Classic Camel

It's the one thing I think that I'm asked for more than anything else (oh apart from jeans...).  

Where can I get a great camel coat from?  Especially when I wear mine which is a couple of years old (maybe three?) from Zara.  It's knackered.  To be fair, the shape is still amazing and I love the texture of the fabric, but the bobbling - oh the bobbling.  I probably just to take one of those machines to it. 

Along with grey coats, I think a camel coat is the most versatile shade to have in your wardrobe.  It's a classic shade without a shadow of a doubt and if you get the shape right, you can wear it with most things.  It will also take you from Autumn/Winter into Spring for sure.  

It can add a completely different look to your wardrobe by teaming it with a colour you might not have first of - my two current favourites are navy and camel.  And with red.  

A camel coat is the one that can look super formal for work outfits, but somehow transforms a plain white shirt, jeans and sneakers.  Dare I say, it may be the only coat you need in your wardrobe (yeah right.  Clearly I don't *mean* that.  But if you're only going to have one coat, then my money would be on a camel one.

As much as we are being bombarded with full on Spring outfits at the moment, it looks like we are set for a proper cold snap this week.  Coats are back.  And (as I may have mentioned once or a million times - I bore myself),  come the end of January, the weather is always pants (another birthday ruined?  Yawn). 

These are definitely an investment piece for your wardrobe.  But - a bit like I find with dresses - as much as there are lots out there, finding one that works for you is really hard.  So when you find that fits the bill - buy it.

Are there lots out there to choose from?  There are some interesting options for sure. 

So I've snuck this one in as it's simply gorgeous.  Possibly my favourite shape of coat - ok so admittedly I've fallen at the first hurdle with practicality and warmth but when a coat is this beautiful, who cares? 

Suede Sienna Coat from Boden £399 And don't forget the 20% off with the code A2Y9.  This is already selling out quickly so I don't think you can hang around to make your mind up.



Another collarless version at Oasis. 

Collarless tab detail Coat at Oasis £85



Single breasted at Joseph.  If you're looking for a looser one and to make an investment, this would absolutely be top of my must try list.  As you can see from all these pics, a camel coat just makes any dull outfit, instantly stylish.  Can you see now why one of these is so crucial for your wardrobe?

Sido Single Breasted Wool Coat from Joseph £595




ASOS Coat in Camel with bonded edge was £90 now £63



Staying with the single breasted and a variation on the collar, again in the sale at Maje. 

Maje Grace neoprene and wool blend coat were £370 now £222



A gorgeous pale grey collar to this ASOS coat. Adore the shape of this and I personally love the inclusion of the contrast shade although I guess this might not make this as versatile as such. 

ASOS Coat With contrast collar £75  They also have this in a tall and a petite. 



And possibly most similar to the one I have but I can guarantee this would be far better quality. 

Claudie Pierlot Gold Wool Blend Coat was £450 now £385  Mine has the same sort of half double breast. 




But I think this would be my top choice were I to be buying another one.  Absolutely love it. It's not cheap but it is a great reduction. 

Camelhair Crombie Coat at Jaeger was £650 now £350




Or there's always this one from good old Autograph at M&S. 

And.. can I just say I love this styling.  Yes, something at M&S that they've styled that I like (clearly fussy as I am - and to be totally fair, generally the Autograph and Best of British are a cut above when it comes to styleing). 

Ok - let me rephrase that.  I like the idea of a chambray shirt, jeans and sneakers.  With a camel coat.  Perfect, go to outfit for Spring.  

For Winter, I'd put a crew or v neck jumper over the shirt and add ankle boots.  Big fur scarf and you're off.  

Wool Rich Panelled Coat With Cashmere from Autograph £149



Onto double breasted at Vila at ASOS.

Vila Longline Double Breasted Coat £80



A paler shade of camel now at Oasis.  Love the simple, classic style of this. 

Angelina Seamed Double Breasted Car Coat £98




What was I saying about a white shirt and jeans?




Another style at the Jaeger Outlet with another flash 40% off till end of play on Monday (discounted at till), this is a great buy. 

Wool long belted coat from Jaeger was £499 now £199 pre extra 40% off.






May I now present.. military.  I can personally vouch for the longevity of this style.  I have a grey military style coatigan (ridiculous word but it does what it says on the tin) that I got from 3.1 Phillip Lim over 8 years ago and it comes out every year.  It has proven to be the most classic coat I own.  Who'd have thunk it? 

Love Moschino Women's Camel Military Coat now 50% off at £285




However may I present the bargain of the day from ASOS.  Love the texture of this and for £25.. yes, that's £25!

ASOS Coat In Cocoon fit was £85 now £25



They have the same coat in Tall but it's only reduced to £38...




So there we have my selection of what's about at the moment.  Best to get stuck in before the sales rails all disappear and we're swamped with summer dresses.  Just in time for the snow....  Anyone else as is love with camel coats as I am?

Finishing with a not exactly but functional outfit from yesterday morning.  Took the boys to football and the dog to the park.  Two birds, one stone and there's a cafe that does great coffee too.  The only reason for me to get up even earlier than the school run on a Saturday morning. 


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Black longsleeved tee - Baukjen

Grey fairisle jumper - H&M
Black coated jeans - New Look
Grey hat - Black
Grey cable knit scarf - Aubin & Wills
Grey Wristwarmers - Black 
Grey wellies - Ilse Jacobsen
Cream boot socks - Ilse Jacobsen
Black Harker cross body bag - Anya Hindmarch

And yesterday afternoon/evening for our family Christmas.  My first (of only three..) designated drinking days in January.  Made the most of it - we had family staying with us and stayed up till 2.30am putting the world to rights with one of my sister in laws.


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Black crepe tunic - Zara
Black leather leggings - hush
Red Edie pumps - Jemima Vine

Today has been a day of not a lot.  Had a lovely lie in as the husband took the two boys to a very short rugby session on astro, due to waterlogged pitches.  Then I managed to send him and the two boys to Church for a First Holy Communion meeting an hour early, whilst I took the 11yr old to a drama lesson that we arrived two hours late for.  So we arrived whilst it was finishing.  All the great organisation skills present and correct chez moi today.  Not. 

Here's hoping everyone makes it into school tomorrow morning for a full week.  I'm hoping to have the new look blog launched sometime this week, so please bear with me if things go a bit quirky... Very excited.. 

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  1. oooh, I'm the first to comment! Love your family Christmas outfit.

    I love camel. LOVE it. Unfortunately, it does NOT love me back. I have tried and failed so often with it, and have to reluctantly admit it just doesn't suit me. I have dark hair and eyes and you would think it would be perfect for me, but somehow it just makes me look sallow and ill and clashes horribly with the tones in my skin. it just about looks ok with a white shirt underneath, but that's not really my style. Similarly hideous with scarves etc. Any tips? Jo

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    1. Hmm I know it's ridiculously blase to say but it is a question of finding the right shade. Now I am no expert at all when it comes to colour and the tones in different shades and cool and warm etc etc but you're absolutely right - there are some shades you put next to your skin and think bleurgh - one step from dug up corpse. Is it a warmer shade that doesn't work for you? How about looking at a more beige tone - I'm thinking almost a stone? Which clearly therefore isn't camel but it would give you the same look in a shade that suits.

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    2. That's just it, stone looks fine on me, just not camel. But I love it, it's a classic colour, and it's everywhere! I WANT to wear it. Just can't. That Boden coat though, sigh...

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    3. What about a camel coat with a different collar shade like the grey one above? That way it's not the camel right next to your skin..

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  2. Ha ha saw that Boden suede coat and just knew it would appear on your blog soon, love it and the whole outfit better start saving. Have to say LOVE camel and luckily it loves me !

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    1. God it's gorgeous isn't it? *sits on hands....*

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  3. Spent most of this week trying to get the Zara 'menswear' jacket in Camel but been sold out in Small for ages then it appeared - yay. Are you planning to do anything on Loafers? I am 'Gucci Slims' obsessed but just managed to nab some Russell and Bromley horsebit black leather down from £175 to £100- yay again. With my red GGs I'm (almost) all set. x

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    1. I will indeed be doing something on loafers!

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  4. My camel coat arrived this week that was half price from French Connection... Was so excited but I'm not sure about it? It seems too large, not sure how loose/oversized they are meant to be? Was going to re-order in a size down but they sold out! I'm tempted to return and order the lovely ASOS one instead

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    1. Isn't the ASOS one a complete steal? There must be a downside to it, but I can't see what it is from online for sure. If it seems too large and you're not happy with the FCUK one, I'd send it back as you just won't wear it. x

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  5. Oh I love your all black outfit and red flats - very chic and Ines Le Fressange-like. I too LOVE camel but have to be careful with it like your first reply in this blog. Also got dark and dark eyes and medium toned skin which tends to be a bit sallow. However, I can do a caramel camel, but not a stone/beige camel, if that makes sense. If I were in the market for anothoer camel coat (I have my lovely Jaeger dressing gown wrap coat from last season, and an old cape with sleeves style coat from Zara) I would defo buy the Jaeger. In fact I really want a grey one in that style, will have to peruse the outlet site - also worth going to Gunwharf Quays or Reading where there are outlet shops - but phone first, they are very helpful and will tell you what they have in stock if you ask them. I am lacking in a boyfriend style long coat - but not desperate anymore due to Spring round the corner (or not, judging by the weather forecast for this week!) I love that suede Boden one but far too stressful maintenance-wise! Looking forward to your new blog look - oh - what about the Ash boots??? Dying to see them on you. Still need to order my Whistles ones. I am so ambivalent about boots - I need to get over it!

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    1. I am still umming and aaahing about those Ash boots. I have the & Other Stories ones coming hopefully any day and so they're the last ones to compare... Will you know asap!

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    2. Love the new look btw - it's tres chic - like its writer! Well done you.

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  6. Oh My Word I think I may have finally found something from Boden that I love. x

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  7. I've given up on the camel coat search :( I've come to the conclusion that actually the colour just doesn't work for me in that volume, on a coat. I will always keep an eye out, in the hope there still maybe 'the one' but I'm not actively searching now. That Jaeger one seems like a brilliant buy! x

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    1. There are something things that we just have to go - nope, can't crack it. Me and the shoes above for example. I've got Hobbs strap ones and I've got Boden tie ones and I wear them once and feel ugh all day. I LOVE them on other people but just not on me!

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  8. Adore the Autograph one! The collar is perfect!

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  9. Lovely coats, but another one who can't wear camel. Definitely too warm-toned for me, but yes I can do stone/taupe but prefer grey on me. I will have to admire from afar...

    That Boden coat is gorgeous, though.

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    1. For sure, we can't all do everything! I could possibly persuade myself that the Boden coat is more tan than camel....

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  10. I love camel coats so much I have 2! In my defence one is years old (Fenn, Wright & Manson via TKMaxx) and the other a classic Jaegar number (also via TKMaxx last year). I really want the Jaegar outlet one as well but really can't justify it.

    A shame about the Zara one - didn't you only get it about a year ago? Their quality really can be pants.

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    1. This is the third Winter I've had the Zara one! Not the belted one... the long blazer style one that I wore the other day. The belted one - this is the second Winter i've had it. In fact, I wore it this morning with navy. And red shoes and red bag! Rain depending I'll wear it later too...

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  11. My treat to myself after Christmas was a camel coat which i got from Jaeger as i wanted a classic that should last and not date too quickly. very happy with it and looks stylish to boot.

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    1. Pretty much anything from Jaeger is a classic for sure. Fab buy xx

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    2. loving the new look to the blog as well.

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    3. Thank you! Still some tweaks but hopefully it looks cleaner x

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  12. Ohh, the Boden one! I wish I had the lifestyle for it, never mind. Love the new look blog, very neat.

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    1. This is not a dog walking or small children on the school run coat, for sure! To be honest, I'm such a mucky pup, I'm not sure I could be trusted to wear it. Ever! And thank you - still working on it but hopefully it is better x

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  13. Great clean website! Catherine

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  14. I too have given up on trying to find a camel coat that looks good on me. I think there's a particular colouring that it just doesn't suit....and it's mine! I've tried endless shades, styles and brands and every time, I swap out for a different coat just as I'm going out the door. Shame as it's such a classic look. Love the new layout Kat - looks great! Ax

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    1. There are some things that yes, it's just best to give up on! Me and loafers for example. I just can't master them no matter how much I want to. And thank you - getting there xxxxx

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  15. My bargain of the season has been my camel coat. Stalked for so long in h&m (in the office-y/work wear section) debating whether a coat from h&m is worth £80, only to find it reduced to £10 last week. Decision made. I love love love it! I could have hugged the poor lad on the till when he said the sticker was right.

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    1. TENNER??!!! Winner and then some! I love it when that happens!!!

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  16. Loving the new blog well done you

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    1. Thank you - it's not finished but I do think it's a big improvement even as is!

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  17. I found the camel coat of my dreams at (wait for it) Primark..last September. £20. Went in the wardrobe for 2 months and by the time I put it on and realised that I loved it insanely and it makes every single outfit look amazing, it was too late to do what I should have done to start with and GET A SPARE ONE!
    It's a very similar cut to this, also out of stock...
    http://m.newlook.com/shop/womens/jackets-and-coats/camel-textured-boyfriend-coat-_347282017

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