Words by Charlie Britton
As Autumn sets in and the Winter months loom in the not so far distance, a good coat is a vital piece in any mans wardrobe. For the past couple of Winters, the camel coat has been a staple addition to any outerwear range, and this year it’s not going anywhere.
From retails such as A.P.C and Burberry, to the high street giants of River Island and TopMan, the undeniably British camel coat is making a shining appearance in this years Autumn collections. If a camel coat is something you already own, or you are considering purchasing, here is where you’ll find out how to make the most of it.
This year, almost every designer has created some form of camel coat, whether it may be an overcoat, mac or duffle coat. The neutral camel colour works effortlessly with almost any look and it pairs with many other monochrome and saturated colours beautifully, allowing for an extensive range of styling.
This A.P.C coat is a beautiful piece, perfect for the coming colder months. Its tailored shape and streamline cut is fitting for any outfit, whether you’re pairing it with a shirt and trousers, or some jeans and a t-shirt. As you can see, this coat can be worn effortlessly with a denim shirt, some slim fitting jeans and a clean pair of white sneakers, so it doesn’t limit you to formal occasions at all.
This Whistles Menswear coat is slightly darker in shade then the A.P.C coat, with contrasting buttons and a breast pocket. This coat is again, perfect for any outfit, whether your rocking a suit or some raw denim jeans. Constructed from Spanish wool, this coat will undoubtedly keep you warm in the winter, and it’s traditional shape leaves room for layering under a jumper or a suit jacket.
The high street retailers are also rocking the camel coats this season. This River Island coat is very similar to the A.P.C coat, although the shade is unquestionably darker. A fraction of the price too, this RI piece is a great alternative if you don’t want to splash out too much of your hard earned cash. They’ve styled this coat with a classic oxford shirt, some black trousers and a pair of suede shoes, perfect for a smart-casual event. Swap out the trousers for some chinos and throw on some sneakers and your good to go for a roast at your local.
Last but most definitely not least, we have the TOPMAN coat. This coat is slightly different to the others, avoiding the use of exterior pockets completely, leaving a seamless finish from top to bottom. Again, this coat will not break the bank, and is a slightly lighter shade alternative to the River Island coat. This coat’s shape is also slightly more relaxed, pairing perfectly with jeans and a t-shirt or hoodie. This jacket has been styled with a Breton style tee, showing how versatile and clash-free this staple garment is.
A man who knows a thing or two about style and is at the forefront of fashion, Patrick Grant, British fashion designer and creative director of Norton & Sons of Savile Row, amongst other things, briefly explains in this short clip why the camel coat is such a timeless wardrobe staple, so if you don’t want to take our word for it, you can most definitely take his.
As you now know, the Camel Coat is a perfect addition to your wardrobe. Its versatility and effortlessly clean finish makes for an essential garment this coming season, and will carry you through to Summer next year, without aging one bit. Lastly, as Samuel Johnson once said, “A man with a good coat upon his back meets with a better reception than he who has a bad one”, and here at Clothes-Make-The-Man, we couldn’t agree more.