Item: Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Cardigan (in grey, burgundy & pink)
Appearance: Bells of Saint John, The Crimson Horror, Dark Water
Original Retail Price: around £30
Materials: 50% polyester, 45% rayon, 5% spandex
Because I don’t really see the point of reviewing the same item three times just because they’re a different colour, here comes one combined post of all the Sparkle & Fade cardigans Clara wore on the show.
In BoSJ, she wears the grey marl version of the cardigan, the burgundy one in The Crimson Horror and a pink/purplish version in Dark Water. Of all the cardigans, the pink one appears to be the most common on second-hand websites. At least, that’s the version I’ve seen the most of, closely followed by the grey version (I’m assuming it’s because people are more inclined to keep a grey version rather than a pink one because it goes with everything). I had to search quite a long time for the burgundy one, but eventually, I managed to track down even that and I’ve seen a couple of them since. Oddly enough, there seem to be two version of that around – one with white woven into it and one with black. The one with the black is the SA one worn by Clara, but if you just want to get the look right, either of them will do.
I’ve seen prices vary a lot for the cardigans because they’re such a common item and easy to get by on eBay, Vinted or Depop. They usually sell between £3 and £15 and I really wouldn’t spend much more on them because they’re so prone to threat pulls. I managed to slightly damage one of mine during the first week just by sitting at my wooden desk. I’ve seen some cosplayers demand an insane amount of money for the grey version and it’s beyond me how they justify that.
They run true to size, but because it’s a loose fitting item, there’s probably room for a size up or down. It’s made out of 50% polyester, 45% rayon and 5% spandex. I really like to wear mine a lot even outside of cosplay (in fact, I’m wearing the grey one right now) because the cardigans are easy to combine with a lot of clothing items and they have a nice feel to them. They’re not too thick but keep you warm enough over a t-shirt. They’re versatile and machine washable, which makes them good enough for everyday wear outside of cosplay (if you’re like me and don’t like the idea of spending money on clothes just to wear them twice a year for photos or at a con). P.S. The cardigans have pockets, too.
Here are a couple of photos on my dress form. The shirt I’m using the display the Dark Water outfit is an alt from Vero Moda that I’ve owned for a few years now. The SA shirt hasn’t been IDed yet.