Original Retail Price: unknown
Materials: shell: 82% cotton, 17% nylon, 1% elastane, lining and filling: 100% polyester, faux fur: 50% acrylic, 32% modacrylic, 18% polyester.
At the beginning of the episode, we only see Clara in her nightgown and dressing gown, but when they go to the Arctic, Clara makes the reasonable decision to wear something a bit warmer and that something is a parka made by Topshop.
Even though this item had been on my list for a while, I only received it two years into collecting Clara items and roughly a year after putting together the alt set of Clara’s nightgown and dressing robe. It’s not exactly a rare item, but it still takes a while to find, especially if you don’t want to spend too much money. Topshop made a lot of different khaki parkas which are quite similar looking (I’m assuming they would also do as an alt). You can recognize the SA by the alignment of the pockets, the brown fur and the strings at the waist. During the past few months, I’ve seen about 5 of those being sold online, so with a bit of patience, I’m sure you’ll be able to find one – and another cosplayer eventually found one for me. The original plan was to find one in Germany so I wouldn’t have to pay for international shipping, but that plan changed.
When it comes to the price range, I’ve seen them sell for between £9 and £70. I couldn’t find an original retail price, but since the majority of coats I saw were sold above £40, you can take a guess and assume it wasn’t exactly cheap to begin with. But several cosplayers got lucky already, so if you don’t go for the first you find, you can probably find one a bit cheaper. I paid roughly £9 for mine, but I also had to pay for shipping within the UK and shipping to Germany, so I ended up paying over £20 – still a good deal for an SA item and a practical winter jacket that will surely come in handy. Just not during summer. Since the fur hood makes the coat quite heavy, you’ll probably have to pay a little more for the shipping, especially if it’s international, so take that into account when you’re buying it.
The parka itself is really comfy. Obviously, I haven’t really worn it outside yet, but I’m sure I will appreciate it next winter. It’s warm, but since the fur doesn’t cover the entire inside of the coat, it probably won’t keep you warm and toasty when it gets really cold (I’m talking about temperatures around -15 degrees), but it will most definitely be enough for a few degrees below zero (for anything else, I can recommend down jackets designed for sailing because I have one of those and nothing gets through that).
A big part of the fur collar is attached to the parka with buttons and can be taken off when it needs a wash. I washed it today and it survived the machine. The shell is made from 82% cotton, 17% nylon and 1% elastane. The lining and the filling are both 100% polyester and the faux fur is made from 50% acrylic, 32% modacrylic and 18% polyester.
I would say that the parka runs true to size, but if you buy a size up or a size down, it will most likely work for you as well. I usually wear a size XS in coats, but I got the parka in a size S and there’s enough space for some additional layers and I’m pretty sure it would also fit a size M and maybe even a size L if you’re not planning on wearing a lot of layers underneath. I wouldn’t go too big or too small, but one or two sizes should be fine. The pockets are quite big and fit a smartphone (yay). Other than that, there’s not much I can say about it. It’s furry, it’s comfy, it keeps you warm – and Clara wore it on screen. Those are some solid reasons to buy one.
The colour can sometimes look a little strange in photos, but the real parka is a khaki colour that is somewhere between green and brown, which is something to bear in mind while looking for it online.