Item: Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Animal Print Blouse
Appearance: Bells of Saint John
Combined With: Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Cardigan (Forest Green), un-IDed belt, All Saints Jules Shearling Biker Boots, Whistles Mim Tencel Shorts in navy, Urban Outfitters Aztec Eagle Necklace, Topshop Hexagon Earring Pack (Gold with Dots), Topshop Gold Multi-Chain Cross Bracelet, Whistles Rana Double Chord Friendship Bracelet.
Original Retail Price: unknown
Materials: 100% polyester
I hesitated to buy this blouse for quite a long time because it got so little screen time, but eventually, my collector sense won over and I bought it on eBay and to my own surprise, I realized that I quite like wearing it outside of cosplay because it’s just a lovely, light piece of clothing.
The blouse itself is really light and kind of see-through (wearing a tank top underneath is recommended), so it’s quite perfect for a not so warm summer day. I assume that not many Claras are actually after this outfit, so I haven’t seen that many blouses around (and most I saw were on eBay). Depending on how many bidders the auction had, the blouses I saw sold between £10 and £20 and mine was in that price range as well.
I first bought a size M of this blouse because it was the size that happened to be sold on eBay when I decided to buy it and I eventually found someone to trade with for a size S, but my impression is that it generally runs quite oversized as I couldn’t see much of a difference between the two sizes at all. Not that I mind that so very much. It looks really nice tucked into a pair of high-waist jeans or combined with a cardigan like Clara wears it, but if you’re very small and don’t like oversized clothing, go for the smallest size possible. For the average body shape, I’d say that a size up or down won’t make that much of a difference at all.
I’m not really sure why it’s called an “animal print blouse” because even though I assume it’s supposed to be some sort of black and white tiger print, I don’t really see it that way. It looks more like random spots than any pattern occurring in nature. The fabric of the blouse is 100% polyester.