I might as well 'fess up right now, I'm a guilty member of the camel coat fan-club. I absolutely love my long, swingy, ladylike MaxMara straight from the 80s and handed down to me by Auntie Patricia. Chic, tonal it makes me feel grown up; like I've got a serious job. I'm Sigourney Weaver in Working Girl, not Melanie Griffiths trying her hardest to make it.
And I'm not the only one. From minimalist, like the Olsen twins, to the floor length dressing gown look a la Kim K, everyone has their own signature camel coat style. Right now, I particularly love Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's trench style camel, for a more sophisticated workwear vibe.
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It's not just celebrities, last season it was huge with the street style set and, come February, the big trend we're predicting is camels teamed with hoodies, denim, trainers, and a whole ‘lotta shoulder draping over silk camis. Trust us, these are an insta-worthy must haves.
So, whether you already own one of these bad boys and fancy a refresh, or if you’re a virgin in camel coat buying - here’s what you need to know about what to buy this season.
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The high street players have basically nailed this style, proving that you don’t necessarily have to splurge to get it right. My personal faves are Topshop and Marks & Spencer’s long line styles, which will instantly dress up a Breton top, jeans and trainers. If you’re planning to splash a little more cash, and are up for going for designer, expect wools and cashmeres so soft you’ll want to sleep in them. Max Mara and Jaeger have undoubtedly the best wrap around coats to take your slinkiest slip dress from taxi to bar.
After trawling the rails of the high street and designer stores, I’ve edited the best of the best to purchase right now. Click through the gallery for more. My auntie Patricia would be proud.