transition style for cold nights | the oversized utility shirt “shacket”

In 2020, casual style took over the world at home with mixed sweatsuits, graphic hoodies and fluffy slip-ons. Well, 2020 is over and it’s finally time to dress to impress – the only problem is now that we’ve gotten a taste of the cozy, how are we supposed to leave that behind?

Spring 2021 fashion trends are all about being comfortable as you step out into the world for the first time in months. What we’re all really looking for is how we’re bringing out our new comfy lounge aesthetic.

One FW20 trend that has moved into Spring 2021 is the shacket (or shirt jacket). This oversized utility shirt trend is exactly what it sounds like: a shirt that can be worn as a jacket, dress or (obviously) oversized shirt. It’s a perfect combination of a tailored button-down look with a cozier, roomier feel that makes it extremely versatile.

How to style a shacket?

There are so many different ways to incorporate this important item into your early spring looks for the season. From the different types of shackets to how you style them up (or down) – they’re a great standalone piece, or extra layer for the colder nights.

If you follow current fashion trends from season to season, you know how exhausting it can be to see trends go out of style as quickly as they came in. That’s why timeless, fashion essentials like these utility-style shirts are such a great way to keep up with the trend, without the wardrobe waste. You can do just about anything with them, and they have clearly stood the test of time.

It’s been months since this trend first took off and we’re still seeing it everywhere. Why? The comfort and versatility, without a doubt.

These shackets come in so many different styles be it cropped, short or long. They can also be seen in every imaginable pattern and material. Some of the highlights of the season included basics, plaid, flannel, teddy, corduroy and faux leather. As you can probably see, teddy has been my favorite.

When the weather starts to get warmer, opt for a lighter version that you can layer over biker shorts or a two-piece athleisure set for a breezy and versatile look.

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Where do you wear a shirt… jacket, dress (you get the idea)

How you wear it is up to you. There is no seasonal rule that says you can’t wear after a certain day or for a certain occasion. This essential ensemble is made for every day, no matter what. Combine this item with a matching tracksuit and sneakers for a cozy WFH day or for a model-off-duty street style.

Dining outside is a little too fresh for your spring dresses, isn’t it? Be bold and style this shacket as a dress paired with a mini bag and heels. For this look I styled the teddy coat with a Prada bag and black Tamara Mellon boots for some edge. When the weather warms up, swap out the boots for a pair of barely kitten heels and a pastel handbag for a springy pop.

Versatility, comfort and convenience, this is the perfect transition piece to wear now and dig out again in the fall for those outdoor adventures. Layer these jackets over a turtleneck and under an overcoat during the colder temperatures, or you can layer it over a lightweight t-shirt with little effort.

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Who wears what suggests “Pair your shacket over a turtleneck knit with leather pants and cleated boots for an effortlessly cool weekend look that’s totally on-trend.”

Try a tweed or plaid shacket for a smart street style look. Whether you’re working from home, running errands, or using the street as your own personal catwalk, this fresh yet timeless look will keep you chic.

Spotted with the trend

Vogue and Who What Where haven’t just been absolute excited about the shacket trend for months it has also been spotted on celebrities across the board. Models, actresses, singers and stars have worn this style all through fall and winter. Vogue Spotted New Mom Gigi Hadid During a Recent Coffee Run in NYC styled with a knee-length plaid shacket about a denim-on-denim outfit.

IMAGE CRED: https://www.vogue.com/article/best-shackets-womens-shirt-jacket

Vogue also rocked Lily Collins with shackets a few times this fall. “Lily Collins has been a source of inspiration for shacket outfits in recent weeks. Her recent paparazzi photos prove the shacket’s versatility. She layered the boxy top over t-shirts and turtlenecks, proving her mastery of French style that surpasses her Emily in Paris character.” If you don’t want to take it from us, get it from the celebs.

Where to crochet a shacket?

If you’re ready to ditch those big winter puffer coats and take on this incredible style for spring, get a pair of these swatches to hold you back for warmer weather. If you’re looking for something similar to this look, shop the AllSaints Sophie Sherpa coat.

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Want something lighter to give your summer style? Asos has a similar brushed shacket that you can grab for a bargain.

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Want to incorporate more prints into your life? Plaid shackets are a trend favorite. You can shop this oversized shirt jacket from Mango that works great on its own, or as a transitional summer layer when styled over a bralette or mini-crop.

IMAGE CRED: Mango

If you’re looking for a way to take your wardrobe to the next level this spring without giving up the comfort of all those quarantine trends, the shacket is for you. Use as a layering technique or style as a full shirt or dress for mornings, days and nights. Find the design that best suits your style and get started. Dress it up or down, and most importantly, make it all you.

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