When the heat of summer fades and the weather turns crisp, hopefully, it doesn’t come as too much of a shock. If it catches you off-guard, there are style moves you can make to fight the chill and look great, quickly. One such move is reaching for the ever-reliable, tough, rugged chore coat. With its roots as a classic working man’s jacket, it’s an enduring style that’s lasted through fast fashion cycles and emerged as one of the more reliable outerwear options for the discerning, style-minded guy.
The best men’s chore coats on the market today work seamlessly with other style essentials, from rough-and-tumble dark denim to sturdy wingtip boots to a durable and long-lasting chambray shirt. Available in an array of neutral colors and fabrications — from selvedge denim to ridiculously tough waxed canvas — it should be a jacket style you put on, break in and never want to take off. In short, it should be able to serve as the only casual outerwear piece you need for fall — and into winter, for that matter. Take a look at our picks for the best men’s chore coats, buy one and wear it proudly and often.
Filson Workshop Chore Jacket
When the going gets tough, the tough get going — as is often said — and the tough and style-minded among us grab a rugged Filson chore coat like the Filson Workshop Chore Jacket. Made for the workshop and the great outdoors in equal measure, this is one heck of a functionally minded jacket for when the weather takes a turn for the nasty. Made from weather-ready dry finish Tin Cloth (a lauded fabric from the brand) and finished with flat-felled seams for durability, it’s as remarkable a chore coat as you’re apt to find these days.
Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket
You surely know you can count on Taylor Stitch to deliver the goods when it comes to stylish shirting, slim trousers, tough denim, and of course, the best outerwear in the game. And in the months since it’s been released (and restocked), we’ve taken quite the liking to the Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket, the modern man’s chore coat for the guy who’s always on the go (yet doesn’t want to sacrifice style). Made with all-day functionality in mind, the Ojai Jacket’s patch pockets and easy-to-layer washed cotton fabric mean this is the perfect jacket for fall and winter travel — not to mention the perfect jacket for when you need to get some work done in the shop (seriously).
Bonobos Wool Chore Jacket
If you think of sleek tailored suiting or slim chinos when you first think of Bonobos, versus more rugged gear like one of the best chore coats, well, think again. We’ve been continually impressed over the years with how Bonobos extends its product offerings repeatedly, delivering style staples that toe the line between rugged and refined. The Bonobos Wool Chore Jacket is one such offering, made to be worn atop everything from a thermal henley and tan chore pants to slim chinos and your favorite chambray shirt.
Wallace & Barnes Quilted Wool Chore Jacket
Over the years, we’ve also loved a brand like Wallace & Barnes (or rather, a brand-within-a-brand at J. Crew). Pieces from Wallaces & Barnes strike the perfect balance between being field-ready and city-friendly, and this handsome quilted wool chore jacket could feasibly be worn from the city on a trip to the country, at the. PrimaLoft adds insulation for extra warmth, while the versatile grey color goes with anything in your wardrobe.
Filson C.C.F. Chore Coat
Filson did all of us gear lovers quite the favor with the introduction of the Filson C.C.F. line, a remarkable and tough line of functional workwear that’s priced affordably and yet, made to last. That sort of approach has been true to form for Filson over the years, and the Filson C.C.F. Chore Coat is no different — it’s the perfect layer atop one of the brand’s legendary flannel shirts when the weather gets chilly (and when you need to get the job done, at that).
Patagonia Men’s Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Chore Coat
We talk often about Patagonia and the brand’s blend of sustainability and durable, rugged style — that’s also true of the Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Chore Coat, the latest entry in a long line of outdoor-ready staples. Made from a ridiculously durable 19.2oz. Hemp canvas — an innovative fabric developed exclusively for Patagonia — this jacket is sewn using Fair Trade Certified methods for extreme attention to detail. As the brand points out, it’s 25 percent more abrasion-resistant than regular cotton canvas, which makes it worthy for wearing every single day that the weather calls for it this fall and winter.
Carhartt Full Swing Chore Coat
Looking for a brand that makes seriously tough, incredibly rugged, real-world gear? Carhartt is the way to go — it’s convenient that the brand is experiencing a newfound fashion resurgence as much as they’re continuing to produce the same gear they always have. That’s good news for you when it comes to the Full Swing Chore Coat, blending abrasion-resistant cotton duck fabric and a soft fleece lining. The lining adds warmth and the exterior is all durability — how’s that for exceptional, yet dependable, style?
Filson Cover Cloth Mile Marker Coat
If you were going to put together a list of the best men’s chore coats, well, number one … we’ve gone ahead and done the hard work for you. Number two: Start with the Filson Cover Cloth Mile Marker Chore Coat, featuring a tailored fit and a tough, Paraffin-based wax treatment. It’s a beautiful coat that’s every bit as functionally minded as the brand’s built-to-last bags and outstanding leather goods, so we’d recommend adding it to your collection of Filson gear — or using the Cover Cloth Mile Marker Coat to start your own Filson wardrobe.
Everlane Chore Jacket
Much like Bonobos, Everlane continues to outdo itself season after season with new staples that are sure to become modern essentials in your wardrobe. That’s just the way the brand wants it, and it’s an admirable approach that results in dependable, rugged and stylish pieces like the Everlane Chore Jacket. Made with durable 100 percent cotton and available in colors like a rich shade of Pine (our personal favorite), we’d recommend wearing this chore jacket with a slub henley and faded denim for a weekend coffee date.
Filson Tin Cloth Field Jacket
Leave it to Filson to make rugged essentials worthy of the investment, year after year … after year. That’s absolutely the case with its Tin Cloth Field Coat, made with water-repellent, tightly woven, industrial strength cotton for a look — not to mention functionality — that’s sturdy and reliable as heck. It features chest hand-warmer pockets, bellows pockets and snap adjustable cuffs for mobility, and it’s tailor-made to work through any and all outdoor activities — particularly hunting. However, that toughness means it can stand up to city rains or country exploration; you name it, Filson’s made this jacket to do it.
Belstaff Fieldmaster Waxed Jacket
The iconic British heritage outfitter Belstaff has a long, storied history of making work and road-ready outerwear for the gentlemen excplorers out there, and the Fieldmaster Waxed Jacket might just be there best, chore-ready coat yet. We love the richly faded olive color and the go-anywhere durability — you’ll have this jacket for years.
Barbour Bedale Waxed Jacket
If ever there was a jacket with a silhouette that precedes its name, it’s this one. It’s a classic, iconic offering from a brand that gets plenty right about outerwear, and this piece shows why — year after year. It’s made from a medium-weight waxed cotton (the brand’s 6oz. Sylkoil), with moleskin-lined handwarmer pockets and that instantly recognizable corduroy collar. The relaxed fit is certainly built for ease of movement and functionality — it’s a jacket that can stand up to just about anything. And with the brand’s classic cotton tartan pattern lining, it’s a piece that’s going to turn heads anywhere and everywhere this season.