If you’re going to invest in one thing and one thing only this winter season (or ever for that matter), make it a good camel coat. Its versatility and timelessness means it’ll be money well spent. Whether it’s thrown over an oversized suit, knitted midi dress or joggers and a sweatshirt, a well tailored camel coat has an inherent knack for making any outfit look expensive.
Case in point: Meghan Markle’s chic Max Mara camel coat during her NY trip with Prince Harry in September.
Don’t be fooled into thinking camel coats are boring though, because the style options are endless. You will never go wrong with the double breasted coat or the midi-length and buttonless belted version, however, this season it’s all about the more daring designs.
For autumn winter 2021/2022, I’m backing the ankle grazing oversized look as seen on the catwalk at Max Mara and Fendi during the fashion month virtual presentations.
This season also sees us embrace all things casual, whether that’s the long puffer jacket seen at Moncler or Brunello Cucinelli or the shearling-lined shell jacket at Stella McCartney. Tactile textures are another key look. Bottega Veneta’s fringe shearling coat is high on my wishlist, as is Max Mara’s teddy coat.
As the best camel coats naturally go with workwear, look to sleeker designs for something tailored to perfection. You’ll find smart versions from the likes of Totême and Joseph. Though these are a little more expensive, their timeless potential will prove a worthy investment, and will serve your wardrobe well for many years to come. The ultimate cost per wear example.
If you’re after a classic coat on a slightly lower budget, try the likes of COS, ARKET and Boden. If you’d like something more trend-led, check out Mango, Zara and ASOS.
While camel is the hue on the agenda here, I’ve found some lighter beige colours for anyone who’d prefer a more muted tone. Shop my edit of the best high-street and designer camel coats below.
This stylish yet functional puffer jacket won't leave your body all winter.
This classic trench silhouette is constructed from a wool blend fabric using special techniques to give it a refined, premium finish. The deep caramel hue is bang on trend too.
No one does classic tailoring like JOSEPH, and this classic wool coat is the perfect example.
For chic outerwear that doesn't sacrifice warmth, look to this wool-rich Autograph coat. It's designed in a regular fit, with a tie belt that flatteringly fastens the coat. A great purse-friendly option.
This double face trench coat with belt and double button closure at neck is a great option is you fancy a more casual look. Wear it cinched at the waist or loosely draped over sharp tailoring.
Crafted from velvety-soft beige double-faced wool, this timeless coat is a relaxed style with a wide collar, concealed mother-of-pearl buttons, large patch pockets, a belt, seam detail and cuffs with turn-ups.
This season is all about new wardrobe heroes and Totême's classic camel coat fits the bill perfectly. It's cut from wool in an enveloping shape with shawl lapels and oversized pockets.
Stella McCartney's Pre-Fall '21 collection is designed using the label's inventory of overstock fabrics, which dates back 20 years. Part of the lineup, this 'Luna' coat is made from cozy faux shearling and has tonal shell trims.
Max Mara's camel-brown Greenti coat is from The Cube family, which consists of outerwear classics that are light and easy to pack. It's made in the label's water-repellent CamelLuxe shell, which is lined in a mix of deadstock and recycled fibres and filled with insulating camel hair.
Raey’s camel coat is cut to a slim single-breasted silhouette. It’s made in the UK from brushed camel wool lined with silk and features notched lapels, slip pockets and a high single back vent.
Crafted from a double faced wool blend in a neutral tone, this coat is cut for a relaxed fit with dropped shoulders and wide sleeves with a detachable belt means you can style it the way that suits you.
This lengthy, wrap-style coat provides comfortable warmth in dropping temperatures while remaining lightweight. The durable outer material in recycled polyester is both water repellent, wind proof and insulating.
Tailored to a fitted silhouette with a peak lapel and intricate detailing, the Marlow coat comes in a timeless camel shade.
Envelop yourself in the blanketing oversized silhouette of Nanushka’s timeless Alamo coat. Cast in a light beige shade, this belted style is crafted from a blend of wool and silk and left unlined to emphasise the luxuriously soft feel of the fabric.
This oversized coat is made of an alpaca and wool blend for maximum warmth.