Ten outstanding chore jackets

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I just threw one of these on to walk the dog this morning, and I have to say they’re ideal for the weather we’re starting to have here in New York—just a touch chilly in the mornings and then again in the evening. This one is from Sezane, and is pretty damn chic.

Here’s one from L.L. Bean that I predict will break in beautifully.

How fun is this color block option? Do not delay if you’re interested, as it’s currently marked down.

I just love the marigold hue of this $35 one from Target (it comes in several other good colors too).

I really like wearing crisp white in the fall, and this Madewell jacket would be perfect for that.

J. Crew’s barn jacket has so very many handy pockets.

This is both water-resistant and fleece-lined, making it a strong choice for bad weather.

A cropped moleskin jacket that would be great with a flowy dress.

This one is a little on the trendy side, but I like the retroish collar so I’ll allow it.

And finally, I found Nili Lotan’s Cambre jacket marked down at the Outnet—it’s only available in a couple of sizes, but like I always say, maybe you’ll get lucky.

 

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    Claire
    10 Sep 2022
    8:52am

    Boden has velvet chore jackets.

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    Viajera
    8 Sep 2022
    1:42pm

    Although I remain at odds with the name, it turns out I may already have one, a quite old one I got in the aughties, I think, at the Gap. Stretch cotton and mid-weight. It is too long for me though, so I may crop it – or donate, I guess. But, I can see why people like these. I wish I had the weather that goes with them!! Soon, I hope.

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    Mary Alice McLoughlin
    8 Sep 2022
    12:25pm

    If I ever do wear a jacket again (I’m in Southern California and it’s hard to imagine anything like needing a jacket) I’d totally go for the Nili Lotan jacket…but here’s a question: Seems to me that (mostly)whenever I see an item marked down, the only sizes left are XXS and S. So that tells me the larger sizes sell first…so why don’t they make more larger sizes?

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      Betsy P
      9 Sep 2022
      10:10am

      Exactly

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      Elisabeth
      8 Sep 2022
      2:27pm

      I’ve never understood this, either. I wear a big shoe size, and it’s the same issue. Are brands so devoted to size discrimination that they willingly give up, you know, making more money??

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    cw
    8 Sep 2022
    12:06pm

    I have a bit of an addiction to chore jackets. So practical! And I always feel so “finished” when I wear one, yet utterly casual at the same time. When I flew out to the East Coast there was a woman on my flight wearing black slacks, loafers (without socks), a tee and either the Nili Lotan you show or a very similar dupe. I made note of her because she looked so airplane comfortable, yet so––as Jenn would say via EIF podcast––classic. (great podcast this week and something about exercise: I read an article recently––The Guardian maybe?––that was about how you might find you need to change the kind of exercise you do as you age––riding a mountain bike straight downhill may not be as good for your body at fifty as it was harmless to your twenty year old body––I thought of this when you were talking about yoga, Kim. According to this article there are usually two forms of exercise that one can most always do and will always benefit your body as you age––swimming and walking––dog walking doesn’t count because it starts and stops––for walking you have to engage in full on walking at a pace that makes your heart rate go up a bit. I’m only reporting what I read so I don’t know if any of that is true, but I can tell you from my own experience that if I got lazy and didn’t work out for a while when I was in my twenties it took about a week or two to get back in shape, my thirties it was more like a month and so on so that now in my seventies I simply can’t stop exercising because I don’t think I could ever gain back the muscle or bone mass. What’s that saying…aging is not for sissies? So, so true.

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    Elisabeth
    8 Sep 2022
    11:09am

    Great post, Kim—dangerous! So tempted by the LL Bean, just trying to decide on a color, as all three are good. I like the trendy denim COS, but, to Laura’s point about Sézane, the full body picture of it isn’t great. Lastly, the Outdoor Research jacket at Nordstrom is practically a dupe for a jacket my grandmother wore every day! She lived in the SF Bay Area, where every GOACA has a jacket just like that: warm but not heavy, and definitely water resistant, for the fog and mizzle. (She would have much preferred snap buttons, though.) I don’t need such in Florida, but might have to get it for sentimental reasons…

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    maryse
    8 Sep 2022
    10:54am

    I need a dog just so i have a reason to get one of these jackets. i live in the suburbs and work from home so if i got one of these jackets, it would just hang in the closet. but it would look good there!

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    Laura
    8 Sep 2022
    10:27am

    I frequently see cute things at Sezane, but the way they photograph the clothes often drives me crazy. It’s hard to get a good look at the items – I wish they would at least include a plain product shot! At any rate, that black chore coat is awfully tempting.

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    Clatie
    8 Sep 2022
    10:06am

    We in Southern California are sweltering and envious of anyone who could put on a chore jacket without fainting in heatstroke.

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      Monique Johnson
      8 Sep 2022
      8:57pm

      I have so many gorgeous jackets (and sweaters) that I can only wear when I travel. We Angelenos my never wear jackets in our town again! In the vein of this post – I have a lot of movie crew jackets, and my favorite is a classic Carhartt Fairmount coat from a Meryl Streep movie called “Before and After”. I got it 30 years ago…. and it still fits…. but I can’t wear it because it’s never cold enough!

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    Betsy P
    8 Sep 2022
    9:49am

    The Sezanne comes in a camel suede. Already in the cart! Thanks Kim!

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    Sarah
    8 Sep 2022
    3:51pm

    We just spent a week in Provence and at long last, I found the perfect vintage blue French chore jacket at a great shop called Golden Age. Great selection and they also have an LA outpost: https://www.instagram.com/goldenage_workwear/

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      cw
      8 Sep 2022
      7:23pm

      Nice find! Looks like a fun place to shop. (and being in Provence wouldn’t hurt!!)

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      Heather
      8 Sep 2022
      3:55pm

      It’s the perfect Bill Cunningham (RIP) jacket!

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    Joannawnyc
    8 Sep 2022
    2:39pm

    I really need to sort out my “light shoulder-season jacket” situation so I have a clear idea if I need more or not. Because I always think I do and then it turns out I have SEVERAL which are not being worn.

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      JJ
      9 Sep 2022
      6:29am

      Haha! I feel this. I have a jacket weakness. I have more than I can wear in a season, and our summers are long, hot and humid, so jackets are patiently waiting for a couple more weeks. But they are so much more fun to shop for than other things! And I justify it by layering them in winter. 😀

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