Karen Millen Masculine Check Skirt worn by Clara Oswald in Time of the Doctor and Deep Breath

Item: Karen Millen Masculine Check Skirt
Appearance: Time of the Doctor, Deep Breath
Combined with: Urban Outfitters Vaudeville & Burlesque Sheer Blouse, Yumi Bow Pointelle Cardigan, Topshop All Mine Boots, Shoptique Three-Cone Necklace, Topshop Prism Spike Bracelet, Topshop Multi-Chain Cross Bracelet, other un-IDed bracelets.

Original Retail Price: £130
Materials: 80% wool, 15% polyamide, 5% cashmere

Of all the items Clara wears with this outfit, the Karen Millen check skirt is my favourite and the only one I truly love. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will already know that even though it’s one of Clara’s most iconic styles, it’s not exactly my favourite. I love it on Clara, I love it on other cosplayers, but I just don’t like wearing it for reasons I can’t quite explain. The many layers make me feel like I’m wearing a hamburger.

However, the Karen Millen skirt is another item I love wearing even outside of cosplay. It’s made out of 80% wool, 15% polyamide and 5% cashmere (hand-wash only, guys!) and has a practical pocket hidden behind the zip that is bigger than expected (one could say it’s bigger on the inside ha!). It’s really a quite gorgeous piece from Clara’s wardrobe that goes well with plain jumpers or blouses and is really nice for the colder season. I know from several Clara cosplayers that they like to wear this outfit on Christmas.

I personally can’t tell you much about the sizing of this one, but from what I’ve heard, it runs true to size to maybe a tad small. I think it also depends on whether you want to wear it on your waist or hip. The reason I can’t tell you how it fits is that mine was originally a UK16 and I had it altered by a professional tailor to fit me (a UK8/10). She did a really good job and even put the label back in and you really can’t see that it has been tampered with.

Now, it might seem a little ludicrous to buy something four sizes bigger, but apart from having a high original retail price, this skirt is also quite rare. So when I saw the skirt on eBay for roughly £85, I just bought it because it was the lowest I had ever seen it sell for at that point. I know that at least one cosplayer got it cheaper, but it’s not really common to see this for under £100 and if you do find it, consider yourself lucky.

Due to my skirt having originally been a bigger size, it’s a tad longer than a regular UK8 skirt would be and I think taller Claras with smaller sizes might again find this item a little short (it looks quite short even on Clara and she’s tiny), but tights help in this case.

This skirt is one of Clara’s most sought-after items because it belongs to the iconic Christmas look, but since Karen Millen is a bit of a more expansive brand and the skirt probably hasn’t been produced in as high a number as, for instance, UO produced their cardigans, it can take a while to find this. It took me around 6 months and many, many hours spent on eBay and co, but it was definitely worth the wait. It’s a lovely winter skirt.

There are many good alternatives available for this skirt because plaid skirts in red are quite common. H&M offers a more affordable alt that I’ve seen on a lot of Claras already. Katherine Barclay made a skirt that looks exactly the same as the Karen Millen one and I was told TJ Maxx may have made an alt as well (thank you, Cass!).

And don’t forget your Christmas crackers!

Clara Oswald's Time of the Doctor / Deep Breath outfit featuring the Karen Millen Masculine Check Skirt, Yumi Bow Pointelle Cardigan, Urban Outfiters Vaudeville & Burlesque Sheer Blouse (alt), Topshop All Mine Boots, Shoptique Three-Cone Necklace and other jewellery

Clara Oswald’s Time of the Doctor / Deep Breath outfit featuring the Karen Millen Masculine Check Skirt, Yumi Bow Pointelle Cardigan, Urban Outfiters Vaudeville & Burlesque Sheer Blouse (alt), Topshop All Mine Boots, Shoptique Three-Cone Necklace and other jewellery

A closer look at Clara Oswald's Time of the Doctor / Deep Breath outfit. My cardigan was originally green and dyed using a fabric dye and photoshop

A closer look at Clara Oswald’s Time of the Doctor / Deep Breath outfit. My cardigan was originally green and dyed using a fabric dye and photoshop

Clara Oswald's Karen Millen Masculine Check Skirt

Clara Oswald’s Karen Millen Masculine Check Skirt

There's a hidden zip under the fold

There’s a hidden zip under the fold

Clara Oswald's Karen Millen Masculine Check Skirt comes with a practical pocket that can be zipped up

Clara Oswald’s Karen Millen Masculine Check Skirt comes with a practical pocket that can be zipped up

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