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These Are the 17 Very Best ‘Shackets’ for Cozy Layering

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Dressing for fall isn't always easy. As the weather cools down, mornings and evenings might call for warmer clothes and even jackets or coats. But by the time the sun comes out, anything too heavy just gets uncomfortable.

A portmanteau of the words "shirt" and "jacket," the perfect item for fall layering is a shacket. The shacket solves all your layering laments. They're not so light as to let the chill in, but they're not so heavy that they'll leave you sweaty on a sunny day. Most shackets are perfectly mid-weight, great for wearing over a T-shirt or a henley.

Say goodbye to autumnal outerwear confusion. Treat yourself to a shacket, the fall layering essential you didn't know you needed. Whether you're leaf peeping on a fall hike or running to get a PSL, below are some editor-approved recommendations from  Madewell, Faherty, and more.

The best shackets, at a glance:

17 of the best shackets for cozy fall layering

Best corduroy: Madewell Corduroy Kentwood Oversized Shirt-Jacket — $90.00

This dreamy shacket is crafted of ultra-soft corduroy that’s just the right weight for autumn. It’s slightly oversized, perfect for layering over tees and shirts when the temps drops, while the sleeves can be rolled up in case you get warm. Available in a wide variety of sizes in sage green, white, brown, and pink.

What reviewers are saying: “Such a gorgeous bottle green, and the corduroy is buttery soft (it doesn’t stand up stiffly on its own) WITH SIDE POCKETS!! This will be in heavy rotation as a jacket in slightly cooler weather, and a toasty layer when it gets Canadian cold this winter.”

Available sizes: XXS-4X

Colors: blue, red, black, cream, tan, lavender

Best plaid: Nordstrom Thread & Supply Plaid Flannel Shacket — $27.00

Throw this on for bonfires, tailgating, and other outdoor fall activities. Rather than fleece, this inside is lined with a soft jersey fabric that’s breathable and lightweight but will most definitely still keep you cozy. If flannel doesn’t tickle your fancy, Thread & Supply also makes corduroy, fleece, and cotton blend options you can shop as well.

What reviewers are saying: “This is such a classic fall staple piece! It’s so well structured and has nice lining on the inside so it isn’t itchy at all. The colors are gorgeous in person!”

Available sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Caramel, brown, neutral, black/white

Best colors: Boutikome - Boyfriend Casual Shacket — $29.00

Shackets are great, but a shacket at a bargain price? Even better. This one from Amazon is affordable but looks like an expensive shirt jacket you’d find hanging in a luxe boutique. The faded material gives off a vintage feel, while the oversized fit elevates the “I just threw this on,” casual look.

What reviewers are saying: “Love this shacket! It is true to size, washes well and is warm on cool days! Bought two different colors.”

Available sizes: S-XL

Colors: 21 different colors.

Best waffle knit: Free People One Scout Jacket — $128.00

Fans of the henley will adore snuggling up in this light-but-cozy shacket from Free People. Unlike most shackets made from heavy flannel or corduroy, the slouchy One Scout features a toasty waffle-knit that looks effortless the minute you pop it on. Unbuttoned, it can be layered over long sleeve shirts, tanks, and tees. Or button it up for an oversized shirt that looks like you’ve been living in it all season in the best way possible.

What reviewers are saying: “This might be my favorite FP purchase ever, it’s sooo cozy! I wear it as shirt or jacket, and in the winter I’ll probably wear layer it with a jacket. I’m just obsessed and want it in so many colors. It runs big, but I love it oversized.”

Available sizes: XS-XL

Colors: 10 different colors

Best fleece: Good American Fleece Shacket — $129.00

Fans of fleece—this shacket is for you. Featuring the classic, button-down silhouette any good shacket should have, Good American’s sports a fleece liner that you’ll want to bundle up in all winter long. Wear it with jeans, leggings, with a skirt and tights, or finish the ‘fit with the brand’s matching wide leg pants that come in the same, super soft material and colors.

What reviewers are saying: “This has got to be one of the cutest additions to my winter wardrobe. It goes so well with the basic leggings.

Available sizes: XXS-5XL

Colors: 5 different colors

Best insulated: Faherty Atmosphere Packable Shirt Jacket — $268.00

This airy, technical shacket from Faherty is made from 100 percent recycled polyester, so it’s good for you and Mother Earth. The material is water-repellant and packable, designed to be compact in suitcases, backpacks, and more. If you’re planning outdoor fall adventures, it’s a great transitional piece to keep handy.

What reviewers are saying: “I love this (shirt) jacket. I live in the south and the cooler 50-degree mornings are more than comfortable when I pull this Atmosphere shirt out of my closet.”

Available sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Navy or gray

Best hooded: Prana Asgard Hooded Flannel Shirt — $105.00

Another wonderfully warm option, Prana’s shacket features a flannel outer and a quilted liner, so you’re guaranteed to stay comfortable when it gets colder. There’s also a hood, so when the winter winds really blow, you’ll be good to go. But the best part are the pockets on the side and chest, so you can keep your valuables safe and close at hand.

What reviewers are saying: “It’s warm, comfortable and generously sized. Great jacket for fall.”

Available sizes: S-XXL

Colors: Sepia, nightshade, and black

Best quilted: J. Crew Quilted Lightweight Shirt-Jacket — $168.00

Quilted jackets and vests are fall staples, and this lightweight shirt jacket is no different. Designed with the lightweight puff of a quilted jacket in J. Crew shirt form, it’s pretty much perfect for days when you don’t want the bulk of a coat but need something a bit thicker to keep the chill out. It’s also filled with Primaloft, an eco-friendly alternative to traditional down that’s just as warm as the real thing.

What reviewers are saying: “Got my usual small. Perfect fit. Roomy enough for sweater. Arm length is generous & not too tight. Very comfy and warm.”

Available sizes: XS-3XL

Colors: 5 different colors

Best breathable: Athleta Retroplush Shirt Jacket — $119.00

Go to Athleta for the fan-favorite leggings and athletic apparel, stay for this roasty toasty shacket. Its ultra-stretchy fleece and breathable form makes it an ideal layering piece you can wear over sports bras to the gym or over tank tops on the couch. Just get it before it inevitably sells out.

What reviewers are saying: “Love this jacket so much. Nice stretch, very soft inside and out and super comfortable.”

Available sizes: XXS-3XL

Comes in: Black or pale purple

Best oversized: Old Navy Plaid Soft-Brushed Utility Shacket — $85.00

Durable, slightly oversized, and adorned in a seasonable plaid, Old Navy’s shacket is equal parts fashion and function. It’s thick and rugged enough to be worn as a jacket, keeping you warm and dry from autumn drizzle or and early frost. It’s also fashionable enough to be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Confusing transitional temps have met its match.

What reviewers are saying: “Warm, great length, and cozy!”

Available sizes: XS-4XL in regular, tall, and petite.

Colors: 5 different colors

Best high-pile fleece: Treasure & Bond High Pile Fleece Shirt Jacket — $52.00

For the days you have to get out of your pajamas but really don’t want to, put this fleece jacket on. It’s practically sweatpants in shacket form, made from cloud-like high-pile fleece that’ll keep you comfy wherever you roam. For double the comfort, pop it on with your pajamas and experience cozy bliss.

What reviewers are saying: “Love the look and soft feel of this Sherpa jacket. It’s warm but not heavy warm. The tan color goes with everything and sizing is true to size.”

Available sizes: XXS-XL

Colors: Gray or tan

Best flannel: Katin Harold Jacket — $129.00

Legendary surf brand Katin makes this fitted flannet shirt jacket that looks good with jeans, khakis, shorts—just about anything. The shell is 100 percent cotton flannel, while the inside is lined with sherpa that is roasty on cool, autumn nights.

What reviewers are saying: “Absolute incredible quality, style and durability. Perfect fit. True to size. Speedy delivery. Everything was perfect.”

Available sizes: S-XXL

Colors: Red, olive, rust, steel blue, navy

L.L. Bean Sherpa-Lined Shacket
Best sherpa-lined: L.L. Bean Sherpa-Lined Shacket — $99.00

Stay extra cozy all season long in this L.L. Bean shacket, which is made with a lightweight cotton chamois and lined with warm, sherpa fleece. It has double stitched seams, plenty of pockets, and a relaxed fit so you can throw it on and go.

What reviewers are saying: “The best shirt/jacket ever!! Perfect for inside and outside. I love that the inside sleeve are silky so if you wear a sweatshirt the sleeves don’t get bunched.”

Available sizes: XS-XL, regular, petite, and plus

Colors: Barley, deep wine

Everlane The Denim Shirt Jacket
Best denim: Everlane The Denim Shirt Jacket — $90.00

If you love a good chambray or denim shirt, you’ll love this shacket, which will let you layer underneath it. It’s made of 100% organic cotton, has an oversized fit, and has patch and side pockets. The rounded hem adds a stylish detail that will go with all your outfits.

What reviewers are saying: No reviews yet

Available sizes: XSS-XL

Colors: Myrtle sky

Thread & Supply Crop Fleece Shirt Jacket
Best crop: Thread & Supply Crop Fleece Shirt Jacket — $27.00

Slightly cropped but still cozy, this fleece shacket will pair perfectly with some high-waisted jeans. It’s made with a plush, high-pile fleece and has button flap chest pockets for extra convenience.

What reviewers are saying: “I love this super cute jacket. It is not only comfy, it is extremely soft. Fits perfectly for a causal or dressy night out.”

Available sizes: XS-XL

Colors: 7 different colors

Steve Madden Good Measure Faux Leather Shirt Jacket
Best faux leather: Steve Madden Good Measure Faux Leather Shirt Jacket — $40.00

Whether you want to dress up or down, this faux leather shacket will give you both style and edge. It’s slightly oversized, has a snap front as well as chest pockets, and will make a sleek addition to your closet.

What reviewers are saying: “The best shirt/jacket ever!! Perfect for inside and outside. I love that the inside sleeve are silky so if you wear a sweatshirt the sleeves don’t get bunched.”

Available sizes: XS-XXL

Colors: Cognac or black

Good American Plaid Faux Shearling Shirt Jacket
Best long: Good American Plaid Faux Shearling Shirt Jacket — $195.00

Chilly days call for long layers, and this warm shacket delivers. It falls below the knee and is made of a faux sherling, to wrap your entire body in softness. You’ll feel like you’re wearing your favorite fuzzy blanket out of the house, but you’ll look way cuter.

What reviewers are saying: No reviews yet

Available sizes: XS/S-L/XL

Colors: Purple

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