You might assume that I’m always early to jump on board with trends. But in fact, I hesitate to embrace some new styles just like most of my readers do occasionally. And honestly, the jury’s still out on whether or not I’ll actually wear this shirt jacket. But I do feel like part of my job is to share trends and how to wear them. That way if you do want to wear a trending garment or style you’ll be able to rock it. So today I’m sharing not five, not six or seven, but eight ways to wear a shirt jacket. Yeah, I got a little carried away!
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Because I’m still not sure I want to participate in the shirt jacket or shacket trend, I didn’t want to spend too much for one. I found this corduroy oversized shirt at Amazon. I’m wearing a medium, and it comes in sizes small to extra extra large. I’m wearing the brown shirt jacket, but it comes in ten other solids and two plaid combinations, too.
As usual with these “ways to wear” posts, I started out to show five ways to style a shirt jacket. But then I kept thinking of additional ways to wear it. So let’s see those eight ways to wear a shirt jacket.
Wear a Shirt Jacket Post Workout
Now this first style isn’t something I would necessarily put together as an outfit, per se. But I wanted to see how the shirt jacket would look over my leggings and tee for a post workout look. This is something I could definitely feel comfortable wearing to dash into the grocery store after a workout.
Of course you could wear your running shoes here, too. But I thought it would be fun to switch those out for some post workout sandals. And I flipped my reversible black tote so that the leopard print shows. Isn’t this a fun look?
Wear a Shirt Jacket with Jeans and a Tee
Of course, you can absolutely wear a shirt jacket with jeans and a solid tee. This outfit will look effortless but still on trend. Resist the temptation to over-accessorize. But I did elevate this look a little with a leopard print belt and brown lug sole booties. Also I added a little interest to the look by selecting a Henley tee rather than a plain neckline.
(I apologize for the photo quality…or lack thereof. I can’t figure out why sometimes my photos look good and sometimes they don’t! Ugh.)
I purchased the brown lug sole booties at about 40% off in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so they’re quite high now. But I’ve linked to some more economical ones in the shopping widget below. You can see that my Talbots Relaxed Everyday jeans cover the narrow shaft really well.
Wear a Shirt Jacket with Chinos & a Tee
When I bring a new item into my closet I search for as many things as possible that I can wear with it. Sometimes a pairing requires a little thought before it really pulls together. I’m not sure that my lightweight chinos are the best partner for this fairly rugged corduroy shirt jacket. But completing the look a belt and mules (more affordable option) in a similar color help the outfit look a little more cohesive in my estimation.
And I intentionally chose the crewneck t-shirt for a slightly elevated look. I think with the chinos, belt and mules, the crewneck tee really works. And the corduroy shirt creates a pretty frame for it. But I also snapped a photo of the shirt untucked for those of you who prefer to wear it that way. With this cropped length tee that definitely works, too.
Wear a Shirt Jacket with Dress Slacks
I love the color combinations of these slimming demi-boot pants and spiced red mockneck top with the brown shirt jacket. I think the other two pieces are sharp enough to hold their own with the more casual shirt jacket . What do you think?
I purchased the chocolate knit Joss Knit Booties in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so of course the price has gone up considerably. But they work so nicely with these slimming demi-boot pants from Chico’s. And the spiced red mockneck top is currently marked down. This sleeveless shell is so soft, lightweight and perfect for layering under jackets. It comes in other colors, too.
I don’t have a shopping widget for this look because I couldn’t get images to load for one of the retailers. But you can shop through the pink highlighted words, too.
Wear a Shirt Jacket with Bootcut Jeans
Since the above demi-boot pants looked so nice with the shirt jacket, I thought I’d share a look with my boot cut jeans, too. I think the fullness of the shacket balances the flare in the jeans nicely. These jeans are from Soft Surroundings. They’re pull-on jeans! But they are so amazingly comfortable and look great. Don’t you think? I don’t even have an affiliate link for these jeans, but I just wanted to share them with you because they’re that great.
My leopard print tee is old and sold out, but this one is somewhat similar. Or maybe everyone has one in their closet by now! Again, no shopping widget. But you can shop the links in the caption above, too.
Wear a Shirt Jacket with a Graphic Tee
Of course you know I love a great graphic tee. And this is a definite match-up for the casual vibe of the shirt jacket. I’m wearing my Sadie + Jane graphic tee and my black jeans from Everlane. They’re no longer available, but I hear great things about these original cheeky jeans.
Wear a Shirt Jacket with Ponte Knit Pants
I think ponte knit pants are another good option to wear with a shacket. I wore them with a slightly polished lace up tee. Mine is no longer available, but this one is similar. Of course, it’s about sold out, too. But the idea was simply to wear something with a little interest at the neckline.
I think the moral of the story here is to choose a shirt jacket in a color that will work well with your wardrobe.
Wear a Shirt Jacket with a Colored Top
As I looked back over my outfits I realized that most of them were comprised of neutrals. So I thought I should try out a colored top under the brown shirt jacket. My rosebud colored sweater was gifted to me by Soft Surroundings for an upcoming collaboration. I think this muted pink looks lovely with the brown shirt jacket.
So what about you? Will you try the shirt jacket trend? I looked for a few other shirt jackets to share with you and, indeed, the one I shared today is about the least expensive I found. But you can check out the others here.
UPDATE: After a few readers commented that they’d found a great shirt jacket at L.L.Bean I checked it out. I actually found several that would qualify there and I’ve added them all to the shopping widget below. But I think the ladies in our community are talking about this straight hem corduroy relaxed shirt. It comes in 8 great colors and is just under $50. I think it would be an especially good option for petites who want to participate in the trend.
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