It has been a while since I've run an Essential Series post, but with autumn fast approaching the need for good, solid coat advice is being far more apparent. And where better to start than with the Camel Coat? This little classic is a must have for any self respecting Brit/fashionista. The colour blends in perfectly with the shades of the season, and they keep you scrummy and stylish.
I've been collecting images in my camel coat Pinterest album for months and have come to the conclusion that nothing quite says chic like a well pressed camel coat and a pair of good heels. Mine is from Whistles, bought in the sale a few years ago. I live in it. My sister wants to steal it but it's the one piece I won't even let her borrow. Every year, I get it dry cleaned in October and wear it straight through until March. I recently bought a new one from Benetton which I plan to post about over the weekend, bear with me...
You can wear it on weekends with jeans, and during the week with a white shirt and cigarette pants. The neutral colour means it really is a black canvas - you can match it with brights, or more neutrals. Definitely worth spending good money on - something like this will last you for life. Do keep an eye out during the sales for one though... You might strike gold, I did! Below are my best finds for this season...
Best places to buy one:
French Connection - You could argue this coat was made for me, it is called the Annie afterall. Chic, classic and everything a camel coat should be - not too bad for £179.
Mango - these guys are doing just so well at the moment. Here is a great find for £79.99 that ticks all the boxes nicely, and have a browse through their collection - it's rather good.
Hobbs (at Atterley Road) - Traditional tailoring brands like Hobbs never fail for essential coats and jackets. Whilst their dresses remain a tad boxy, this camel trench coat has a lovely feminine edge, and not bad for £149.
Maison Scotch (at Atterley Road) - Trust the Dutch to be such a good basic right, they are rather good aren't they? I am obsessed with MS at the moment and am delighted Atterley Road have started stocking them - about damn time. Love this wool coat, for £259.
Benetton - Don't dismiss this brand, you'll regret it. I popped into their showroom last week and spied a gorgeous camel coat - had to have it! Have a browse through the collection here - and keep your eyes peeled for my outfit post next week.
Whistles - Where my wool version is from, and 4 years on it is going strong. I spotted an amazing one at their press day, and it goes live on the site any day now...