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How to style: the shacket

The shirt-jacket or “shacket” has been trendy since last year but I didn’t really hop on the bandwagon. The ones I liked were really expensive and they tended to be made in patterned plaids which isn’t really my style. H&M came out with this one at the end of summer and it’s a dupe for a much more expensive (albeit wool) Aritzia one called the Beam jacket.

I personally really like this shirt-jacket because it’s a felted-look material in a soft beige with good buttons (I’m really picky with jacket buttons! Kind of silly… but I pay attention to that). This jacket is also lined in a cotton material so the potentially itchy felt isn’t touching your skin. My sensitive skin really appreciates that and for me, this piece is really comfortable to wear.

I opted for an XS (my normal size) and you can see that this piece really is meant to be oversized. If you wanted a more fitted look in this style then I’d definitely recommend sizing down! To make sure the oversized nature of the jacket doesn’t overwhelm my frame, I rolled up the sleeves to break up the volume and reduce the amount of beige in my outfit overall.

This type of piece is a great transitional item in a curated closet or a capsule because it's the perfect mid-weight for in-between weather: a little thicker than your average shirt, but thinner than an autumnal jacket or coat. Because it's oversized, it'll work equally well layered on top of a cozy hoody but since it's still a little warmer out, it adds a nice "breezy" layer on top of a breathable linen shirt, which is how I styled it here.

Since this piece is the “statement” of my outfit, I opted to keep the rest very simple. I wore my linen Eloise & Lily Canadian-made shirt, which is a similar beige colour and keeps the look tonal. I also paired a linen face mask so that my outfit didn’t have too many textures. This linen mask was $10 from Aritzia in the colour nutmeg and I find it easier to breathe in compared to athletic or stretchy-material masks.

On the bottom I’m wearing my classic favourite high rise skinnies and simple beige sneakers which prioritize comfort. I’ll be writing a review of these sneakers very soon, but I want to test them out a bit more before writing a post! Finally I accessorized with a classic brown bag and my Chelsea King scrunchie (which is holding up amazing!).

Do you like the shacket trend? Are you going to thrift, save or splurge on this kind of piece? Let me know!

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