For crisp mornings and cool nights, for falling snow, and for changing seasons — an overshirt. It’s a staple that can stand alone as a light top layer, or function as a stylish mid-layer beneath a jacket when the temperature drops. Check out our favorite overshirts and find one for everyday wear.
Additional contribution by Gerald Ortiz.
Outerknown Blanket Shirt
Best Overall Overshirt
Made from organic cotton heavyweight will, this shirt is sturdy, soft and breathable. It has two button-flap chest pockets and natural corozo buttons. This one's been a common sight around the office and is consistently one of our go-tos when recommending a great all-around piece of outerwear.
Iron Heart 11oz Cordura Satin Work Shirt
Best Upgrade Overshirt
Crafted in the Japan, Iron Heart's 11oz Cordura Satin Work Shirt is made to last. With a durable cotton-nylon fabric that's both comfortable and durable, pockets at the chest and waist, and cats eye buttons, it's easy to see why.
Uniqlo Jersey Over Shirt Jacket
Best Affordable Overshirt
It's hard to do a buying guide without Uniqlo taking up a spot on the list. The brand has mastered better basics at a great price point and the Over Shirt Jacket is proof. It uses a soft jersey fabric giving it a precise blend of warmth and silky softness. It's relaxed enough to throw over a shirt or even chunky sweater and the damn thing only costs $40.
Woolrich Flannel Overshirt
This cotton flannel overshirt has button-flap patch pockets and single-button cuffs. It’s has a relaxed fit and is available in a range of classic plaids.
Faherty Brand Cooper Jacket
The Cooper Jacket from Faherty is a no-frills workhorse made from a tough blend of cotton and nylon that’s light enough to don through the warmer months. Snap buttons give it a casual western flair without straying too deep into cowboy territory.
Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Shirt Jacket
Patagonia's Shirt Jacket looks like the prototypical overshirt but feels more like a sweater. That's because the material is a sweater-knit fabric with a smooth exterior and fluffy fleece interior. It's made with 100 percent recycled polyester making it one of the lowest-impact entries on this list and the dual chest pockets in conjunction with the sly on-seam hand warmer pockets give it a larger carrying capacity than most.
NN07 Columbo Primaloft Shirt Jacket
Somewhere between coach's jacket and work shirt is this slick piece from NN07. It leans into the technical side of the spectrum, with tough, but lightweight nylon fabric and warm Primaloft insulation. The result is modern take on the classic garment.
Shockoe Atelier Cottrell Field Shirt
Made from raw 9-ounce double-faced twill from Spain, this shirt features chest pockets, slash hand pockets and a front snap closure. As you wear and wash it, the deep forest green develops a cloudy patina similar to an old school-green chalkboard.
Knickerbocker Chore Shirt
If the velvety soft cotton-corduroy, melamine buttons and calculated relaxed fit of this overshirt didn't already hit the nail on the head, the name might. It's halfway between a chore jacket and a button-up shirt, which is maybe the best redefining of the overshirt and better encapsulates the garment's versatility.
Freemans Sporting Club Overshirt
Made from a medium-weight wool blend that’s spun into thick, triple-stranded yarn, this overshirt is both warm, comfortable and durable. It features chest pockets, natural shell buttons and a twill trimmed collar.
Filson Insulated Jac-Shirt
This low-profile field layer features oil-finish Shelter Cloth that resists wind, rain and abrasion and PrimaLoft insulation. The design has two chest pocket, two hand warmer pocket and a collar lined with Mackinaw wool.
Taylor Stitch x Gear Patrol Reversible Lombardi Jacket
Designed to be fully reversible, the Lombardi jacket features one side made out of a durable hemp blend and another side made out of organic cotton wax canvas. It’s made with raglan sleeves. a single chest pocket, lower hand warmer pocket and YKK antique brass snaps.