Style Pick of the Week: Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt – Spring’s Best Men’s Overshirt for Rugged Layering

Best shirt jacket for men.

As I often say here on the blog, building a stylish wardrobe of menswear essentials is a bit like looking into the future: You need to be ready for just about anything, and that’s particularly true during the blustery days of spring. That means, to me, that if you leave the house on a sunny day wearing one of your favorite pocket T-shirts, you very well might need to layer up as the afternoon goes on and the day gets a bit more blustery.

What’s a guy to do? That’s easy, at least in my book. Shop one of the best men’s shirt jackets early and often, and do it from a brand you can trust: A brand like Outerknown, of course.

The company, founded by surfing legend Kelly Slater, has plenty going for it, including eco-friendly production through every step of the process. That goes for sustainable menswear essentials like one of the best crewneck sweatshirts, and it carries onward into today’s featured Style Pick, the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt. It’s notably part of the Outerknown New Arrivals section, which is always worth a look if you want rugged, durable and versatile gear with a sustainable touch.

Most rugged shirt jacket for men.

What makes the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt such a winner in my book? There’s plenty, of course, starting with the fabric itself. It’s made from an organic cotton twill for a soft yet durable feel, the kind that wears easily as a shirt jacket atop a super-soft Outerknown T-shirt. It’s also not too far off from the much-loved Outerknown Blanket Shirt, which is one of my favorite shirts on the market. But of course, the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt has plenty of character all its own, including eye-catching buttons made from nuts, plus a fit that’s easy to layer.

Notably, the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt also comes in nine versatile, dusty colors, each of which have a pleasingly vintage look to them. This is the kind of rugged, durable shirt jacket you can toss on over your favorite henley for a day hike or a casual afternoon at your favorite brewery, and yet the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt is well-suited for everything from camping trips to cool evenings around the bonfire.

The chest pockets also turn the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt into a highly useful workshirt, and with its wrinkle-fighting design, the brand notes that it’s one of the best travel shirts for men, too. When you want eco-friendly design and plenty of durability to go along with it, opt for the essential Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt


The Thursday Buy: This Rugged Faherty Shirt Jacket Is Your Favorite New Spring Layer

Best men's shirt jacket for spring.

Shifting into a new season is all about preparation, curating a wardrobe filled with spring style essentials that you can reach for at a moment’s notice without thinking twice about it. That means shedding the bulky layers of winter in favor of something more light and airy, yet no less rugged and durable. It’s a tricky balance to strike, but that’s what Faherty Brand does so well.

The brand specializes in pieces like the best everyday shirt, made with super-soft fabrics and plenty of stretch. That carries through across the entire Faherty line, particularly when it comes to the Faherty Jersey Shirt Jacket.

When you want to leave behind your winter parka in favor of a grab-and-go classic, look for a piece like the Faherty Jersey Shirt Jacket — the brand says it “blends the best of two worlds,” with soft cotton jersey fabric and yet the hard-wearing design of a traditional military overshirt. The Surplus Olive color is ideal for spring, especially when paired up with your favorite blue jeans, of course.

Oversized matte military buttons give it a true shirt jacket feel, a casually rugged piece you can wear buttoned up over a henley or unbuttoned atop your favorite graphic T-shirt. The flap chest pockets also lend the Faherty Jersey Shirt Jacket a highly useful look and feel, as do the side seam pockets — talk about a perfect amount of storage space for your everyday carry, right?

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Naturally, the Faherty Jersey Shirt Jacket also boasts contrast textured fabric detailing at the collar and cuffs, an extra detail that proves Faherty doesn’t cut corners. When spring rolls into town in earnest, you’ll be nothing short of prepared with the Faherty Jersey Shirt Jacket — that’s one heck of a great way to welcome spring.