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Camel coats are the key to completing your winter staple wardrobe – here are 12 of our favourites

Harper's Bazaar (UK) Logo By Abigail Southan of Harper's Bazaar (UK) | Slide 1 of 13: We don't need to tell you that, for women at least, the camel coat will never date. Whereas navy and black are elegant in an understated way, biscuity beige and caramel shades will always spell out luxury. From Lauren Bacall’s sequin-lined ‘Subway’ design and Jackie Kennedy’s neat-as-a-pin ‘60s styles, to the sumptuous wrap numbers Marilyn Monroe wore on set, camel coats have been a signifier of chic for as long as we can remember. Since 1908, in fact, when the outerwear was first created (by British brand Jaeger) from actual camel hairs, the rough strands forming a tactile but resilient nap. Fast forward to the 21st century, and we’ve swapped this fabric for softer wool, cashmere and mohair iterations. The key shapes remain the same however. Which means: buy a camel coat now and you’ll still be wearing it for years to come. The secret to longevity is in a timeless silhouette; so we’ve narrowed down the only 12 worth investing in. You don’t need them all, of course, but keep a few hanging in your wardrobe and you’ll be uniformed for every occasion. From classic chesterfield and belted iterations, to on-trend leather styles, here’s Bazaar's pick of the best camel coats out there.

We don't need to tell you that, for women at least, the camel coat will never date. Whereas navy and black are elegant in an understated way, biscuity beige and caramel shades will always spell out luxury.

From Lauren Bacall’s sequin-lined ‘Subway’ design and Jackie Kennedy’s neat-as-a-pin ‘60s styles, to the sumptuous wrap numbers Marilyn Monroe wore on set, camel coats have been a signifier of chic for as long as we can remember. Since 1908, in fact, when the outerwear was first created (by British brand Jaeger) from actual camel hairs, the rough strands forming a tactile but resilient nap.

Fast forward to the 21st century, and we’ve swapped this fabric for softer wool, cashmere and mohair iterations. The key shapes remain the same however. Which means: buy a camel coat now and you’ll still be wearing it for years to come.

The secret to longevity is in a timeless silhouette; so we’ve narrowed down the only 12 worth investing in. You don’t need them all, of course, but keep a few hanging in your wardrobe and you’ll be uniformed for every occasion. From classic chesterfield and belted iterations, to on-trend leather styles, here’s Bazaar's pick of the best camel coats out there.

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