What Is a Chore Coat and Why Should You Be Wearing One?

Ready for fall? Not without a chore coat, you’re not. For readers not familiar with the chore coat, allow us to explain.

What Is a Chore Coat?

A chore coat was one of the first coats expressly designed for work. Usually made from tough twill or canvas fabric, the chore coat’s primary duty was to keep workers warm, while also being incredibly durable, hard-wearing, and long-lasting.

Modern iterations of the chore coat, however, are being designed and built for the brewpub or the bar as well as the great outdoors with slimmer (but still roomy) cuts, a variety of colors outside the tan spectrum, and occasionally lighter fabrics (like waxed cotton) that reduce bulk without sacrificing warmth. Chore coats are the perfect marriage between function and style — they offer warmth and protection from the weather while also standing out against the crowd of puffy jackets and pea coats.

Chore coats also work well with your other fall fashion favorites like moc-toe boots and a hefty winter sweater. Try one on and see for yourself.

The Best Chore Coats

Carhartt Duck Chore Coat – $80+
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Your search for the best men’s chore coats should start with a brand that knows a thing or two about rugged workwear. You can wear this Carhartt chore coat to chop wood, bail hay, or hit a bar in equal measure.

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L.L. Bean Original Field Coat – $139
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Known the world over for ridiculously tough and outdoor-minded gear, it would appear to us that the handsome Original Field Coat, with a bevy of pockets and a warm cotton lining, lives up to that lineage nicely.

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United By Blue Bison Utility Jacket – $188
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What’s even better than the fact that purchasing United By Blue gear? Like this essential Bison Utility Jacket? The fact that the brand removes trash from our oceans and waterways with a portion of proceeds from that very purchase.

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Vetra Chore Coat – $198
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A heavy canvas chore coat is the durable, rugged layer you didn’t know you needed. It channels style that’s more commonly seen across the pond (see French chore coats for inspiration), and we think that’s a very good thing indeed.

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3sixteen Shop Jacket – $265
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Finding a brand that can do several things very well is a refreshing change of pace. The 3sixteen Shop Jacket is worthwhile outerwear piece, every bit as good as the brand’s basics.

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Rogue Territory Ridgeline Supply Jacket – $295
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Exclusive to STAG Austin, one of the best menswear shops out there, this waxed jacket should be a handsome complement to Rogue Territory’s durable denim. Wear it accordingly.

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Filson Tin Cloth Packer Coat – $450
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Perhaps your dad or grandfather had a Filson coat in his pole barn; maybe he still does and won’t let you have it. In that case, here’s your new iteration of the classic chore coat.

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If you’re really digging the workwear look and want to add to that portion of your wardrobe, figure out which brand is right for you, whether that be Carhartt, Patagonia, or Filson.

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