For crisp mornings and cool nights, for falling snow, and for changing seasons — a shirt jacket. It’s a staple that can stand alone as a light top layer, or function as a stylish mid-layer beneath a heavier coat when winter arrives. Typically cut from either corduroy, flannel, fleece, twill or wool, this style — also known as an overshirt — blends the shape of a basic shirt and the sensibility of something far more substantial.
Below lies over a dozen options we'd recommend for unseasonably stiff summer evenings and frigid winter walks alike. Best of all, most of these picks prove capable of being worn in both scenarios — that's versatility and value.
Made from organic cotton heavyweight will, this shirt is sturdy, soft and breathable. It has two button-flap chest pockets and natural nut buttons. Plus, if heather grey doesn't hit the spot, this style comes in over a dozen colors. It's a classic silhouette Outerknown will never quit making.
Woolrich's Check Shirt will keep you warm. That's not a question. But, it's up to you how you'll wear it. Cut from a yarn-dyed Melton wool blend, filled with duck down and lined with quilted nylon, this option blends technical performance and traditional aesthetics.
Uniqlo's simple Overshirt comes in three colors, dark gray, dark green and navy. All three are stylish, but the simple navy proves most versatile. It fits a tad bit oversized, but its silhouette is certainly more shirt than it is jacket — making it perfect for layering it under a winter coat or wearing it atop a sweatshirt.
Available in five colors, Everlane's 8 oz cotton twill overshirt proves two times heavier than their standard cotton Oxford. Two flap pockets add texture to the front and both standard length and cuffs skew classic.
Sure, shirt jackets (again, aka overshirts) can be quilted. This one from Marine Layer is made from a blend of 80-percent polyester and 20-percent rayon in a heather gray colorway. Again, fits like a shirt but feels like something much heavier.
L.L. Bean's Signature Shirt Jac is constructed from dark olive corduroy. Slim in the body and tailored at the shoulders and tapered through the sleeves, this option isn't mean for wearing with several layers underneath. Stick to a T-shirt.
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.
Wax London makes its popular Whiting Shirt in many, many different colors. This is the classic Marine Beatnik option, a mix of cream and navy recycled, French-made fibers. It takes cues from classic flannel shirts but proves far heftier.
Knickerbocker's option sits halfway between a chore jacket and a button-up shirt, a unique way of retargeting the shirt jacket toward workwear-minded men.
This is another corduroy option for those seeking texture on top of warmth and wearability. Universal Works' Track Overshirt is designed to look a bit wider with a softer shape through the shoulders.
Although Faherty's Legend Sweater Shirt isn't thick, it's plenty warm. Knit from a proprietary yarn (62-percent polyester, 33-percent viscose, and 5-percent spandex), this option is comfortable, stretchy, and yet plenty sturdy.
Made from goat nappa suede, Orvis' soft overshirt is luxurious and long-lasting — double-stitching offers reinforcements where needed. Plus, a pleasant patina will appear with wear, and two different buttons offer different fits around the cuff.
Anti jacket? Well, at least the oversized ones most of us opt for in the winter? Filson's fleece-lined Jac-Shirt could substitute for those, if you were to put several layers underneath it — which, honestly, you could. It mixes a cotton canvas exterior with a bright orange fleece interior and polyfill lining through the sleeves.