Outerwear trends come and go but the one thing you can be sure of is that the camel coat will never go out of style, and the proof is on the catwalk, autumn/winter season after autumn/winter season.
Last February, it was to be seen everywhere, from New York to London, Paris to Milan, where each designer put their spin on it for AW23.
At Michael Kors, it was all about biscuity shearling coats, whilst Stella McCartney went for heritage checks and power shoulders. At Hermes camel coats were padded and belted, and at Akris they were made of buttery leather.
One thing they could all agree on was that it needed to be long. Ankle-skimming, pavement-grazing long. So whether you are into any of the above mentioned micro trends or not, make sure you go for a long silhouette if you're going to invest in a camel coat this season.
The added bonus is that you can have it taken up when midi lengths are de rigueur again - we're all about longevity here at Marie Claire. Whether it's worn over an oversized suit, silk dress or jeans and a sweatshirt, there's nothing a camel coat can't elevate, making it a worthy investment and potentially the best winter coat you could buy.
Now that summer is finally over, we are seeing all the best winter collections hit the stores, and there are some fabulous styles to grab. Here are our favourite ones so far.
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I got this coat a few years ago when it first came out and to this day I still insist that it's the perfect camel coat, and I always get compliments when I wear it. I'm 5ft4 and it sits just above my ankle to it's the perfect length for AW23.
This textured coat is crafted from wool for a premium feel, and comes in this season's longline silhouette.
This classic wool blend coat features a single-breasted neckline and horn buttons. It comes in sizes 12 to 28.
This coat may come with a heftier price tag, but it's made of Turkish merino shearling and can actually be worn in two different ways. Turn it inside out to highlight the suede side or the shearling one depending on your mood.
Don't make the mistake of thinking camel coats can only be tailored. This padded, checked style by Uniqlo is a fresh and more casual take on the trend. Without mentioning budget friendly.
Reiss is the original purveyor of tailored and modern womenswear so it's no surprise it's created this gorgeous double-breasted coat. A classic that will never go out of style.
KHAITE's camel coat is veering towards mustard for a slightly more vibrant take on the classic style. The exaggerated shoulders and nipped-in waist tap into this season's hourglass trend too.
The clue's in the name. TOTEME's signature wool and cashmere-blend coat is a best-seller for the cult house season after season and for good reason. Its flattering dropped shoulder, oversized silhouette and clean lines are the epitome of timeless chic.
I love this style for a casual take on the camel coat trend. You can draw it in at the waist or wear it loose for two different coat styles. Hard-working to boot.
No camel coat round-up is complete without the OG camel coat label, Max Mara. This belted camel hair coat is - as its name suggests—an iconic piece of outerwear that will keep you warm and stylish all winter.
Wear this coat with a leather belt to create a different silhouette and make the style last longer.
This elegant coat from Reiss features a feminine belted waist as well as notch lapels and long sleeves. It also comes in a deep red colour, if you're feeling bold.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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