Wardrobe Essentials | The Camel Coat
There are few things in life I like more than a classic camel coat.
Well, that and miniature ponies, obviously, but everyone likes miniature ponies, don’t they? (Please don’t comment to say you hate miniature ponies: my faith in humanity is shaky enough right now, and I’m just not sure it could take a knock like that. Thanks.)
I’ve owned quite a few different camel coats throughout my life, but I think this one is my favourite so far: which is funny, really (Note: not really), because it was also the cheapest. It was originally from New Look, which means it wouldn’t have been expensive to start with, but I found this one on eBay a few months ago. It was £20, it was brand new with tags, and it was in my size: well, can you blame me for immediately adding it to my Watch List? Most amazingly of all, it was still there a couple of days later, at which point I decided I’d played “chicken” for long enough with it, and hit the “Buy Now” button. I’ve no idea when it was released, but it did appear to be brand new when it arrived, so I figured I’d gotten a bit of a bargain… which is really unlike me, because most of the time I end up paying way too much for stuff on eBay, because once people start bidding against me, it’s WAR, basically. If you sell stuff on eBay, you want me to be bidding on them – trust me on this.
Now, this coat is actually much better quality than I’d have expected from New Look – or for any £20 coat, really – but that’s the thing about camel coats, isn’t it? Even when they’re cheap, they have a way of looking expensive, especially – in my opinion, at least – when they’re paired with other shades of camel and tan. I know the ‘One Colour Palette to Rule Them All’ look isn’t for everyone, and that some people, who believe every outfit must contain a ‘”pop of colour” or it just doesn’t count, find it very dull indeed, but I love it. I always think it creates quite a luxe look, somehow, so I’m actually quite surprised that it’s taken me so long to get around to wearing this coat with the almost-matching camel dress. Seriously, Amber, get a grip, woman!
Unfortunately, this photo shoot ended up being a bit of a bust: it was much windier than it looks in these photos, and there was a truck driver parked opposite us, who started honking his horn as soon as we got out of the car, and then sat and watched us like we were putting on a show or something. Awkward. The result was that you can’t really see the coat all that well, but on the plus side: it’s a camel coat – what else do you need to know?
(Oh: you probably need to know that I AM wearing tights here, even although I probably look like I’m not. I actually can’t remember what the brand is, because I bought them ages ago, but they’re those ‘oiled leg’ ones, and I really like them, because they basically look like bare legs, only better. And yes, they’re warm enough for short periods of exposure to the harsh – although not really on THIS day, actually – February temperatures, I promise…)
Coat: New Look via eBay
Bag: Michael Kors via Shopbop*)