It is on those particularly frigid mornings of winter that a man’s dedication to style is tested the most. We all know the temptation to throw on anything that will keep you warm – regardless of fit or style – is highest on days that the temperature is lowest. Enter the shirt jacket: An ideal option to effectively balance warmth, style and comfort with little effort. A vastly underutilized cold weather option, the shirt jacket is comfortably worn over almost any base layer and slim enough to fit under a heavy winter coat.
L.L. Bean Signature 1933 Chamois Cloth Shirt: First appearing nearly eighty years ago, this over shirt is still relevant today thanks to its simple flannel construction. It’s a versatile layer that is thick enough to add a little extra warmth and thanks to L.L. Bean Signature’s revamped cut, this shirt now has a more modern, tailored fit than it’s predecessors, eliminating any excess bulk.
ts(s) Stone Washed Army Shirt: This lighter weight option is an American military inspired piece by a Japanese company notorious for great design. It features an unlined cotton construction that, when coupled with a darker top layer this shirt, adds brevity without being bulky.
Ralph Lauren Beacon Shirt: With such a vibrant pattern, this shirt could easily earn a spot as a signature piece in your winter wardrobe. Traditional finishes such as dual chest pockets and wooden buttons give the jacket a classic woodsy feel that compliments the loudness of the navajo print. Worn with subtler pieces this shirt jacket easily elevates an outfit by adding color and character.
Taylor Supply CPO Jacket: In just a few short years Taylor Supply has quickly made a name for themselves thanks to their constantly well crafted, well designed garments. This is evidenced perfectly in their Navy inspired shirt jacket. This one has some stand out details such as plush pockets and a Japanese cotton lining, but remains true to the no frills design that has made the shirt jacket a staple for decades.
South Willard by Crescent Design Works Down Shirt Jacket: Despite being made by an LA based brand, this shirt jacket is an ideal choice even in the most frigid east coast storms. The 60/40 filling is crafted to perfection by Crescent Design Works and thick enough to ensure warmth. Plus, it is cut slim making it an effective insulating layer without being too puffy.