Item: H&M Divided Plaid Shirt
Combined with: The Kooples Parka with Biker Collar, ASH Cool Wedges, Black Jeans, Topshop Mixed Outlaw Stud Feather Earrings, Pamela Love Arch Pendant Necklace, Topshop Leather Alba Holdall Bag.
Original Retail Price: around £10-£15
Materials: 100% viscose
Here comes an item that is probably one of Clara’s cheapest and easiest clothes. The H&M Divided Plaid shirt is really simple and can be found all over Vinted, eBay and probably Depop, too. The challenge of this one is mainly to click through the other 10000 plaid shirts H&M made to find the right one, but you will most definitely find it.
Since H&M made so many plaid shirts, it’s important to know just what this item looks like. Because it spends the episode hidden away under a jacket, I kept comparing listing photos with the clearest photo of Clara’s shirt that I could find. To help you out, I will add detailed photos at the end of this post. It’s a long, almost dress-like shirt with one pocket that has a slightly different pattern on the back than it does on the front. The costume department altered Clara’s shirt to make it shorter and I’ve already considered buying a second to make the same alternation. With the price of this shirt, you can definitely buy two or three. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of altering it, loosely tucking it into your trousers will also work.
The cheapest I’ve ever seen this shirt sell for was roughly £1.80 and I would never spend more than £10 on it because that was the original retail price and it’s not worth more than that. The shirt is quite fragile and prone to fraying around the seams and some I’ve seen online were already damaged. It’s a relatively easy fix for me, but it’s one of the reasons I wouldn’t spend more than £5 on it. I got an anon message on my Tumblr blog telling me the shirt is available on an American website that won’t even let me register and the seller demanded $30 for it. Please, fellow cosplayers, don’t spend that amount of money on a shirt you can get for £1.80, it’s not worth it.
The shirt runs true to size, but it’s supposed to look oversized. I got mine in a size larger than what I usually wear and it looks fine on me, but I’ve also tried on a smaller size before sending it to another cosplayer and it looked just as fine. So anything close to your normal size will do in this case. It’s made out of 100% viscose.
There isn’t much else I can say about this shirt, so I’ll just give you some more detailed photos to help you find the right shirt among the dozens of models H&M made. There is also a cropped version with the same pattern available if you want to spare yourself the trouble of altering it. That, however, would probably look a little shorter than Clara’s does on the show.