Way back in 2013 it was really hard to find a classic camel coat, let alone a GOOD camel coat… and then I found this one by SMYTHE and fell in love. It’s well-fitting, timeless and gorgeous and though it cost me an arm and a leg, it was totally worth it.
The classic style and shape reminds me of one of my all-time favorite coats I found at the Melrose/Fairfax flea market way back in the late ’90s when I was about 19 years old for $30 and I still wear it every fall/winter, over twenty years later.
When you find a great and timeless coat you can wear for years, it’s clear in this case that cost doesn’t matter. Though my $30 flea market find story is a little more fun, I’ve already gotten 7-8 years of cute outfits out of this gorgeous camel coat and have years ahead of me for more 🙂
SHOPPING TIP 1: look for a weighted/woven fabric with full luscious lining, great pockets and a perfect fit (that has a bit of contouring at the waist which is more flattering rather than a boxy shape). Opt for classic (or with a hint of retro 70s) details rather than super trendy details so it will last you a lifetime and always look chic.
SHOPPING TIP 2: if the coat comes in other color options while shopping online, look at all of them. Sometimes you can see fit better in other colors or the way the fabric lays, if it’s flattering, etc. Also read reviews if there are any and check sizing for the perfect fit.
SHOPPING TIP 3: choose a style that most fits your own personal style… the one that calls to you, not the one everyone has.
SHOPPING TIP 4: shop for coats at the end of the winter season so you can get great deals and sales since stores are trying to clear out for spring and summer styles. Also, don’t forget to check vintage and thrift shops for great coats. Usually, the cleaning bill will be more than the coat itself, and either way, you’re saving money and the environment 🙂
I love that this coat works dressed up or down 🙂 It’s very versatile for the looks I like.
MORE DETAILS: Mixing it up here with plaid pants, sneakers and pops of blue and teal
MORE DETAILS: Same plaid pants as above, but dressed up with embellished heels and a black blouse
MORE DETAILS: Classic and casual jeans and a sweater with a camel coat for an easy fall/winter outfit.
MORE DETAILS: Went full retro style pulling from ’60s-’70s for this fun look with super long flares, a simple black tank and a fun half-up-do with a bow… and one of my favorite looks 🙂
MORE DETAILS: A fun holiday look in a mini dress and fishnet tights, the camel coat gives it a nice contrast and blends with the gold hues on the dress.
MORE DETAILS: Just wore this during our last snow storm with grey jeans and a grey sweater and my snow boots.
MORE DETAILS: It’s clear I love to wear black and grey with my camel coat. I went through a red lipstick phase which I’m thinking about bringing back!
MORE DETAILS: Feeling boho chic in this outfit with a mini dress and over the knee boots
MORE DETAILS: Trying out the quarantine 2020/21 monochrome sweatsuit with a camel coat look in the snow with snow boots. This coat definitely dresses up my sweats!
MORE DETAILS: I love this look with my hair in a faux bob… closed, the camel coat looks like it’s all I’m wearing, but really I’ve got a vintage black slip dress underneath
MORE DETAILS: A dressed up casual outfit with simple jeans and an oversized turtleneck sweater and camel coat
MORE DETAILS: Vintage green 70s dress with camel coat proves this coat looks good with literally anything and any color
MORE DETAILS: Dressed up in all black for the holidays with a camel coat makes bold statement.
MORE DETAILS: Another recent outfit with my favorite black jeans and vintage striped turtleneck sweater, mixing brown and black with my camel coat
MORE DETAILS: A distressed denim skirt dressed up with a sweater and heels… man I miss wearing heels.