They’re called work shirts, shackets and shirt jackets by the fashion pundits. Some are throwbacks of blue collar staples worn by generations past, made from materials like denim, canvas and flannel. Modern takes blend technical outerwear elements like down and ripstop nylon with the traditional cut of a dress shirt. Most can be worn through three seasons and they excel in the variable temps of the shoulder months. Toss one over the base layers and under the outer layers, and discover why the shirt jacket is the most versatile piece of outerwear you’ll ever own.
Our Picks: (from Left to Right, Top to Bottom) RRL Hudson Chambray Workshirt ($195) | Apolis Transit Issue Shirt Jacket ($248) | Filson Jac-Shirt ($230) | Scotch & Soda Canvas Shirt Jacket ($229) | Woolrich Stag Shirt Jac ($139) | Wallace & Barnes Buffalo Check CPO Shirt-Jacket ($120) | Fjallraven Down Shirt No. 1 ($386) | Patagonia Tenpenney Jacket ($125) | Nau Down Shirt ($99)