Consider the shacket

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It’s a silly, made-up name for a shirt jacket, true, but don’t hold that against it. The shacket is an ideal piece of springtime outerwear: good on its own, but especially good layered.  This Nili Lotan number is not cheap, but it is just so desperately perfect. Here’s one with a somewhat similar vibe that’s much cheaper

I like the idea of a tomboyish silhouette executed in pink tweed, like here.

The slit pockets on this one are a nice, handy touch.

I really dig the slightly faded-out cheetah print here.

A chic little cropped jacket that’d be great with dresses.

I like the subdued look of this wool and cashmere specimen from Vince, and it’s currently marked down.

I am twenty kinds of crazy for this houndstooth jacket: it’s so bold and graphic.

Here’s another not-unpricey choice, but the color combination is just so good.

A handy, lightweight quilted liner jacket from Rains.

I dig the fuzzy texture here.

This fleece option also comes in black, but of course I’m taken with these pops of yellow.

 

Wide wale corduroy in a great burnt orange is so classically preppy.

I certainly wouldn’t last long before staining this polished wool jacket, but maybe one of you could.

And finally: I am all about this joyous combination of color and pattern.

 

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23 Thoughts on Consider the shacket
    Missannethrope
    26 Mar 2022
    8:18am

    Am I the only o e who finds this look desperately ugly, even on the willowy models?

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    cw
    24 Mar 2022
    9:36am

    I like a good shirt jacket because weather-wise they are very handy in climate challenged Texas. I saw them everywhere during SXSW (which is NOT to say they are for young people only because I believe anyone of any age can wear them). And, just this morning, I rode the elevator with one of our better dressed residents of a certain age who paired a stunning vintage Pendleton shirt jacket in mustards/browns/etc. with a pair of leather/faux leather pants and knee high brown lace up boots––she looked gorgeous. I’m thinking that Everlane would be kinda perfect if one could have the blasted pocket flaps sewn down. And the pink tweed is in my cart.

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      Eloise
      24 Mar 2022
      9:40am

      CW, Based on this and your prior people watching comments, I kind of want to ride your elevator all day. (I sincerely hope this reply lines up properly because out of context, that would sound really weird/bad/suggestive.)

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        cw
        24 Mar 2022
        3:37pm

        I’m thinking, Eloise, we should have a GOCA gathering in my buildings elevators. 😉 Also, just to be clear I do see many well dressed ladies in my building, but I also live next to three restaurants and four bars ergo some of the outfits I’ve commented on are from street watching patrons to said bars and restaurants ( since I take the dog out at least four times a day I have plenty of opportunity!)

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        Betsy Palmer
        24 Mar 2022
        10:11am

        That’s hysterical but I’m also intrigued by people’s well dressed neighbors. Also by the incredible well dressed population of Texas. Those women know their fashion. Shirt jackets are usually too straight on me but that cheetah one is singing my song.

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          lilli
          24 Mar 2022
          4:33pm

          Well dressed in Texas??

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    Eloise
    27 Mar 2022
    8:54am

    Update: The houndstooth arrived yesterday (I used a recent GoaCA Shopbop link to get an XS) and it is gorgeous, weighty (way more of a fall layer) and way too oversized for me. Sigh. I’m an fan of “oversized” but this was way too big for 5’2″ me. If it had fit, it would have been a keeper despite the price tag.

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    louise
    24 Mar 2022
    2:37pm

    Why is Nili Lotan so expensive compared to other brands? It’s kind of off putting that she charges $400 for a pair of slouchy cotton pants and $700 plus for the shacket !

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    Viajera
    24 Mar 2022
    12:46pm

    Oh dear.

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    Susan
    24 Mar 2022
    12:50pm

    Kim, I’ve been loving your posts of late and also the PODCAST:) I relish the episodes of only you and Jenn talking.
    Would you consider doing a post on dresses or jackets for pear shaped folx? I loved the shackets, for ex, but none of those would fall right on me. Things need to either hit at the waist or knee for them to not look sloppy on those of us with ample posteriors.
    Appreciate you!

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      liz
      24 Mar 2022
      1:11pm

      Me too but I do wear both the cropped and the longer styles. I am incredibly short waisted to boot.

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      HH
      25 Mar 2022
      9:13am

      What’s with the stupid spelling of folks? It looks like politically correct crap.

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        Susan
        25 Mar 2022
        11:20am

        I guess if you consider inclusivity “politically correct”, then it is. xx

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          HH
          26 Mar 2022
          1:28pm

          I “consider” stupid spellings to be little more than performative activism.

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    MaryAlice
    24 Mar 2022
    1:07pm

    I love a good hybrid name! We recently went out for a pub crawl for my younger daughter’s birthday and the dress code was “Shackets and Jorts”

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    MaryAlice
    24 Mar 2022
    1:12pm

    Also: I own a vintage Pendleton 49er jacket in an olive/berry/tan plaid that I cought on Ebay and I get more compliments on that garment than anything I own. It’s from the 1940’s and in perfect condition. They’re readily available on Ebay and other resale sites (also available new on the Pendleton site) . It’s the OG shacket.

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    AS
    24 Mar 2022
    11:34am

    Not so sure how I would feel as a clothing brand having my garments described as “cheap.” Perhaps “less expensive” or “better priced”? Especially since the reference is to the cost and not the quality of the garment.

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      Kim France
      24 Mar 2022
      3:15pm

      I think it’s pretty clear I was referring to the price.

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    Ellen FitzPatrick
    24 Mar 2022
    12:26pm

    Love the black and white Shacket. But then, I could just give Nili Lotan my credit card 🙂

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    Mamavalveeta03
    24 Mar 2022
    11:25am

    I’m not trying to be “Miss Contrary” today (or any day, really), but these just say Fall to me and I’m kinda’ over the whole shacket trend. I took part in it, but this young woman’s fancy has turned to Spring.

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    Shelly
    24 Mar 2022
    11:14am

    Even on the models, the giant pockets just seem really unflattering. I can’t imagine them on my middle aged body.

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    joannawnyc
    24 Mar 2022
    11:26am

    Here is my rule: shackets MUST have side pockets. Otherwise they are just big shirts!

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    Eloise
    24 Mar 2022
    9:02am

    Me at the start of this post: “More shirt jackets? My wallet is certainly safe today.” Me at the end of this post: “If it fits – which isn’t a given as the much taller than me model is wearing only one size larger than the smallest size but what good is a non-oversized version? – I’ll wear it to death.” Apparently I am at least 21 kinds of crazy over the houndstooth because it is en route. If you need me, I’ll be in the corner far away from this blog for a bit. (Not really, but I should!) Also, not that anyone cares, but the oversized contrasting pinstripes Topshop button down featured in Monday’s post is RIDICULOUSLY large – as in, my sort of oversized husband and I could both fit in it with room to spare….

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