Original Retail Price: over £100
Materials: 100% cotton
At first, I really didn’t want this shirt. I thought: “It’s a plain denim shirt that is hidden under a vest half the time, what’s the point?” Well, I still can’t tell you what the point is, but I own it now and I love it, so here we go.
With an original retail price of over £100, this shirt isn’t the cheapest one in Clara’s collection and what doesn’t make it much easier is that Maje is a French brand that isn’t all too common in the rest of Europe and the US and if you’re determined to get this item, you should bear in mind that it might take you months to find it and that you might have to spend a bit more than you usually would on a cosplay item.
I managed to find mine on the French Vinted site, but the problem is that many sellers on there don’t want to sell abroad. I’ve had mixed experiences with that website with some people being more than willing to sell their items abroad if you cover the shipping costs and other people not replying at all or even being rude to you for asking. If you find one on there – and I would say that is the most likely spot – all you can do is ask and hope for the best. I have seen some on Depop, but those were being sold by cosplayers and even more expensive than the ones I’ve seen on Vinted. Because Maje is a more expensive brand, you might also try Vestiaire Collective and Vide Dressing, but so far, I haven’t seen this particular shirt on there.
The shirt runs true to size to a bit big, but it’s supposed to be oversized, so if you can only find the next size down, it will most definitely fit you as well. Also, you should know that this shirt comes in the French sizing system with 1 equalling S, 2 equalling M and so on. The shirt is made from 100% cotton.
Like many other Clara items, I really really love this shirt and I’ve incorporated it into my everyday wardrobe as well. It goes really well with a pair of black or brown jeans and is just really comfortable to wear in general. The red buttons are a lovely touch and they’re sort of the trademark of the SA shirt and a way of recognizing it online. The pockets are real, so that could be useful if breast pockets are your thing. I personally haven’t used them yet. This is also another item that you will need an iron or a steamer for because the pocket covers roll up after a wash and the seams crinkle a little.
Because it’s so rare and hard to find and above all expensive, I don’t blame you for choosing an alt instead of the SA Maje shirt. Honestly, if you combine it with a Viking vest, the majority of people won’t be able to tell. I have also seen some cosplayers exchanging the buttons on their alt shirts for red ones, so that’s a good option for making an alt shirt a bit more SA. You can find good alts in almost any clothing shop, starting with H&M that start selling similar shirts at £15.
I really don’t think it matters much in this case whether you own the SA shirt or not, but if you decide to go for it because you’re a fan of the looks, I’d really advise you to keep an eye on the French Vinted website because you’re most likely to get it for a decent price on there. You will definitely get a comfortable shirt that works for cosplay as well as everyday wear.