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Spring Trend: The Chore Jacket

chore jacket

A cool spring look that we’ve been spying all over is the “chore coat,” an unstructured denim jacket that looks great with any outfit. It’s different from a typical jean jacket because of its long and oversized shape, which feels fresh. The design is based on rugged workmen’s coats that have been made for 200 years. (For decades, street-style photographer Bill Cunningham bought his indigo version in French hardware stores.) I’d love to wear one over a black turtleneck and black jeans, or a floral dress.

Here are six great styles: classic, short, painter, camo, pockets and cream.

Would you wear one?

P.S. 6 pretty trends and the best black dress.

(Top photo of Kendra Smoot by Mikkel Vang.)

  1. Kate says...

    Who knew that the chore coats I wore while mucking out horse stalls growing up on a ranch would be considered chic one day! Next up: manure and hay perfume to pair with it? LOL

  2. Maywyn says...

    Yes! Love these jackets.
    Old ones can be spruced up by sewing a favorite sweater or shirt bottom to the bottom hem.

  3. Joanna says...

    Not a trend in Southern Europe!

  4. Lara says...

    I can never wear trends like this because I grew up on a dairy farm and actually did chores every day. Anything that resembles rustic workwear makes me look like I’m about to go muck out some stalls even though I don’t even live in the country anymore!

  5. Laura says...

    There needs to be a knee-length one that you can pop over work clothes while dealing with the kids before heading out for work. Yes!

  6. Traci says...

    Ha! Very funny and a bit surreal to see the outerwear staple of most small-town grandmas I know included as a big city trend. I suppose this is one time KS will beat NY in trend incorporation speed. :)

  7. shannon says...

    Coming from a Midwestern farming community, these trends borrowing from workwear crack me up. Everyone (my mom and grandma included) wore these for actual outdoor chores…they’re made to be covered in manure, dirt, mulch, and grass stains then thrown in the wash over and over. So funny to see urbanites buying them from upscale brands and wearing them in pristine condition around Brooklyn!

  8. Blythe says...

    There was a Chore Jacket that Old Navy did last year that I didn’t buy because I didn’t know if it was too different. REGRET REGRET REGRET! I’ve seen them everywhere this Spring. Life lesson: always trust your gut!

  9. Ohh this is, as Seraphim (cool name) said, like a barn jacket of days gone by! I really like the idea of the cream colored one.

  10. I have a very similar jacket that is grey & I wear it with everything! It’s the jacket I get the most compliments on ; )

  11. s says...

    as u swap them out, perhaps you could add a plus size one. i’d buy your recomendation in a heart beat, if it would fit me.
    thank u for being soinclusive

  12. Seraphim says...

    This silhouette reminds me of the classic J Crew ‘Barn Jacket’ I lived in 25-years ago… not sure I’m feeling it this time around, but I’m enjoying the nostalgia.

  13. Heather says...

    For Strollers, consider one that can convert into a double if you plan to have another child within 3 years. Also, make sure you can use the stroller from day one, either with a carseat or bassinet attachment or a seat that reclines fully.

    There are so many options and it just depends on your lifestyle. If you plan to run or take it off road, get a jogging stroller. If you don’t plan to do those things, get something more compact and intended for city sidewalks. Do you need to carry it upstairs to get to your apartment or fit it in a compact car trunk? If so, then it might be worth paying more for a super lightweight and compact stroller. If you have plenty of trunk space or a garage for storage, then you could choose to save some money and not worry about buying the lightest, most compact stroller. Either way, I don’t think your stroller decision is going to make or break your experience of having a new baby. So don’t stress too much over it.

    We have a britax carseat and stroller travel system and we loved it with our first. Stored it in the trunk of the car and it folded and unfolded easily. The newest models have the option to add an additional child seat to convert them into a double stroller. They are nice but there are plenty of other nice options.

    For milk storage, I only discovered milk storage bags that connect directly to the pump (Medela brand attachment and bags, but work with most other models) after almost a year of pumping! Cutting out that one step of transferring milk from a pump bottle to a bag saves so much time and cleaning! Get whatever pump your insurance will fully cover.

    • Heather says...

      whoops this was supposed to be a reply to another comment.

  14. Kate says...

    I’m tempted….I love denim and canvas for working outside because leaves and burrs are way easier to brush off of those materials than anything knit, and I don’t have to worry about getting holes in my puffy vests and jackets!

  15. jesse says...

    i second Katherine about loving the Tradlands chore jacket.
    Although i am a little biased as that is my daughter’s company~

  16. It’s true. These denim jackets literally go with everything and seem to add a certain flair of swag. Love it!

  17. Caron Callahan makes great versions of these every season!

  18. Katie K says...

    Love these. Especially the JCrew one! Gap also has a couple jackets like these this season. I’ve personally tried on this one…

    http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=528155002

    And while it’s alright with the belt I actually think it looks especially good without.

    • Erin says...

      Ooooo I like this!

    • Erin says...

      And it comes in TALL!

  19. Caro says...

    Sorry, very unflattering and frump. Especially on my pearshaped body I expect it would make me look like a shapeless, blue block…
    Actually, probably just as unflattering on an apple-shaped body, or rather more or less anyone…

  20. Too funny! I wore one of these when I was in art school in the mid 90s. Not trendy then, but certainly utilitarian. I got mine from an army-navy store and it was army green. I LOVED it. I never would have thought this would become a trendy item, but I’m so excited that it is! My fav of your recommendations is the J.Crew one. So good! Thank you for helping me relive my college days!

  21. Anna says...

    Anyone else do a double take and think this was Kathy Ireland?? Love the jacket!!

  22. Lauren says...

    I’ve been wearing a waxed cotton work jacket that my girlfriend’s brother got me for Christmas. Usually clothing gifts are a miss for me but I was really surprised that he nailed my style!

  23. I love the image you featured.

  24. Love this so much – it’s perfect because it goes with anything. Great find!

  25. Love, love, love! xx

  26. love the collarless one! xo

  27. i am so in on this trend- i’m into anything and everything denim though. canadian tuxedos are my favorite.

    xo, brittany
    http://www.notablob.com

  28. Mel says...

    Crap. You just made me buy the J Crew one! I live in Miami and pretty much never need a jacket outside, but my office is freezing! Since I’m dressed for 80 degrees, I have to wear a sweater or jacket at work and have been wearing my denim one pretty much every day for 3 weeks. This seems like a good alternative. Thanks :)

  29. Traci Barr Segal says...

    I just bought a cute one from Levi.com. It’s true to size, and very fun with a Jcrew bandana scarf ( lbought the one in Liberty print).
    Cheers,
    Traci

  30. Rebecca says...

    I’m on board with this!

  31. I love my denim jackets but also very into this! I have something similar I wear that’s probably more of a denim shirt, but it’s oversize and a bit thicker, so I’ll pretend it’s a chore jacket. :)
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  32. I love the idea of it (comfort- I’m all about that!) however I don’t see myself buying this… maybe I would wear it if I borrowed it from a friend or had it gifted. If you styled it with the right pieces it could look really nice!!

    http://thedianaedition.com

  33. Kellie says...

    I have to be the only voice of reason here….that jacket is such a frumpy look, I can’t understand why anyone would want to look like they’ve been working in a potting shed circa 1962?

    • Celeste says...

      See, and I’d be totally down with looking like I’d just stepped out of a potting shed circa 1962. :)

    • Audrey says...

      Lol. Couldn’t agree with you more!

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      Me too, Celeste!

    • Sandra says...

      I’m with you Kellie. :-) It reminds me of my J Crew barn jacket circa 1989, which was a pretty bad look in hindsight.

      Plus it’s a no to the denim tuxedo look for me!

    • Jenn says...

      Sandra, I still wear my 1989 J Crew barn jacket as a work coat and I often laugh at frumpy and mis-shapen it is. I loved it more than anything back in my high school days.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, what a flashback!

    • Sarah says...

      I’m not crazy about this either…this will be a trend I’ll skip. Totally forgot about the J. Crew Barn jackets!

    • Sandra says...

      I have since donated my jacket, but it’s totally a testament to when J. Crew stuff used to last decades! I have some sweaters from 2000 that still look great. The more recent stuff not so much. :-(

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Me too! I ordered it over the weekend and can’t wait to try.

  34. Lori H says...

    The chore jacket reminds me of the barn jackets that we used to wear so much. Love the look!

    • I got the one from Sezane and that’s exactly what I thought when I put it on! And I couldn’t be happier with it!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Awesome!

  35. Jill Palumbo says...

    Love these! Maybe you can find a plus size one? (hint hint)

    • Lauren says...

      Yes please!

  36. Estelle says...

    Love this idea… now I want one!!

  37. diana says...

    My mom, a classic dresser, got a denim one from JCrew and I love it on her. She wears it a lot when she travels- it looks so much more put-together than a basic denim jacket but way more laid back than a blazer.

  38. Corinne says...

    It looks so casual pretty on the model, but I fear it would just end up making most of us look unkempt. At 5’3″, I need all the lengthening I can get from my clothing and this just wouldn’t cut it for me.

    Plus: double denim! Nooooo!

    • Exactly my thoughts, Corinne!!

  39. Angela says...

    The cream one from UO is great, but I don’t love the denim colored ones.

  40. Nicole says...

    Apparently many people would wear one – every one you’ve listed is sold out!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      shoot! they are selling out like hotcakes, we even switched a few out! we’ll keep updating.

  41. Stephanie says...

    I’m a fan of utility/army jackets, which are similar, and wear mine everywhere. But I gotta say, I find these really unattractive. Maybe they’re posing funny, or in some cases it’s the denim on denim thing. Looks like what the people in Divergent might wear if they were in the Abnegation faction.

    • Christy says...

      Bahaahahaaa! It’s better than the cropped jeans in my opinion.

  42. Sierra says...

    I love these. Normal denim jackets look really boxy and unflattering on me. I’ve wanted something like this to come out for ages! Especially for wearing over a dress.

  43. jen says...

    I would so wear one! I looked for one in Paris and online and couldnt find any.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      sezanne makes a beautiful one, too, but their site is down right now.

  44. Sarah King says...

    very pretty!

  45. txilibrin says...

    I’m all into jeans but that one is a big NO for me…
    BTW, I’m pregnant and lost in the maternity stuff… I’ve seen so many different products to store milk. So MANY different strollers. I think I’ll end up buying first thing shows on Amazon!
    I need help here!!!
    I’d love to hear “I wish I knew this existed before giving birth”
    Have a good end of the day!

    • Abby says...

      I registered for much of what Joanna lists in the blog post she put here, and I am so glad I did! My girl is 8 mos, and I use everything she suggests all the time. Congrats!

    • Heather says...

      For Strollers, consider one that can convert into a double if you plan to have another child within 3 years. Also, make sure you can use the stroller from day one, either with a carseat or bassinet attachment or a seat that reclines fully.

      There are so many options and it just depends on your lifestyle. If you plan to run or take it off road, get a jogging stroller. If you don’t plan to do those things, get something more compact and intended for city sidewalks. Do you need to carry it upstairs to get to your apartment or fit it in a compact car trunk? If so, then it might be worth paying more for a super lightweight and compact stroller. If you have plenty of trunk space or a garage for storage, then you could choose to save some money and not worry about buying the lightest, most compact stroller. Either way, I don’t think your stroller decision is going to make or break your experience of having a new baby. So don’t stress too much over it.

      We have a britax carseat and stroller travel system and we loved it with our first. Stored it in the trunk of the car and it folded and unfolded easily. The newest models have the option to add an additional child seat to convert them into a double stroller. They are nice but there are plenty of other nice options.

      For milk storage, I only discovered milk storage bags that connect directly to the pump (Medela brand attachment and bags, but work with most other models) after almost a year of pumping! Cutting out that one step of transferring milk from a pump bottle to a bag saves so much time and cleaning! Get whatever pump your insurance will fully cover.

    • txilibrin says...

      Thanks a lottt, still lotsssssss of questions hahaha. I read that article but still have tons of questions :) BTW, I started feeling the baby today, so exciteddd