When we think of a layer that blends top-notch functionality with on-the-go style, there’s one that comes to mind right away, especially when the thermostat drops. That would be one of the best men’s shirt jackets, a durable go-between that you can use as your outermost layer or a rugged mid-layer with ease. The possibilities are nearly endless as far as the best men’s shirt jackets, and it’s better still that plenty of the best clothing brands for men are in on the fun in the category.
In fact, shopping for the right shirt jacket has never been easier, as options are available in fabrics ranging from cotton flannel to stretch performance blends. Of course, plenty of the best online clothing stores for men are also stocking and selling this reliable three-season layer (or four-season layer, if you’re so inclined). Consider a more rugged and casual shirt jacket as a replacement for one of your favorite jackets (as in, an alternative to a bomber jacket or a field jacket).
The right shirt jacket acts just as stylishly as a classic zip-up jacket, and that means you can layer it atop everything from one of the best men’s shirts to a durable and laidback henley. The fun begins once you shop our favorite shirt jacket picks below.
The Good Man Brand Fuji Shirt Jacket
The ideal thing about a shirt jacket is that it’s a veritable style “jackknife,” with multiple uses. Take this dressy-yet-versatile shirt jacket in a textured white twill jacquard fabric, wearable atop a chambray shirt or a garment-dyed pocket tee.
Everlane Heavyweight Overshirt
Everlane blends sustainability, style, and transparency into one easy-to-wear package with plenty of its men’s style essentials, including this versatile cotton twill overshirt. Wear it like a blazer atop a crisp white Oxford shirt for your next Zoom call.
Western Rise AirLoft Shirt Jacket
The versatility of a shirt jacket is unmatched, especially one that’s as ready for a trail hike as it is for a round of outdoor beer garden brews. Made with a proprietary four-way stretch fabric and next-level insulation, consider it your new go-to casual layer atop a merino henley.
Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt
One part classic flannel shirt, one part durable shirt jacket, this Taylor Stitch fan favorite is perfect to rock over a thermal henley on chilly winter mornings.
WARP + WEFT ALW Shirt Jacket in Alder
The folks at WARP + WEFT know how to make denim and rugged shirt jackets the right way, with a focus on using less water through the production process. We love the rugged hardware and the expertly faded black colorway of this easygoing black denim shirt jacket.
Flint and Tinder CPO Jacket
Based on the timeless military style, this updated take on the CPO jacket is made from a blend of cotton and spandex for easy layering and plenty of comfort.
Outerknown Lost Coast Moleskin Shirt Jacket
Shirt jackets come in all shapes and sizes, and fabrics, for that matter. This moleskin shirt jacket features organic cotton moleskin fabric for a soft finish, plus a reversible puffer design for added warmth.
1901 Military Shirt Jacket
Head to the in-house brand at Nordstrom to get this tough military-style shirt jacket, the kind you can (and should) wear atop a white thermal henley for standout seasonal warmth.
Faherty Brand Legend Sweater Shirt
Utterly cozy, comfortable, and made with soft fabric and plenty of stretch, the Legend Sweater Shirt is a hybrid layer you’ll want to wear with everything from slim denim to joggers for winter and beyond.
Billy Reid Mo Shirt Jacket
The best shirt jackets for men are as refined and versatile as you make ’em, or rather, as Billy Reid makes this one. From the luxurious wool-and-cashmere fabric blend to a striped undercollar lining, this shirt jacket proves that the details set the best shirt jackets apart from the pack.
Filson’s iconic Jac-Shirt might flip the name around, but it’s everything you could ask for in a shirt jacket and more, including rain-repellent fabric and a range of classic colorways to shop.
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