Is it a shirt or a jacket? Technically, it’s both. The shirt jacket, cleverly referred to as the shirt-jac or shacket for short, is one of the most versatile articles of clothing a man can hang in his closet. A shirt jacket is typically constructed from a warm yet rugged material such as waxed cotton canvas, fleece, cotton flannel, or wool along with a warm inner lining for comfort.
Shirt Jackets are thinner than a typical lightweight jacket or field jacket, yet thicker than the average oxford button down shirt, which renders them a solid choice for wearing in both warm and cooler weather, while a perfect blend of style and durability makes them versatile enough for the trail in inclement weather as well as a night out on the weekend in suburbia. To help you decide which shacket is right for you, we’ve compiled this list of the 12 best men’s shirt jackets available right now, in no particular order.
Taylor Stitch Garrison Shirt Jacket
When you need to layer up in rugged, dependable and simply unbeatable style, you need one of the best shirt jackets — and in fact, you need this specific shirt jacket from Taylor Stitch. The San Francisco-based brand, long one of our favorites for hard-wearing and yet perfectly classic men’s gear, comes through in the clutch with a handsome shirt jacket that suitably draws inspiration from the coast — and all the varied weather that comes with it.
In the case of the Garrison Shirt Jacket, that means you’re getting a tough shirt jacket made with a dry wax nylon-cotton blend and a soft, 100 percent organic cotton lining — and did we mention it’s available in two highly stylish colors for pre-order? Get to it ASAP.
Proof Reversible Shirt Jacket
The best shirt jackets for men combine mobility and versatility with functionality and style — and if it’s a pleasingly minimal yet performance-minded shirt jacket that you seek, then the Proof Reversible Shirt Jacket is the way to go.
You’re getting two shirt jackets for the price of one (as the name would imply), all sold with that guaranteed Huckberry signifier of quality (the retailer knows a thing or two about stylish exterior layers like shirt jackets). It helps that this jacket is lightweight and insulated at the same time, with a water-resistant shell crafted for maximum wearability through the fall.
Todd Snyder CPO Overshirt Jacket
When a designer like Todd Snyder takes on a silhouette as rugged and yet versatile as the shirt jacket, you can be sure the resulting product will be, well, equally rugged and versatile. Take the stunning CPO Overshirt Jacket, a two-in-one piece of fall outerwear that channels classic military heritage in one modern style. The use of Japanese military cord fabric and the oversize patch pockets lead to a jacket that’s every bit as tough and wearable as you need it to be.
Outerknown Blanket Shirt Jacket
When it comes to style that’s as sustainable as it is, well, stylish, Outerknown takes the cake. A consistent favorite of this site, it’s pieces like the dependable Outerknown Blanket Shirt Jacket that really separate these guys from the pack.
The rich Bridge Plaid color is simply perfect for fall, while the organic cotton construction and lightweight fit simply can’t be beat. Taken together, it’s the sort of ideal layer to wear on a fall weekend as you stroll through an apple orchard or visit your favorite brewery — it really doesn’t get more seasonally friendly than that now, does it?
There are absolutely brands that we know we can count on when it comes time to gear up for inclement weather — and one such brand would have to be Filson. The Jac-Shirt is a stone-cold classic from an iconic brand, and it rises above the rest in details large and small (take the use of 100 percent virgin wool and the work-ready Navy color). It’s made to be layered up with a thermal henley and paired with tough chore pants when you need it the very most.
Faherty Atmosphere Packable Shirt Jacket
For as much as Faherty Brand channels laidback, coastal style, they also know how to make one heck of a functional and adventure-minded shirt jacket for when you need to go off-trail. In that regard, the Faherty Brand Atmosphere Shirt Jacket is as reliable as you could ask for, made from recycled nylon with a recycled poly fill for added warmth. We also love the versatile color options and agreeable price for the quality.
Flint and Tinder Bedford Camp Shirt
When you start shopping for the best shirt jackets, perhaps there are retailers you instantly know to seek out — take, for instance, the rugged gear purveyors at Huckberry.
We’re consistently impressed by what they’ve done with their in-house line of American-made menswear at Flint and Tinder, from tees to hoodies to this tough Bedford Camp Shirt. We love the rich Hickory color (perfect for pairing with inky blue indigo denim and brown leather moc toe boots), as well as the use of soft, Bedford-washed cotton for a great fit and feel right out of the box.
Madewell Men’s Quilted Shirt Jacket
Perhaps you’re acquainted with the women’s offerings at Madewell, but if you didn’t yet know that there was an equally stylish and well-designed men’s offering at Madewell, now’s the perfect chance to get up to speed.
We love Madewell Men’s for the brand’s unique blend of modern style staples and rugged throwback-inspired pieces — the Quilted Shirt Jacket shown here channels both areas quite nicely, and you can’t go wrong with a rich indigo color, either. The more you wear it, the better it’ll get.
Journeyman Shirt Jacket
Featuring the same rugged utility you would expect from Carhartt or Edgevale but at half the price, the Journeyman Shirt Jacket by Legendary Whitetail features a rugged waxed cotton exterior with a flannel lining, side hand warmer pockets, triple needle stitching, and antique brass closure buttons. It’s the perfect shirt jacket to throw on before chopping wood or hitting the campsite for a few days.
Peter Millar Mountainside Shirt Jacket
The best shirt jackets for men have something for everyone, and that’s certainly the case with the Peter Millar Mountainside Shirt Jacket, an exceptionally stylish and premium outer layer. It’s made to wear with staples like a classic chambray shirt and slim tan chinos, what with the slubby navy cotton color, tailored fit and unique styling details like elbow patches. It’s the type of layering piece to wear when you don’t feel like throwing on a blazer, but still want to look polished.
Alex Mill Buffalo Plaid Chore Shirt
Perhaps when you think of a shirt jacket, your mind instantly wanders toward that inimitable, iconic red-and-black pattern we call Buffalo plaid — it’s adorned many a stylish shirt over the years, and it gets a fresh update via the Alex Mill Buffalo Plaid Chore Shirt. The brand’s DNA is classic and yet modern without being too fussy, and this rugged, easy-to-layer chore shirt is suited for the trail, the open road or your favorite coffee shop in equal measure.
J.Crew Wallace & Barnes Stretch Shirt-Jacket
There’s a reason J. Crew has stuck around as a force in menswear for so long, and part of that has to be exclusive offerings like the long-running and much-lauded Wallace and Barnes line. The collection, which recently saw a heck of a series of new releases for fall, channels classic stye and rough-and-tumble menswear for the modern man.
Take this tough canvas stretch shirt jacket in a fall-friendly Dry Roasted Cider color — it’s the perfect color for fall when paired with dark indigo denim, and it’s the perfect layer when one considers it’s made from tough duck canvas. Pair it with a Wallace & Barnes henley for the ultimate in fall style.
Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket
The Maritime Collection is an effort by Taylor Stitch to update the functionality of classic nautical garb. The collection’s flagship piece, the Maritime Shirt Jacket, is much heavier than it’s vintage predecessors thanks to a 20 ounce blend of wool and reclaimed fibers along with a signature California collar, oversized flap chest pockets, and a Taylor Stitch signature tailored fit and trim sleeve.
Topo Designs Mountain Shirt
Topo Designs knows a thing or two (heck, more than that) about outfitting guys for the rugged confines of fall and winter — and really, any season. But given that we’re now hitting a prime season for menswear — and a prime time for the best men’s shirt jackets, at that — the Topo Designs Mountain Shirt deserves your consideration, to say the very least.
Made in a modern, mountain-ready Western style with oversized buttons and 100 percent organic cotton chambray construction, it’s certainly one of the best shirt jackets you can buy when it comes time to layer up in functional style.
Carhartt Weathered Canvas Shirt Jacket
Carhartt’s Weathered Canvas Shirt Jac is the best shirt jacket to throw on before hitting the trail for your next trek to the campground. This is because, in proper Carhartt fashion, the Canvas Shirt Jacket is made from 9-ounce 100% cotton canvas that resists the rips and tears that the great outdoors will inflict on a piece of clothing, and breaks in a bit more with each wear. Triple-stitched seams stand up to hard wear and tear while a flannel lining protects it’s wearer from the cool ambient air.
Columbia Windward IV Shirt Jacket
For gear that’s as stylish as it is mountain-ready, you can’t beat Columbia — the Windward IV Shirt Jacket fits that mold quite nicely. The polyester exterior blends nicely with a sherpa lining, plus a pointed collar that’d be useful to flip up to protect against harsh winds. We like the sleek, easy-to-layer Black color, wearable with everything from rugged tan chore pants to slim olive chinos for a round of evening brews at your local brewpub this fall and winter.
Topo Designs Breaker Shirt Jacket
Wear it as a jacket or as a middle layer during the cold winter months, the Breaker Shirt Jacket by outdoor gear experts Topo Designs provides the perfect protection during the unpredictable weather that accompanies the transition between seasons. It’s roomy enough as a jacket, yet sports a tailored fit that looks good out on the town. Additional features include a mid-weight nylon construction, a snap closure front, snap closure cuffs, and snap closure chest pockets.
Patagonia Insulated Fjord Flannel Shirt Jacket
You surely know Patagonia for the brand’s commitment to sustainability and its consistent reinvention of heritage classics. The Insulated Fjord Flannel Jacket sits nicely in the intersection of those values, with Thermogreen insulation on the inside and durable, heavyweight cotton flannel on the inside. The end product, particularly in a fall and winter-friendly Sediment color, is a tough outer layer that’s going to act as the ideal complement to your favorite henley and some trusty work pants for whatever work calls your name.