirt is a sustainably layering piece that works as an outer layer for before a chilly morning coastal surf (just like brand founder and surfing legend Kelly Slater would want it).And the better part is that it looks just as stylish when worn with grey denim to a tailgate or to go pumpkin picking — any fall pursuit you can name, this shirt jacket can take it on. – Buy It
Carhartt FR Full Swing Quick Duck Shirt Jac
Carhartt is another brand you can absolutely trust when it comes to tremendously tough, dependable workwear and outdoor gear. When you need a shirt jacket that’s decidedly less fashion and decidedly more function, reach for the FR Full Swing Quick Duck Shirt Jac — made in a range of options and crafted with water-resistant Quick Duck fabric. It’s 30 percent lighter than sandstone duck, and all the better for it. The next time your outdoor pursuits — and heck, even yard work — call for functionality that lasts, this layer is certainly going to provide it. – Buy It
Vans Never Mind Hooded Zip Shirt Jacket
If you thought that Vans only made sneaker after sneaker, you’d best think again. It’s fitting that the brand’s shoes are such a staple in sneaker and fashion culture, because the Never Mind Zip Hooded Shirt Jacket harnesses a bit of the easygoing style of both worlds. This zip hooded shirt jacket is made from heathered cotton flannel for an easygoing, laidback vibe — team that with the soft hoodie, and you’ve got a shirt jacket that was made for casual weekend layering. The agreeable price is to be applauded, too. – Buy It
Hudson Slim Fit Shirt Jacket
In need of a rugged, versatile shirt jacket to team with your favorite jeans? Perhaps those jeans just so happen to be from Hudson? Well then, the brand’s Slim Fit Shirt Jacket is here for all your fall style needs, to say the least. Made from washed Italian stretch cotton, the spread collar is a cool and continental touch, while the neat Militant Green color is perfect for pairing with fall style favorites (including broken-in blue denim). And with front chest pockets and sturdy buttons, you can be sure it’s built with more than looks in mind. – Buy It
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