Style by Claire Lopez

Fifty shades of camel

Move over grey because you are no longer the neutral. Nope. It’s all about camel and it’s everywhere. Actually I am rather keen on this and enjoying a bit of a break from the grey stuff (although my house is a bit grey heavy, bar a small splash of very light pink in my daughter’s room – small concessions and all that).

Don’t be afraid of this colour because it works beautifully with black, navy, grey, burgundy, animal print, forest green, red…. need I go on. And if you aren’t sure whether it is the colour for you, maybe you just haven’t found the right shade or maybe you haven’t found the right item.

Here are the pieces of the season:

The camel sweater seems to be the item to go for and I have gone for it. I have this Mohair Blend Jumper from H&M for the princely sum of £24.99. I like it because of the dippy hem which is slightly higher at the front so covers your bum and crotch but doesn’t hang too long on your legs. I have been wearing this with skinny coated jeans and a pair of black Nike trainers. Plus a necklace to break up the long expanse of sweater.

Whistles also has this oversized Cashmere Rib Back Roll Neck Sweater £185.

At Warehouse the camel colour is lighter and softer with this Soft Longline Cardi £46.

They also have this Asymmetric Rib Jumper £45. Just add a longline necklace in gold to finish this off. This is the perfect oversized sweater in my book – not too long and straight to make you look like a rectangle, not too wide so you look like a square and the hem is helpful in not making your legs look too short. (It does also come in navy).

But they also have this Boxy Funnel Neck Jumper £39 which they are calling mustard. Well it’s definitely not the English variety but it could be French mustard.

Perhaps a plain camel is too much but what about this Oversized Camo Jumper £110 from Hush? I absolutely love this with black skinnies or coated jeans. Pop over a black longline knit coatigan/cardi and you are set.

If oversized isn’t your thing, then go for a smaller style like this Cashmere Boyfriend Jumper £185 from Hush in brown sugar. This works with joggers but put with a pair of tailored trousers and flats or loafers and you are office ready.

The other item on your hit list should be a camel coat and there are lots out there to choose from. For something traditional, try this Wool Coat £310 from Comptoir des Cotonniers.

Or this Belted Wool Coat £139 from Mango.

Boden has this Imelda Coat £198 if collars don’t work on you and clean lines are what you need.

If you are taller then Warehouse’s Double Breasted Crombie Coat £89 is worth trying.

But they also have something shorter with this Short Bonded Swing Coat £69. Size down not to be swamped as the sleeves are big on this.

A tailored style now with the Tia Coat £249 from Hobbs which is only in a 14 and 16 online.

A camel coloured boot is another option and I have a pair from Steve Madden that have been so useful. These Delilah Western Ankle Boot £70  are good from Oasis.

Schuh also has a similar pair: Galaxy Boot £50.

While at Office their Uncanny Boot is now £45 from £75.

A bit more tan than camel, but Boden’s Alford Ankle Boots £120 are a lovely casual boot.

While River Island has a slightly more fashion take with this black elastic £40.

So from tobacco, to tan, to dark beige to brown sugar, the message is clear: go warm this winter.




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