Friday, December 4, 2020

Over Shirt

Over Shirt 

The overshirt has gone from being a working-class garment worn by French railway workers and engineers to a modern everyday essential. With emphasis on practicality, the overshirts were traditionally produced from hardy cotton drill or moleskin for the purpose of being long lasting and easy to move in during long days of labour. Correspondingly, the large pockets were perfect to stash tools and smaller equipment in for the everyday labourers of the early 20th century.

Today, the overshirt pockets are just as convenient but the shift in era has seen the replacement of tools with more digital and contemporary items such as phones, keys and even cameras. A prime example of the modern overshirt is seen through the prominent New York photographer Bill Cunningham, who made it a defining garment in his signature workwear during his 40 years of capturing street style trends in various fashion-forward cities.

Original Overshirt was introduced in the 2015 fall collection. Since then, we’ve made a number of updates on details and fit to add comfort and to better refine the model. The classic garment is now known as one of our signature products.

The ‘shacket’ as it’s also called due to its clever nature – one-part shirt, one-part lightweight jacket – is a great layering piece, and works as well with a simple white tee in summer or under a coat in winter. You can either button it up or leave it as it is for a more casual appeal. In addition, it can be a segment of workwear attire by replacing the traditional blazer, opting for a less formal look that still works around the office. For a more modern and casual look, it is best worn with denim, classic sweats and fresh sneakers.

If there's one garment that signals the way men dress now it's the overshirt. Before the Great Pause, when hipsters grazed freely on the plains of Fitzroy, and middle-aged Insta-mums paraded their children in chic cafes, the blazer was the garment of choice for men-about-town. But with humanity's retreat indoors, there has been increasingly less reason to wear one.

This doesn't mean the end of sartorial standards. Men, of course, still want to dress well even in solitary confinement. In our age of social distancing, we are ironically more connected than ever. Social media and video technologies have allowed us to peer into the private lives of others. We see how others really live, not how they'd like to live. And when it’s our turn to appear on the other side of the camera, who doesn't want to look like they still have it together?

Indeed, if this global crisis has taught us anything it’s that the most precious feeling in the world right now is just being comfortable - not only physically but aesthetically too. And where the blazer has left a power vacuum, its younger and equally versatile cousin, the overshirt, has been poised to take its place.

Though nearly a century old, it's only in the last year or so that guys have started paying attention to this classic garment.

The overshirt is a peculiar item that combines a shirt and a jacket. Sturdier than your office poplin and lighter than a jacket, the overshirt (or "shacket" as some folks are wont to call it), sits at the intersection between a shirt and outerwear. Its got casual jacket features – like additional pockets, larger buttons, and squared hems – and comes in a broad swathe of heavier fabrics including cotton gabardine, melton wool, and cashmere.

The modern overshirt's nebulous identity owes something to the fact that it shares genetic material with four other garments.

As a garment with workwear  origins, the overshirt looks best when worn as a light jacket. With a polo, merino knit, and cotton chinos, its loose fit lends a casual air without looking too studied and adds a touch of sophistication to t-shirt and jeans.

For a more formal affair, the overshirt can be worn with tailoring and a button-up shirt too. However, a few caveats. Under a coat the overshirt should function a bit like a waistcoat, providing visual interest, just avoid wearing one with a suit. With smart casual chinos or a simple button-up shirt, you can roll up the sleeves up for an elegant off-duty look.




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