Well, it’s here! 25 Days of Winter Fashion starts NOW and today I have a casual camel coat outfit.
I’ve been trying to update my winter coats over the past couple of years. I used to wear one main coat all winter long — a long, gunmetal grey puffy coat with a fur hood. I wore it for casual and for dress-up and everything in between. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, in fact, it’s probably admirable, but a coat can be a fun accessory, and it’s nice to have some variety for different occasions.
A long wool coat in a great neutral like black, camel, or grey, is a classic that you can wear for many years. I had a black one many moons ago, so this time I decided to go for something different. I chose camel.
Nordstrom is a great place to shop for coats because they have a huge variety. I actually purchased this wool blend Reefer Coat during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last summer. I love the classic lines and simple silhouette. It also comes in grey and black.
It says that it is narrow in the shoulders and to size up if you’re in between sizes, but I ordered my usual size 8, and I felt like it was huge. I ended up going back for the 6 a few weeks ago, and it has plenty of room, so I am going to tell you it is true to size or runs even a tad large. It also comes in Petite sizes. As always, shipping is free both ways at Nordstrom, so if you want to order this coat and you’re unsure of the size, you can order both and return the one that doesn’t fit.
The nice thing about this style of coat is that you can dress it up or down. It is perfectly appropriate over dresses for church, and it looks equally chic over jeans and a sweater, as I’m wearing it here.
These boots are from last year, but again, I’ll link to a few options below. I like having tall black leather boots when the weather gets dicey in the wintertime because you can wear them even if it’s slushy and mucky out, unlike suede, which is kind of fussy. Black Hunter rain boots would also be gorgeous with this outfit and are practical for winter weather. I wear mine all year round. If you’re worried about your feet being cold in the rain boots, wear thick wool socks inside.
I like how the plaid scarf finishes off the outfit and coordinates with the sweater I’m wearing. It also makes a pretty pop of color on top of the neutral coat.
I’m wearing a simple ribbed mock neck pullover from Nordstrom. For size reference, I’m wearing a small. I often wear a medium in sweaters, but this one seems to run a bit big, and I’m not a fan of sizing up for a more oversized look. That’s kind of trendy right now, and it works if you’re young and super skinny, but for those of us with curves, it’s more flattering to buy clothes that fit. 🙂
I like the trendy split step hem and interesting stitching details on the sides. If you like long tunic sweaters, this one has a nice slim silhouette, and it creates a nice palette for scarves and necklaces.
For an affordable pair of skinny jeans, you can’t go wrong with these Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Skinnies designed with Ab-solution power-mesh panels to slim and hold, including a waistband with interior control and booty-lift construction. They are super comfortable, and they look great on.
I also carried a black leather shoulder bag with gold hardware to coordinate with the boots. I love how chic and effortless a casual camel coat outfit is. I will definitely be wearing many variations of it this winter!
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