Item: Topshop Hybrid Jumper
Appearance: Face the Raven, Heaven Sent, Hell Bent, Twice Upon A Time
Combined With: ASH Cool Wedge Sneakers, Black Jeans, Melissa Joy Manning Mini Hug Hoop Earrings.
Original Retail Price: unknown
Materials: 52% polyester, 23% nylon, 19% acrylic, 6% wool, lace: 57% nylon, 43% cotton
And we have arrived at Clara’s most worn item: the Topshop Hybrid Jumper which was featured in no less than 4 episodes. At the same time, it is probably one of Clara’s most sought-after items. With good reason because it’s an awesome jumper.
The Topshop Hybrid Jumper isn’t exactly rare, but it’s not entirely easy to find either. I think one of the reasons for that is because most Clara cosplayers own it already (and they’re not giving it up) and even casual cosplayers or just Clara fans go after this jumper because it really is a lovely item to have in your wardrobe. For that reason, it might be a bit more difficult for a cosplay newbie to find one in the right size. When I got into cosplaying, it took me a couple of months to find one and then another 8 months to find one in another size that fit me better. But don’t give up just yet. Your Hybrid Jumper is out there somewhere. Right now, there are actually a couple of them available on Depop.
For a Topshop item, the jumper runs really big. After getting acquainted with Topshop sizes, I thought the UK8 would be most suitable for me. I’m a UK6/8 in tops normally, but with Topshop, I had found that it was more UK8/10. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The UK8 was very, very large on me and it took me a long time to downsize to a UK6 – which is still quite loose. I haven’t yet come across a UK4 in a price that agrees with me, but if I do, that one is mine. So when you’re looking for the jumper, go down a size. They’re big.
As for the price, I’ve mainly seen them sold by other cosplayers and the normal price range was in between £40 and £70, but if you get lucky and find one by a cosplay muggle, you can find it for a lot less. I haven’t seen any on Vinted and the ones I’ve seen on eBay were way too expensive to even consider, so I would say that Depop is the place to go for this one. It might take a few months, but your size will probably pop up at some point in the future. The great thing about this item is that it comes in a big range of sizes and I’ve seen everything from a UK4 to UK16 although some sizes (the smaller ones) are rarer than others.
The jumper itself is a really lovely item and I have to keep myself from wearing it too often because I’m always afraid I’ll ruin my precious cosplay clothes. It’s soft, it’s not too warm and the lace and collar detail give it a very special look. Also, it’s one of Clara’s most iconic looks (along with the TotD/Deep Breath one), so what’s not to love about that?
The body of the jumper is made from 52% polyester, 23% nylon, 19% acrylic and 6% wool. The lace is made of 57% nylon and 43% cotton. I know many people are reluctant to machine-wash their cosplay clothes, but I’ve thrown my Hybrid Jumper into the washing machine at 40 degrees multiple times and it came out completely fine. I haven’t tumble-dried it and I wouldn’t try, but it definitely survives a normal wash.
My Australian sources tell me that there’s an almost identical alt available from Portmans, but with a needle and threat, you can turn basically any grey jumper into a Hybrid Jumper by adding lace and wearing a blouse underneath. The Face the Raven look is a Clara look that is very easy to achieve and copy for anyone who is trying to cosplay Clara.