I remember the first time I tried one – a few years ago now, when I still took the view that there was no occasion in life when I should wear anything other than a three-piece suit and tie. I stood there, quaking in my semi-brogues, a little nervous about the idea of testing out something quite so different. Regardless, it hung there on the rail calling my name, and once I’d pulled it on, the combination of plush corduroy and simple design was both heartening and comforting. It’s tricky to find a coat for those ‘in-between’ moments in life, when the day’s agenda requires neither formal nor casual clothing, and a chore jacket – carefully chosen – slips into this niche perfectly.
Moreover, the chore jacket comes into its own during this time of year. As the light takes on a soft, almost timid quality, and the trees turn from parched pale green to amber, the embrace of a rugged cotton jacket is in itself encouraging: a boost to the system with which to ease into fall. Armour to take on changeable weather.