How to Wear a Chore Coat: A Guy’s Guide

How to Wear a Chore Coat: A Guy’s Guide

Inspired by classic workwear
chore coat outfits

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Sep 23 2022 | 5 min read

It’s light jacket season, y’all! And you know what that means.

Time for a zillion (approximately) odes to my favorite outerwear for you to…y’know, wear.

Up next? The chore coat.

how to wear chore coat

Below, you’ll learn:

levi's chore jacket
image via Levi’s (though the jacket’s unfortunately not available any longer!)

What is a chore coat?

A blue collar staple of the 1950’s, the chore coat, or chore jacket, offers French-inspired utilitarian elegance (say that three times fast) that you can easily incorporate into your wardrobe, no matter what your style. Yes, really.

It’s essentially a stiff structured shirt with some big ol’ pockets for putting all your tools or paint brushes or whatever.

It’s perfect for fall, and heavy enough to throw over any summertime-fun looks you’re not ready to let go of quite yet. Whether you’re looking for a coat to wear with jeans or an over piece to transform your average chinos and button down look, a chore jacket is the piece for you.

What colors does a chore jacket come in?

corduroy chore jacket

In the last few years, you’d typically find chore coats in blue or navy, and a variety of shades of tan. But with the explosion in popularity in this style of coat, there’s way more colors available than there used to be.

When you get down to the #SGapproved shopping recommendations at the bottom of the post, you’ll see exactly what I mean.

What material is a chore coat made of?

Typically you’ll find chore coats in sturdy cotton or a cotton blend (cotton linen! cotton seersucker!).

However, now that they’re so popular, designers have started getting more creative, with less expected fabrics like corduroy and more being used.

chore coat, engineer's coat, levi's, layers
The chore coat is the perfect mid-weight layer to throw on for chilly fall days.

What to wear with a chore coat?

You can wear a chore coat pretty much the same way you’d wear a field jacket, Harrington jacket, or denim jacket.

That is to say, casually.

Wear a chore jacket with jeans. Wear it with chinos. With a sneaker, or a boot. This workwear essential isn’t meant to be treated preciously.

Below, how to wear a chore coat five ways:

chore coat, levi's, grenson, falcon enamelwear, carhartt wip, coffee date, united by blue, penhaligon's, officine generale

chinos: Carhartt WIP, $80 | brogues: Trickers, $600

Wear it well: Stave off the early morning work commute chill with your chore coat.

chore coat, levi's, layer, gitman brothers, gitman vintage, hand eye supply, clarks, rahua, nudie jeans

jeans: Nudie, $125 | boots: Clark’s, $170

Wear it well: A chore coat over a camp shirt in a fun pattern and jeans takes your casual work look straight to happy hour.

chore coat, levi's, breton shirt, pair of thieves, herschel, back to school, todd snyder, new balance, study style, study date

Breton shirt: Saint James, $99 | chinos: Todd Snyder, $148

socks: Pair of Thieves, $10 | sneakers: New Balance, $220

Wear it well: Layer your chore coat for your next study break – those libraries are always freezing!

chore coat, sid mashburn, bass, weejuns, warby parker, paul smith, levi's, beer opener,

loafers: Bass, $110 | glasses: Warby Parker

Wear it well: Take your chore coat to full 1950’s dad style with penny loafers and throwback eyeglasses.

chore coat, levi's, timex, vans, sun bum, eidos, ray-ban, merz b schwanen, summer bbq, summer layer

slides: Vans, $50| sunglasses: Ray-ban, $185 | Watch: Timex

Wear it well: Bring your chore coat with to your next backyard BBQ.

Shop #SGapproved chore coats


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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Gabi Meyers went from Team SG's first-ever intern to a trusted fashion editor and stylist. She currently lives in Chicago with a very cute dog.