Style by Claire Lopez

Camel Tones: The March Workwear Issue

Really of all the things to be having a fashion moment, who’d have thought something as potentially drab as camel would be one of them. But no, camel is the height of chic and indeed doing a top to toe look will earn you the most kudos. However, there are plenty of ways to do the look if you just want a spot and for spring it is the perfect addition to lighten up your workwear wardrobe.

Head to toe

M&S Tie Front 3/4 Sleeve Shift Dress £35 would be perfect for the office. It’s already sold out online in sizes up to 12 but is available in stores. Pair this with court shoes for a classic look and you can go with anything from black/navy to a more interesting spot of animal print or even red. If you like the dress style, it does also come in other colour options.

For a more bodycon look &Other Stories Ribbed Turtleneck Midi Dress £79 is a versatile piece that is good for work or will work just as well with trainers.

Or they also have this Belted Workwear Midi Dress £69 which you can wear layered up with a roll neck underneath and tights/boots now.

If it’s more flexibility that you’re after then go with M&S Knitted A-Line Midi Skirt £35 and matching Long Sleeved Top £25 which you can obviously wear separately if you so wish. The skirt comes in regular and long lengths.


You can just add one piece into your repertoire instead of drenching yourself in the stuff. This Suede A-Line Midi Skirt £199 from M&S is a real winner. It looks fab with a simple black sweater as styled here, but you could easily wear with a winter white instead. Swap the shoes for longer boots for a more casual look.

Topshop’s Satin Bias Midi Skirt £29 is basically sold out online apart from in 12 but stores did have stock and this would be a double win in terms of style and colour. This is something you can do a lot of different things with and dress it up with heels and sweater for work or down with boots/trainers.

New Look also has a similar style £19.99 which is also mostly sold out apart from in a couple of sizes. These bias cut skirts are definitely the hot item of the moment.

For a pair of trousers try these Paperbag Trousers £25.99 from Zara. You don’t have to style them in this casual, summery way and now with a roll neck and shoe boots or heels they would be great.

H&M also has a couple of styles like these Ankle Length Tie Belt Trousers £19.99 which look lovely with a simple cream blouse.

Or these Paper bag Trousers £19.99 which also have a matching Jacket £24.99 that you could do a co-ord with or wear separately.

An easy win is to wear a camel sweater and Zara has its Basic Sweater with Buttons £19.99

Or this Sweater with Contrast Collar £29.99, both of which can be worn with any tailoring from skirts to trousers and culottes.

The camel coat

This is not something that will go out of fashion and is the perfect shade to wear into the spring when you want to lighten up. Zara does a great line in affordable coats and this Masculine Coat £79 will be fab for work or with jeans. For me this is a complete wardrobe essential.

For a more luxurious style go belted Belted Wrap Coat £49.99. This is unlined so perfect for the warmer weather.

Or try this one from John Lewis £199

Reiss also has a lovely trench/coat hybrid in this Winona Longline Coat £295. The colour combination here with the light grey and cream is absolutely gorgeous – super sophisticated and a lovely palette for the spring for work.

And if you are wondering what to pair with your new camel purchases, other than black or navy, then try cream which always looks sophisticated. For an impact red and pinks will make a statement and if appropriate some leopard/snake or other animal print will definitely inject some fun.

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