You want to do your chores in your beater coat, but sometimes you want a nice coat in the style of chores.
That's where the barn coat comes in. With this traditional work coat, you're ready to look good doing anything. Sure your "thing" might be tossing the ball to your dog at the park, going for an evening stroll, or even posting up and looking good at the coffee shop. But who said you have to do work to look worky?
So consider a nice barn coat (also called the "chore coat"). They are designed to be versatile and protective— you can wear them inside and out.
But with so many barn coats on the market, how do you know which one to snag? We'll help you out today with 10 of our favorites.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a barn coat:
First, think about the climate you live in. If you live in a colder climate and you want to wear it outside, opt for something warmer. On the other hand, if you live in a warm climate like SoCal, you'll want a lighter coat that won't make you sweat.
Consider the type of activity you'll be doing in your barn coat. If you're going to be doing actual work, you'll want a coat that is durable and easy to move in. Denim or canvas is a good option here. However, if you're just going to be wearing your barn coat for casual occasions, you can choose a more straight-up stylish option. But the nice thing about the chore coat is that you can work or play in it.
As for cost, well, you know. Barn coats can range from relatively inexpensive to quite expensive. In most cases, remember you'll get what you pay for in terms of quality, though many cheaper barn coats from brands like Carhart and L.L. Bean will last you forever.
This really is a classic workwear style that anybody can enjoy. And you know what, robots are gonna do all the good old traditional manly man jobs soon enough. And robots need no barn coats. So you might as well start wearing them now.
Here are some of the illest barn coats aka chore coats we can find, along with some work quotes we found on the interwebs.
RRL Chore Jacket
RRL Brown Chore Jacket
Linen and cotton-blend broken twill jacket.
· Spread collar
· Button closure
· Patch pockets
· Adjustable button closure cuffs
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
A.P.C CHORE JACKET
A.P.C NATHANAEL DENIM CHORE JACKET
All about well-crafted, no-fuss wardrobe staples, A.P.C offers this smart denim chore jacket that ticks all the boxes. Made from vintage recycled denim, it arrives in black and features classic workwear details like the large patch pockets and a stiff spread collar – all of which gets finished with tonal topstitching for a luxury touch.
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
JUNYA WATANABE MAN Barn Coat
Junya Watanabe - Chore Coat in Khaki/Brown
Junya Watanabe men's standard fit "Khaki" olive green and brown canvas and leather jacket. Features a leather camp collar, pockets throughout, and a patterned polyester back panel.
“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”
YMC - Labour Faux Fur Chore Jacket
YMC Chore Jacket
London-based YMC present the Labour Faux Fur Chore Jacket which is a cozy outerwear piece for this season crafted from a soft-touch poly blend faux fur fabric which chore jacket style pockets to front.
Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you're a janitor or taking your first summer job because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.”
Kapital Denim Coverall Jacket
8OZ DENIM LINED CACTUS COVERALL (PRO)
An oversized denim jacket inspired with vintage style details. Two zippered inner pockets and four outside pockets, this jacket has a corduroy collar and is acetate lined. Tailored with 8oz denim, it is pre-processed to appear aged, tear or damage due to processing is the intention of the design, not a product defect. Oversized fit.
“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”
Orslow 50's Barn Coat
1950S DENIM COVERALL - USED WASH
Made from beautiful slubby japanese denim with classic details, yet cut for a more modern wearer. The coverall is notable for its raglan sleeve offering more mobility that will layer well and keep all the utility it provides year round. This seasonal iteration has been worked to feel soft and well-loved from day one.
“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”
Stephen R. Covey
J Press x Todd Snyder Barn Coat
J. Press x Todd Snyder Barn Coat
The silhouette, which is based on vintage French workwear, features two hand pockets and one chest pocket with a flap. Thisgents-y take on workwear is a great cold weather layering piece and a smart sub for a sportcoat, particularly when worn over a cashmere turtleneck or cashmere tee.
“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
Cottle Barn Coat 🤤
C.T.L TRAVELING JACKET - MIDDLE INDIGO
The fabric is woven with cotton nep material (90% cotton) and thick hemp thread (10% hemp). By weaving with a rapier loom, weft threads can be threaded alternately. As a result, fluffy Nep and hemp knot Produces a warm look and a sense of miscellaneous taste that is close to hand-woven.
“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Alex Mill Barn Jacket
Garment Dyed Work Jacket Recycled Denim French Navy
Made from sturdy recycled denim with flecks of natural cotton throughout that give it a one of a kind feel. Wear casually with a tee or lend some workwear ruggedness to a dress shirt and tie.
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
Tender Barn Coat
TYPE 900 JACKET
The first Tender jacket, cut with yokes grown onto the back panel, so that the shoulder is seamless and cut on the bias, for a particularly comfortable fit over time.