camel coat with tan shoes and handbag

tan shoes and handbag with camel coat

camel coat with matching knitted dress

camel coat with matching dress and tan accessoriesThere 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…)

camel coat with camel knit dress and tan shoes

WEARING:

Coat: New Look via eBay

Dress: Oasis

Shoes: Office

Bag: Michael Kors via Shopbop*)

12 Comments
  1. Tan is not one of my colours, it somehow makes me think about classic style and high heels. And those things are not me. 😀 Amber, you look wonderful in this outfit. 🙂

  2. I love camel coats too, and I can see why this is your favourite – the long lapels with one button fastening is very elegant. Cameland tan look great together, especially on you. As for pop of colour – your hair provides that. Love this outfit.

  3. I love love love tan! And coats! And your shades!
    That aside, your hair is your statement piece and pop of colour (hope you don’t mind me saying so, from one faux-red haired lady, to the au naturel one), plus you make the one colour wardrobe effortlessly chic!

  4. That coat looks way more expensive than a New Look one, what a bargain for £20! I rarely tend to do the ‘one colour’ look, but I think this outfit looks really sophisticated. I loved the look you created with your new mint Boden coat too, with the matching dress. Both outfits look amazing on you!

  5. The outfit looks great, especially the bag, I love that tan colour!
    I was snickering at the ‘truck driver honking like crazy’ part, it seems these photo shoots often pick the attention of the most, ahem, bizarre people that feel the need to stare or rudely make their dissatisfaction or appreciation apparent… I seem to have the same ‘bad luck’ when having my photos taken, it’s either people stopping in their tracks to stare gaping (and in Rome’s city center, filled to the brim with tourists, nonetheless), or occasionally the rude comment. Just months ago I was taking a selfie with a friend in front of a picturesque cafeteria, and a group of no(i)sy teenagers just walked past us and started laughing like crazy and pointing at us. For no apparent reason. People are not well, lol.

  6. Amber, I have this exact coat too and have worn it all winter! Mine was purchased at New Look – it cost £35, so definitely still a bargain. I usually wear mine with a big chunky tartan scarf. The outfit looks great on you. Enjoy the coat! 🙂

  7. Ooh, speaking of awkward… (Well, at least I didn’t honk.). I read and responded to your Valentine’s Day post before I read this, and now I feel like a creepy stalker! You are lovely, and I hope the poor truck driver was simply entranced. Our area recently received about 33 centimeters of snow and with the blizzard-type winds, some of the drifts are over peoples’ heads- – quite a sight! When I saw 6 or 7 handsome, strong men standing on a porch-like roof, shoveling, it reminded me of the chimney sweeps in “Mary Poppins.” So, being incredibly bored, I parked my car and watched. (I also DO need some help shoveling at home so asking for THAT wasn’t creepy? Right?) You, and your camel coat, probably made that poor truck driver’s day.

  8. First, I recently found this blog and a handful of other blogs. I’m still catching up. Second, I do like miniature ponies, except when they try to take a bite out of someone’s finger or other protruding appendage. (It was a petting zoo, I was about twelve or so, and it was someone else’s finger. It didn’t help that the unfortunate young girl whose finger was chewed on had stuck said finger through the fence, or that the pony thought it might be food.) Third, monochromatic harmonies fascinate me, unless the effect is so garish that the wearer looks like a flight attendant on a spaceship, in which case I will take the time to wish (silently) that the other person would leave off. That said, rock on–I don’t see too many people venturing outside the “safe zone” of black or gray or navy these days, although here in Los Angeles you do glimpse a fair number of improbable combinations, as in head-to-toe purple (I saw this at a train station once) or waifish floral printed dresses with puffy coats.

    A thought: Camel and tan are both variants of brown, which in its turn is a relative of orange. I don’t dare hit my stride on this one–studying the color wheel and various harmonies (on your own time yet!) does a number on your head, and it does have an effect on your viewpoint re getting dressed. I will say, however, that it is unusual and wonderful to see different variations on the same harmonic in the same composition, or rather, the same outfit.

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