If you’re from the San Francisco Bay Area, you’re very familiar with the concept of layering. The microclimates in this region are so varied that you can go from 90-degree weather in the blazing sun to 60-degree foggy weather within an hour drive. And while there’s nowhere like the Bay Area, it’s not the only place with such varied climate conditions.


Ultimately, the best way to prepare for travel in places like this is to make sure you have comfortable layers that look good in varied occasions. I’ve been testing out the Carve Hudson Stretch Cord Shacket, and it’s exactly the type of clothing that does double- and even triple-duty whether you’re on the road or at home.


If you’re not familiar with the term “shacket,” it’s a combination of shirt and jacket. The Hudson Stretch Cord Shacket is made from 58% organic cotton, 38% recycled polyester, and 4% spandex in a heavier-weight stretchy knit corduroy fabric that has a velour feel to it.


The shacket has a shirttail hem, button-front closure, as well as a button closure at the cuffs. There are two chest pockets and two roomy side-seam pockets. It’s extremely soft, and I was tempted to use mine as a pillow on an airplane flight before I realized that I’d likely wake up with lines on my face. It’s still very tempting, though.


I’ve found the shacket useful as that extra piece to toss over a T-shirt and jeans when the weather cools, or to add a little bit of style to a plain outfit. When it comes to cleaning, machine wash cold with like colors on a delicate cycle and lay flat to dry.


The Hudson Stretch Cord Shacket comes in birch, cilantro, and orchid, and lists for $88 on the Carve site.

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