Few garments in the wardrobe are as versatile as the overshirt. These boxy-cut button-ups have become a mainstay in the modern man’s closet for their easy layering appeal; able to slip on over lightweight autumn/winter knits and under coats on colder days and just as easily worn as an outer layer come spring.
With origins in utilitarian workwear, it’s no surprise that function is at the heart of this sturdy garment; they were the uniforms of artists, labourers and munitions workers, with plenty of open pockets to store tools and essentials, and were most often crafted from robust cotton twill that could be easily patched and repaired, rather than replaced. Later, they were adopted by soldiers in warm weather climates, crafted from lighter cottons and adopting details like epaulettes and buttoned pockets — this became known as the safari shirt.
Today, the overshirt is an ideal hybrid for trans-seasonal dressing. Whether lightweight brushed cotton or a warmer cashmere style, our AW20 collection has a button-up for every eventuality. Shop a selection of our highlights below.
Camoshita Cotton Alpaca Checked Overshirt
Cut from a cosy alpaca and cotton-blend cloth, this Camoshita overshirt in an oversized gingham is an ideal off-duty staple. Lumberjack in mood but elegant in silhouette, this loose-cut shirt features two front flap pockets and works just as well worn open over a slimline roll neck sweater with chinos as buttoned-up with a casual T-shirt and jeans.
Barena Cedrone Napa Chunky Cord Overshirt
Corduroy has become a staple textile in recent seasons for its broad smart-casual appeal. Italian label Barena updates the classic utilitarian work shirt in a chunky chocolate and navy needlecord this season, which is a smart alternative to a casual corduroy blazer. Pair with chinos and a crisp white T-shirt for an easy, weekend look.
Gitman Vintage Heavy Cotton Flannel Check Overshirt
A casual wardrobe essential, this earthy-hued checked overshirt by Gitman Vintage is exclusive to Trunk. Cut from a supple twice-brushed cotton with a wool-like handle, this double-pocket shirt has a loose-cut silhouette and a rounded hemline, making it ideal layered over winter knitwear. Style with both sneakers and sturdy winter boots.
A Kind of Guise Fitzgerald Wool Cashmere Jacket
A sharp alternative to a thick winter knit, this military-inspired overshirt by A Kind of Guise is crafted from a warming cashmere that will keep you comfortably cosy on colder days. Featuring oversized front flap pockets and a straight-cut hem, this boxy-cut jacket in an elegant inky navy is ideal worn over turtleneck sweaters and with corduroys as the temperatures continue to cool.