All-time autumn classic is reborn

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Yes, your own mother probably wore one... but it’s not boring, it’s fashion chic for grown-ups, says Elaine Singleton

Camels – large, tatty, spitty creatures. Camel – colour of classic clothing.

The difference between the two is cavernous. One is an immense creature, useful for schlepping things around in the desert. The other is, well beige really. A bit boring.

That said, the shade of taupe, nude, caramel, whatever, showed up widely on the catwalk shows in the autumn of last year and is now inexorably creeping into high street shops.

And guess what? Worked right it’s not looking that dated after all. Avoid the tweedy country lady look by wearing it with black to make it sharp or even red to give it a flaming edge.

A camel coat or jacket over an LBD or switch it about with a military black jacket over a taupe dress in a chic twist.

Investing in a camel coat is a major step. Dip your toes with a caramel knit or classic chinos. Wear with a little gold in the shape of chunky jewellery or a scarf and you have instant 2010 re-invented classic.

The trenchcoat from Freemans is very Allo Allo “I shall say zis only wernce,” but revel in that whole French Resistance look. Might be wise to avoid a beret though.

New Look has embraced the whole camel look with wild enthusiasm. To avoid appearing like an explosion in a beige factory, choose one or two items at most and include a colour.

If camel clothing leaves you cold you can always experiment with accessories like this super excellent bag from Debenhams and the camel crombie coat from Jasper Conran’s J range is knife-edge sharp.

Camel crombie coat �190, grainy trousers �45, 3/4 ruched gloves �22 and jagger tote �85, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams

Camel crombie coat �190, grainy trousers �45, 3/4 ruched gloves �22 and jagger tote �85, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams

CC, which used to be Country Casuals, can be relied upon to be constantly classic though this camel coat veers well away from any suggestion of boring with its eye-catching funnel-neck detailing.