Camel coats never really went out of fashion, yet just yesterday the Olsen sisters (the non-twin type) Ashley and Elizabeth were both snapped out and about in NYC sporting the classic cover-up. We had forgotten how chic this wardrobe essential is, so are mighty grateful to the stylish clan for putting it back on our radar. Let's take a quick refresher course in finding the perfect camel coat, shall we?
- Choose your length: Short or long, a camel coat will still look good — as Ashley and Elizabeth well prove — but how you wear it should differ. Longer overcoat styles look best with clean, monochrome ensembles (to reduce bulk) where as shorter, blazer styles will work with tiered tops, flirty print dresses and shorter under layers.
- Aim for classic details: The genius thing about this topper is that it will literally go with anything, so don't limit your options by choosing coloured trims, loud buttons or contrasting collars. Simple tortoiseshell, gold or black buttons are perfect. Less really is more.
- Be prepared to invest: When buying classic wardrobe items, like a coat, you should consider paying a little bit more in order to get the best fabric possible. Look at the label. Natural fibres like wool, cashmere or angora mixes will stand the test of time better than an acrylic or poly-blend.