i have to be be honest with you guys, i’ve never been a fan of the shacket. while i saw their practicality (they’re the hybrid of a shirt and jacket and a lighter-weight layering piece perfect for the temperate climate of san diego), they always felt, well, a little too gen Z to me? as an elder millennial, would embracing them give off the vibe i was trying too hard to fit in with the youth? furthermore, most shackets i saw were more masculine in nature and, i mean, have you seen my wardrobe?
but then i landed upon this denim cutie from gap. right away it felt softened, i loved the split-hem and the rounded edges. a shacket with a feminine twist. sign me up!
i had been looking to add a piece of outerwear to my –what i like to call “pre-nap” wardrobe (aka, leggings, workout clothes, simple basics) that would be a utility piece for those days where the agenda may include a park, an amusement park, or other activity where a puff-sleeve or peter pan collar might not be the appropriate attire. this shirt jacket fit the bill and when it arrived (before its estimated backordered date!), it far exceeded my expectations.
the material is substantial without feeling heavy, luxe but with an attainable price tag. though it retails for just under $100, gap runs a promotional on nearly a daily basis, so i was able to purchase the shacket at 60% off. in terms of sizing, i stuck with my true size (a small) since i wanted it to fit a little more oversized (as its intended). i suppose you could size down if you wanted a closer silhouette. at 5’7″ with a long torso, some garments can be more cropped on my frame than as they appear on the website model, but i was pleasantly surprised to find that this style comfortably reaches below my bum, again, where i hoped it would land so as to create the desired “effortless” vibe. here i styled the shacket with some of my most-worn mom basics –a long sleeve white tee, black cropped leggings, and favorite white sneakers. i also plan on layering it over a tank and bike shorts once the weather heats up.