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Overshirts are the new jackets

Words By Saj Azam

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The wardrobe staple you didn't know you needed

5 overshirts from 5 sustainable European brands

Combining elements of a classic shirt with characteristics of a jacket, what was once known as a shacket is now the humble overshirt – AKA the shirt jacket.

A wonderfully versatile and functional addition to your wardrobe, the overshirt is the ultimate transeasonal piece, making appearances throughout the year on chilly evenings and sunny mornings. For warmer weather, pair with a basic white tee or relaxed shirt, while for colder seasons, layer under coats and over jumpers. It’s also the perfect piece to build a capsule wardrobe around.

While it may feel like modern design, the mens overshirt has been around since the 1800’s and seeks inspiration from French workwear jackets – designed to offer comfort, warmth and function in one. Crafted from heavier, thicker fabrics and cut for a wider fit than your average shirt, overshirts still resemble their French cousins with an abundance of pockets, in a range of contemporary and traditional styles.

Percival's Navy Casentino Wool Blanket
Sand Beatnik Whiting Overshirt by Wax London

Our Selection of the Finest Men’s Overshirts

Barney Wool Blanket Shirt by Peregrine

Beautifully up-cycled from Moon tweed blankets, the Barney shirt/jacket hybrid features a slight utilitarian look and is crafted in England, from British materials. Finished with a classic collar and an earthy toned check pattern – it’s the cosiest of overshirts.

Black Overshirt by BHODE

Keep things classic with this black men’s overshirt in 100% cotton moleskin, offering a more minimalist look with a twist, an open collar and two chest pockets. Made with care by London-based Bhode, a label motivated by industrial workwear and military apparel.

Stone Green Corduroy Overshirt by Brava Fabrics

Brava Fabrics are a Barcelonian brand striving to create conscious, natural menswear, and their overshirts are no different. Crafted to perfection from organic cotton corduroy, this stone green piece offers an injection of rich colour and features a slim collar with front pockets.

Marine Beatnik Whiting Overshirt by Wax London

Combining urban street style with impeccable tailoring, Wax London have crated the Marine Beatnik overshirt for daily wear and style. It’s made of recycled yarn and it features a regular fit and two front patch pockets.

Relaxed Flannel Overshirt by Delikatessen

Creating from their restored farm in Burgundy, France, Delikatessen’s overshirt was designed with ease of wear in mind. A relaxed fit in the finest, 100% Italian flannel, this piece features a breezy open collar.

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For the city slicker

Go boardroom chic with Scarosso’s elegant tassel loafers and edmmond’s navy Ren coat. Layer with a classic shirt and Wax London’s overshirt for a look that takes charge.

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For Sunday brunch

It’s all about casual comfort with Cut&Pin’s grey hoodie and the Belledone sneakers. Complete the look with cosy zip wool overshirt and the &SONS classic jeans.

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For date night

Chelsea boots add a refined look while Riley Studio’s flannel overshirt complements the bold and confident Camo cardigan – guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

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