In months like Fall and Spring, you want desperately to forgo wearing a jacket, either because you’re in denial and still clinging to the warm days of summer or because you’re so excited for the end of winter that you think ditching your coat will make Spring come faster. But not wearing a coat won’t change the season or the temperature—it’ll just guarantee that you’ll be inappropriately dressed and probably freeze your ass off.
There’s gotta be a happy medium, right? And there is, if you get yourself a shirt jacket. Made out of various materials—flannel, denim, canvas, and the like—shirt jackets are designed to look like a regular button-down work shirt but have some extra insulation in them to keep you warm without forcing you to suit up before heading outside.
You’ll never get more people chastising you by exclaiming, “WHERE’S YOUR COAT?,” than when you’re wearing a shirt jacket. And then you’ll look like the smartest man in the world when you let them in on your little secret. Shirt jackets, bro. Shirt jackets. Check out 15 of our favorites.
KAVU Rambler Quilted Shirt Jacket
Seattle-based KAVU created the Rambler Quilted Shirt Jacket specifically for between-season weather when there’s a little chill in the air. Crafted out of cotton canvas, lined with nylon, and lightly filled with polyester for insulation, it has snap button closures and double-reinforced seams.
Iron & Resin Carpenter Shirt Jacket
At first glance, California-based Iron & Resin’s Carpenter Shirt Jacket looks like a traditional flannel shirt, which is exactly the look you’re going for, but when you’re wearing it, you’ll know it’s so much more, mainly because it has a diamond quilted nylon liner to keep you warm while looking badass in your Paul Bunyan flannel.
J. Crew Buffalo Check CPO Shirt Jacket
The CPO Shirt Jacket was popular among your grandfather’s generation (CPO stands for “Chief Petty Officer”—a naval position), but if you weren’t lucky enough to get his hand-me-down, this one from J. Crew is a worthy replica. Made out of wool and sporting a traditional Buffalo plaid design, this will quickly integrate itself into your weekend wardrobe.
Grayers Dylan Quilted Shirt Jacket
With the Dylan Quilted Shirt Jacket, ultra-preppy brand Grayers sought to mimic the design and texture of Irish wool donegals, and they’re able to pull it off well. Made out of textured brushed cotton, the shirt looks like it might be wool, but without all of the scratchiness that goes along with it.
Topo Designs Breaker Shirt
Colorado-based Topo Designs is mainly known for its indestructible backpacks, but the company’s apparel is giving the backpacks a run for their money, and the Breaker Shirt demonstrates that. Available in navy, olive, or black, the shirt is crafted out of 100% nylon, which means it’ll stand up to the elements like a windbreaker would, all while looking like a regular button-down shirt.
Faherty Durango CPO Jacket
Twin brothers Mike and Alex Faherty are the minds behind their namesake brand, and while they mainly focus on creating high-quality swimwear, they can do colder weather apparel well, and this Durango CPO Jacket is evidence of that. Made out of a super soft wool and polyester blend, the jacket is durable but will feel lived in the moment you put it on for the first time.
NAU Down Shirt
Founded in 2007, Nau is a relatively young company, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t know what they’re doing. Because of it’s extensive quilting, this Down Shirt may look more like a traditional down jacket than a shirt, but you’ll be glad to have it on particularly crisp Fall days. Insulated with goose down, the jacket features snap buttons, adjustable cuffs, and is available in a variety of colors and patterns.
Woolrich Mix-Up Wool Shirt
A true American heritage brand, Woolrich has been crafting apparel and gear that’s made to last a lifetime, and this Mix-Up Wool Shirt is no exception to that. Crafted out of the various wools that made Woolrich legendary, the shirt also features waxed cotton elbow patches, ripstop lining, and down insulation.
Edgevale North Coast Shirt Jacket
Relatively new brand Edgevale makes quality apparel specifically for people who lead outdoorsy lifestyles, which is why their North Coast Shirt Jacket found its way to this list. Available in a variety of colors, the shirt jacket is made from breathable water-resistant polyurethane, lined with fleece to keep you warm, and is stretchy to give you depth of movement as you’re going about your day.
Outerknown Evolution Shirt Jacket
Outerknown—a new brand created by World Surf League Champion Kelly Slater—creates quality menswear pieces while using sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices, and the Evolution Shirt Jacket is one of their best offerings. Available in olive or black (and is fully reversible), the jacket is made out of reclaimed fishing nets and filled with recycled polyester insulation to create a lightweight, warm jacket that you’ll want to wear year-round.
Gant Rugger Quilted Shirt Jacket
Launched in New England in 1949 by Bernard Gant, Gant Rugger offers preppy apparel with European influence. Sporting a classic work shirt silhouette, the shirt is crafted out of cotton-twill and quilted for warmth.
Another American heritage brand, Filson has been around since it was founded in Seattle in the 1800. Made out of 100% virgin wool, the Jac-Shirt is as soft as it is sturdy. It sports a roomy fit for comfortable layering, and because it has hidden buttons to prevent snagging on equipment—you know it’s a real work shirt.
United By Blue x Duckworth Woolfill Snapshirt Jacket
Eco-conscious United by Blue teamed up with Duckworth to created this limited edition Woolfill Snapshirt Jacket that’s durable enough to stand up to your outdoor escapades, but handsome enough to wear out on the town. Crafted out of lightweight nylon, the jacket boasts Duckworth Woolcloud insulation and has multiple interior and exterior snap closure pockets.
Cold Smoke Kunnak Shirt Jacket
Borne out of the snowy mountains of British Columbia, Cold Smoke knows a thing or two about crafting quality cold weather gear. The Kunnak Shirt Jacket is available in black or green and is crafted out of Japanese-made waterproof fabric, complete with waterproof zippers, and stretchy collars and sleeve cuffs for extra comfort.
Steven Alan Cotton-Moleskin Shirt Jacket
Get the luxe look and feel of suede while adding breathability with this Cotton-Moleskin Shirt Jacket from legendary designer Steven Alan. Featuring button closures, this is a shirt that would look great on top of a crisp white button-down shirt, or look equally great on its own.
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