What even is an autumn outerwear collection without a staple camel coat? Hold off on the purchase of that eye-wateringly expensive patterned piece, likewise the shaggy Penny Lane style you've been lusting after – for when it comes to versatility, the camel coat wins every single time.
As far as wardrobe heroes go, let it be known – the camel coat is worth its weight in gold. Throw it over a pair of low-waisted boyfriend jeans, use it to elevate a slightly tired neutral polo neck, or even pair it with a midi skirt and knee-high alligator-style boots.
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What is exactly the secret behind the magic of a camel coat? We reckon its beauty lies in the fact that 'camel' can be used as an umbrella term for a variety of shades, united in their colour connection with the fur of the much-adored hump-backed mammal.
Essentially, 'camel' is super forgiving. Warm tan, latte, dark sand, muted caramel – all these shades are equally permissible, meaning that there is a style out there to suit every complexion. Very few other pieces could compete with the camel coat's superior egalitarian approach – its ability to flatter is unrivalled.
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Which camel coats should I be investing in?
If you're looking to splurge, it's key that you plump for a design with a timeless quality. We adore the chrome detailing on LK Bennett's deep tan number, as well as Mango's sleek double-breasted version featuring smoky tortoiseshell buttons.
Hello! Fashion shares our edit of timeless camel coats - as inspired by some stylish celebrities:
Long coat with tailored collar, £559, Sandro
Camia coat, £695, Joseph
Keefe coat, £459, LK Bennett
Tailored wool coat, £119.99, Mango
Wool coat, £359, Karen Millen
AllSaints Sidney coat, £299, John Lewis
Medea wool coat, £395, Axel Arigato
There Was One, £915, Farfetch
Single-breasted coat, £300, Tommy Hilfiger
Toteme signature dropped-shoulder wool and cashmere-blend coat, £790, Selfridges
Linen cotton trench coat, £179, Arket
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