The Wool Shirt Jacket
I remember when I was growing up, my grandfather would come out of the house and always grab his golf jacket or one of these wool pieces. I HATED it. Could he look any older? Could he be any more of a grandpa? BTW, I’d show up in an oversize sweatshirt and velour track pants. Who looked worse?
I’ve realized growing up that my grandfather was vintage Americana through and through. He used to work as a gardener, so his clothes had to be functional. He always managed to look put together though. His shirts were always tucked in and he must have had more plaid and khaki than a Uniqlo sample sale. His shoes were always ready for work. He’s now my style icon.
Thinking about him lately has shaped what I buy and how I wear it.
The weather outside is getting colder and I need something that isn’t a full on pea coat, but a little more put together than my Colombia fleece jacket. Enter the wool shirt jacket. These things are popping up everywhere. This particular one is from Filson and can be bought here for $210. That’s a little steep for me, but there is something to be said about a company that has been around since 1897 (before my grandfather was born). Luckily, the Americana workwear trend continues and as mentioned before, shirt jackets (not all wool) are popping up all over the place. I think that this kind of piece is an excellent staple in anyone’s wardrobe. It’s perfect for someone who doesn’t want to feel restricted, but still wants to stay warm. I’d be happy to wear one of these from my winter hike to my cozy dinners. If I manage to pick one up, I’ll give it an in-person review.