Item: Topshop Scallop Shorts
Appearance: The Caretaker, Into The Dalek (probably)
Original Retail Price: unknown
Materials: 100% polyester
It took me quite a long time to find a pair of these because, for some reason, no one really sold a pair in a UK10 while I was looking for them, but I managed to get my hands on them eventually.
The shorts are a really classy item that goes with a lot of things even outside of cosplay, but they’re a tad rarer than the Caretaker blouse they’re combined with. Sometimes, a lot of them will pop up on eBay or Depop and then there are times where we have a “scallop shorts draught”, so don’t worry if you can’t find them in your size immediately. Sooner or later, they will show up again.
The price can vary a lot, depending on whether they’re sold by a cosplayer or someone else. Between cosplayers, I’ve seen them go between £20 and £60 whereas they can go as low as £10 if they’re being sold by a cosplay muggle.
The shorts run true to size to a bit big, but if you’re in between sizes like I am, it’s probably wiser to size up. My UK10 fit me nicely around the hips, but they’re really wide around the waist. I’m not sure if I would have been better off with a UK8, but at least they’re comfortable like this. This is one of the few items where I can’t complain about it being too short because they really have the ideal length (at least for me).
Even though they’re short, I wouldn’t necessarily wear them during summer because it can get a little sticky and sweaty beneath the fabric (100% polyester) on a really hot day. I once wore them to go to the shop in 30 degrees and I felt like the shorts were glued to my skin, so on pure skin alone, they’re not really recommendable. With tights, they’re a really gorgeous pair of classic shorts. They have a zip at the side and pockets large enough for a pen and tissues. I personally love the scallop details at the pockets and hem.
I can’t be 100% sure whether Clara wore them in Into The Dalek as well because the TARDIS scene is quite dark and her legs aren’t visible in the corridor scene, but since several of Clara’s items were re-used during S8 and she is definitely wearing something short and black, I’m going to stick to my hypothesis that it’s the scallop shorts.