So, What The Hell Is a Shacket?

Shackets, or flannel shirt jackets, have been around for a while but are the new must-have in a rugged man’s wardrobe.

Heavy coats and sweaters can be bulky, restricting, unstylish, and not-so-versatile for a very-versatile outdoorsman. Enter the “shacket.” Also known as a shirt jacket, the shacket is a heavy, relaxed fit and reinforced flannel shirt combined with jacket features that can be worn stylishly on its own or as a reliable layer in harsh outdoor conditions.

Image of Man Wearing MuskOx Shirt Jacket or Shacket
Photo of the Yukon Flannel Shirt Jacket in Burgundy

Why in tarnation is it called a “shacket”?

A “shacket” is a versatile top that is a shirt and jacket hybrid, typically made with a flannel fabrication. These flannel shirt jackets have been around for centuries and were originally designed for farmers and other manual laborers who needed a durable yet comfortable shirt to work in. In recent years, however, the shacket has become a fashion staple for both men and women. This is a trend we can stand behind - it not only looks great but is functional.

Why are shackets so damn trendy right now?

Shackets are the perfect mix of style, warmth, and comfort. They're made from flannel, so they're warm and weather-resistant. They also have a relaxed fit, making them comfortable to wear all day. Shackets are also super versatile. You can wear them as a layer over a t-shirt or under a jacket. They also look great with jeans or khakis. And generally speaking, they're unisex, so anyone can throw on a schacket to look and feel great, no matter what you have in store.

Image of the Lined Yukon Flannel Jacket
Photo of the Lined Yukon Flannel Shirt Jacket in Olive and Tan

Can I wear this shacket thing for work?

Great question! A high-quality shacket is specifically designed for comfortable mobility in the cold outdoors. So a premium, well crafted flannel shirt jacket will withstand the harshest weather and working conditions. This makes shackets your ideal layer for tough outdoor autumn and winter jobs like construction, landscaping, machinery, and pretty much any job that demands physicality outside in the colder months. The shacket is also a perfect layering piece for the office worker- when the temperature is a bit crisp and you want to throw on an outer layer at your desk while still looking professional. Regardless of your working environment, the shacket is an ideal wardrobe staple.

Okay, but is a shacket appropriate outside of work?

Absolutely! Shackets can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Be sure to rock your shacket for all your outdoor leisure activities such as autumn fly fishing, pond hockey games with the crew, and late-season tailgates. Wear a flannel shirt jacket with jeans and sneakers for a casual look or pair it with chinos and loafers for something more formal. Dress them up even further by layering them under a blazer or sport coat for Thanksgiving dinner.

Are shackets trendy for men and women?

Yes! Traditionally most people think of flannels as a staple in a man’s wardrobe, but the shacket looks great on both men and women. It is such a transitional and versatile piece that comes in fun patterns and colors making it approachable for any gender. Women love the functionality of the shacket, and how it can be worn as a statement piece to add to any casual outfit.

The Final Stance on Shackets

If you’re tired of bulky, overpriced winter coats and lame, itchy sweaters, a shacket is the perfect solution. A flannel shirt jacket is rugged yet comfortable; warm and soft; provides a wide range of motion; is appropriate for any occasion; and … when manufactured with quality by a passionate brand ;) will withstand the test of time.