How to style: The Shacket

Do you ever buy something because you love it and then get stuck for what to wear it with?

Today on the blog, in the first of a new weekly series, I’ll be taking one key item and showing you all the ways you could style and wear it. In the spirit of making your wardrobe work hard, inspire you to mix and match and embrace slow fashion, I felt it was time to get this up and running as we enter a new season. (Also with the promise of having places to go and people to see in the near future!).

First up, the shacket. This one is for you Lynsey.

Have a great week.

Charlotte x

The shacket (yes, that’s shirt-jacket, also called overshirt) has grown in popularity over the past year with so many brands now offering their version across the board from high street to high end.

Think check shirt but better. Looks preppy buttoned all the way up like a shirt, looks cool worn undone like a jacket. There are now plaid, belted, leather, fringed and embellished styles to choose from.

It’s the new alternative way to add on an extra later without the bulk. Perfect for when the season transitions and there’s still abit of a chill.

I particularly love clothes which can be dressed up or down and can be layered up too. Never fear, you won’t get bored easily with this beauty.

So the shacket is now a must have for anyone wanting to build a mix and match wardrobe that can be worn across the year. I would recommend investing here and checking the fabric content, as the right one will prove to be a wardrobe staple and will last.

Here, I am putting the spotlight on this &other stories oversized shirt jacket. At £175 it is an investment for sure and being a wool mix, it’s best suited for when we move from Winter to Spring and when Autumn arrives as it is slightly thicker. Think of this as a jacket as opposed to a shirt or jumper alternative (to justify that price tag!).

It’s classic styling and non-print print will mean it won’t date so can be worn for many seasons to come.

LOOK 1. CASUAL SATURDAY

As a lightweight jacket during the transition into slightly warmer weather, pair with pops of bubblegum pink which sit sweetly with classic blue denim and the brightest white accessories. It feels fresh and modern, taking a heavier garment and keeping the overall look light. For a day out with the kids, comfort and style nailed this Spring.

Jumper @ Hush. Bag @ Whistles. Trainers @ Veja. Jeans @ Arket.

LOOK 2. DAY TO NIGHT

For that elusive day to night conundrum, the nice top and jeans combo never fails. Remember a time when you would need to dress for the office and drinks after work? Nope. Me neither. It feels abit strange to contemplate now, when so many are working from home. Times will shift and work patterns and social lives will change again. When you need your wardrobe to work for all of your commitments in your day/evening, stick to an outfit of well fitting, colour block items and make a statement with accessories. The check print stands out against a pretty white blouse and black jeans. That way you can swap in and out a different pairs of shoes, a lipstick change, a hair accessory easily enough without changing the whole look. Here I’ve layered the shacket over an oversized collar which continue to be on trend. Smart enough for work (zoom calls or in real life). The cropped leg show off some pretty flats to elevatethe classic look. Finish with a hairband to pull it altogether.

Blouse @ Monki. Headband @ &other stories. Shoes @ Kurt Geiger. Jeans @ John Lewis.

LOOK 3. WEEKEND BREAK

The oversized look and feel of the shacket makes it effortlessly cool. To match this attitude team with a chunky knit, leather look trousers and hiker boots. For now, for running around town on errands, until a cosy weekend break is an option. Keeping the outfit colour block, allows the shacket to be the hero.

Jumper @ Baukjen. Beret @ ASOS. Boots @ All Saints. Trousers @ Mint Velvet.

LOOK 4. LUNCH MEETING

Playing with volume is where the magic happens. Wearing over a sleek fitted dress and adding a waist belt will transform the shape and add drama. The simplicity of the dress and the tonal colour palette keeps it looking unfussy yet considered. A flash of orange-red with the grey is a match made in heaven.

Dress @ Whistles. Belt @ Mint Velvet. Boots @ Arket. Bag @ Hobbs.

LOOK 5: CITY EXPLORING

With a soft wool blend finish, layering a denim jacket under with add contrast (and warmth). The crispest white tee and khaki chinos bring together wardrobe staples that work well. Black and white flatform trainers anchor the look and balance out the silhouette of the shacket.

Tshirt @ Hush. Jacket @ LeexHM. Trainers @ Russell & Bromley. Chinos @ Everlane.

LOOK 6. POST WORKOUT

I could not resist an all black option here. A backdrop of black let’s the shacket do all of the talking. Laid back, casual style never looked (or felt better). A lightweight, yet warm rollneck, relzed joggers and a slouchy bag are punctuated by the tough boots. The coolest post gym look there is.

Jumper @ Reiss. Bag @ ASOS. Boots @ Cos. Joggers @ Sweaty Betty.

LOOK 7. DATE NIGHT

Time for the pretty reveal. A more feminine look for a date night or drinks with the girls maybe? The shacket itself makes a statement and will look bold with black skinnies. Just don’t stop there, take off the jacket to reveal an unexpected sheer sleeve, add detail with embellished hair clips and a hot pink velvet shoe completes the statement with tonnes of texture and interest. The finishing touches make for a dressier feel.

Top @ Ted Baker. Hairclips @ Accessorize. Shoes @ ASOS. Jeans @ Zara.

LOOK 8: SCHOOL RUN READY

It’s layering time. The subtle check will play peekaboo perfectly under a padded gilet. Showing how it can be worn in many different ways means you will get maximum use. If it’s school run time again and you want to up your style game, this is your go to look.

Jumper @ ASOS. Gilet @ Zara. Trainers @ Sorel. Leggings @ Mint Velvet.

LOOK 9: DRESS DOWN SUNDAY

The tracksuit, a lockdown essential for sure. When it’s dress down Sunday (or any day) and you want comfort only. A tracksuit becomes an outfit you want to be seen in. Actual exercise optional. Hat and sports socks up the PE teacher vibe.

Sweatshirt @ Joanie. Cap @ &other stories. Socks @ Monki. Joggers @ &other stories.

LOOK 10. SMART CASUAL SUSSED

Play with texture and print for a smart casual look that’s unique to you. Wearing a print shirt need not be off limits. The check is what I would call a non-print. It’s neutral enough to not be jarring. Keeping other prints tonal will totally wor. Adding in metallic elements and fun, conversational prints will give you serious styling points.

Shirt @ ASOS. Earrings @ Orelia. Boots @ Hush. Jeans @ HM.

So that’s 10 looks just to start with of how you could wear the check shacket your way. Dressing up or down means you’ll be going back to it many times, making it work hard in your wardrobe. Totally worth the investment.

Not an ad, but if you need a new shacket here is the link: https://www.stories.com/en_gbp/clothing/jackets-coats/jackets/product.oversized-shirt-jacket-black.0912011001.html

Other brands doing this style well: Arket, Mango, Free People, Isabel Marant and Anine Bing.

TOP TIPS TO TAKE AWAY:

  1. Think of it as a new lightweight outerwear piece and check fabric content (you’re looking for a soft blend, not too stiff for comfort).
  2. Choose a neutral tone or a subtle print for maximum outfit options.
  3. Avoid thinking “it’s casual” or “it’s for best”, you can wear it anytime you fancy.
  4. With the use of a few accessories and layering staples you change the use instantly.
  5. Good fit is essential, ideally neat fitting at the wrist/cuffs, hitting at the hip, pockets in proportion to your frame.
  6. Look out for those pretty buttons (or replace with your own if you’re up for customising), piping details or embellishments to elevate.

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