You may ask, what on earth is a shacket?
It’s fashion-speak; a play on words. A cross between a shirt and a jacket. I also read somewhere that it’s a blend of the words safari and jacket.
Whatever the correct definition, it’s not necessarily just another ploy to get you to add something new to your wardrobe. A shacket is actually quite a useful item of clothing right now.
A lightweight jacket that epitomises the current utility trend, a shacket can be layered under a heavier jacket whilst the weather is cool. But when the sun does bring some warmth, pair with a simple white tee and jeans.
The main colour options are khaki, beige and camo. But other colour-ways are available, like the pink camo version from Top Shop below (my favourite).
The right shacket can look chic and stylish, so don’t pass them off as a trend for the younger crowd. You can add a belt to smarten the silhouette and wear with a floral dress for a lunch date. Or team with a skirt or chinos and a crisp white shirt for the office.
I bought one many years ago when I was living in London (it wasn’t called a shacket then!!) I got it from Phase Eight – not somewhere I would usually shop, but in those days it was one of the only clothes boutiques Blackheath Village had to offer! I have always loved the pocket details and oversized buttons, so I’ve hung on to it.
Where to buy a shacket now…
A utility jacket is a classic piece, so if you invest in a traditional style now you’ll be wearing it for many years to come.
Do let me know your thoughts about the shacket!
Thanks for reading!