How to Choose Your Men's Overshirt?
Lighter than a jacket but warmer than your standard shirt, there's no denying that the men's overshirt (or aptly named shacket) fills a niche when it comes to closet essentials. Fit for all seasons, it's a well justified addition to any wardrobe! This style staple is ideal as an outer layer in spring and autumn, but also doubles up as a mid-layer when temperatures plummet. Endlessly practical yet also well and truly on-trend right now, investing in one of these is a win-win! But, with no end of styles out there to choose from, how do you narrow down your options and splash your cash wisely? From fabric types, to colours and designs, we're here to share our insights so that you can pick out the best overshirts for men in 2024!
From fleece to flannel or cotton twill, what type of fabric should you opt for when it comes to men's shackets?
In terms of fabric, men's overshirts tend to adopt one of two approaches; either they're made of super-soft and snug fabric – such as ultra-warm fleece or comfortable flannel – or they come in a slightly more robust material like cotton twill – which is thick yet supple, and more or less crease-free. While fleece and flannel overshirts are sure to keep you feeling snug and looking casual, the latter fabric gives off a slightly smarter look, thanks to its diagonal weave. All these materials are great options, it just depends on what you're looking for! In the mid-season, anything goes, so feel free to pick whatever takes your fancy. In the dead of winter though, we'd strongly recommend opting for a fleece overshirt to keep the cold at bay, and we’d even suggest picking one out that's lined with sherpa for maximum warmth!
Button-up overshirt or zip? Plain black overshirt or navy, red or green checks? So many styles to choose from!
Perfect for layering and a welcome change from a bulky winter coat, there’s no denying that the men's overshirt is intrinsically stylish! However, you can still turn your look up a notch by selecting your shirt with precision and playing with some of this season’s trends. Understated and effortlessly suave, a plain monochrome overshirt (black always works well) oozes great style. Easy to mix and match with essentially all of your wardrobe, you’ll stand out from the crowd in a subtle, sophisticated way. For a bolder style that’s totally on-trend right now, opt for the bestselling checked overshirt for men. It’s hands down an Atlas For Men favourite. Why? Because it captures the essence of the great outdoors and gives off adventurer vibes! A key tenet of the lumberjack look-book, the checked flannel overshirt is a timeless garment that compliments the overall aesthetic of the physically active and nature-loving outdoors enthusiast. Whether you go for warm tones like reds and oranges in autumn, or settle upon brighter blue or green hues in spring, we guarantee you’ll find a style you love. After all, our flannel shirts and overshirts come in a huge range of colours, and sizes from S to 4XL too! To further crank things up in terms of fashion, you might want to consider a design that features contrasting details (from bold shoulder panels to subtle print motifs) or even handy chest pockets. The last thing to mull over is whether you want to go for the traditional button-up overshirt, or a zipped design that puts a modern twist on a well-loved classic. While the former old-school style is sure to stand the test of time, the latter will keep you looking current!
What to wear with your shacket...
It’s all about layers! Wear your shacket over a plain crew neck t-shirt, vest or (when it's particularly cold out) a turtleneck jumper, and leave it either entirely unbuttoned or half done up. As well as requiring an underlayer, your overshirt works well with a heavy-duty outer layer, such as a parka or puffer jacket, when you need added protection from the elements. Overshirts pair amazingly well with jeans and trainers too. So, if you’re in doubt, you know what to pull out of your wardrobe! The right overshirt can also look good with chinos or cargo trousers, but joggers are best avoided. As long as you stick to this one hardline snippet of style advice and take care to colour coordinate, your overshirt outfit possibilities remain pretty much endless – so have fun experimenting!
The perfect cross between a shirt and jacket
No more, no less, the overshirt is a clothing essential that belongs in every guy's wardrobe. Easy to pair, easy to wear, and conveniently easy to care for as well, there's nothing not to love about it! It looks good with mostly anything, and instantly adds an air of style to your everyday attire. If there's an overshirt lurking in your cupboard, it’s time to give it some wear. If not… get browsing!