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Overshirts – everywhere you look, men are wearing them. But despite their increasing popularity, a lot of confusion surrounds these versatile garments. 

If you’re like a lot of guys, you might not even be quite sure what an overshirt is. No need to worry. We have you covered! 

While the overshirt is inherently a casual, cozy garment, you can wear one with style.

In this article, we’ll show you how to wear men’s overshirts without looking sloppy. 

What Is An Overshirt? 

Almost any casual garment worn on the upper body made from a thicker fabric than a regular shirt and thinner fabric than a jacket could technically be called an overshirt. “Some people even lump denim jackets and quilted jackets underneath the umbrella term “overshirt.”

It’s true that “overshirt” is a general term that can be applied to a wide range of garments. However, for the sake of this article, an overshirt— also sometimes called a shirt-jacket or, more rarely, a “shacket”— is a broad term that refers to a garment that isn’t quite a shirt and not quite a jacket.

This article won’t discuss garments, such as denim jackets and quilted jackets that already fit neatly into existing definitions. Instead, we’ll focus on shirt-jacket hybrids.

An overshirt (left) compared to a regular flannel shirt (right).

Are Overshirts Jackets? 

Despite sometimes being referred to as “shirt jackets,” overshirts aren’t jackets. They occupy a unique position in a man’s wardrobe, not quite a jacket and not a regular shirt.

Why Wear An Overshirt?

While not a jacket, overshirts can provide the same core functions— providing added protection and warmth. Since they blur the line, workshirts are incredibly versatile.

Overshirt’s heavyweight fabric is ideal for layering in colder weather. Especially when worn over a t-shirt or a hoodie, or underneath a coat, an overshirt will add needed warmth when the temperature drops.

man wearing overshirt to protect from cold weather

Shirt jackets are also convenient for working and relaxing outdoors. They often have several deep pockets that you can use for carrying tools or other items. Also, being thick and rugged, overshirts can help protect you against cuts and abrasions.

Not only are overshirts practical, but they also look great. When they fit well, they help to add bulk to your shoulders and upper body, making you look more muscular.

Types Of Overshirts

types of overshirts

Overshirts come in many varieties. Therefore, things like hem length, the number of pockets, fabric type, and thickness aren’t standardized. I like to think of overshirts as existing on a spectrum between shirts and jackets. Some overshirts are more “shirt-like,” and others are more “jacket-like” than others.

Below are just a few of the numerous types of overshirts:

#1 Flannel overshirts

flannel overshirt

When I think of an overshirt, the first thing that comes to mind is a heavy flannel shirt-jacket with a checked or tartan pattern. A flannel overshirt is the best option if you’re looking for a cozy overshirt for fall.

#2 Wool overshirts

wool overshirt

Wool overshirts are ideal for winter. Unlike most fabrics, wool will help retain heat even when it’s wet. It’s also incredibly durable. A good wool overshirt is likely to cost more than other types of overshirts as wool clothing is expensive to produce.

Buy the highest quality wool shirt jacket you can afford to lower your cost per wear and save money in the long run.

#3 Military-inspired overshirts

military style overshirt looking like jacket

Military-inspired overshirts often feature flapped pockets, epaulets, and snaps on the cuffs. You can think of them almost as a pared-down field jacket.

Military-inspired overshirts are most commonly found in cotton or canvas in solid colors such as navy, green, or a shade of brown.

#4 Denim overshirts

denim overshirt

Denim is also twill-woven cotton fabric. Denim overshirts occupy the space between denim shirts and denim jackets. They usually are slightly longer than denim jackets (which should reach just below the belt). Denim overshirts usually have breast pockets.

Dark blue denim overshirts are more formal than light washes.

#5 Corduroy overshirts

corduroy overshirt

Casual and durable, corduroy is a fantastic fabric for overshirts. Corduroy, being a somewhat uncommon fabric, will help you stand out. Go for a brown corduroy shirt-jacket with double breast pockets for a classic option.

#6 Overshirts with zippers

overshirt with zipper

Most overshirts have buttons. Occasionally, you can find an overshirt that has a zipper in the front. These overshirts usually lean more towards the jacket end of the spectrum.

How To Choose The Right Overshirt 

How should an overshirt fit?

how should overshirt fit

Making sure that your overshirt fits properly will make the difference between looking sloppy and looking sharp. 

The ideal overshirt fit depends on how you plan on wearing it. For example, if you plan to wear your overshirt over a thick sweater, you should opt for a looser, slightly longer fit than if you intend to wear it over just a t-shirt. However, if you plan on wearing it over a t-shirt most of the time, you can go for an overshirt that fits closer to the body.

You’ve probably noticed that oversized shirt-jackets are “in.” However, before you jump on this trend, you should know that, in general, anything oversized is not going to be as flattering as a garment that’s the correct size for you. Also, an oversized shacket will likely look dated in a few years once the trend has died out.

If you’re still interested in buying oversized, avoid large, bold patterns as they can make an oversized shacket appear comically large on you. Instead, opt for plain colors or small, muted patterns.

How long should overshirts be? 

overshirt with zipper on a young man

Choosing an overshirt of the proper length is a critical element of fit. An overshirt that is too long or too short will throw off your proportions— people will be able to tell that something looks “off” about your outfit even if they cannot pinpoint the cause. 

Overshirts should be long enough to cover your belt. You should be able to raise your hands above your head without exposing your midriff. 

The hem should extend no further than the bottom of the fly. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a dress. 

You want to be sure that your outermost layer is longer than the layers underneath. For example, you shouldn’t wear an overshirt underneath a bomber jacket that is several inches shorter than the overshirt.

3 Rules For Wearing An Overshirt

Rule 1: Nail the fit

When it comes to dressing well, fit is king. Make sure that the fit of your overshirt is intentional. Make sure it fits the way you’d like before purchasing, or make plans to take it to a tailor.

Don’t wear an oversized shirt-jacket unless you’re intentionally going for an oversized look.

Rule 2: Four Layers Max

several layers of overshirts

One of the best things about cold weather is that you can comfortably wear more layers than in warmer months. That said, you can wear too many layers.

Generally, three layers look better than two layers. Added layers help to give your outfit greater depth. However, when you have four or more layers, you run the risk of looking too bulky.

Rule 3: Never tuck in an overshirt

Overshirts are not made to be tucked in. They should always be worn untucked.

6 Ways To Wear An Overshirt

#1 Wearing an overshirt on its own 

man wearing dark denim buttoned overshirt

Many overshirts can be worn like a regular casual collared shirt. Denim, military-inspired, and flannel overshirts are best for this.

Wear a red flannel overshirt with navy chinos. Throw on a pair of brown leather chukkas and a matching belt.

#2 Wearing an overshirt with a t-shirt 

man wearing flannel overshirt with a t-shirt

An unbuttoned overshirt worn over top of a t-shirt is a great relaxed look for a relaxed evening by the campfire.

Consider wearing a classic white crew neck tee underneath a dark blue wool overshirt. Pair with gray-wash jeans and black leather sneakers. Finish this look by adding a field watch.

#3 Wearing an overshirt over a sweater 

overshirt over a sweater look

Another option is to wear a cable knit sweater underneath a shirt jacket with a zipper.

You might go with a gray sweater underneath a dark green shirt jacket. Dark blue jeans and oxblood brogues will help to elevate this look.

#4 Wearing an overshirt for manual labor

man working in overshirt

Overshirts were originally a garment worn by men that work with their hands.

When choosing an overshirt for manual labor, you’ll want to choose a cut that is somewhat looser than you’d probably wear for casual social situations. Look for a shirt-jacket with large pockets for storing tools and other items. You’ll also want to look for a thick, durable fabric such as flannel or canvas.

Simply wearing an overshirt with what you already wear when working outdoors will help you create a professional image. Check out this video for more working man style tips).

#5 Wearing an overshirt with a coat

It can be challenging to dress well in cold weather. The key is to understand layering.

An overshirt is an excellent middle layer when dressing for winter. For truly frigid conditions, you could pull on a warm synthetic base layer, then a crewneck pullover sweater, followed by an overshirt, and finally, an overcoat.

On the bottom half, wear long johns underneath gray flannel trousers and dress boots. Don’t forget a pair of leather gloves and a warm hat.

Final Thoughts

Once you know how to style overshirts, you can wear them in almost any casual situation.

For more easy ways to upgrade your style, check out this video:

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How to wear your watch correctly

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

stylish watch

Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

man in closet

One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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