Have you heard of a shacket? Over the last couple of years, you’ve likely seen many women, maybe even a daughter or granddaughter, wearing this latest trend. I first learned about it from someone I talk to monthly about my business who lives in London. She asked me a few years ago if the shacket was a thing in the US, and I told her no. It’s now everywhere in stores. But, as a woman over 40, you may be thinking, “Can I even wear that?” or “How do I wear a shacket?” Today I will be addressing what is a shacket, and can you wear it over 40.
* This post was originally published in September 2021 and has been updated.
What is a shacket?
Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of a shacket. I showed my photos to my a friend and mentioned that it was the first time that I had worn a shacket on the blog. “What is a shacket?” was her question. So, I’ll give you the same simple explanation that I gave her. It is a cross between a shirt and a jacket. It is thicker than a normal shirt, so you can wear it as a jacket, somewhat like you would a cardigan.
Can you wear a shacket after 40?
Short answer…YES! I will give you a few style pointers for wearing the shacket after 40. If you are young or a construction worker, you can wear a shacket any way you want. But, when you are over 40, you need to take a little extra time in your shacket outfit.
How to wear a shacket when you’re over 40
I have to be honest…I resisted ordering a shacket because it reminds me of the workers who worked for my dad in his construction business. The updated shacket look is way more polished, and the material is so much nicer than the ones that his workers wore. Theirs were usually quilted for extra warmth, and since they were oversized and relaxed fitting, they could move and work easily.
Wearing a shacket with leggings or slim-leg jeans will help to balance out the look. A shacket is relaxed and loose, so the tighter fitting bottoms will look more polished. Also, a super-easy way to look more polished while wearing a shacket is to wear it with a monochromatic outfit. Monochromatic is a classy look, and it gives the illusion of being taller. The monochromatic look allows the shacket to shine and be the star of the outfit.
Now that I’ve gotten used to wearing and styling a shacket, I’ve grown to love them even more. They are a great additional layer and so easy to throw on. I realize that you may also not want to spend a lot of money on them if you’re just trying the trend out. Luckily, I’ve got you covered with the best ones from Amazon below that are budget-friendly!
My Favorite Shackets for Women Over 40
Cropped Plaid Shacket
I bought this shacket in a light grey color! While it says it’s cropped, I don’t think it’s too short. You can see in the pictures that it hits right at my waist, even an inch or two shorter than where the end of my shirt is.
Long Corduroy Shacket
The shacket that I am wearing is longer than most that I’ve seen. I like the corduroy material, and I love the colors of this shacket. I am partial to this one since it covers my butt and could be worn with leggings! It is the most neutral of them all. I’m wearing A1 Brown, but there are a lot of colors available.
Wool Blend Plaid Shacket
If you’re looking for something a bit heavier, this Khaki wool blend plaid shacket I’m wearing is it. It’s currently 30% off, making it under $30. This shacket comes in quite a few colors. I like that it’s an excellent in-between length and looks like an updated version of a flannel. You could always button this one up and wear it like a shirt if you wanted. Definitely keep in mind that it is oversized, as you can see on me!
Shacket Outfit Inspiration
I’ve styled shackets in a few different blog posts that I’m linking below. If you’re looking for more inspiration on how to style one, these are a great place to go.
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