Item: GAP Merino Jumper in Navy
Appearance: Sleep No More
Combined With: Claudie Pierlot Brooklyn Top, Claudie Pierlot Soline Skirt, &Other Stories Monk Strap Boots, Topshop / ASOS / River Island Triangle Necklace.
Original Retail Price: unknown
Materials: 100% merino wool
Sleep No More is a rather dark episode and it’s difficult to find a decent not-blurry screenshot to brighten up nicely, so I’m using a photo I took at the Doctor Who Experience as a reference picture. I’m quite proud of this one because it seems to be the clearest and most detailed photo of the outfit out there, but if you know of a better one, please let me know and I will happily include it in this post, but now, on to the actual review of the item.
The problem with the navy GAP jumper is the same problem I had with the black one from TWWL. You can find a lot of GAP hoodies, but finding plain jumpers isn’t quite as easy. About a year ago, I was tipped off by another cosplayer who knew I was looking for it because they had found it on Depop. I haven’t seen any on Vinted or eBay, but it’s possible that they got lost among all the hoodies. That makes it a bit hard to say how rare it really is, but I only know three other cosplayers who own it even though that could be down to the fact that the entire outfit is very, very high up on the rarity scale and they don’t bother to look for the jumper when the chances of finding the rest are so slim.
The jumper fits quite small, just like the other GAP jumper Clara wears in S9. I ordered my regular size S and it fits me, but it is a little snug with another shirt underneath it, so I wouldn’t actually mind owning the next size up because I feel like it would be a tad more comfortable. Sizing down is not something I would recommend for this jumper. It has a little stretch, but not as much as you might expect from a jumper, so squeezing into a smaller size might get a little uncomfortable.
The jumper is made from 100% merino wool and that means hand-wash only. Please don’t try to wash it in a washing machine with regular detergent because it will damage the fabric (trust me, I learned that the hard way). You can hand-wash it nicely with a specific wool detergent.
Sadly, I can’t actually give you a price range on the jumper because so far, I’ve only ever seen the one that I bought. I got it for £15 which seems a fair price for a merino jumper (they are usually a little more expensive). You might find it cheaper or you might have to pay a little more for it, especially if the seller is another cosplayer.
Since there are a lot of navy jumpers out there, let me give you a little tip: The SA jumper can be identified through the very specific seams around the sleeves. It’s not something I’ve seen on a lot of jumpers before and it sticks out, making it easier to identify the SA jumper among others.
Overall, it’s a casual, simple jumper that goes with a lot of different things – from jeans to cute skirts. You won’t have a hard time incorporating it into your everyday wardrobe even though I usually shy away from wearing the rarer cosplay items outside of cosplay because I’m always so afraid of damaging them.