Item: River Island Polka Dot Dress
Appearance: Deep Breath
Combined with: Urban Outfitters Gold Bar Necklace
Original Retail Price: unknown
Materials: 100% polyester
This is a Clara item that is really easy to come by and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Because of the colouring in this scene, I wasn’t really sure whether Clara is actually wearing the blue or green version, but the official consensus is that it’s the blue version of this dress.
Basically, this dress can be found in all sizes all over Depop and eBay, too. I’ve seen it sell for as low as £5 sometimes and I wouldn’t recommend spending more than £10 because the same dress will show up again in a matter of weeks or even days for less.
The dress is very light, but the fabric feels a bit like plastic and isn’t especially nice to the touch. It is made from 100% polyester. This is one of the few Clara items that I mainly bought for cosplay reasons and don’t actually wear in everyday life because of the fabric, but it’s a nice, cheap addition to your Clara wardrobe that looks lovely in photos. If you’re not as fussy about fabrics as I am, you can get yourself a cute everyday summer dress with this one.
However, you should bear in mind that the dress runs a little small. I’m usually a UK8 in dresses (my waist is 65cm) and I had to buy this in a UK10. Maybe the sizes UK8 and 10 don’t differ very much because I’ve never tried on a smaller one, but after my own experience with this, I would advise you to size up. The UK10 fits me perfectly around the waist, so that’s the only criteria I can judge.
I think this dress is very Clara-esque and one of her cuter, more romantic S8 outfits when her style started to evolve from girly to feminine. Sadly, it was only used for a short moment during a memory sequence, but it’s still a lovely and recognizable outfit to own.