Saturday, August 7, 2010

C is for Camel Coat

Hello my dear readers! I hope you are having an absolutely FABULOUS weekend! Today I am sharing another excerpt from the book The One Hundred by Nina Garcia..."A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own." It shares the A-Z staples each woman should have in her wardrobe, and today we are continuing on with the letter C. :)

C is for Camel Coat:

Nina Garcia writes:

"A TRUE CLASSIC COAT that looks both elegant and expensive if the color is right (a golden tan with red to light brown undertones). The camel coat has become the ultimate uptown coat that women will wear to give their jeans an upscale air. It also brings an urbane sensibility to an all-white or all-black outfit. But this coat is not just for the sophisticated set. Every girl should have a camel coat for those winter days when she needs alternatives to the black coat. And for those nights when she feels like playing the uptown girl."


*Camel is a warm, rich color that is great to use in combination with black, white, brown.
*Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Michael Kors always make great versions.
*If you want to invest, go for genius camel hair.

FASHION 101: Camel Hair

"Camel hair is a precious fabric that is made from the underhair of a camel. The gathereres follow the camel herds collectiong hairs, which spontaneously fall. The most prized hairs come from Mongolia nad the Persian Gulf. Camel hair is often blended with wool to cut cost. A blend of camel hair and another fiber will be indicated on the label; if the item is made of pure camel hair, there will likely be a picture of a camel on the label. Always read the fine print. "

(All the information above is from the book)

Considering a Camel Coat? Here are a handful currently being offered:

So what are your thoughts? Do you own a Camel Coat? Are you considering one? Please do share. :)

Have a beautiful and blessed day!



  1. What great illustrations. Until a couple of years ago I always had a camel coat and then they became harder to find, I had planned to buy one this winter but just blew my money on a black coat, pfft!

  2. I have a camel-ish coat from JCrew (2009) but I don't love it. I think it is the Plaza. I may take it to the consignment store this month when I go through my winter things.
    Thanks for the great post!

  3. I have one of J.Crew's wool peacoats in camel and just adore it. It's from 2008 I think and has held up really well. I agree with Ms. Garcia that the more rich the undertone the more luxurious the coat looks. Mine has a lighter undertone so it doesn't look as rich, but reddish doesn't work well against my skin. Loving these posts FFM!

  4. Thank you for this post! I have been dreaming, thinking about investing in another camel coat. I also want to pick up a copy of Nina Garcia's book (so fun!). A not so good experience I had with my last cashmere/camel blend coat happened when it had moth wear -- the little peskies got a hold of my coat and had visible wearing/holing. So any suggestions to preserve and protect?

  5. FFM, do you own one? Living in Florida, my guess is you don't and I'm in the same position since I live in Arizona. There might be 2 or 3 days a year cool enough to wear one! I did invest in a good trench in a similar color though, and I think that has the same versatility and classic staying power as the camel coat, at least for my climate.

    I am really enjoying these posts. I look forward to getting all the way through the book with you.

  6. thanks for another great "letter" post. i'm working my way towards a camel coat. have nice ones in black, winter white, and gray. just haven't found a camel one that has 1) good colour as the article suggests 2) fits my price point. don't seem to have a problem finding trenches though :D

  7. Thank you for continuing to share the ABC's of fashion, FFM!
    I may have to order Nina's book. This is the publication of hers that is getting the best reviews, and I can see myself referring to it.
    Did you see the camel version of J Crew's new wool-cashmere icon trench? I love the style, but it's hard to tell if that camel is warm enough. It looks a little cool and taupe-ish.

  8. I love the look of a camel coat, but not on me. Camel is awful for my skin tone because of the yellow undertones in most shade variations. My winter coat is a very fun raspberry pink. I do wish I could wear camel - IMO I can't even get away with a khaki trench without looking ill.

  9. Hee, I was just posting on Dani's blog about my camel hair coat. I have a real camel hair overcoat that is coming up on 20 yrs old. It's ankle-length with largish shoulderpads and so slouchy that it's almost a bathrobe! I love to throw it over everything--unlike most J.Crew overcoats, it will fit over a suit jacket. It's a little worn and moth-eaten, but I just tell myself that it's a genuine "Grey Gardens" effect (forget "Little Edie goes to camp!).

  10. @ Chris re moths: After the most recent depredations I installed some cedar closet panel from Home Depot in my coat closet. My biggest tip is to go to the cleaners after every season. One year I thought I'd sponged off a latte spill, but the moth holes were in the exact pattern of the splash.

  11. I have a camel colored coat from JCrew from 2002. It is gorgeous and IMO better quality than current coats I have purchased from them. It is knee length.

    I also own a real camel hair coat that belonged to my grandmother. While gorgeous is it too heavy in weight for me to wear due to some health issues I have....maybe someday. If not, saving it for my daughter.

  12. Hi ladies! Thank you all so much for stopping by to comment! :)

    I don't own a full-length Camel Coat yet, but do plan on acquiring one sometime in the near future even though I'll probably only wear it a couple times a year. That's why I plan on investing in one with a classic design that will stand the test of time. I do have the Maggie Jacket from J.Crew in Camel, but it's not a true camel color like Ms.Garcia describes. I don't think they've offered a really good Camel shade in a while, which is too bad because I think it would sell really well.

    Jane: I think you're right about the color of the J.Crew trench. It looks very similar to the Maggie jacket I mentioned above that isn't a true camel color. I think that more retailers will offer Camel Coats this year since it is one of the *on trend* colors of the season, so you should have a good chance of finding the exact shade you want. :)

    Have a wonderful day everyone!

  13. I think a camel coat is a great piece to own; however, the color looks absolutely horrible on me so I won't be investing.

    I do sense a return to some of the 70s color palettes and a camel coat would fit right in.

    A great coat is definitely a fashion must have. But I don't think one can ever say that a particular color is a must for every person.