The Ongoing Argument: Flacket vs. Shacket


These flannel jackets have have become a huge upcoming trend that many teens are wearing. Yet, no one can decide on what is the most appropriate name to call it.

Kayce Glenn, Staff Writer

An upcoming trend has caused an outbreak of arguments amongst teens everywhere. The popular clothing item came into trend in 2021 and has made many people question what it actually is. The flannel jacket with fuzz on the inside and buttons on the outside has made everyone wonder whether it should be called a “shacket” (shirt/jacket) or a “flacket” (flannel/jacket).

This debate needs to come to an end now. The only reasonable name for this item is a “shacket.” Personally, I own three, and I prefer to wear them buttoned for maximum comfort and warmth. With it buttoned, the jacket is easily transformed into a shirt. Perfectly fitting for the proper title of “shacket.”

Yet, a recent Instagram survey of students at CHS says otherwise. Out of 79 total votes, 41 agreed that “flacket” is a more suitable name. Olivia Godwin (11) says, “I don’t understand how it’s part shirt? It’s clearly part flannel. And shacket sounds weird.” While this is true, flacket does seem odd coming off the tongue. However, Danielle Scott (10)  thinks flacket sounds better because “It’s a funnier word to say.”

Others even said that it should be called a flacket for its comfort of it. “It looks like a flannel but feels like a jacket,” said Regan Eigenrauch (10). And along with this, both Jaycie Johnson (10) and Bella Mavigliano (12) agree on flacket because “Mrs. Emrick said so, so it’s right.” 

Now, the other 48% are of logical thinking. Myra Anderson (9) says that she disagrees with flacket because “there are other types of shackets that do not have flannel print.” This is true since there is a variety that has either solid prints or zigzag designs. Along with that, Corene Sizemore (11) said, “It’s definitely a shacket. I’ve never heard anyone ever say ‘flacket.’” Sizemore makes a valid point since many boutiques have them titled as “shacket.”

While others, such as Sam Rausenberger (11), object to both of these names. Rausenberger said, “No one should ever say [flacket or shacket]. Those are the worst two names I’ve ever heard. Shame.” And maybe that is a reasonable answer to this argument. Do either of the name options really make that much sense? At this point, the “shacket” has a well-rounded variety of names. And maybe no answer is the correct answer to this argument. But with this being an uprising trend, the question will forever be up for debate.