When it comes to conveying the idea of easy luxury, few other colours can stand to compete against the classic air that appears to always be describing camel. Epitomizing timeless elegance while being associated with chic yet powerful outerwear, it’s no wonder camel has managed to secure itself a dominant position within the palette of colours defining the autumn/winter menswear range.

Functional, practical but permanently veiled by an aura of sophistication, camel is the colour to embrace for fall 2014. Regardless if you’re a long-time camel devotee, or the shade is yet to find its way into your wardrobe, we are about to show you just how effortlessly you can turn camel into a statement of style during the colder months, by taking inspiration from the high fashion runways.

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A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14
A neutral tone: men's A/W '14

Camel for fall: a statement of timeless elegance.

While the upcoming fall / winter season might be keen on strengthening the unshakable bond created between camel and the elegant facet of menswear, we all know that the classic shade doesn’t really need reinforcing, given its timeless essence and its enduring presence, on and off the streets. But the lesson to learn this season is that you can start treating camel as a “new neutral” in your wardrobe, using it as a wonderful alternative for the typical grey, navy or black prevailing during the cooler months. Here’s what to consider for the coming autumn:

Refined tailoring.

If you’re on the lookout for an effortless way to transfer camel’s undeniable elegance straight into your wardrobe, the refined tailoring is the easiest route to take for fall. Think in terms of:

  • Camel suits, blazers and skinny pant silhouettes, to mix and match while maintaining a sense of formality;
  • Heavier fabrics such as wool, flannel, corduroy or tweed for both the suits, and the smart separates;
  • Basic tops, lightweight knits, white button-downs, roomy bags and chic footwear to style the suiting pieces come fall.

How to wear camel for men
Camel shades on the runway at Louis Vuitton and Salvatore Ferragamo, F/W ’14

Classic outerwear.

Growing synonymous with powerful outerwear, camel is bound to serve as the focal point of your fall ensembles when representing this essential wardrobe category. This season, be on the lookout for:

  • Both single and double-breasted overcoats, bearing traditional silhouettes or slightly oversized proportions;
  • Slim cuts, medium lengths and clean lines for an overall sophisticated look;
  • Slim suits, jeans and jumpers, to pair with the camel overcoats and to transition from formal to casual with the most ease.

How to wear camel for men
Camel shades on the runway at Les Hommes and Andrea Incontri, F/W ’14

How to wear camel this fall.

While it would be difficult to get it wrong with such a luxurious shade as camel, a little inspiration on how to best wear the colour this fall couldn’t possibly hurt. The secret is to aim for that timeless simplicity, without having to compromise, or reshape your personal aesthetic.

Head-to-toe vs. a dash of camel.

A head-to-toe camel look represents the statement approach to the colour trend, an approach that promises to look just as impeccable as it sounds. For this:

  • Opt for one, or more camel, caramel, or beige tones to pair together for a striking effect;
  • Apply the same rule to the choice of fabrics and textures, remembering to mix in both heavy and weightless materials;
  • Pay special attention to proportions, making sure to avoid having your outfits looking too bulky, or too insubstantial.

If a full on camel look is too much to handle, use the elegant colour on a smaller scale by introducing a single camel item into your outfit. Pick:

  • Light cardigans or jumpers to team with both a tailored pair of pants, and a pair of jeans;
  • Contrasting colours like purple and oxblood to accentuate the sophisticated feel of camel;
  • Plaid and check prints to gift the timeless camel with just enough of a modern touch.

How to wear camel for men
Camel shades on the runway at Calvin Klein Collection and Hackett, F/W ’14

Casual sophistication.

From the thoughtfully casual to the strictly formal, camel is the shade to make the most of this fall. When it comes to the everyday ensembles, camel can be used to effortlessly elevate the apparent laid-back feel of the looks with more of a polished finish. For this:

  • Choose camel-coloured chunky knits and tailored pants to style with heavy boots, cool caps and oversized scarfs;
  • Pick bulky turtlenecks to wear with a complementary pair of leather pants, a light folio and lace-up shoes;
  • Seek easy jumpers to layer on top of a simple button-down, and to pair with basic jeans and statement overcoats.

How to wear camel for men
Camel shades on the runway at Daks, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Valentino, F/W ’14

Timeless elegance.

You can always trust camel to emphasize the elegance already building your everyday choice of chic ensembles. To channel this timeless sophistication, think in terms of:

  • Structured tailoring, like a pair of camel trouser, to be dressed up with classic button downs and boxy sweaters in neutral tones;
  • Camel overcoats to be used as a finishing touch for a smart-casual ensemble, particularly when set against an equally sophisticated palette of gray tones;
  • Camel blazers to layer against sturdy turtlenecks, and style with tailored pants dipped in equally refined earthy tones.

How to wear camel for men
Camel shades on the runway at No.21, DSquared2 and Berluti, F/W ’14

Complementary shades.

If you need further proof that camel is the easiest shade to integrate into your fall wardrobe, perhaps the complementary shades known to perfectly work with its classic appeal will end up convincing you. We’re talking:

  • Dark shades of red, burgundy, wine and maroon;
  • Light blues, midnight blues and navy;
  • Black and white, but also gray, rust and orange.

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Camel shades on the runway at Daks, Gucci and Raf Simons, F/W ’14

Camel colour trend: key pieces.

It’s never too late to invest in a camel staple in order to fully upgrade your essential wardrobe. This fall, you should consider:

  • The ubiquitous camel coat, in either of its single, double-breasted, single-button or buttonless renditions;
  • The classic pair of camel trousers, making sure to seek them out in luxe fabrics and skinny silhouettes;

How to wear camel for men
Camel shades on the runway at Versace and Fendi, F/W ’14

  • The cropped camel jacket bearing extravagant details to pair with minimal, black tailoring;
  • The camel peacoat to style with plaid and gunwale check patterns;

How to wear camel for men
Camel shades on the runway at Ermenegildo Zegna and Kolor, F/W ’14

  • Both soft, light jumpers, and chunkier cable knits in luxurious camel shades to use when building your fall layers.

How to wear camel for men
Camel shades on the runway at DSquared2 and No.21, F/W ’14

For more inspiration on how to put specific looks together, you’d do well to check out the gallery above. It’s filled with examples of how camel clothes for men were styled on the runways.

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