Don’t get the hump if your unsure how to style this season’s must-have colour. Get it?
Camel is definitely the defining colour of this Autumn Winter season and like every defining colour the trend setters (we still don’t know who these people are?) tell us, its a notoriously difficult colour to embrace.
The Camel Coat
It is one of the greatest conundrums of men’s fashion. On the one hand, it brings to mind dodgy wheeler-dealers with signet rings and a van full of dodgy merchandise.
On the other, it exudes more confidence, sophistication and creativity than almost anything in the male wardrobe, for those brave enough to wear it. I speak, of course, of the enigmatic camel coat.
Across collection after collection, camel is once again the stylish man’s choice. Look around and you’ll quickly see camel (or beige) featuring prominently in everything from bombers to suiting. Check out Topman, Jaeger, M&S and Sandro for inspiration.
Key to avoiding any associations with members of the Trotter family are the new camel rules – stick to cleaner lines, sharper cuts and a lighter weight. Go for garments that have had all of that 1970s-style heft lifted out of their construction. Camel jackets are a great way to channel the look if you don’t feel confident in a knee-length coat. If you do go for an overcoat, then just remember it’s a statement piece that certainly doesn’t need to be shackled with suits or formal wear. Colour-block skinny jeans, polos, T-shirts, slim-cut wool trousers and pumped-up trainers provide a modern twist.
The Camel Sweater
A camel sweater is the perfect basic and a great alternative to black. Work with layers and texture to keep interest. I would wear mine with a plain white shirt and my trusty denim jacket.
For the braver amongst us men you could embrace the colour in your outfit head-to-toe. I would do this buy wearing a camel over shirt with a white long line and chinos.
I would team camel with formalwear, which in my opinion lends itself well too think brogues, loafers or suede shoes, with bold patterned socks (or none at all) to amp up the style factor. Alternatively, opt for a crisp white shirt, a loose black tie and sharp black jeans and you’ll be as cool as a desert camel this season.