A Kickass Chore Coat Is Your Ticket to a Very Stylish Fall

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Few jackets are as tough, handsome, and downright useful as a good ol’ fashioned chore coat. GQ‘s Best Stuff found 33 of the burliest and best-looking, ready to take on whatever autumn throws your way.

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Here’s the bottom line: you need a chore coat. Why? Because whatever you’ve got on your plate—a low-key park hang, a nice dinner date, a greasy day in the garage, a coffee meeting with a client—the right chore coat will help you get through it all looking as sharp and put together as possible. For generations, all manner of dudes looking to get stuff done, from construction workers to photographers to mechanics to outdoorsmen, have turned to these storage-space-happy jackets for their durability and versatility. There’s virtually no jacket better suited to everyday wear. 

Chore coats will shield you from harsh weather, save you from carrying a bag around, and are perfect for layering over everything from chinos and a T-shirt to a button-down and tailored trousers. And right now, thanks to fashion’s ongoing workwear fixation, there’s never been a wider range of worthwhile versions available to you. To save you a vital bit of time, we went ahead and rounded up the 33 worthiest men’s chore coats on the market right now.


The Chore Coat That Started It All

Le Mont St Michel stone-washed French worker jacket

If the appeal of workwear to you is all that baked-in “authenticity,” well, it doesn’t get much more authentic than this. Chore jackets as we know them were first donned by laborers in France in the late 1800s, originally dubbed bleu de travail—“worker’s blues”—for that attractive, irrefutably French shade of indigo. Not long after, in 1913, Le Mont St Michel began crafting their iconic version of the coat. More than a century later, its appeal has only deepened: the roomy patch pockets and hardy construction are as practical as ever, and something in the cut and drape and color lends the OG jacket all the ease and elegance of an impeccably tailored unlined blazer.

The (Sorta) True American Classic Chore Coat

Carhartt WIP “Michigan” chore coat

$188

Carhartt WIP

You’re probably looking at this jacket and thinking, “No need for the write-up, GQ. I’m well acquainted. Every dad/uncle/general male authority figure in every hometown in America wore one of these growing up.” And while we appreciate you trying to save us some work, you aren’t totally correct. Thing is, this bad boy actually comes courtesy of Carhartt WIP—“Work In Progress”—the Detroit stalwart’s European-designed, streetwear-inflected offshoot. They kept all the best parts of those Carhartts you remember—the impenetrable cotton canvas, the corduroy collar, the rivets, the decades-long lifespan—while also ripping out the heavy blanket lining for spring and trimming the whole thing down just a smidge. The result is the rare remake better than its source material: a jacket that can still stand up to an honest day’s labor, but no longer fits like a stiff cardboard box.

The Best Affordable Chore Coat

Red Kap lapel counter coat

Red Kap has been doling out hardwearing, affordable workwear for decades. Case in point: their lapel counter coat. The French blue is just the right shade, and it’s made using a lightweight but hardy blend of polyester and cotton. At just $25 a pop, you can even get one in every non-bleu color and still pay less than some of the cheaper options on this list. Pair it with your favorite graphic tee and sneakers for a casual off-day look, or go full on fall vibes with a hoodie, cords, and boots.

The Environmentally-Minded Chore Coat

Alex Mill garment dyed work jacket in upcycled denim

Alex Mill’s signature work jacket boasts all the hallmarks of a classic chore coat but swaps the typical moleskin fabric for an eco-friendly denim. The fabric is composed entirely of post-consumer cotton made in a family-run, zero-waste mill in Guatemala. That upcycled process imbues the denim with a ton of character and a lived-in feel that won’t cost you months and months in break-in time. The fit is also immaculate. A lot of modern versions are cut too slim, and old-school originals are often too frumpy, but Alex Mill hits an ideal relaxed silhouette that’ll look great layered over everything from a light tee to chunky knit hoodie.

The Denimhead-Approved Chore Coat

Orslow ’40s coverall jacket

$385

Standard & Strange

If you’re looking for considered details and expert craftsmanship—without any of the extraneous capital “F” fashion stuff—this is the chore coat for you. Orslow is known for its hardcore workwear reproductions, and it doesn’t get much better than this 1940s-inspired coverall jacket. It’s made using Japanese selvedge denim with a subtle slubby texture, contrast stitching, patinated brass buttons, and an impeccably relaxed fit. With top-notch materials and vintage construction techniques, this piece is built to last well past the 2040s.

28 More Chore Coats We Love

Wallace & Barnes corduroy chore jacket

Sumptuous corduroy in sweet chocolatey brown tones.

Gap camo chore jacket

The coolest chore coat is one you can’t even see.

Taylor Stitch Ojai jacket

A literal blank canvas for you to wear in and wear hard.
$188

Taylor Stitch

Todd Snyder brushed camel hair chore coat

What every teddy bear aspires to be when they grow up.
$598

Todd Snyder

Lee denim chore jacket

Looks like it was pulled out of an old barn—in the best way possible.

Folk Assembly garment-dyed cotton-blend jacket

This guy comes pre-crinkled, so you don’t have to worry about tossing it on your “clothes chair.”
$384

Matchesfashion

Oak and Fort mercerized cotton chore jacket

What if a chore coat was more like a sweater? The answer is “yes.”

Mackintosh Trinity chore water repellent wool jacket

An over-the-top wearable umbrella.

Whim Golf waxed caddie jacket

When that cool plaid lining from your dad’s old coat goes off and has a wildly successful solo career.

Vans drill chore thermoball coat

The world can be a cold place. Bring some heat.

Uniqlo U flannel work jacket

Leave it to legendary designer [Christophe Lemaire] to have us salivating over this rakishly relaxed chore coat.

SMR Days wittering tie-dyed cotton chore jacket

Who said chores weren’t fun?

Buck Mason waxed canvas Highland jacket

Rugged waxed canvas and a buttery Japanese blanket lining? We’ve never hit the buy button so hard.
$295

Buck Mason

Toogood Photographer patch-pocket wool-blend jacket

Playful oversized proportions done well.
$992

Matchesfashion

Marni spray-paint cordury shirt jacket

Tired: paint-splattered chore coats. Wired: spray-painted chore coats.
$990

Neiman Marcus

De Bonne Facture camp-collar washed linen-canvas chore jacket

It takes deft skill to ride the line between camp shirt and chore coat as beautifully as De Bonne Facture does here.

Red Kap blended duck chore coat

Beefier, warmer, and with even more pockets than Red Kap’s basic option.

Carhartt duck chore jacket

Made with Carhartt’s famed duck canvas fabric, this chore coat is as tough as they come. Think of it as a future family heirloom your great-grandkids will fight over.

Drake’s Japanese selvedge corduroy five-pocket chore jacket

Crafted from an absolutely luscious Japanese corduroy that’s as cozy as it is durable.

Madewell canvas chore jacket

Madewell gave this chore coat a Goldilocks wash that’s juuuuust right.

Hiroshi Kato “The Vice” Panama stretch chore jacket

This summer-ready outerwear has all the vintage workwear details you can stuff into one jacket.

Danton poplin shirt jacket

Gingham’s not just for picnic blankets and button-down shirts.
$199

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Universal Works patched mill baker jacket

Universal Works is well known for its chore coat-style jackets, and this camo patchwork version (using tough Japanese sateen, no less) might be the best the label has ever produced.
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Tellason Stock 14 oz Cone Mills White Oak raw denim chore coat

Gap chore jacket

Practically begging for a few artful paint splatters.

L.C. King chore coat

Caramelly goodness from one of the oldest names in American workwear.

Portuguese Flannel “Labura” chore coat

Pair with crisp white trousers, chocolate suede ankle boots, and polished gold sunglasses to complete the rakish-Milanese-guy-on-vacation look.
$159

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The Stronghold 12.5 oz herringbone selvedge denim chore coat

If you’re after the most historically accurate chore coat possible, this one—from 125-year-old L.A. workwear brand The Stronghold—is the way to go.
$475

The Stronghold

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