Item: Urban Outfitters Pins & Needles Ditsy Dress
Combined with: Urban Outfitters Pins & Needles Double-Breasted Blazer, Barbour Vintage Duralinen Force Parka, F-Troupe Nubuck Wedges in black, Urban Outfitters Veramont Owl Necklace, Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Red Satchel, black tights, un-IDed watch & bracelets.
Original Retail Price: unknown
Materials: 100% viscose
If I had to pick my favourite S7 outfit, that would be it. I know that most people go for the (almost) equally gorgeous JTTCOTT dress, but for me, it has always been Hide. I think that was also the episode during which I realized that I really, really dig Clara’s style even though the wish to wear her clothes came much later.
The first dress I bought was, unfortunately, a little too big for me and since I was really desperate to have this specific item, I paid quite a lot for it (it was my second most expensive item). Fortunately for me, I found a smaller version for a lot less and managed to trade my bigger size for another Clara item so everyone was happy in the end. That’s what I love so much about the Clara cosplay community – even if you grab the wrong size at first, at some point, there’ll likely be someone you can trade sizes with.
But back to the dress. I love it. Review done.
Okay, okay, let’s not make it quite that simple. The dress is again really light and perfect for summer. It can be laced in the back to adjust the size a little, but overall, I think it’s best to stick to the size you usually wear. In my case, that’s a dress size S and the M was far too wide for me despite the lacing. Taller Claras will likely find this dress a little too short (this is why tights are recommended) and even on a dwarf like me, it is indeed quite short. I would wear it on a night out with friends, but not in the office. The lacing in the back also has the advantage that it can not only be adjusted in size but also to your figure. I have an hourglass shape, so I love to wear my clothes fitted at the waist, but if you don’t like that, you can just tie it a little more loosely. I think the fabric is 100% viscose, but I can’t be sure because my label is quite faded already (but viscose is the only combination of not faded letters that made sense).
As I’ve already mentioned, I was desperate to own the dress, so that means it’s more on the rare side of Clara items. It does pop up on Depop every now and then and usually, it isn’t even expensive (around £10), but most of the time it was gone long before I had even spotted it. So if you want that dress, daily checking of sites and apps is recommended. If it’s being sold by a cosplayer, I’ve seen prices up until £200.
One reason why I wouldn’t recommend spending too much money on it is that, just like other Clara items, it’s not especially durable. I’ve seen dresses with a bit of wear around, usually frayed or ripped seams and since you’re buying a second-hand item, you should probably look more closely at the photos before you spend £200.
Overall, however, I’m utterly in love with this dress and I think it’s such a perfect example of Clara’s early style: cute and romantic, but still feminine and an absolute joy to wear.