Tomorrow is the much anticipated Doctor Who Series 8 Premiere! Whovians around the world will crowd around their television/computer/movie theater screens to see how the newest regeneration of a classic character gets along. You will have to wait until Sunday to hear my thoughts on the Twelfth Doctor; today I am focusing on this season’s constant: the lovely Clara Oswin Oswald. Companions have always been a source of style inspiration for British women (and now, with the show’s spreading popularity, girls all around the world) and Clara is no exception. With the rise of cosplay more and more people are striving to recreate episode featured looks exactly. That’s not what I’m doing here (but my cousin Justine often does so on her tumblr). Instead here are some tips on how to feel your most Clara-esque in your everyday wardrobe…and to help you pick the perfect outfit to celebrate her return in tomorrow’s episode!
To generalize I’d call Clara’s style classic. It’s exactly what I’d expect the female lead of a British television show to wear, despite the fact that it is nothing like the fashions of any of the previous companions. Clara clothes include basic shapes, mature patterns and girly flare. Usually the outfit starts with a dress.
Clara Style 101: #1 – Dresses
Clara is never in pants, which is the main reason I would consider her style ‘girly.’ As opposed to her predecessor, Amy Pond who wore mainly denim – often in miniskirt form, Clara’s skirts are float-y and flow-y. When trying to recreate her looks you can’t go wrong with chiffon, silk or similar light-weight fabrics. Even her more structured dresses have an A-frame shape, continuing the feminine appearance.
To keep the simple silhouettes from being washed out the show’s stylists choose patterned fabrics. This could easily become loud and crazy, but for sticking with the ‘classic’ look. You’ll notice Clara’s dresses are small-sized florals, low-contrast plaids and dark colored textures. Very mature. Also sticking with a basic red/green/blue color palette keeps things grounded.
Clara Style 101: #2 – Dark Tights
Always modest, Clara’s does not let her bare legs show even though she’s always in a dress. An absolute staple in Clara Closet Cosplay are thick black nylons. Every modern-day outfit she wears features a pair.
Clara Style 101: #3 – Booties
Ankle boots. I could really just leave it there. Clara is always in booties. Even though they are usually heeled I still think they usually act as a complimentary contrast to her girly clothing. The chunkiness grounds the look and keeps it casual, because she always looks elegant & put-together. If you want to be true-to-show stick to black shoes.
Clara Style 101: #4 – Jackets
Not only is a jacket a great way to add some depth to an outfit, it’s also very practical when you are travelling time & space and never know what the weather will be like. The TARDIS can be quite unpredictable and could land you in the middle of a Victorian London rainstorm or the Ood’s ice planet. Clara’s jackets (of which she has many) are divided into two types: structured and over-sized. When wearing a fuller skirt she will wear a slim-fitting structured top. These include blazers (Hide) and leather jackets (Nightmare in Silver). When wearing looking to be a bit more casual Ms. Oswald wears oversized jackets, such as her The Bells of Saint John cargo coat and the captains jacket in Cold War. The second might not seem like a conscious outfit complimenting choice, but she wears it for the majority of the episode I think we can factor it into her look. Clara Style 101: #5 – Accessories
Clara accessorizes like no companion has before. She always has jewellery on and is the first companion to be smart enough to carry a bag. The genius in Clara’s accessories is that they usually contrast the overall look of her outfit. Wearing a white button up & plaid skirt? How very school girl. Why not pair it with a studded bracelet and a rocker-spike-wielding necklace? This is an actual example from The Time of the Doctor. In The Rings of Akhaten a flouncy dress is juxtaposed by a plain, rectangular, red bag. The color pops and the basic shape adds structure. Clara’s loudest dress is subdued in Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS with an unadorned black Peter-Pan collar. SO adorable! Peter Pan collars scream ‘Clara’; classic and girly but also a little fun & sassy.
So Team Whovian, happy Clara Closet Cosplaying tomorrow! And happy viewing for Deep Breath!
Love & Luck,