Camel Craze

I debated saving this post for Wednesday, but I have resisted all urges to make any “Hump Day” references.  I don’t know about you, but I am seriously over those commercials.  You’re welcome.

I still remember when I was in the third grade, my parents would not let me ride a camel while visiting the pyramids in Giza.  Why couldn’t I ride them, you may ask? They were too dirty.  While this is most definitely a true statement, I still love camels.  You can imagine my delight to see a little camel in the fashion world, and this time we are not talking about the color.

Camels are incredibly unique animals found in the desert (aka the lands of my ancestors;)).  They require very little water or food and can travel for miles upon miles with very little rest.  Ever wonder why they have humps?  The hump is where camels store their food.  In fact, when their food supply begins to deplete, their hump actually shrinks.  Crazy, right!  Now that is a fun fact to share at dinner parties if you are as lame as I tend to be.

For those of you who may be superstitious or intrigued by dream translations, it has been said that if your dream contains a camel, you either have gone a bit overboard or are in need of endurance, patience, and/or goal setting.  Given that camels are high endurance animals that can go for ages without stopping, this totally makes sense.

For decades, the Middle East has influenced fashion, and here we have yet another clear example of that influence.  Camels have always been viewed as exotic creatures, which is why sporting the look this season can be a great way to add a little spice to your wardrobe.

One of my favorite looks comes from Mara Hoffman who is no stranger to exotic influences.  Last season, she splashed her designs with evil eyes and tribal prints (which were amazing).  This year she plastered the camel print in a great and bold way.  I have the Camel Duster (pictured), and I absolutely LOVE IT!

If you are looking for just a splash, I highly recommend the scarf from Ann Taylor.  The great thing about this scarf is that the colors are neutral and can be matched with virtually anything.  Try pairing the scarf with a black dress and nude heels, and you have a look for work.

If you are looking for more ideas on how to rock the camel print, please send me a note!

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