15 best camel coats to buy now and wear forever
A pillar of the staple wardrobe
We don’t need to tell you that, for women at least, the camel coat will never date. Whereas navy and black are elegant in an understated way, biscuity beige and caramel shades will always spell out luxury.
From Lauren Bacall’s sequin-lined ‘Subway’ design and Jackie Kennedy’s neat-as-a-pin ‘60s styles, to the sumptuous wrap numbers Marilyn Monroe wore on set – camel coats have been a signifier of chic for as long as we can remember. Since 1908, in fact, when the outerwear was first created (by British brand Jaeger) from actual camel hairs, the rough strands forming a tactile but resilient nap.
Fast forward to the 21st century, and we’ve swapped this fabric for softer wool, cashmere and mohair iterations. The key shapes remain the same however. Which means: buy a camel coat now and you’ll still be wearing it for years to come.
The secret to longevity is in a timeless silhouette; so we’ve narrowed down the only 15 worth investing in. You don’t need them all, of course, but keep a few hanging in your wardrobe and you’ll be uniformed for every occasion. From classic chesterfield and belted iterations, to on-trend leather styles, here’s Bazaar’s pick of the best camel coats out there.
1. Best camel trench coat
If you loath to part with your precious camel coat in the transitional months, & Other Stories’ camel trench lets you to take this look further. Made from a lightweight wool-blend twill, it has storm flaps, a self-tying belt and rows of tort buttons. Throw it over floral dresses now and then layer up with knitwear in the winter.
2. The subtle statement
The appeal of the wrap coat is in its relaxed luxury, so the more similarities to a robe the better. This sandy Whistles’ number is classic, but the fringed trims cascading down the front switch things up a little.
3. Best teddy camel coat
The teddy coat is a whole category in itself, of course, but we couldn’t resist adding this cosy Staud version into our round-up. Cut in an oversized shape from tactile faux shearling, it’s detailed with generous lapels and has concealed snap fastenings through the front.
4. Best single-breasted camel coat
If the louche, oversized fit of the classic camel wrap don’t appeal, go for a more tailored version instead. Off-White’s feels almost Victoriana with its slim tailored shape – which means it’ll work well with punkier looks and this season’s combat boots.
5. Best leather camel coat
Fashion’s obsession with leather is showing no signs of abating; so if you don’t already have an A-line skirt or cropped trousers made of the stuff, you’re missing a trick. That goes for outerwear too: high-shine coats are no longer reserved for Sci-Fi characters and villains, especially when they’re dyed in Vince’s delicious honey hue.
6. Best short camel coat
Uniqlo’s wool-blend coat is double-faced, rather than lined, which makes it look much more expensive than it actually is. Unlike traditional wrap styles, this one feel minimalist with its single button fastening and slender lapels. Perfect for fuss-free weekend or workwear looks.
7. Best collarless camel coat
Max Mara never fails to include more affordable iterations of its iconic camel coat in diffusion collections. However, with its collarless shape, kimono sleeves and sleek wrap front, this wool Emma coat looks just as luxurious as its main line counterparts.
8. Best camel fur coat
Technically, the camel coat is a very specific outerwear style but since very few options are 100 per cent true to the original, we couldn’t resist throwing a few modern iterations into the mix. Take Saks Potts’ shearling number, defined by its shaggy – but luxurious – trims and oversized fit. It’s bang on trend (the brand is having a real moment), but timeless in its Seventies appeal.
9. Best camel wool coat
Jigsaw’s city coat has a hybrid fit which manages to be both slim (thanks to a clean, continuous cut with no darts, panelling or tailoring) and oversized (it’s down to the boxier, menswear-inspired shape) at the same time. We also love the soft wool nap, asymmetric single-button fastening and chic ankle-grazing hemline that’s hard to find elsewhere on the high street.
10. Best camel belted coat
With both a double-breasted and wrap silhouette, sweeping peaked lapels and a buckled waist belt, Marks & Spencer’s offering ticks all of the typical ‘camel coat’ boxes in one. It’s some of the best outerwear we’ve seen on the high street for under £100.
11. Best Max Mara camel coat
The queen of the camel coat, Max Mara ups its game every season with a new take on the classic – but never strays too far from the signatures we know and love. Made entirely from camel hair brushed to create a sateen finish, this Manuela version has a simple wrap shape and self-tying belt, but the kimono sleeves are a modern update.
12. Best petite camel coat
Ok, so this camel coat isn’t specifically made for petites but, due to its neat knee-length hemline, it won’t swamp shorter frames. The mensy shape, generous lapels and asymmetric front ensure this one will feel classic forever.
13. The multitasker
Elegant as they are, long coats are undeniably impractical at times (especially since we’ve all swapped public transport for cycling this year). Sharon Cho has come up with a solution to this hemline conundrum by teaming up with Yoox to create this convertible camel coat. This belted wool-cashmere number comes with a detachable panel – complemented with those layered peaked lapels – so you can switch between midi and maxi lengths.
14. Best Topshop camel coat
Nodding to some of Phoebe Philo’s earlier #oldceline work, Topshop Boutique’s coat has a clean double-breasted silhouette, notched lapels and a simple tort-button fastening (and looks much more expensive than it actually is).
15. Best double-breasted camel coat
From Mango’s premium line-up, this caramel coat is cut to perfection in a minimalist double-breasted shape and finished with subtly peaked lapels and tort buttons. It’s also available in black, should you need a sleeker look for evenings.