Why Stylish Guys Are Wearing Insulated Shirt-Jackets This Winter

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Why Stylish Guys Are Wearing Insulated Shirt-Jackets This Winter

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THINK THIN From top: Shirt Jacket, $298, Polo Ralph Lauren, 212-606-2100; Insulated Shirt, $265, isaora.com; Insulated Shirt, $240, snowpeak.com

THINK THIN From top: Shirt Jacket, $298, Polo Ralph Lauren, 212-606-2100; Insulated Shirt, $265, isaora.com; Insulated Shirt, $240, snowpeak.com


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F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Andrew Madrid

Here in the Northeast, the sting of winter doesn’t seem to last as long as it once did, leaving fewer days that call for an immobilizing parka or a 20-pound tank of a wool overcoat. We’ve found we need more-versatile outerwear, warm but not overbearing. And that’s where the quilted, insulated shirt jacket comes in. Unlike its canvas or denim cousins—handsome, but about as tough as a wobbly toddler at an ice rink—this innovation seals in heat, thanks to its layer of polyester or down filling. “The beauty of this shirt jacket is it can be worn deep into winter as it gets colder, yet also will serve you well as you transition into warmer weather,” said Ben O’Meara, the head of brand partnerships for the online store Huckberry.

On the day we spoke over the phone, Mr. O’Meara said he was wearing a T-shirt under a recycled-poly-filled shirt jacket from California label Outerknown, and felt “plenty warm” in San Francisco’s 55-degree weather. Like other shirt jackets from brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren and Isaora, Outerknown’s version is strategically unbulky, upping its layering potential, whatever the weather. Lisa Yamai, the apparel director of Snow Peak, a Japanese label that has made an insulated shirt since 2014, said many men prefer to wear one underneath a leather coat or a down vest for extra insulation. When the coat comes off, the medium-weight shirt jacket lets you toil away—comfy, not sweaty—in your drafty open-plan office.

Write to Jacob Gallagher at Jacob.Gallagher@wsj.com

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