Feeling Chore jackets

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I know this isn’t the most seasonally appropriate post I’ve ever done for those of us trudging through frozen rain at the moment, as we have been here in New York. But I am reminded in the comments not infrequently that I have readers who live in warmer climates. And I think maybe, if I’m being really honest, the reason I so rarely do wintertime posts that may feel relevant to you is because I am just really jealous. I dream of the sun all winter long, and you people are living my dream. But I will also say that there is something to be said for encountering spring after a particularly brutal winter, so I shall look forward to enjoying these little chore jackets—that are maybe a trend, but more likely just a newish classic, like clogs—when the sun returns. This first one is from Everlane (Yes, Everlane again, but it’s good, and super-cheap) and I would wear the hell out of it layered with a cashmere hoodie.

I could almost see this drapey & Other Stories option in an office-y environment, styled as a kind of dressed-down blazer.

Now here is something we might have a fighting chance of wearing around here: a sherpa-lined L.L. Bean specimen. (Here is the not-sherpa-lined version.)

This Madewell option is such a cool and grown-up take on the denim jacket (even though it’s styled pretty young here, it must be said).

And here’s another Madewell number that has a slightly military-ish feel.

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11 Thoughts on Feeling Chore jackets
    Joannawnyc
    13 Feb 2019
    1:05pm

    I kind of want a white one…

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    c.w.
    13 Feb 2019
    1:08pm

    I have four chore jackets all different makes and models and wear them ALL the time. Perfect weight for a day like today (64 degrees and sunny). And I find myself greatly tempted by the Everlane chore jacket because it comes in white and doesn’t everyone need a white chore jacket? Particularly with summer coming up to wear over a slip dress to dinner or a pair of chinos with white sneaks or …

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    Kate
    13 Feb 2019
    1:46pm

    Light to mid weight jackets are my kryptonite. I must look away…after running into LL Bean and trying on a few options.

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    Kathi
    13 Feb 2019
    2:54pm

    Been digging the bone Everlane chore jacket since saw it earlier this week in Everlane email announcing drop of carpenter pants (which I am jonesing for!!!). They have so many great things at a great price. And I agree with Kim that the & Other Stories jacket would work well in an office environment.

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    Gablesgirl
    13 Feb 2019
    4:55pm

    In warm and sunny Miami it is gray and rainy today. And I think a white chore jacket would be terrific over a bathing suit.

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    Karin
    13 Feb 2019
    9:57pm

    So funny, I was just thinking today how *every* “publication” (blog, mag, website, etc.) assumes that all of us are slogging through snow this time of year. Fashion publications are even more provincial (is that the right term?) as they seem to assume we are all literally in New York City lugging our gear on the subway or trudging along sidewalks. It’s not very inclusive…is “coast-ism” the last bastion of uninclusiveness?

    P.S. it’s actually so cold in LA right now that these chore jackets, which would normally be perfect for our winter, wouldn’t even begin to cover it….really cute stuff though! I’m a pushover for a good chore jacket.

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    Linda B Kerr
    16 Feb 2019
    8:47am

    I found a special pattern for one and some awesome teal-colored linen/cotton. It looks like Bill Cunningham’s iconic jacket, and I LOVE it. Of course the way I made it the inside looks as good as the out…finished seams, reinforcing…

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    Tammy Darmagnac
    13 Feb 2019
    11:13am

    Kim you are so right! Chore jackets are a new classic! I found a denim non famous name one at a random thrift store and have worn it a couple years now. It’s one of those things that is always in style. Thanks for recognizing.

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    Susan S Davis
    13 Feb 2019
    10:29am

    I have been looking at this jacket. Check it out: https://www.duluthtrading.com/womens-duluthflex-fire-hose-coolmax-jacket-47712.html?dwvar_47712_color=SUG&cgid=womens-outerwear-jackets-coats#start=5&cgid=womens-outerwear-jackets-coats

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      Mae
      13 Feb 2019
      12:36pm

      Thanks for the tip, Susan — it’s perfect-looking and I just ordered it!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      13 Feb 2019
      11:27pm

      It’s really cute-chic, Susan…especially in the green. With the drawstring waist, I’d consider it more of a cargo jacket, though.

      The chore jacket is more straight cut, and not fitted. It always makes me laugh to think of the farmers I’ve known in my life being stylish in their faintly manure-ish smelling chore jackets! 😉

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