How to Find the Perfect Camel Coat | Camel Coat and Scalloped Bag

Camel Coat, black bodysuit, leopard heels

Top: Forever 21 bodysuit, Zara coat (similar here, more affordable here) || Bottoms: Zara jeans  (similar here) || Accessories: ASOS bag (old, similar here), LOFT sunglasses, Kate Spade necklace (similar here) || Shoes: Sole Society Jenn pumps

Today's outfit is brought to you in part by this camel coat that's been on serious rotation this winter! I can't stress enough how life-changing a simple camel coat can be for a girl's wardrobe! While I like to think that a masculine-cut camel coat can be paired with virtually anything, I happen to love the way it looks when paired with other neutral colors like black, brown and leopard (which incorporates black, brown and camel, thus tying the look together).
I got a few questions recently regarding finding the right camel coat and while I don't exactly have a one-size-fits-all solution for what's right for your wardrobe, I have a few things I considered before buying mine:

Come up with a reasonable budget:
I'm trying to de-Forever 21 my wardrobe at the moment and for me, that means living with less clothes but having a small but quality wardrobe. It also means that I'm going to end up shelling out more money for classic pieces. I set a budget of $250 for a basic wool camel coat when I stumbled upon this gorgeous number from Zara for around $200. For me, this is worth it but if you're not ready to dish out that much money, set your budget smaller and look for coats at stores that will fit the bill (pun unintended). Keep in mind that every wardrobe and style is different and there's nothing wrong with a cute camel coat from Forever 21 if that's where your budget is (that's where mine was too!)

Think about the cut and color:
I personally love a classic, yet somewhat masculine cut when it comes to coats. I find them to be more versatile for my lifestyle and timeless. I knew that I didn't want a loose "boyfriend coat" look as those styles tend to overwhelm my petite frame. I wanted a coat that was long enough to cover my thighs but not too long. Finally, I wanted to find a camel coat in a shade that would be darker than my trench coat so I wouldn't feel like I wasted money on duplicate items. Having an idea in mind as to what styles and cuts look best on you can help when you're out shopping for that perfect camel coat. Maybe what looks best on you is the complete opposite of what I wanted. Write that down before your next shopping trip and when you find a camel coat, run down and check off whether or not it has what you're looking for.

Don't settle:
I've fallen into that shopping trap where I'm just so desperate to find something I want so I end up buying the closest thing to what I really want instead...only to find that the next week I actually find what I truly wanted. If your budget is on the higher side for a coat, definitely don't settle for anything less than what you want. Trust me, a better camel coat will come to you. That list of what you wanted out of a camel coat? Unless the coat has everything on your list (or at the very least, most of the things on your list), don't buy it. You should love your coat, it shouldn't be an afterthought.

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Do you have any tips on buying investment pieces like camel coats? Let me know what they are in the comments!

7 comments

  1. This coat is gorgeous! And I totally agree with you when it comes to investing in statement pieces. Since shifting from Primark and Forever 21 a few months back, I have massively reduced impulse buys and stopped basically wasting my money for poor quality clothes. Two years ago I got a beautiful camel coat from Marks&Spencer, it was more on the expensive side but it was so worth it - I've worn it countless times and it's still as beautiful as when it was new.
    This outfit is gorgeous by the way, I love the touch of leopard print!

    Julia x
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  2. I love these tips, I totally agree! And oh my god, I'm also trying to de-Forever 21 my wardrobe too. It's so painful paying more for clothes, but so nice when the hems don't unravel after one wash *cries* This coat is incredible on you! And your handbag is so cute!
    -Francesca

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  3. Such a classic and staple piece! Love this cut on you!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE

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  4. You nailed it with the 'dont settle' section ! That happens wayy too often !

    Great styling :)

    http://talesoftwoblog.blogspot.com/

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  5. I couldn't agree more on your advice! You obviously know what you are talking about bc that coat looks gorgeous on you!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  6. I love this coat on you! I totally agree about the masculine shape. I actually wear my boyfriend's camel coat sometimes but I always have to safety pin it through the lining so I don't look like I'm wearing a bag!

    Ciara
    www.ciarasalloum.com

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  7. I totally agree with the tips you stated in the article! I found my perfect camel coat at new look for 50 or something euros, but it does look more expensive as it has a classic cut. I am veeery happy with it and I've received so, so many compliments regarding it! A camel coat for sure is a staple piece in any women's closet!

    www.callmemaddie.com

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