The humble camel coat has long been considered something of a hero when it comes to outerwear—and for good reason. Chic, flattering, timeless and versatile, it has serious wardrobe staying power. That's the reason so many fashionable women rely on them—and why it's so important you pinpoint the camel coat that really works hard for you. This is when our guidance steps in.
Lisa Aiken wearing a camel coat over white jeans at fashion week.
And we're not alone in championing the iconic coat. Year in and year out, the savviest street style stars continue to choose the classic coat in favour of other standout options, confirming that this universally adored item remains the ultimate investment piece. There are many brands that specialise in this particular breed of expensive-looking outerwear—Max Mara, for example, are known for their many iterations on the camel coat. Meanwhile, on the high street, we've noticed some labels are especially good at creating them on a smaller budget: & Other Stories has become a secret little go-to for us every time we're looking to replenish our outerwear selection.
Pernille Teisbaek in a camel coat with a grey hoodie layered underneath.
Lately, camel coats with asymmetric hemlines, oversized silhouettes and belts have caught our eye—because although a classic double-breasted crombie will always tick the boxes, sometimes it's good to experiment with different silhouettes to suit your personal style tastes.
Hajra wearing a tan-coloured camel overcoat with a matching roll neck, jeans and ankle boots.
Want to see which ones are on our radar? Click through to shop our edit of the best camel coats to invest in now.
The detail on this is simply perfect.
You'll never want to take it off, promise.
Corduroy is an instant win.
The pocket detail is everything.
Arket's coats are some of the best on the high street.
We love the cut of this languid, oversized blazer.
Not sure if camel's your colour? Test it out with this.
A pea cut is a brilliant alternative to a long silhouette.
Max Mara has become the gold standard, and it's easy to see why.
For off-duty options, head straight to Weekday.
If you're splashing out, head to Saint Laurent.
Oversized styles are always a good investment.
Super smart for the office.
Perfect with jeans and sneakers.
Your Sunday brunch staple.
A cosy curve ball from VB, albeit a still chic one.
Your easy throw-on.
Belt up, look sharp.
You'll wear this 24/7.
A belted coat creates the perfect silhouette.
Everyone needs a teddy coat in their life.
The oversized shape makes it instantly cool.
Next, it's time to see the how to create a capsule wardrobe like the chic Parisians.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.