Item: Miss Patina Wiltshire Jacket (Leopard)
Appearance: The Zygon Invasion (alternative outfit)
Combined with: GAP Merino Jumper in burgundy, un-IDed jeans, Timberland Premium Boots
Original Retail Price: £120
Materials: 70% polyester, 30% wool, lining: 52% polyester, 48% viscose
I finally received this coat in May after a few months of searching for it. It’s not a coat that a lot of cosplayers own and from my closer circle of cosplayers, the one who had it sold it to me, so if you own this one, consider yourself lucky 🙂
The photos (and a video I’ve seen somewhere) of Jenna wearing this outfit appeared around the time The Zygon Invasion was filmed. She’s in front of the building that is supposed to be Clara’s apartment complex and she’s carrying a helmet, just like she is in the actual scene. The video I’ve seen (sorry, I couldn’t find it again) shows Jenna acting out the scene, so my theory for this outfit is that they had originally planned to have Clara and Bonnie in different outfits but later changed their mind and reshot the scene with the All Saints Elias Mac and Claudie Pierlot blouse. I agree, the Clara/Zygon bit was obvious enough and the change of clothes would only have confirmed that it wasn’t just Clara acting out of character. Nevertheless, it’s still a pity because this pretty outfit never got any screen time. But let’s move on.
Apart from the coat and boots, her outfit hasn’t been IDed. I found two close look-a-likes for her jumper from &Other Stories, but without better photos, it’s impossible to confirm whether one of them is the actual SA jumper. The boots are the Women’s Premium Boots from Timberland and can be purchased here if you have a lot of money. If not, several shops produced some close alts (Deichmann in Europe) that can be used instead if it’s your intention to put this outfit together. But let’s focus on the main reason for this review, the coat.
The Miss Patina Wiltshire Jacket caught my attention pretty late for the obvious reason that it never actually was on screen, but I’ve always liked the look of it which is actually a lot more my personal style than the All Saints Elias Mac (I still want that though, very badly). I kept an eye out for it for the last 10 months or so and I did see one, but the price was a little higher than what I wanted to spend, so I let the opportunity pass. In the recent months, I searched a little more intensely but with no luck. At last, I complained to a fellow cosplayer about it, saying that I really wanted that coat and she replied: “I’m actually thinking about selling mine.” Thanks to the lovely Cass I paid £60 (and, sadly, shipping from Australia). If I recall correctly, the other one I saw on Depop sold for £90, but I’m honestly not sure because it’s been a year. The original retail price of the coat was £120. For a long time, this coat was still available on the Miss Patina Outlet website and it only vanished in summer 2018, so I’m assuming the last one was bought up.
If you’re looking for this item, I’d advise you to keep an eye on the Miss Patina website. They already brought the Pinafore from UTL/BTF back several times and I wouldn’t give up hope that the same thing might happen to the Wiltshire Jacket. They’re a small company compared to ones like Topshop or Urban Outfitters and I assume they are not averse to bringing back certain items if they know there’s a demand for them.
Now, on to the coat itself because I feel like I wasted 300 words before actually reviewing anything. When I first opened the parcel, I was surprised by how incredibly soft the outer shell of the coat is. It doesn’t actually look like it in photos, but it really is super soft (in a message to a fellow cosplayer I called it “small kitten kind of soft”). I suppose the leopard print is a matter of taste and I’m not normally a fan of it, but on the Wiltshire Jacket, it’s very small and inconspicuous. It doesn’t scream “my rich daddy bought me this” like some other leopard print coats I’ve seen. Overall, it just looks very feminine and classy. The quality also seems to be very decent, but I can’t actually judge until I’ve worn it for a bit (luckily, autumn is here at last). Basically, my coat is still brand new and came with the tags still attached. If it suddenly falls apart, I’ll let you know, but I highly doubt it. The fabric of the outer shell is 70% polyester and 30% wool. The lining is made from 52% polyester and 48% viscose. It’s definitely not a thick winter coat but will keep you warm and cosy in spring and autumn. The pockets are large enough to fit most bigger phones (the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus sticks out a bit and so will equally large phones).
As for the sizing, that was the reason why I hesitated a little before buying it from Cass. My coat is a size L and I usually wear a size XS or S in coats, so I was prepared to receive a coat way too big for me. Again, I was surprised. The coat is oversized and roomy, yes, but it doesn’t look bad at all. When I spoke to the first seller about the sizing of hers (I think it was an M), I was told it ran big. My impression of the size L is that it runs true to size, so I’m assuming the sizes don’t actually differ all that much. If you can get your hands on any size, you’ll probably be okay. It looks oversized on Jenna as well, so I really don’t mind being able to wear a thick jumper underneath. It just looks like it’s supposed to be that way (or like all my Zara coats in size S which are notoriously big).
I realize that apart from “wanting to complete the collection”, cosplay reasons aren’t necessarily why people are after this coat because it wasn’t actually on screen and isn’t that recognizable, but if you like this coat simply because it’s your style, go for it! It’s a lovely item that is very soft and ideal for spring and autumn. If I had the money, I would probably buy everything Miss Patina has to offer, but since I don’t, I’m happy with the two Clara items I have. Now that October has arrived, I’ll gladly wear this coat 🙂