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15 of the best camel coats

A camel coat is a fashion stalwart, one of those rare forever buys. But is it exciting? Yes, if you employ these new-season styling tricks…

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Alexachung and Givenchy FW18

There are few items more classic, flattering and versatile than the camel coat. This season, it’s played a starring role across the collections of designers from Burberry to Givenchy. Amid the statement-making leather trenches, animal prints and heritage checks, it’s the stealth-mode victor of ‘FW18’s chicest coat’ – here are four ways to style it now…

WORKING HERO

Camel and black is a winning combination. For enviable office style, choose a sharply tailored version (you’ll find the season’s best at Joseph or 3.1 Phillip Lim) and pair it with a black turtleneck, matching tailored pants and a pair of loafers. Add a satchel or structured bag in mock croc for a little texture in lieu of color; Saint Laurent has just the one.

RETRO VISION

If you have bohemian taste buds, a camel coat can lend sophistication to your usual style. Look out for suede textures with a ’70s feel (such as Burberry’s suede camel trench) that will complement floral dresses, billowing blouses and flared pants.

IN THE JEANS

A camel coat and indigo denim are sartorial soulmates. Give off-duty double denim a refined finish by layering a camel trench coat over the top with a white turtleneck underneath to keep the palette fresh. White or cream shoes will tie the look together in tonal harmony – or make more of a statement with snake-print boots.

WEEKEND WONDER

If your weekend style agenda is to look smart but feel comfortable, a camel coat will elevate a simple T-shirt and jeans combination. A boldly colored scarf, mini bag or boots will inject a little impact into your downtime style.

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