Live Action Getup: Neutral Territory

Live Action Getup: Neutral Territory

As temperatures become less extreme, we turn to one of our favorite (and commonly underutilized) layering options: The CPO-style shirt jacket.

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Why a Shirt Jacket

A shirt jacket may seem like one of those unnecessary, one-job kitchen gadgets that are a waste, but they're actually quite useful. Shirt jackets have the shape of a shirt – the collar, the full button placket, the curved hem, chest pockets – but the weight of a sweater. Perfect for those times when wearing a pullover sweater would be too cumbersome to take on and off, and a cardigan isn't what you're going for, or, like with this Getup, over a sweater where sweater-on-sweater would be a bit…too sweater-y? Not only that, they can often be found in all-day-lazy comfortable materials like fleece, giving you that hoodie snug without the chore-day vibe.

More rugged than a sweater, and you can keep it on all day unlike a light jacket.

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Why a Shirt Jacket

A shirt jacket may seem like one of those unnecessary, one-job kitchen gadgets that are a waste, but they're actually quite useful. Shirt jackets have the shape of a shirt – the collar, the full button placket, the curved hem, chest pockets – but the weight of a sweater. Perfect for those times when wearing a pullover sweater would be too cumbersome to take on and off, and a cardigan isn't what you're going for, or, like with this Getup, over a sweater where sweater-on-sweater would be a bit…too sweater-y? Not only that, they can often be found in all-day-lazy comfortable materials like fleece, giving you that hoodie snug without the chore-day vibe.

More rugged than a sweater, and you can keep it on all day unlike a light jacket.

The CPO Shirt

Shirt jackets like this can often be found under the moniker “CPO shirt”. An acronym for Chief Petty Officer, this style of heavy shirt was originally produced as  a deck shirt for those serving in the US Navy and Coast Guard. It was created as outerwear for moderate conditions, but also to be thin enough to use as a warm layer under N1-Deck jackets.

Find out the other fascinating examples of how the military has influenced everyday fashion without visual timeline.

See another way to wear this CPO shirt jacket from Fall Getup Week.

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  • Ethan Berry

    I don’t know if they still sell it, but I got a shirt jacket from Abercrombie a year or so ago and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever bought. I love how flexible it is and it downright looks cool. I know it’s an iffy brand sometimes, but it has 100% sold me on shirt jackets

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