Item: &Other Stories A-Line Skirt
Appearance: The Woman Who Lived
Combined With: &Other Stories Frill Neck Blouse, GAP Merino Jumper in black, &Other Stories Leather Jacket, &Other Stories Monk Strap Boots, Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Satchel in black, New Look / River Island Eagle Necklace.
Original Retail Price: unknown
Materials: 54% wool, 26% acrylic, 13% polyamide, 7% polyester, lining: 100% viscose
Let’s move on with the &Other Stories heavy outfit and have a look at Clara’s marvellous skirt (and now you know there’s a positive review coming).
The skirt was one of my earlier cosplay items and the very first &Other Stories clothing item I ever owned (ever since I’ve become a fan of the brand even for non-cosplay items). I got it while it was still available on the German &Other Stories website (and on sale ha!). Sadly, when I placed the order, there were no EU34/US4/UK6 skirts left, so I ordered one in EU36/US6/UK8 and one in EU38/US8/UK10 because I had no idea whether their clothes ran small or big. I ended up keeping the EU36/US6/UK8 and it fits me well, but it isn’t quite as high-waisted as it is on Clara. For that, I wouldn’t have needed the smaller size that was no longer available. So when you buy the skirt, I suggest that you go for your regular skirt size that you have at most shops. Normally, &Other Stories clothes run quite big, but the skirt is more on the normal-sized side.
Since the skirt is no longer available on the website, you can only try to get them on eBay, Depop and Vinted and even though it might not pop up on a weekly basis, I’ve seen a couple of them around. I haven’t actually seen many cosplayers sell this skirt, but cosplay muggles sell it for around £17 – £30.
When I first saw this outfit on Clara, it didn’t exactly rock my socks off to be quite honest and my main reason for buying the skirt was that it was on sale and easy to come by because I could order it from the original shop. However, the outfit has grown on me a lot and that is mainly because of the lovely skirt. It is made out of a very thick and warm material which makes it perfect for autumn and winter and it goes with basically half the clothes in my wardrobe, so it’s a very versatile piece of clothing that I love to wear a lot, especially around the office. Another Clara item I love to combine it with is the Topshop ladder stitch jumper – the grey and red look amazing together. That aside, the fit of the skirt is really nice and it’s very comfortable to wear and just looks so much better on than it does lying flat. It was one of those Clara pieces that I really underestimated when I first saw it.
It closes with a golden zip on the side and a hidden button and the lining of it is black. It is made from 54% wool, 26% acrylic, 13% polyamide, 7% polyester and the lining is 100% viscose.
Because it can take a while for this particular item to show up online, I’ve seen many cosplayers buy alts instead. One of the best alts out there is made by Topshop and looks basically identical. I own the SA one and I’ve spent a great deal of time looking at Clara cosplays and when I see photos of the Topshop skirt on cosplayers, I honestly can’t tell the difference. Besides, I think you might even get this one a little cheaper. If you can’t find the &Other Stories skirt, try Topshop. It’ll complete the outfit just as well.