Fashion Police Glossary

Fashion Police Glossary: the Shacket(t)

debenhams navy dual shackett jacket

Rocha John Rocha Navy dual shackett jacket, £65 at Debenhams

Nope, not a “sheer jacket”, as per the usual pattern of Fashion Police terminology, but a jacket that shares elements in common with a shirt. A shirt-jacket. A shacket, see?

Shacket: A cross between a shirt and a jacket, similar to the apparel of a builder’s.

With us so far? Because this is where things began to get confusing over at Fashion Police HQ…

River Island’s brown (really?) chiffon (perhaps…) flower (so that’s what they are!) shackett (hmmph): £39.99, available here, and also in white.

Ignoring everything that’s wrong with the description of this piece (not to mention the spelling of “shackett”) can anyone inform us which parts of it resemble a shirt? It all looks suspiciously jacket-shaped to us…

The shacket got its first foothold in 2009, championed by Topman as the must-buy season update from their AW09 menswear collection. Its crossover into womenswear doesn’t yet seem to have taken a firm grip, with many designers and stores prefering to stick to the far less confusing “lightweight jacket” and “heavyweight shirt” rather than throw yet another dubious fash-pack term into the already heady mix.

The Fashion Police insist that the term “shacket” be allowed to fade back into the ether, and that all sh— affix compound words be run past them in the future.

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