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On My Inspiration Board: Camel Gowns

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I have learned several things in preparation of today’s post.

  1. The camel color stems from the use of camel hair as a fabric which has been used for centuries.
  2. The term cameline describes a knock off the above mentioned fabric of camel hair.
  3. The color camel is very subjective from decade to decade and person to person.

Is it going out on a limb to say that camel looks good on everyone?  I think that it does.  In finding images for my board, I noticed that people of all ages and colors looked great in this warm tan tone.  I personally love camel and have several pieces of it in my wardrobe.  As neutral as navy, brown, or black, camel offers a more sophisticated look.  And designers have made a fortune launching this color into high fashion.

But what about historical fashion?  Well, this was a bit tricky.  I was able to find a few examples of camel colored gowns, however there appeared to be a large gap from 1830-1860.  In between these decades, brown seems to have been the more dominate color of choice.  In addition, I noticed that what I think is the color camel, is not what other people make think is camel.  Take a look at this gown from the late 1860’s.  It is described as camel with brown trim, yet to me I see tan or butterscotch:

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Hmmmm….I’m just not sure.

But, I suppose if one is looking for camel colored gowns, this one would certainly fit.

Anyways, whiles I was not able to find as many examples as I have in the past, I still found the choices available to be absolutely stunning.  So, here is this month’s inspiration board of camel colored gowns:

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As always, feel free to visit my Pinterest Page to see more gowns of this color.

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  1. Terry says

    Interesting. Concerning the picture above of the 1860’s dress that is called camel but doesn’t look like the right color — there is always the possibility that the colors in the digital image are saturated or have too much red or something. Possibility the actual dress isn’t as vivid as the image portrays.
    Anyway – when I was a kid in the 50’s, it seemed like everybody’s mom eventually ended up, one way or another, owning and wearing a camel-hair coat! There was a bit of prestige to it, I think, unless I’m remembering wrong.

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