Fashion: How to wear camel

Camel is the colour for autumn but how can you wear it without looking like your old geography teacher? Emma Harrowing shows you how to wear this season's must-have hue with style.

Seen on the AW10 catwalk from designers Chloe, Gucci and Stella McCartney, there is no doubt that camel is the colour to be seen in this autumn and winter. Whether you wear an oversized camel jacket, a traditional camel coat, a pleated camel skirt, pencil dress or polo top, or you prefer a bit of understated glamour with a camel leather bag or a pair of camel courts, there is lots to choose from in the high street and independent boutiques in the city.

The stylish way to wear camel this year is to follow the same rules as the nude trend from the summer: layer different shades together to create a relaxed and understated style.

If the thought of wearing head to toe camel fills you with in trepidation here's my guide to how anyone can jump on board the camel trend.

Look 1: Wear with tan accessories

Most of us have a white shirt or blouse hanging in the wardrobe. Dig it out and wear it with a camel A Line skirt (flattering if you are top heavy) and accessorise with a tan jacket and shoes. Midi A Line skirt, �45, Warehouse; (inset) Tan Leather Satchel, �65, White Stuff.

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Look 2: Wear with grey

Wear a camel coloured top with a grey skirt and tan waist belt. Camel cashmere wrap jumper, �99, Marks and Spencer; Dancing Around Skirt, �65, French Connection; Tan waistbelt, �25, Marks and Spencer.

Look 3: Keep it classic

A camel coat, shift dress and tan leather boots keeps the camel look perfectly classic. Camel button coat, �85, Wallis; Camel shift dress, �159 Hobbs; Tan riding boots, �80, Wallis.

Look 4: Wear with denim

Make it easy by wearing camel with denim. Camel cape, �45, TU at Sainsbury; belted zip detail bootcut jeans, �40, Jane Norman; Jack low single eyelet lace up boot, �140, French Connection.

Look 5 Mix styles

Camel is a trend from the 70s but why not take some inspiration from the 60s which is also a trend this season by wearing a suede camel mini dress with over the knee boots. Camel suede dress, �160, House of Fraser in Chapelfield; Disco Over the Knee Boot, �99.99, Schuh; Faux leather tan biker jacket, �30, Florence and Fred at Tesco.