FYI

A chore jacket made of a thinner fabric makes a great layering alternative to a trucker-style denim jacket. Throw it on under a field jacket or down vest.

The Chore Coat Spectrum

For years, companies like Carhartt and Pointer Brand have been churning out chore coats. Similar to deck jackets and sack jackets, the garment mimics the length and general shape of a blazer and combines it with rugged fabrics like canvas or denim and the metal hardware that usually accompanies them. Perfect for transitional weather, a chore coat was also an integral wardrobe piece for the prison gang in Cool Hand Luke. We're not saying you should join a chain gang, but a nice coat in a durable denim or railroad-inspired hickory stripe is the perfect way to channel unflinching American style. We rounded up a few in a range of prices:

Pointer Brand, from $55

Tried and true made-in-America classics in a variety of colors and fabrics.

Apolis, $298

Crafted from indigo-dyed Italian wool with buffalo horn buttons, it's a serious step-up from the traditional denim version.

Levi's, $498

Made from selvedge canvas with a wool blanket lining constructed with hardy triple-needle stitching, this investment piece will please diehard workwear fans.

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Three Over One, $147

Asymmetrical chest pockets and a cotton twill fabric give this jacket a modern yet comfortable feel.

Stronghold, $354

Crafted from hardy denim in a rugged hickory stripe, this jacket is the real deal.

J.Crew, $750

A collaboration between Japanese denim brand Warehouse and the vintage aficionado behind Heller's Cafe, this collector's item has a premium price point to match its rarity.