Wardrobe Staple: The Camel Coat

Late last year while I was in France, I passed by a Max Mara shop and remembered that I was supposed to pick up a camel coat for my mom for winter. I went in to do some shopping, and ended up leaving with not one, but two camel coats. An excellent moment for my closet, a terrible packing conundrum (I never check baggage if I can help it).

Since then, I’ve been wearing my camel coat quite a bit, and it’s been a wonderful item to have through winter. My only regret is that I didn’t pick up a camel coat sooner – it’s definitely (in my opinion, if it works for you) a wardrobe staple!

Here’s mine, which I like to wear it both open and closed. I ended up buying my mom the classic Rialto style with the hood, and I chose a more oversized model.

Maxmara Coat

I like the big sleeves, even though Mr. Feather muttered “Jedi Knight” when I was taking these pictures. I’ll need to get them shortened at the tailor at some point!

This is my first camel hair item (I think) and I was debating between black and tan. I felt that the classic tan showed off the texture of the fabric perfectly.

Maxmara camel 3

I tried to find less expensive versions of camel hair coats, but after some research it seems that Max Mara is actually (gulp) quite fairly priced. So if you’re looking for one, it might make sense just to stick with the classic.

Maxmara Camel

The coat I purchased isn’t available online, but you can find one of the most classic versions of this coat, the Manuel, at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales.

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  • Tabitha
    February 5, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I’ve got the Rialto, the hood is so handy here and also the long classic one but I have trouble with belts, I always feel like a sack of potatoes! The camel colour of Maxmara coats is perfect for my skin ( and yours) and cheers up all of my winter black.

  • Olivia
    February 5, 2015 at 10:58 am

    A beautiful coat that looks great on you! I love Maxmara. I have the Manuela in black and have been contemplating the Rialto as well. They are certainly not cheap, but I’ve worn mine to death for the past 3 winters and it is as good as new. A true classic which hopefully will last me many more years to come. I’m glad to see the coats and RTW starting to become more readily available here in the States too.

  • Luxuriously Frugal
    February 6, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Love the coat on you! The color is great too. Sometimes I wish I am in a colder climate that allows me to wear coats like this. But other times, I feel fortunate that I am saving money on coats!

  • ella
    February 6, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I just love MaxMara coats so much. Camel doesn’t work for me (washes me out), but I have a puffer, a rain jacket, and a navy wool coat from there and they are all beautifully made and wear incredibly well. I love the styling – I feel like it has a very Jackie O flair to it.

    • Katherine
      February 6, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Navy is gorgeous! I’d love to add a great piece of navy outerwear one day 🙂

  • ella
    February 6, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Oh, and yours looks great on you!!

  • Cassie
    February 6, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I swear this year is the year of the camel coat with all of the blogs I read. Have you found it to be a bit of a dust magnet, or is it pretty good in that regard? I have a dog at home and while I’d love a lighter colour coat I’m concerned that the texture would attract the hair.

    • Katherine
      February 6, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      It’s been good! I don’t have pets though so can’t comment to that, though I think it might even hide some pet hair that got caught, LOL.

  • Iris
    February 6, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I read your blog religiously. I was so inspired by your X items a year purchase resolution that I started a spreadsheet for myself. Thank you for being so helpful! I will keep reading your blogs.

    • Katherine
      February 8, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I hope that you find the spreadsheet useful 🙂