If you’re a city slicker—the kind of guy who works in an office and lives in an apartment where the superintendent does all of your maintenance work—you might not understand the draw of having a tough-as-nails work jacket in your wardrobe arsenal. Sure, you might have a denim jacket or an M-65 jacket if you’re trying to ape military style, but you don’t have an honest-to-God work jacket.
But, look—even if your metropolitan lifestyle means that your biggest weekend chore is deciding where to get brunch, consider this: there’s something to having an indestructible jacket that you won’t worry about getting a little dirty, whether you’re carrying firewood into your weekend AirBNB rental in Vermont or just helping your mom carry an endless amount of packages from the car and into your Aunt’s house around the holidays. Check out 15 of our favorite work jackets that will stand up to whatever you throw at it, for years to come.
Levi’s Sherpa Trucker Jacket
Levi’s was the first brand to craft indestructible products out of denim, so it’s no wonder that they’d be able to craft a jacket that’s rough-and-tumble, like this Sherpa Trucker Jacket. It takes the classic denim jacket silhouette and lines with it ultra-soft, extra-warm Sherpa fleece that goes all the way up to the collar, which is especially helpful on really cold Fall days. Available in a variety of different washes, the jacket is also available in different materials like corduroy or plaid wool (message: buy two).
Orvis Classic Barn Coat
Vermont-based Orvis has been creating outdoor gear since the mid-1800s, so you can’t go wrong with anything they have on offer, especially this Classic Barn Coat. Garment-washed to ensure a broken-in feeling even on day one, the coat is made from rugged cotton canvas, has multiple interior and exterior pockets, and a brown corduroy collar and cuffs.
Carhartt Full Swing Rugged Flex Jacket
Michigan-based Carhartt has been making indestructible clothes for workers since the late 1800s—you’ve seen your grandfather, father, and uncles all wear them—so buying a jacket from them is always a good bet. The Full Swing Rugged Flex Jacket has a slimmer fit than other jackets they have on offer, and is crafted out of a rugged material that will stand up to wear and tear but is also made to be flexible, allowing for full range of motion without being too clingy or to bulky.
Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket
California-based Taylor Stitch specializes in making high-quality apparel, by hand, for limited runs, and that’s why you should snatch one of these Long Haul Jackets up while you still can. Crafted out of black Japanese selvedge denim, the jacket has streamlined features to ensure a clean look that will look great wherever you go.
United by Blue Foraker Jacket
United by Blue is an eco-conscious company dedicated to making quality apparel while helping to preserve the ocean, which means you can both look good and feel good when you purchase the Foraker Jacket. Harkening back to the traditional work coat donned by your grandfather’s generation, the coat is made out of sturdy duck canvas with brass buttons and multiple pockets. Bonus: by purchasing this jacket, you help United by Blue remove 1 pound of trash from waterways around the world.
Filson Short Cruiser
Filson has been creating quality outdoor gear since the 1800s, so you can rest assured that anything they have on offer is going to be rugged as hell. That’s especially true for the brand’s Short Cruise jacket, which is made with cotton canvas coated with a stain- and water-repellent finish. Available in navy, tan, and black, the jacket is tough but sports a silhouette that will look just as good on city streets as it will out in the woods.
Taylor Stitch Rover Jacket
Another offering from Taylor Stitch, the Rover Jacket (which is currently available for pre-order and will start shipping in early February) is made from heavy-duty waxed cotton, making it wind and water repellant. It’s lined with 100% British Cotton Moleskin and has multiple button-fasten pockets with antique brass hardware.
Woolrich Classic Wool Hunt Coat
Since Woolrich’s Wool Hunt Coat is still on offer after its original release in the 1800s, you know it’s a piece of clothing that will stand the test of time. Crafted out of a rugged blend of wool and nylon, the coat is lined with cotton twill, has an under-collar tab to help keep the collar upright (which, in turn, keeps your neck warm during freezing breezes), and has a plaid pattern to make you feel extra outdoorsy.
Iron & Resin Rambler Jacket
California-based Iron & Resin has a ton of hard-charging products on offer, and one of their best is the Rambler Jacket. Crafted out of rugged waxed canvas, the jacket has multiple pockets (some button-flap, some open), and a corduroy collar for extra flair.
Scotch & Soda Padded Field Jacket
Amsterdam-based Scotch & Soda creates an array of high-quality, slim-fit apparel (you know how those Europeans do tailoring), and the Padded Field Jacket is one of their best offerings. Quilted and padded to keep you warm on crisp Fall days, it will look just as good when you’re doing chores in the back yard as it will over a flannel shirt on a date with your Pumpkin Spice Latte-loving girlfriend.
Scotch & Soda Heritage Jacket
Another offering from Scotch & Soda, the Heritage Jacket is a play on classic angler vests that offered a huge number of pockets for storage while, you know, angling. Available in army green or blue plaid, this cotton jacket has a ton of button-snap pockets and a sturdy corduroy collar.
Apolis Wool Chore Jacket
Apolis is a brand that brings goods from global small batch artisans to the masses, and this American-made Wool Chore Jacket is one of their best offerings. Crafted out of high-quality Italian wool and sturdy cotton, it sports a classic work wear silhouette and multiple deep pockets for ample storage.
Best Made Co. Light Waxed Cruiser
Best Made Co. specializes in creating outdoor work gear that actually looks nice, and this Light Waxed Cruiser fits the bill perfectly. Crafted out of waxed canvas (available in black or tan), the jacket is suitable to don from Fall to Spring and boasts six pockets (including a back game pocket) for ample storage.
Ralph Lauren Cobbs Cotton Mechanic Jacket
You might think of Ralph Lauren as more of a preppy brand than one that would specialize in hard-charging work apparel, but remember this: Ralph Lauren is all about Americana, and there are few things (apparel-wise) that are more American than a rough-and-tumble work jacket. Sporting a classic mechanic jacket silhouette, this jacket is made from cotton herringbone and features triple-needle chain-stitching (which is a fancy way of saying it’s durable as hell). Multiple pockets are fastened with snap buttons etched with an Art Deco-design.
Freenote Cloth Riders Jacket
Based in San Juan Capistrano—an old mission town in the heart of California’s ranching country—Freenote knows a thing or two about creating work jackets for real-life cowboys. Crafted out of high-quality Cone Mill Denim, the jacket is lined with Japanese Jacquard Flannel and burnished metal snap buttons.