Item: &Other Stories Pearl Print Dress
Appearance: The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar
Combined With: &Other Stories Leather Jacket, J.Crew Merino Jumper in Heather Smoke, Topshop Awesome Boots, Marks & Spencer Ankle Socks, stud earrings, helix stud, navy tights.
Original Retail Price: around £100
Materials: 100% viscose
This dress is something like the crowning jewel of my Clara collection, so here’s a little story about how I got this dress that might serve as encouragement for those of you who are desperate because you can’t find the item you’re so desperately looking for:
When I started buying Clara items, this dress was at the top of my most wanted list not just because it’s gorgeous but also because I can’t say no to a lovely clothing item in green (I love that colour so much!). I really wanted it badly, but because it’s one of Clara’s rarest items, I just couldn’t find it. I found the alt version, but the seller would only trade for other Clara items. I found another alt, but the seller didn’t respond to my messages. I was desperate. However, I had set up email notifications on eBay that would tell me if someone uploaded a dress from &Other Stories and when I got home from work one day in December 2016, I was about to delete all the eBay e-mails because I was sure my items wouldn’t be among them. They hadn’t been among them for the past few months, so on that day I just wanted to clean my inbox and be done with it. BUT I accidentally clicked on one of the listings and I was already groaning with annoyance because I would have to close another window when this dress popped up!!! And my luck didn’t end there, no, not only was this my dress in my size, it was also cheaper than I had ever seen it before and I managed to get my Pearl Print Dress for only 19€ after searching for it for 6 months!
What can I say about this dress other than that I love it? It’s really one of Clara’s most gorgeous pieces and for months, it just hung behind my desk so I could turn around and look the beauty of it. I think it took me about 6 months before I had the heart to put it in the closet. The fabric is a lot heavier than it looks and it has a satin-like feeling to it that just makes you wanna stroke it for hours. It is 100% viscose. Like all &Other Stories clothes, it is very well made, but it also runs a little big. I own the smallest size available, which is a EU34 / XS (I’m usually a size XS-S in dresses) and it still has a very loose fit. The style can probably be described as 20s sort-of-flapper-look, so I’m assuming it’s intended to be big, but Claras who are smaller than I am will probably think it fits like a tent. But on the bright side, if you can only find a size down from what you normally wear, it will most likely fit you.
The original dress is quite long and judging by the photos, the costume department altered Jenna’s dress to be shorter (otherwise it would have likely reached her shoes). I think they also took it in at the waist and took off the pearl necklace that is attached to the dress just under the collar because when I wear it, the pearls show through the jumper.
There is an alt version available for this dress that is slightly more common and that has the SA length, but no collar. If you’re good with a sewing machine, you might be able to form a collar out of the sleeves to make it more screen accurate. The alterations won’t be visible under the jumper later. I personally don’t want to touch my SA dress to make it shorter because I love this dress too much as it is and I couldn’t bear to harm it.
&Other Stories is a brand that can be quite expensive and I think the original retail price of the dress was around £100, so naturally, the dress is going to cost a little more even when it’s second hand, but as you can see from my story above, you can get lucky even with this one if you keep looking. In addition, my dress was sold by a guy so I wouldn’t expect it to sell for 20€ every time one pops up on eBay. I’ve seen some sell quite high on Depop (around the £200 mark).
Here are a couple of photos on my dress form: