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
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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.
Uniqlo Over Shirt Jacket
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 made with 80 percent polyester and 20 percent rayon, 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 $70.
Dehen 1920 Crissman Overshirt
Crafted in the USA, Dehen 1920's Crissman Overshirt is one of the brand's most popular products. With Britain-made Brisbane Moss moleskin fabric that's both dense and buttery soft, pockets at the chest, interior and waist, horn buttons, and reinforced elbows, it's easy to see why.
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.
Taylor Stitch Explorer Shirt
In the same vein as vintage CPO shirts, Taylor Stitch’s Explorer Shirt is made from boiled wool and includes two substantial flap pockets and metal buttons throughout that corroborate its quality.
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.
Filson Moleskin Seattle Shirt
Filson’s softest cotton shirt doesn’t mean it doesn’t live up to the brand’s demands for quality. The Moleskin Seattle Shirt handles its own using a brushed cotton that’s beefy yet soft to the touch and includes two gusseted flap pockets for ample storage.
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.
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.
Freenote Cloth Benson Shirt
Luscious Japanese corduroy is complemented by burnt horn buttons to make one the most handsome overshirts we’ve seen.
Noah Cashmere CPO Shirt
If you're looking for something even more indulgent, this is the cream of the cashmere crop. Noah's CPO Shirt takes after Navy-issue overshirts, with its dual chest pockets and thick anchor-engraved buttons. It's bare bones, but not no-frills. The one frill it does have is an over-the-top English-woven cashmere from centuries-old mill Joshua Ellis. It's among the softest cashmere out there and the plum colorway will turn a few heads.