Item: The Kooples Parka with Biker Collar
Combined with: H&M Divided Plaid Shirt, 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 £500
Materials: 70% cotton, 30% polyester, lining: 100% polyester, collar: 100% lambskin leather
I’ve been quite eager to get to this part because here comes what is likely my favourite Clara item that is currently in my possession. I have to admit, I wasn’t initially keen on owning this outfit because it always seemed a bit like “the odd one out” to me. If you look at Clara’s outfits from S8, this one doesn’t quite seem to fit. Clara wears trousers more often now, but this outfit doesn’t really seem to be her style. I can forgive the outfit from ITFOTN because she was on a school trip with a sleepover in a museum and wouldn’t wear fancy clothes to the occasion, but Flatline seems to be a regular adventure in between school and meeting with Danny, so I never saw how it fit in her wardrobe.
That aside, the outfit eventually grew on me and by now, it’s one of my favourites. I even wore it at Time Lash 2017 simply because it’s probably Clara’s most practical outfit with the comfy shoes and weather jacket. But let’s talk a bit about the jacket here.
Apart from the things I had made by a tailor, this jacket is my most expensive Clara item that I own to this day and I paid roughly £160 for it. Do I regret it? Absolutely not, because I’ve worn this jacket often enough to justify the price I paid for it. However, I know two lucky people who only paid £30 – £40 for it, so if you can’t afford to spend that much money on a cosplay item, there is still hope you will find a cheap one on eBay or Depop at some point. I got mine from Vestiaire Collective, but I’ve also seen one on Vinted, so they’re all over the place which makes it a tad easier to find it. Still, the jacket doesn’t exactly pop up on a daily basis, so you might have to look around for a few months before you find it. The original retail price of this jacket was quite high (around £500) because The Kooples is a rather fancy brand. There is also a black alt available for this jacket.
The shell of the jacket is made out of 70% cotton and 30% polyester, the lining is 100% polyester. The collar is made from 100% lambskin leather. As someone who doesn’t really like wearing real leather clothes, it bugs me just a tiny bit to know it’s made from lambskin leather, so I just wanted to point that out in case you also like to avoid animal products. I tolerate it because the jacket itself is such an awesome item.
Judging by the jacket that I own, I’d say it runs small around the hips. Clara’s jacket looks quite oversized on her and when I found mine in a size L, I was a bit reluctant because I wasn’t sure if it would fit me as a regular XS-S wearer in jackets. I was surprised when I realized that it looked really good on me and even though it seems big, it looks like it does on Clara. I’m fairly certain I would fit in a size M and maybe even a size S, but the belt around the hips fits me perfectly, so I might have struggled with a size S there. During autumn and spring, I wore it quite often because of the nasty weather and I can comfortably fit a warm jumper under it, so sizing up isn’t such a bad idea with this item. Sizing down is not something I would recommend here, but I’m not sure how much the sizes differ.
Now, the review of the actual jacket. It’s amazing. Done.
There isn’t a single bad thing I can say about this jacket and it’s probably one of the most practical ones that I own. Inside the collar, underneath a zip, is a hidden hood that can be pulled out quickly and will keep the rain off your head. The jacket itself isn’t necessarily waterproof, but it will keep a bit of rain away due to being rather thick. Wind doesn’t get through at all. I’ve worn this jacket while sailing and riding a motorboat at 70 km/h and the jacket kept me nice and warm and protected from the wind. The jacket has five pockets, 4 of them have a zip and two of them are big enough to fit my phone (if you own a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus or something that is around the same size, you will understand the struggle of fitting it in jacket pockets) and other things you might carry around in a pocket.
Overall, the jacket is just a very cool, very practical item from Clara’s wardrobe that I wear a lot even outside of cosplay. It’s warm enough for spring and autumn weather and will keep the rain and wind away. If you’re reluctant to go for this outfit because it’s not really Clara’s usual style, you should at least consider it for this jacket alone because I can promise you that you will wear it a lot.