These Men’s Shackets Are Perfect for Confusing Spring Weather

The best thing to happen to long-sleeves since pockets.

by Sal Vaglica
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a green plaid men's shacket is pictured against a sky blue backdrop

As versatile as a fleece is, the shacket is better. Yes, “shacket” is a made-up term, but an important one for spring. This mashup between a jacket and a shirt — essentially it’s a heavier button-up shirt you rock as outerwear — is considered a go-to in fall, it makes perfect sense now. Because the countdown to summer is filled with mornings and nights that are cooler than you expect, and often damp enough to put a chill in you. And this year, men’s shackets are very, very good — they have more utility, are better-looking, and play well with other layers.

The shacket keeps you warm during the day and looks right at home at a bar, around a campfire, or even at dinner. Where a fleece or a heavier jacket can feel stuffy inside (and, frankly, make it look like you can’t wait to leave), shackets are more breathable. Think of them as a heavier-duty flannel.

Finding a good one can be a challenge, especially since brands don’t often describe them as shackets — you might find them described as trucker jackets or shirt jackets. To find a good one you’ll need to focus on heft. You want something heavier than a standard button-down shirt. Some form of water repellency is nice — typically in the form of a coating applied during manufacturing. Look for a build that’s roomy enough to layer something under it, but not so bulky that you couldn’t wear the shacket under a larger coat when winter comes.

Here are five worth a spot in your closet because they’ll keep you warm, add style points, and will last so you can reach for it in spring and again once the MLB playoffs roll around.

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