I finally found the perfect autumn shacket after two years of searching

After two years of searching, I’ve finally found the perfect autumn shacket – and I’m totally obsessed.

For those unaware of the hybrid garment, the shacket fast became a transitional fashion must-have for when it’s not cold enough for the big coat, but too chilly to opt for just a tee – alas, the ideal compromise piece was born. Thicker than a shirt, but not quite a jacket, the shacket burst onto the high street a couple years ago, when everyone fell in love with that H&M plaid number.

I wasn’t quite quick enough to hop on that particular trend, and as a result, have spent each and every autumn on the hunt for a shacket that would fit seamlessly into my wardrobe. I’ve found that shackets vary hugely in length, style, colour, pattern, and I didn’t exactly have a tick-list so to speak, but I knew I would know the one when I saw it.

What I did know was that my outerwear item of choice needed to be comfortable and easy to layer. I wasn’t looking for anything too thick as is the case with many of the sherpa varieties, nor anything too busy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the plaid varieties, but I’d been hoping to find something monochrome that I could layer over tees and knits, as well as under coats and jackets on those colder nights.

It transpires that shackets are like boys, you always find the right one when you weren’t particularly looking. Alas, on a spontaneous trip to Primark in passing, I stumbled upon a coffee-coloured shacket and fell in love. Clearly a popular piece for autumn, there were a handful of size 12s, 14s and 16s left, so I bagged a size 12 to try on. Also in store there was a milky coloured version, which I also picked up to try on, but preferred the darker jacket for myself when it was on.

The size 12 on a size 8-10 frame offers a slightly oversized look, which you can fit over a knit or wear slightly looser over a top. The faux leather shacket adds texture to an outfit, particularly if you have opted for jeans and a knit. It’s so soft to touch, with a suedette style lining on the inside and press stud buttons. The straight-cut piece has a shirt-style collar and two breast pockets which are pretty big – big enough for an iPhone 11 to not fall out whilst pumpkin picking, to be precise.

I think what I adore about this shacket is that it’s the neutral, lighter-weight doppelganger of my signature pink leather jacket that I’ve worn endlessly throughout the pandemic. I’ve barely left the house without it, and so this coffee-coloured cousin already felt like an extension of my personality and identity before I’d even taken it to the tills. And the best part? It was half the price of the H&M number that kicked off the shacket trend, scanning through at just £15.

The first time I wore this out, I styled the shacket with a neutral-coloured zebra print high neck top from Lula Leek, paired with my Levi ribcage straight leg jeans, black Lula Leek boots and a Kylie and Kendall cream fedora I picked up in TK Maxx for £12.99. Primark does currently have a similar wool one in for £10 though. Finally, to accessories, I wore Daisy London rings and gold t-bar necklace, with a Dorothy Perkins bag that goes with absolutely everything I own.

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