A timeless, reliable style stretching back well over a century, rooted in the tough workwear worn by laborers, miners, and industrial workers. Usually made from denim or heavy canvas, the chore coat is not only for the working man, but also a great look for after-hours or weekends when we want both functionality and style. Like a good pair of old boots, once you break in your chore coat, you’ll never want to take it off. And since it’s in a neutral color, you won’t have to.
Lighter colored denim is always a great casual look for when the sun comes out, but together with the lighter neutral hues of the shirt, jacket, and shoes, we retain that low-contrast color combination to stay earthy and spring-toned. Don’t be afraid of lighter denim: These aren’t your 90s jeans. Lighter jeans make a ton of sense for the warmer months; just imagine wearing thick raw selvedge when it’s 90 degrees. Denim that is slightly worn or faded adds to the ruggedness of the outfit. And a flattering slim taper with a cuff shows off the boots.
Light gray complements the tans and lighter hues of the outfit, whereas a darker shirt would contrast and compete with this palette, not to mention lack that “light” spring feel. This shirt doesn’t have to be fancy – the plainer the better (this is workwear, after all). Keep it partially unbuttoned for that nonchalant, action-ready look. I chose a thermal henley here for a little added texture.
A comfortable pair of suede walking chukkas are ideal here, and choosing a lighter color like this sandy taupe keeps the whole getup low-contrast. Desert boots have a long history – you can opt for the original crepe sole version or these rubber soled alternatives.