Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Chore coats are a favorite style of outerwear in the workwear world, but most of them are constructed from denim, chambray, or some other form of twill. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the best Wool Chore Coats out there. While a casual coat by design, the wool fabric helps elevate these chore coats beyond their workwear roots.
1) Madewell: Boiled Wool Chore Coat
Madewell’s Boiled Wool Chore Coat has a lot going for it. Not only does the boiled wool it’s made from give the fabric added density and warmth, but the overall style is everything you can hope for from a chore coat: two oversized hand pockets, one chest pocket, and great buttons for the front closure. To finish it all off this coat is available in three great colors, making it a standout entry level option for those looking to get their first wool chore coat.
Available for $185 from Madewell.
2) INCOTEX: Melton Virgin Wool-Blend Chore Jacket
INCOTEX makes some beautiful pieces that intersect fantastic design, fabric, and quality, but that all comes at a price. While their Melton Virgin Wool-Blend Chore Jacket is far from cheap, you get clean lines, formal details such as four button cuffs, and top-notch made in Italy quality. The fabric is a 75%/25%/5% wool/polyamide/cashmere blend with 100% wool used for the trim, and the dark navy color is easy to dress up if you want to get more out of this coat than a casual, everyday driver.
Available for $460 from Mr. Porter.
3) Buck Mason: Felted Chore Coat
While it certainly checks all the boxes that make it a chore coat, Buck Mason’s Felted Chore coat feels a lot more formal than many others on the market due to the convertible blazer-style collar. While I can’t see myself wearing this coat with the collar un-popped (a phrase I never though I would be typing), it’s great to some innovation in wool chore coats, and the 100% boiled Merino wool makes this piece even more tempting. Available in six colors, this coat is easy to fit into just about any wardrobe.
Available for $225 from Buck Mason.
4) Patagonia: Woolie Chore Coat
Patagonia is not a brand we write about often around these parts, but their Woolie Chore Coat is honestly a fantastic option. The pattern is exactly what you want from a chore coat, a bit chunky with large pockets, and the recycled wool/polyester/nylon blend fabric looks phenomenal. While certainly not easy to dress up, this coat is perfect for those who find themselves throwing on a jacket and running on the door in the morning.
Available for $199 from Patagonia.
5) Faherty: Melton Chore Choat
Faherty’s Melton Chore Coat is another phenomenal, entry level option in the wool chore coat game. Made from 70%/30% wool/nylon fabric, this coat offers a lot of bang for the bucket: from the classic pattern and horn buttons to the bonus interior pocket and buttoned cuff, you’re getting a lot more than you would from most “cheap” wool chore coats. If the medium gray tweed fabric is what you’re looking for, this coat is a great option.
Available for $139 from Faherty.
Plus One – Dehen 1920 for Division Road: Knit Chore Coat 2.0
The crème de la crème of the wool chore coat game really is Dehen 1920 and their Knit Chore Coat 2.0. This iteration, made specifically for Division Road, features a beautiful, 100% worsted wool fabric, Corozo buttons, tonal elbow patches, and so much more. If you are looking for the best quality wool chore coat you can get and want a ton of great details to appreciate every time you pull it on, then this is one of the most compelling choices out there.
Available for $465 from Division Road.