If there’s one part of your closet that you want to invest in, it’s a coat. Just like your favorite designer handbag, your coat is the item that is likely to give you the best cost-per-wear rate.
You want a coat that will work with every outfit to give you the best bang for your bank. Enter the camel coat. This style is chic, classic, and, most importantly, versatile. Most commonly made using wool, a camel coat has long been a staple of our winter closet.
If you’re looking for a coat you can wear for years, this is the style to look out for. You can find a camel coat that works for every budget. Our in-depth buying guide offers a camel coat at every price point.
Fearne Cotton wears a spot-printed skirt with a bell-sleeved coat outside BBC Radio 1 in London, United Kingdom, on December 3, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
Still not sure about a camel coat? We’re taking an in-depth look at everything you need to know about camel coats, including different styling options to help you create the ultimate capsule closet.
Defining the Camel Coat: A Staple for Every Wardrobe
A camel coat is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s usually a classic, everyday style in a camel color tone. Longer silhouettes are most popular for their versatility, with gold hardware being a perfect match for the warm undertones of the camel.
Whatever your style aesthetic, you’re guaranteed to find a camel coat that works for you with different cuts and lengths. You can find styles that are cardigan-meets-coat and more structured military-inspired silhouettes.
Your perfect camel coat will work with everything from your athleisure after the gym to your favorite workwear look for the office. The rich color gives the coat an effortlessly chic, perfect investment piece.
Timeless Elegance: Why Camel Coats Never Go Out of Style
Camel coats are the ultimate timeless silhouette that can rival even that of a trench coat. They will go out of style and are an easy way to elevate your everyday closet.
You can invest in a camel coat without worrying about it being a one-season wonder and going out of style before you get your money’s worth of wear.
Most camel coats are made using wool, so they’re the perfect choice for layering up in the colder months. A classic camel coat outfit would include your favorite knitwear, denim jeans, and Chelsea boots. It’s the effortlessly chic coat that works with everything.
Naya Rivera wears a large-collared camel coat over a lace cropped top paired with jeans and sandals to do some Christmas shopping at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, California, on December 22, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
A camel coat is just as timeless as a trench coat and instantly elevates your look, whether you’re wearing jeans, a t-shirt, or a pencil dress.
Scarlett Johansson toned down a blue pencil-cut dress with a robe-style camel coat and a pair of bejeweled sandals while arriving at the Ed Sullivan Theater for Late Show with David Letterman in New York City on January 8, 2014 (Credit: PNP / WENN)
Throwing on this coat will instantly take your outfit to the next level as the ultimate transition piece.
Unmatched Versatility: Styling Your Camel Coat for Any Occasion
Part of the reason why camel coats are so popular is due to their versatility. You can style them with everything from a little black dress to navy pants and a button-up shirt. They’re also the perfect coat to reach for to throw over your eveningwear before a special occasion.
With the right styling, your camel coat can take you from day to night. While we love to style camel coats with muted neutrals, this caramel-beige hue also forms the perfect base for pastel and jewel-tone colors.
Laura Whitmore exuded schoolgirl vibes in a camel coat paired with a collared dress in London, United Kingdom, on June 1, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
You shouldn’t shy away from prints or patterns, as a camel coat can give you the confidence to experiment with other aspects of your outfit.
If you’re looking for a workwear coat, you’ve got your perfect match. A camel coat has long been a workwear staple and is the perfect city look, especially if you’re not sure where the day will take you.
If you’re a minimalist with a capsule closet, a camel coat is the only one you need to see you through every social event.
A major selling point for camel coats is their seasonless nature. It’s one coat you can see through from spring to fall and right through winter.
Their slightly relaxed silhouette offers just enough room to layer up during the colder months while offering a little extra warmth during the early spring and summer. If you live in a colder climate, a camel coat is one that you’ll wear 365 days a year.
4 Chic and Easy Ways to Style Your Camel Coat
The beauty of a camel coat is that you have endless styling options. While it all depends on the cut and silhouette you choose, dozens of styling tips work for every type of camel coat.
We’re sharing a few of our favorites to give you a taste of what outfits you can create with your camel coat.
1. Head-to-toe neutral
One of the most popular camel coat styling tips is creating a head-to-toe neutral look. It’s a style that you’ll often see celebrities like the Kardashian-Jenners wearing.
If you’re daring, try an all-white look with the camel coat, which will help add depth and warmth to your outfit.
Kim Kardashian, Amanda Holden, Scarlett Johansson, and Amber Heard wear camel coats with neutral-colored outfits (Credit: TNYF / Phil Lewis / PNP / Joseph Marzullo / WENN)
2. Denim jeans and ankle boots
Once the temperatures drop, camel coats come out in force. One of our favorite outfits is perhaps the simplest of them all.
Grab your signature denim jeans and ankle boots to layer up against the cold. You can even take your outfit a step further and add matching camel ankle boots.
Stella McCartney, Melanie Griffith, and Rachel McAdams pair their chic camel coats with classic denim jeans (Credit: TNYF / WENN)
3. Sweater dress and knee-high boots
Another winter look you should experiment with is a sweater dress and knee-high boots or flats like Olivia Palermo’s below. We love to play with length and silhouettes.
Olivia Palermo wears a chic trench coat with a dress in New York on January 6, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
If you have a long camel coat, then a short sweater dress is the perfect match. You can experiment with textures and play around with suede, cashmere, and wool, all within this one look.
4. Leather trousers and an oversized hoodie
Camel coats aren’t just for your workwear. You can embrace a streetwear look with leather trousers and your favorite oversized hoodie – making sure to let the hood pop over the collar of your camel coat.
Michelle Williams wears a black slouchy top, leather pants, and plaid sneakers with a Burberry trench coat in Brooklyn, New York City, on December 31, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
Don’t forget to slip on your signature sneakers before you head out the door. Is a camel coat one of your closet staples? Is it an essential item you’ll be investing in this season?