November 22, 2010  ·  style

In praise of camel

It's been a couple of years since we issued our ode to brown, but our love for the earthiest of earth tones only grows stronger as each autumn arrives. And that's what brings us to camel, the colour that answers the question "what if there was a sort of brown that we could wear with more brown?" Just as actual camels vary greatly in appearance, so has the colour camel grown to mean everything from a deep golden tan to a sort of washed-out, desaturated khaki. The entire gamut has its uses, from pale topcoats that frame a dark suit to sweaters to wool trousers. You can of course buy coats that are actually made from camel hair, but unless you light your cigars with $100 bills, good old camel-coloured wool or cashmere is probably good enough for most of us.

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