The humble work jacket has been around since the late 1800s; this iconic item of work apparel is said to have first been worn by French laborers to keep warm, regardless of the day’s weather conditions or the job at hand. Fast forward to the present, and men’s work jackets have evolved into a clothing item that is comfortable, warm, and looks good, too. The best work jackets for men need to move with your natural movements so you can get on with the job, whatever that may be. We found a number of top-notch men’s work jackets so you can feel good and look like a pro on the job site.
The Best Work Jacket for Men
When you look at the Wantdo Work Jacket For Men you may be wondering how you can wear it as a work jacket. The answer is simple. If you find yourself outside in the rain, wind, or snow in the execution of your duties, this exceptionally good jacket is windproof and waterproof with uniquely designed windproof cuffs that seal your upper body in a nice warm cocoon. This cozy work jacket will keep you warm and dry with an elastic shell fabric outer layer and soft fleece lining. The hem is adjustable and the storm hood is removable so you decide when you want or need it.
Make sure you combine it with a pair of durable work boots.
Windproof & waterproof
Removable storm hood
Elastic shell fabric
Soft fleece lining
Unique windproof cuffs
- Weight15.87 ounces
Cold weather work jackets don’t get better looking than this classic Carhartt Work Jacket For Men. This is a very stylish jacket that will keep you as snug as a bug in a rug when you need to work in a chilly warehouse or outdoors. This Carhartt jacket is made from 100% cotton with a quilted lining in the body. It is water repellent and wind resistant to protect you from the elements, while the cuffs and waistband are rib-knitted to seal you in and keep you warm and dry.
100% cotton & nylon lining
Water-repellent and wind-resistant
Front-zip jacket with drawstring hood
Split kangaroo pocket at front
Rib-knit cuffs & waistband
Quilted lining in body
- Weight1 pound
The rugged manly man will look like a boss in this Legendary Whitetails Work Jacket For Men. This is a flannel-lined heavy-duty jacket with a rugged cotton suede look. This stunning jacket features antique brass Legendary spans and a Legendary Signature Buck applique so you know you have a great jacket. It has handwarmer side pockets and is as comfortable as it is warm and good looking.
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Made from 63% cotton, 37% polyester
Flannel lined and rugged cotton suede look
Features antique brass Legendary snaps
Legendary signature buck applique
Hand warmer side pockets
- BrandLegendary Whitetails
- Model6723 CPRT SML
- Weight1.77 pounds
The Columbia Work Jackets For Men are a range of lightweight waterproof working jackets that are perfect for protection on rainy days. These are crafted with a waterproof nylon shell that also features Omni-Shield that repels moisture and makes keeping your jacket clean a lot easier.
This Columbia jacket is fantastic for those who prefer something a little less bulky yet still need a durable piece of workwear. This style is available in a range of colors that you can easily coordinate with your business logo… or just pick a color you like.
Crafted with a waterproof nylon shell
Abrasion-resistant chin guard
Elastic details and a zippered closure
Omni-Shield repels moisture
Tough & durable
- Weight13.62 ounces
For those looking for insulated work jackets, the MAGCOMSEN Work Jacket For Men is definitely going to keep you comfortable on a chilly day. This windbreaker jacket features a water-resistant shark skin soft shell and a warm inner fleece. The waist and hood have a drawstring to keep everything nice and secure, which is complemented with adjustable cuffs. This work jacket is waterproof, windproof, breathable, and insulated, so you can do what needs to be done outside without feeling the chill.
Water resistant shark skin soft shell
Warm inner fleece
Waterproof, windproof, breathable & thermal
Drawstring waist & hood
Adjustable cuffs & ventilation system
- Weight2.2 pounds
Workplaces can often be hazardous, especially if you can’t be seen. For increased safety in a warehouse full of forklift operators or while working around vehicles, you need to be seen. The Ergodyne High Visibility Work Jacket For Men has reflective panels so you will be seen but you’ll also stay warm as this heavy-duty jacket is waterproof and windproof. Outfit your team with these safety work jackets and you’ll keep everyone feeling good and visible.
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300D performance ripstop polyester outer shell
PU coating resists water and wind
Breathable & comfortable
280g fleece body and thermal insulated
Quilted sleeves for warmth
Reflective panels for visibility
- Weight3.6 pounds
Safety should always come first in any job and with the Carhartt High Visibility Work Jackets For Men, you have the construction winter jackets you need for your staff with the visibility that will keep them visible and safe. Tough work jackets, especially for those that work outdoors, need to be durable and water repellent and that’s exactly what this work jacket is. It has a 100% polyester shell and a brushed polyester quilt lining to keep you warm and dry even in adverse weather conditions.
Made from 100% polyester
250 denier, 100% polyester shell
Durable water repellent
Stain release to help combat stains
Brushed polyester quilt lining
- Weight2 pounds
The Dickies Work Jacket For Men is a tough and versatile rain jacket with classic styling that means you have a work jacket that can be worn on or off the job. This one is made from a polycotton twill blend that is water repellent as well as water-resistant so not only will it keep you dry; it stays cleaner too. The fabric is easy to care for and wrinkle resistant. All you need to do to keep it clean is throw it in the washing machine. You also don’t need to worry about it fading as the fabric is vat-dyed to retain the color for a lot longer than other fabrics.
Made from 65% polyester, 35% cotton
Tough & versatile with classic styling
Water repellent & water-resistant
Easy care wrinkle-resistant fabric
Vat dyed for superior color retention
- ModelTJ15DN S RG
- Weight2 pounds
When you need to be seen in cold weather when visibility is low, you need construction winter jackets with reflective taping that can be seen by drivers and heavy machinery operators. This high quality and highly visible jacket has reflective taping on the front, back, and arms It also sports a snap-off adjustable hood. The cuffs are molded for a better fit and adjustable so your hands are unhindered at all times. The front of the jacket features a clear ID pocket and there is also a phone pocket with an easy access flap. For your comfort, New York Hi-Viz Workwear Work Jacket For Men is waterproof and breathable just like many of these high-quality down jackets from our list.
High visibility work jacket
Snap off adjustable hood
Molded adjustable cuffs
Clear ID pocket & phone pocket
Waterproof & breathable
- BrandNew York Hi-Viz Workwear
- Weight2.88 pounds
The best winter jacket for working outside needs to protect you from the elements; it needs to be windproof and waterproof. The WenVen Work Jacket For Men with Removable Hood has a protective shell and a toasty warm cotton fleece lining with a full-length zipper and button snap closure to keep your body warmth enclosed. The military cargo-style is functional and practical and features six strategically positioned pockets for all of your essentials. While this will make a perfect winter jacket for men, it is stylish enough to wear for many different outdoor activities including camping, hiking, fishing, and more.
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Windproof & waterproof
Cotton fleece lining
Military cargo style
Full-length zipper plus button snap
Six functional pockets
Ideal for work, camping, fishing & more
- Weight3.11 pounds
Winter work jackets for men need to have a protective outer layer that is waterproof, but it also helps if the outer shell has a water repellent finish. That’s exactly what you get with this Berne Work Jacket For Men. The outer shell of this work jacket is made from 100% heavy-duty cotton duck with a water repellent finish to keep you dry. It also uses a heavyweight insulation quilted lining to keep you warm on the inside. This high-quality work jacket also features triple-needle stitched main seams which are tough and durable. When the workweek is done, the jacket can be washed in the machine.
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Made from 100% cotton
Heavyweight insulation quilted
Water repellent finish
Triple-needle stitched main seams
- Weight3 pounds
The warmest work jacket doesn’t have to be the bulkiest. This ANTARCTICA Work Jacket For Men is durable, lightweight, and waterproof as well as fleece-lined for warmth. It features a DINTEX Soft Shell Fabric outer to keep you dry and also includes a portable hood with a 3D hat brim for rainy days. For those all-important EDC items, there are plenty of pockets to stash everything you need. This jacket is stylish enough for work and play.
DINTEX soft shell fabric
8000mm fleece lining
Breathable moisture-wicking fabric
Portable hood with 3D hat brim
Durable, lightweight & waterproof
Multiple functional pockets
- Weight2 pounds
Work Jacket For Men Buying Guide & FAQ
Features to Look for in Work Jackets for Men
Material – Warm work jackets are pretty useless if they don't keep you dry, especially if you can't avoid working outdoors when the weather is cold and wet. Look for materials that repel water and are durable enough to wear daily regardless of how rigorous your job may be. For warmth, there needs to be some sort of lining; look for soft fleece or a quilted interior.
Style – Your work jacket doesn't need to announce to the world that you're wearing a work jacket. Most of our selections can be worn to work or a variety of outdoor activities. Even the reflective ones can be worn for hiking if you need to be visible. The main thing is you look professional at work and stylish when you're not at work.
Quality – Most outdoor jobs are tough, so you want an equally rugged work jacket. The jackets in our selection have all been chosen for their durability. Look for a quality outer shell with a strong zipper closure that won’t break.
Comfort – Working outdoors in cold weather is already going to be uncomfortable, so cold weather work jackets need to offer comfort. You need to keep warm and dry inside your jacket but still have freedom of movement. The jacket should also be breathable because even in cold weather, you are likely to sweat during the execution of your duties.
Durability – Work jackets for men will most likely be worn daily during the colder months so that the jacket will see a lot of wear and tear. You want the jacket to be comfortable as well as waterproof, but durability is also essential. Look for solid construction and high-quality materials so you can have a jacket that can last for more than one chilly season.
Waterproof – Even the warmest work jacket is a waste of material if you end up in a cold, wet mess on a rainy day. Work jackets need to be waterproof, or at the very least water-resistant.
Windproof – You’ll really appreciate this feature when the wind is blowing strong, but you’re enveloped in a warm cocoon. Windproof jackets will give you a leg up on the cold.
Tearproof – Workplaces come with all sorts of hazards; often, there are posts, wires, and nails poking out all around. One little snag and your work jacket will end up with a massive gaping hole. If you’re worried about ending up with a ripped jacket, look for a tearproof exterior shell. You may still get your jacket caught on something, but at least the damage will be minimal and easy to repair.
Insulation – You also need your work jacket to keep you warm. The best winter work jacket is also lined with something soft and warm like fleece, but there should be an additional layer of insulation between the outer shell and a warm lining. Just like in your home, this insulation needs to keep the cold out and the warmth in. When we talk about insulation, the insulation itself is not warm. What it does is keeps your body's warmth from escaping through the jacket.
Work Jacket For Men FAQ
Q: What is a work jacket?
A: A work jacket is really self-explanatory. It is a jacket to wear while you work, generally in outdoor jobs like construction, forestry, repairs, farming, and more. Whether you’re working on your farm, around the house, or at a job, this is a jacket that has been designed to keep you warm and dry while you work. Work jackets have been designed to be comfortable and allow for freedom of movement. As many of them have been designed for the outdoors, a work jacket should also be waterproof and windproof. The length should sit just on the hip so that only the upper body is protected. Any longer and the wearer may have an obstacle with the hem, and a shorter jacket can’t offer the upper body protection you need.
Q: What are the work clothes called?
A: Quite simply, work clothes are often referred to as workwear. This type of apparel is usually worn by those who engage in physical work like those in various trades. Still, work clothes are also essential in farming, construction, mining, and many other jobs. The main purpose of work clothes is to offer the wearer safety and protection from the elements and whatever hazards come with the job in question.
Q: What do you wear with a work jacket?
A: A work jacket should be paired with other clothing items that will protect you from the elements and hazards of your job. In addition to a work jacket, you should also be wearing work pants, a work shirt, and possibly a hat. Padding or other protective gear may also be necessary, but this will depend on the type of job you’re working in. Hats are often mandatory at some job sites, particularly hard hats on construction sites. The final clothing item you need is good work shoes. These may be some type of boots, but you will often find the need for steel-toed boots. Again, it depends on your working environment.
Q: Can a work jacket be stylish as well?
A: Is style important for a work jacket? That obviously depends on the wearer, but a work jacket can definitely be stylish. Not all that long ago, work jackets for men all looked alike, and they were very obviously work jackets. They were all very industrial looking, and you wouldn’t really want to wear them anywhere else because the style was very obviously that of a work jacket.
Today’s work jackets can be very stylish and look every bit as good as any other jacket you may have in your wardrobe. Take a closer look at some of the jackets in our selection, and you will find that they are stylish enough to be worn to work as well as any outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, hiking or just watching the kids play sports on a chilly afternoon.