When cold weather starts to build there may be days when a full-scale winter coat is not needed, yet a t-shirt or short sleeves are too macho for sense. On those days, shirt jackets are exactly what the doctor ordered. Comfortable, practical, and fashionable to boot. The best shirt jackets tick all the boxes and then some.
The Best Shirt Jackets Are Functional and Fashionable
When faced with daunting challenges, we met them head on. So it was when we – human beings -invented the shirt, to hide the unsightliness of nipples. Because that’s the kind of innovators we are. Then, when we realized that sometimes a shirt needed to be heavy enough to be considered a jacket, we made the shirt jacket, a fashionable nod toward both guarding against possible nipple sightings, and a way to stay extra warm without donning a heavy winter coat.
Men’s shirt jackets are good for the mud months, but increasing temperature ranges around the world means they’re broadening out to be good for summer wear as well, making them a 3+-season accessory that is never out of style.
Originally made largely for working, the first iterations of the shirt jacket were made mostly out of flannel, canvas, or denim. More contemporary choices now exist with ripstop nylon and merino wool making appearances alongside innumerable technical outerwear fabrics, turning the humble shirt jacket into an all-inclusive piece of garb that’s made with action and odd temperatures in mind.
Redefining the classic British clothing, Percival brings a collection of every type of shirt you’re going to need. From short sleeves to long sleeves, knit shirts, outer shirts, work shirts, and every shirt for every style fit for every occasion, Percival has it.
With a swift tagline: “Subverting the Classics,” it boasts classic menswear with a contemporary twist. And while you can find a range of quintessential shirts from many brands out there, Percival’s shirting range are the ones only made of discontinued patterned Japanese cotton. It brings a vintage feel to the modernized style brought by unexpected patterns, colors, and materials.Shop Now
Cut from premium heavyweight GOTS certified 100% organic cotton twill fabric, Unrecorded has kept things classic with its version of the worker jacket. Tailored for a straight, regular silhouette, it’s an ideal jacket for year-round use. Ideal as a layering piece, you can wear it as a typical jacket or over a T-shirt, a sweatshirt, a jumper, or even another jacket for extra warmth when the weather calls for it.
Quality and environmentally friendly, the cotton fabric used is grown pesticide and fertilizer-free and dyed without allergenic dyes and heavy metals.
3. Kavu RamblerView in gallery
Made by Kavu, who is based out of the wet and whimsical Seattle, where there’s no such thing as between-season weather, the Rambler is cotton canvas specifically designed to keep water from sliding in. Polyester insulation cuts nips in the air down to size, with quick snap buttons for easy on/off action and rapid donning.View in gallery
Inexpensive, indestructible, it’s everything you’d expect from Carhartt, complete with a mouth-watering price thanks to its questionable work as a fashion piece.View in gallery
Crafted out of sustainable materials by design gurus who live in New York, the soft and strong make comes with peace of mind, thanks to ecologically friendly farming and ranching practices for better materials right from the source.View in galleryBuy now
A bargain, the hand-warmer pockets, triple-stitching, antique brass buttons, and overall quality design makes this hard to fault. One of the best shakets for the manly man who loves to keep busy without having to worry about checking the forecast every hour.View in gallery
Ages old yet still at the top of the game, Woolrich’s Stag Shirt bears double yokes at the front and the back, which dumps off moisture to prevent soaking and enhance warmth. Wide-mouthed hand-warmer pockets provide the cherry for this warm sundae.View in gallery
Made in San Francisco, the Welcome Stranger is proof that going militant doesn’t mean being uncomfortable. Pure moleskin all around, it’s super pleasing to the touch, light and airy to wear, holds hotness like a cloak, and just look at those lines. Plus, a hidden pocket for your flask.View in gallery
Sincerely a beautiful shirt, pictures don’t do it justice. The suede body is breathable and light, seeming to drift, providing a haven of warmth that’s hearty enough to survive a life well-lived.View in gallery
A set of funky colors isn’t all that makes up this shirt/jacket, but those are a nice diversion from the standard fare. What’s noteworthy here is the snap closure and simple quilting that the Nordic has; prizing pure warmth along with cutting wind thanks to a nylon lining.View in gallery
Probably the most recognizable shirt jacket in existence, Patagonia didn’t break the mold, they invented it with their woven mix of 100% cotton on the outside, and insulation that is 90% recycled Thermogreen. Warm enough for winter work, breathable enough for margarita days at the lake.View in gallery
The glory of waxed canvas on the exterior, with a plush flannel interior meant to make with the toasty, there’s buttons and zippers and closures galore, so you and your EDC stuff can enjoy the water-repellent protection come rain or heavier rain.View in gallery
Hoping to become the modern Irish wool, minus the itchiness that plagues many clothes from the Emerald Isle, this almost feels like a poncho drape, though the tailored cut adds a stylishness that no shawl could mimic, and a versatility that can change with the weather, literally.View in gallery
Quick-drying microfleece is the secret to this wet-fighting wonder. As a top layer, it won’t stay damp for long, holding in warmth while shirking wetness, and as a shirt it’s touchably soft and inviting, perfect for evening dates during unpredictable weather.View in gallery
A naval history comes along with the Buffalo CPO. The initials stand for “Chief Petty Officer” and these were built with men at sea in mind. A woven mix of cotton and nylon, it’s a shirt, a blazer, and a uniform all done in lumberjack print for folksiness to go with the dense warmth and protection from the elements.View in gallery
Fashion-forward, the whole idea of the Pique was to make a shirt jacket that looked buttery good, but could also go the distance of its hardy, homely competitors. Reinforced seams and a nice fleece and cotton blend give this a downy feel and a die-hard makeup that takes no guff.View in gallery
Heavier than it looks, a life at sea isn’t out of the question when you don this dapper dud. It’s built with 19 ounce lambswool that is donegal-flecked, turning it into a beautiful, very, very warm piece of wear.View in gallery
Stem to stern cotton, the classic denim look is evidence of how much this shirt aches to help you stay warm in a shed or garage, while also standing up to snags, scuffs, tears, and endless amounts of oil as you wrench or tweak. When you’re on the clock or in DIY mode, this steps up to the challenge.
19. Filson Jac-ShirtView in gallery
Doing it like the sheeps do, Filson uses all virgin wool in the making of the Jac because it naturally bears warmth and water protection that can’t be matched by man’s textiles. Cut big for adding layers, it also has tight cuffs for holding in heat and avoiding snags on tools or machinery.
Filson’s shirt jackets comes in a range of colors and sizes, including extra long for those taller men that also like to be warm in the colder months.View in gallery
An international superstar, the material used is Japanese, but the construction is done in British Columbia, where cold is so common they rarely have shirts that aren’t jackets. Cuffs and collar stretch to close off drafts, and waterproofing runs throughout to keep you dry inside.View in gallery
Looks still count, even when wearing a jacket that is also a shirt, thus you must equip yourself wisely. The basic beige build looks good and marginally professional under any circumstances, and can be paired with a shirt and tie for outdoor meetings where you need a little something different.View in gallery
Carrying a lot more jacket DNA than shirt, the Woolcloud is a serious long-term item for rugged outdoor wear. The shell is all nylon, made to stay firm, resist stains, and look good even after it’s been put through the wringer. The interior is likewise survivor tough with sturdy wool that won’t pack down, even when you’ve beat on it.
Final Thoughts on the Best Shirt Jackets of 2023
There is nothing better on cool days than comfortable shirt jackets. It offers the warmth and comfort of a jacket with the flexibility and style of a shirt. The best of two worlds combined into one closet controlling item of clothing.
Hopefully, our (almost) expert advice and the items mentioned in the above list will have given you some inspiration on kitting yourself out with the best shackets for the year ahead.
Let us know in the comments which men’s shirt jackets you are thinking of adding to your closet space? Maybe you already own a few and think we’ve missed the best shirt jackets off the list entirely. Let us know. We love to hear from you and are happy to stand corrected when needed.