The camel overcoat is one of the most loved wardrobe staples for the autumn-winter period. Like a fruit fly attracted to a rotting banana, you will see every guy wearing a variation of the camel coat. For this reason, I have a love/hate relationship with this colour, but what cannot be denied is the timeless quality of the camel colour.
When it comes to buying a camel overcoat, I have three simple considerations: Quality, price and details.
Quality can be measured in the garments fabrication. For an overcoat, I have one fabric rule. There should always be a high wool content. If you come across a style which has 100% polyester, throw it in the bin. You are buying a plastic coat that will age horribly. What you need to make sure there is a blend of wool and polyester. The more wool you have, the better quality it will be. In some cases, you might be lucky to find a cashmere blend. If you do my friend, you will have hit the jackpot.
What to look out for:
If you are shipping online, check the fabric and composition section, while the coat you are looking at may look outer this world, brands have amazing teams who can take a good picture and edit the hell out of it to give you the illusion that you are buying something that is of value. For the in-store shoppers, take a peak in the inside breast pocket and read through the fabric content on the label.
Set yourself an affordable budget when buying a winter coat. For me, it’s £200. You are only wearing the jacket for two seasons, spending over that amount is a bit excessive.
Details can often be overlooked, but they are the best part of choosing a camel overcoat. The first choice you have to make is single-breasted vs double-breasted.
Going for a double-breasted silhouette will give you a sartorial edge to your look. A single-breasted silhouette is more classic and has a more relaxed fit.
Is it lined or unlined? A jacket with lining tends to be more affordable as you can hide all the stitching and unfinished work behind a polyester lining. A coat that is unlined needs every inside stitching to be perfect and finished hence the price.
Here are the most affordable camel overcoats you can buy this season:
Which style is your favourite?