These days, it can be difficult to find a workwear jacket that can be put through its paces. While many of the genre’s more stylish variants adopt the look and persona of their ruggedized counterparts, it’s rare that they can stand up to the trials and tribulations of everyday use, especially when they’re placed under the harsh realities of work areas where hands-on work is more common. That being said, the workwear world is also a large, diverse place. Depending on your profession, your choice of clothing could follow suit. For individuals who work in a more relaxed area, a common chore coat could strike the perfect middle ground between fashionable and functional. For welders, craftsman, or those who need more protection while they go about their daily tasks, the common chore coat might not stand up to the task. Shed some weight and get comfortable — we’re about to dive headfirst into our guide on the best work jackets that you can buy right now.
Levi’s Sherpa Type III Jacket
Levi’s Denim Trucker Jackets are as iconic as it gets. They’ve been featured in many a lifestyle photoshoot, donned, and styled alongside today’s most prominent clothing releases, and they’ve found an interesting niche that allows them to transcend the generations. Curious, considering they’ve rarely (if ever) taken on a different look, silhouette, or structure. There’s just something about them that exudes timelessness, and that’s no different for the brand’s comfier Sherpa variant. This cozy jacket takes the tried and true formula that has made Levi’s original Trucker so prominent within the workwear world and elaborates upon it with a fancy sherpa lining, branded metal buttons, and a tapered V stitch that gives the model a personality all its own. The best part? Denim fades and wears down over time, meaning that it’ll garner a look that’s characteristic of its wearer.
L.L.Bean Upland Hunter Field Coat
L.L. Bean’s Men’s Upland Hunter Field Coat was built to take on the outdoors, and thanks to its ruggedized exterior, it works equally as well within the workplace. Drawing upon the timeless field coat aesthetic, this handsome offering boasts a 100% nylon shell, a stain-deterring, water-resistant laminate, and articulated sleeves for an expanded range of motion. Since it was designed to be used in the brush, it’s also highly abrasion, drizzle, and puncture-resistant, meaning that you’ll be able to utilize its hidden venting, dual-zippered pockets, internal security pocket, and adjustable button cuffs to their utmost extent, without having to worry about the destruction of one of your favorite outerwear pieces.
Orvis Classic Barn Coat
With a name like the Classic Barn Coat, you can guarantee that Orvis’ workwear offering is a step in the right direction. Not only does this ultra-comfortable garment bring a rugged, 6.6-ounce cotton construction to the forefront for serious wearers, but it’s also privy to a traditional corduroy collar and cuff lining, producing extra warmth when you need it most. That being said, it’s clear that this coat is a must-have outerwear piece for any heritage connoisseur. It keeps things simple with a single front-facing chest pocket, two lower patch pockets, and an internal flannel body liner that’s understated, yet notable. If you’re looking for an example that holds true to its workwear roots, this is it.
Carhartt Duck Chore Coat
Carhartt’s Duck Chore Coat takes one of history’s most timeless workwear staples and amplifies it for the contemporary wearer. Unlike many of the chore-inspired variants that inundate the market today, this durable garment was devised and designed to take on any in-your-face environment, thanks to its 100% cotton construction, adjustable cuffs, and longer sleeves, providing protection from scrapes, scratches, cuts, and abrasions. To give the coat a vintage appeal, the brand has also included a stylish corduroy collar, as well as an optional hood inset that provides out-of-the-way buttons for easy attachment. At its front, three large patch pockets, and a single flap variant ensure that storage is never an issue.
Alex Mill Sherpa Work Jacket
This sherpa-crafted option from Alex Mill is arguably the softest option spotlighted throughout our guide, not to mention one of the more interesting. At the end of the day, the typical work jacket is crafted from sturdy materials like waxed canvas or heavy-duty wool. Still, this more casual offering’s subdued shell is made of nothing but recycled polyester fleece, deeming it a refined, winter-ready spin on what’s typically a more rugged piece of outerwear.
Buck Mason Felted Chore Coat
If there’s one thing we’ve grown to appreciate about Buck Mason more than anything else, it’s the brand’s adherence to making keeping the basics basic — exactly how they should be. The Los Angeles clothier’s textured piece is as functional as it is stylish and might be as soft as both, boasting a 340 GSM felted merino wool composition that’s been double-boiled, paving the way for optimized insulation. It’s rounded out with a trio of pockets, genuine horn buttons, and a sophisticated notch collar.
Patagonia Maple Grove Deck Jacket
Patagonia’s sherpa-lined Maple Grove Deck Jacket is a heavier staple built for rough and rugged environments. It boasts an organic cotton/stretch polyester construction, durable water-repellent treatment, and recycled Thermogreen polyester insulation to keep you warm on those colder days in the shop. Since it’s water-resistant, you’ll be able to shed light rain and snow as you take on your daily tasks — an advantage that’s made all the sweeter by a bellow pleat, an increased range of motion, and a stowaway hood that’s easily accessible when a sunny winter afternoon takes a turn for the worst. To round things out, a pair of large, front-facing pockets provide ample space for smart devices, tools, and knick-knacks that make your life a bit easier at the workplace.
Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined wAXED tRUCKER jACKET
Flint and Tinder’s flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket strikes the perfect balance between style and utility. It’s sleek, durable, and aesthetically-astute, offering wearers one of the most timeless silhouettes in the genre. To ensure that it doesn’t let you down in a work environment, it’s been built with weather-resistant Martexin sailcloth, providing ample abrasion resistance, protection from the elements, and a rigid look that only gets better as it ages. The real draw of Flint and Tinder’s unique outerwear garment, however, is its break-in period. While most waxed models take ages to get to that “comfortable” stage, this contemporary garment arrives soft, dismantling the objective shortcomings that plague many of today’s finest waxed jacket variants.
Filson tIN clOTH wORK jaCKET
Paying for a Filson piece is practically a long-term investment, as anything from the Washington-based heritage brand is bound to withstand the test of time. The newly-constructed Tin Cloth Work Jacket takes after a classic garment from Filson’s archives, now boasting a canvas-lined torso for maximum warmth and an oil-finished Tin Cloth shell. Moreover, the latter is a tightly woven, highly-saturated canvas duck that’s undergone high pressure and heat for maximum longevity.
Todd Snyder ITALIAN cORDUROY chORE cOAT
Have you ever seen a chore coat come in such a vibrant shade of blue? It’s not very likely, as most workwear brands tend to stick to their traditional hues. Luckily for workwear enthusiasts who can’t help but appreciate the blue-collar look, Todd Snyder’s Italian Corduroy Chore Coat douses the conventional silhouette in a deep shade of blue that’s hard to ignore. The functional piece is equipped with a trio of patch pockets and one on the interior for good measure, serving as an upscale take on the utilitarian essential.
Barbour Ashby waX jaCKET
Barbour is no stranger to the top spot on any jacket guide, and the brand’s Ashby Wax Jacket stands at the forefront of its catalog. Not only does this timeless outerwear piece boast one of the best-looking designs in the workwear genre, but it’s also inherently dependable, thanks to its abrasion-resistant waxed cotton shell, cotton corduroy collar, and full-zip closure. To round things out, the British staple adopts a weatherproof matte finish, complementing its sleek, slanted handwarmer pockets, Stormflap, and water-repellent exterior.
Oliver spENCER Brixham fLAP-POCKET cOTTON jACKET
This loose-fitting pick from British clothier Oliver Spencer is finished with a unique button-up closure, automatically deeming it one of the more unusual pieces you’ll come across. What’s more is the utilitarian piece’s functionality, as the garment boasts a pair of spacious flap pockets that allow easy access to all your gear. Whether you dress it up or down is your call, but the versatile jacket is bound to bode well either way.
aCNE studios Okey Organic Cotton-Twill Chore Jacket
On the surface, most pieces from Acne Studios are pretty traditional, but the meticulousness that goes into each garment makes them stand out. This sturdy pick from the Nordic brand is the perfect blend of fashionable and tactical, serving as a testament to how versatile its catalog is. Wear it with the label’s workwear-inspired trousers for a high-end take on the rugged look.
A.P.C. Emile Padde Chore Jacket
Compositionally, A.P.C.’s use of premium Italian wool deems this is a warmer alternative compared to many of the options we’ve spotlighted here. Above all else, it looks fantastic. By fully showcasing the fashion house’s minimalist design language to a tee, the Emile Padded Chore Jacket serves as a stylish way to keep warm all winter long.
Taylor Stitch x B.SHOP Ojai Jacket
Taylor Stitch has always enamored us with its heritage-inspired menswear, and its collaborative Ojai Jacket is one of our favorites from the company’s lengthy catalog. Aside from its old-school appeal, it introduces a handful of contemporary qualities, making it a solid choice for men who are looking for a multipurpose garment that they can wear for a day at the workplace, or a night on the town. Its construction exudes confidence, thanks to its classy cognac-colored suede makeup and natural ring-back button detailing. Each example includes additional bar-tacking at key stress points throughout its silhouette, helping it to weather the years at your side.
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