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Why the ‘shacket’ is a winter-wardrobe must-have

This shirt-jacket hybrid will help you master on- and off-duty style with ease, making it a true investment piece

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Easy does it: the ‘shacket’ makes the ultimate trans-seasonal piece for casual ease

Versatility is a keyword that is more important than ever for our closets. As the boundaries between home and work life have blurred, so too have our outfits; today, we need hardworking garments that can be worn with smart silhouettes as well as with off-duty looks for long walks come the weekend.

When it comes to deciding what will instantly up your wardrobe game – and will go the distance to become a future investment purchase – a ‘shacket’ is a smart choice. This button-up shirt-style jacket is the ultimate in smart-casual wear, and looks just as chic when paired with low-key denim and sneakers as with tailored pants. It’s no surprise that the utilitarian ‘shacket’ has become a favorite of the street-style set: look to Tamu McPherson for inspiration, who styles hers with an ultra-feminine printed dress to seamlessly blend practicality with personality.

And while the shirt’s roots are in military-wear, this season’s styles are anything but uniform — buttery leather versions from MM6 Maison Margiela and Copenhagen favorite Remain Birger Christensen are ideal shrugged on over turtleneck sweaters and wide-legged pants; or wear underneath warmer winter coats as an extra layer. After dark, switch it up with a slinky slip dress and strappy sandals to urbanize that nighttime polish.

For something a little softer, opt for textural wools and earthy plaids that prove the perfect pairing for crisp white denims and are a cool alternative to a cozy cardigan. Best of all, this trans-seasonal style will feel just as fresh come spring — a worthy contender for the wardrobe-staple accolade if ever there were one.

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