Style Tips for This Season’s Hottest Color: Camel
After the menswear shows in London, Florence, Milan, and Paris this past January, it was very clear that camel would be the “it” color trend for fall. However, this autumn/winter is not the season that camel sparked designers’ interest; it was a few seasons ago that the camel color found its place on the radar for fashionistas and gentlemen who followed the trends. If you were an early adopter of the trend, you may already have the most coveted fall staple already in your closet, the camel coat to keep you well equipped for the cold months ahead. For those less up to speed, this color is still something new to learn and get used to. Allow us to explain.
Camel is a universally flattering color, and WhoWhatWear calls it “the color that makes everything else more expensive.” Plus, top designers like Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, and Miuccia Prada, embraced camel this season in their collections, focusing on knitwear, trousers, and coats. “The camel coat is a staple and also one of the first styles we put into work for our in-house collection,” said Thom Scherdel, buyer at men’s e-tailer The Idle Man to FashionBeans. “We’re finding that colored coats are outselling black and navy nearly five to one. We sold out of our camel coat in just two weeks and they’ve only just now come back in stock.” That said, here are some key camel color pieces to wear this fall and winter.
First things first: The camel coat
The camel coat is the most versatile of all camel colored pieces: “A camel coat is definitely a versatile piece, both in terms of color adjacency and styling options,” says Scherdel. You can easily layer a tailored camel overcoat over a suit, or if you choose one in a lighter color, you can easily anchor it by wearing an outfit with darker colors like navy or charcoal, says FashionBeans. Additionally, if you want to be a little more adventurous and tailor your look to be a little more rock ‘n roll, Scherdel suggests pairing your camel coat with an all-black ensemble, finished off with a pair of Chelsea boots. Or you can try wearing a grey marl sweatshirt with fitted denim jeans underneath. Instant cool.
The shearling jacket
Today’s shearling style jacket is what FashionBeans calls the biggest trend for autumn/winter 2015. Everyone from Coach to Burberry Prorsum had their own take on this classic, and every man should have one piece of well-built outerwear in his cold-weather wardrobe. The shearling jacket promises warmth, or the “sartorial equivalent of a sheepskin rug,” whether it’s real or faux shearling. Plus, it exudes an air of Steve McQueen, aka “the king of cool.” Pair your shearling jacket with a simple t-shirt and slim fitting jeans or layer it over an oxford and crew neck sweater pairing. This jacket is a show-stopping solid investment and a lesson in rugged style that every man should embrace.
Since the biggest noted camel pieces are outerwear, pieces you choose to incorporate into your outfit in the camel color are accents and a partial embrace of the trend, go all the way with statement outerwear. Be it pants, scarves, hats, knit pullovers, trousers, crew knits, backpacks, or chinos, they are all fantastic substitutes for your go-to neutral color palettes of similar pieces you already own. Try some of these great layering additions for your winter wear as well as outerwear accents.