We love camel, and we love black. Separately they’re smart, attractive and stylish, but put them together, and you have something special. You’ll find these classics at opposite ends of the neutral range, but give edgy black the chance to take soft warm camel out of its comfort zone, and it will deliver a class act.
Imagine a camel-coloured duffle with fur-lined hood and black skinnies, complemented by an animal print tote! Innovate with colour blocks, and accessorise darkly. Wrap up in a camel cape or poncho, and conceal a chain-handled mini bag or a clutch beneath it, or wear a fuzzy coat in the colour over a dusky leather skirt.
Throw a camel coat over a sooty turtle neck, pencil and booties, or substitute a tee and ripped jeans. Pull a beige sweater over dark skinnies, or stick to a light cardigan and pleated skirt, but define with a contrasting across the body bag. Display both on a hooped sweater dress with an oversized camel scarf, black knee-high boots, and chunky gold chain necklace.
A trench is a sort of default style for camel, but dark buttons will stand out. Match it with a gold-detailed black sweater, jeans, heels and an oversized bag. Go totally noir instead with jacket, jumper and pants offset by just a fedora in the paler shade, or plump for all-over camel and then accessorise in black instead.
Alternatively, make your outerwear a sombre affair over a light sweater. Sneak in a little white on a monochrome dress, but revert to camel for the topper. Team black jeans with nude shoes, and drag on a beanie, or mix textures, such as faux-leather and wool or jersey.
Look for a bag with contrasting detail, or choose two-tone. Pull on light-coloured boots or mustard tights with dark clothes, or reverse the order with over-the-knees and a smart camel coat or suit. Black faux-leather provides the perfect foil for a beige hue – think pants, pleats or bomber, offset with a camel jacket, culottes or button-through pencil (topped with a punched leather jacket – wow!).
The point is that a subtle colour like camel can be lifted and led by black, which in turn can hope for its hard edges to get a makeover. We think that once you grasp that, you’re on your way to a sensational look.
Camel And Black Outfits: The featured photo is of Ellen Claesson wearing an all black and camel outfit, camel coloured oversized sweater from Zara, black jeans from Gina Tricot and the ankle boots are from Acne Studios
Valerie Husemann pairs a gorgeous camel polo neck jumper with a black mini skirt and a fresh take on the brogues trend. Adapt this look for colder weather by wearing it with tights or a scarf!
Outfit: Selected Femme.
The contrast of a black and camel outfit will always give you a striking and individual style. Cristina Fernandez has chosen to pair black jeans with a matching turtleneck and a classic camel coat.
Coat: Maurie and Eve, Sweater: Bimba Y Lola, Bag: Purificacion Garcia, Jeans: Mango.
Helena Glazer wears a pair of distressed black jeans with a knitted camel pullover.
Coat: Vince, Sweater: C/Meo, Jeans: Express, Shoes: Marc Fisher.
Try wearing fringed black trousers with a camel blazer for a smart yet alternative look. Via Kayla Seah.
Blazer: Rag & Bone, Top: CMEO, Trousers: Anna Quan, Bag: Chanel.
Approaching Fall the camel and black colours will take over this year. Nada Adelle
Waistcoat: Missy Empire, Cami – River Island, Leather Pants: Quiz Clothing, Shoes: Zara, Bag – Hermes, Sunglasses: Asos
Mary Seng is wearing a black and camel poncho from Free People
Dasha Gold is wearing an all black and camel outfit
Helena Glazer is showing off the black and camel trend with a sleeveless Zara coat and mini dress from Susana Monaco
Raquel Paiva is wearing a black and camel outfit
Melissa Araujo is wearing a camel coat from H&M, camel cashmere sweater from Splendid, black jeans from J Brand, black boots from Alexander Wang and the bag is form Celine
Ariane Canovas is wearing all black and camel
Johanna Olsson is wearing a camel and black outfit
Stella Wants To Die is wearing a camel coat and black trousers from Zara, black jumper from Mango, sneakers from Adidas Stan Smith and the bag is from Balenciaga
Erica Hoida is wearing a camel and black outfit
Pam Hetlinger is wearing camel double buckle skirt from Zara and a black long sleeves crop top from Asos
Kayla Seah is wearing a camel coat from Club Monaco, black top from Alexander Wang, black jeans from J Brand, camel shoes from Bobbies Paris, black beanie from Cos and the bag is from Zara
Jacey Duprie is wearing a camel and black outfit, down to the watch which is from Michael Kors
Stephanie Sterjovski in her camel and black outfit
Johanna Olsson is wearing a camel and black jacket from River Island, nude shoes from Christian Loboutin, black jeans from Asos and the bag is from 3.1 Philip Lim
Amy Jackson is wearing a camel jumper and black skinny jeans with ripped knees from from Zara, slip-ons from Steve Madden and the handbag is from Marc Jacobs
Olivia Gold is wearing a vintage camel coat, a black crop top from Miss Guided and the skirt is from Zara