Meet the camel coat: the fur-trimmed parka of 2010.
Have you gone coat shopping yet? We have. Verdict: almost every coat on the racks is camel. No surprise: for the second year in a row, the Fall/Winter fashion runways were full of camel outerwear, from Prada’s knit-and-fur collared plasticized one, to Alexander Wang’s cape-like creation, to the iconic throwbacks at Max Mara, who popularized the camel coat 30 years ago.
Diane Von Furstenberg
All of which, of course, have been heartily knocked off and are now available for mass consumption in low- to mid-level retailers everywhere. Whether you want a military, trench, cape, duffel (yay) or a peacoat style, camel will up the trend-factor of your winter ensemble. We’re partial to pairing a camel duffel coat with a floral dress and cable-knit tights, as well the shawl- or funnel-collared styles for extra luxury (and warmth) for work. Careful though – it can be a prim look. Toughen up your camel coat with extra buckle-y ankle boots or smoky eyes and messed-up hair for a vibe that’s half Betty Draper, half mid-noughties Kate Moss.
Our picks for under $500:
Hobbes Valance Angora Mix Coat in Camel, $435, John Lewis
Double breasted overcoat, $255, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Michael Kors
Alia Coat, $290, Coast
Space Camel Coat, $450, Luisa Via Roma
Camel Wool-Alpaca Hooded Duffle Coat, $430, Cole Haan
What say you to camel? Will you rock the trend, or will your fur-trimmed parka reign supreme this winter?