The best camel coats to invest in now (and keep forever)

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The camel coat is an evergreen wardrobe staple – not only can it be worn with everything you own, it also looks effortlessly chic at all times. 

Out of all of the items in your wardrobe, nothing has quite the transformative power of a really good coat – and, in particular, a really good camel coat. It’s the swing and win piece that can take a look from a six to a 10 in just one swoosh.

A camel coat also has the unique ability to make everything else you own look that little bit more expensive. Add a camel coat to a grey knitted co-ord that you would only be seen on the sofa with and suddenly you’re ready for a flight upgrade. Swing on a camel coat with jeans and jumper and your chic level will go up considerably. 

It makes sense, then, that this style staple has been given the stamp of approval by fashion royalty. Picture Jackie Kennedy with a tucked headscarf in her classic belted style and Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face wearing her timeless trench. Worn with turned up lapels by Victoria Beckham and Carine Roitfeld in her favourite Max Mara teddy coat that reaffirmed our love for the classic in 2013. As in seven years ago? Yes, these pinnacle moments are a symbol of modern power dressing, which epitomise why the camel coat is a) a wardrobe staple b) incredibly chic outerwear option and c) a forever piece.

Tamu McPherson in tan coat

The 2021 testament to this hero trend is that there’s a ream of options at every price point on the market. Whether you go for the OGs of luxury camel such as Max Mara or Jil Sander with classic car coats or teddy styles (like influencer Tamu McPherson, above), you won’t regret investing in this wardrobe staple.

A camel coat is timeless, it’s a classic. It’s not going to be uncool by summer, or too cool to wear by next winter. It will hold your hand through this difficult month, when it feels hard enough to get out of your cashmere pyjama sets, let alone pull together an outfit. This coat can transform the most basic of outfits, it can make a white T-shirt and blue straight jeans look worthy of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Insta feed. All hail the camel coat.

Shop best camel coats

  • Zara coat

    Zara coat
    Best tan coats: Zara

    If you like a tailored style when it comes to coats, look no further than this sleek Zara number. Layer with a chunky roll neck, jeans and thick tread boots for a cool off-duty look that’ll go the distance. 

    Shop wool blend coat at Zara, £99.99

  • Max Mara belted coat

    Max Mara coat
    Best tan coats: Max Mara

    The queen of camel coats: Max Mara. A slice of this Italian luxury doesn’t come cheap, so go for this timeless belted style. Yes it’s quite the investment but you’ll keep it for a lifetime, trust us. 

    Shop Manuela Icon coat at Max Mara, £1,585

  • Next coat

    Next coat
    Best tan coats: Next

    For ultimate cosy-factor, opt for a (faux) shearling coat. The fluffy inside and super-soft pockets will keep you warm each and every winter. 

    Shop tan faux shearling coat at Next, £78

  • H&M coat

    H&M coat
    Best tan coats: H&M

    Get a coat in an oversized fit and it’ll go the distance for years to come. Not only can you pile on all the layers underneath, they also look effortless no matter what you wear them with. Grab this H&M style in sizes XS-XXL.

    Shop calf-length coat at H&M, £39.99

  • Ted Baker shearling coat

    Ted Baker coat
    Best tan coats: Ted Baker

    Fresh from the brand new premium Made in Britain collection, this cosy coat is a dream come true. Your everyday coat just got a whole lot more chic. 

    Shop Beeacx shearling coat at Ted Baker, £1,450

  • Woolrich parka coat

    Best camel coats: Woolrich

    This hooded parka version is practical yet chic. Try it out with your trusty jeans and stomper boots and there’s no need for an umbrella – we’re sold.

    Shop Arctic parka at Woolrich, £645

Images: Getty/Courtesy of brands.

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