I have admired Clara’s sense of style since from the very beginning. Not only has Ms. Oswald become one of my style icons, but so has Jenna Coleman. There were some major fangirl moments at Edmonton Expo a few weeks ago when I got to meet her ?ﾟﾘﾄ?
We talk a lot about fashion here on My Fangirl Life. Both Kris and KG have outlined their styles in detailed posts. While I haven’t got around to mine, I think this is a bit of a preview. In the past couple of years I have worked towards dressing more like Clara/Jenna. I love the collars and short skirts. I love the black tights and short heeled boots. I love all the red.
It’s well known by now that I like to cosplay Clara. She was my first ?. Since then I’ve accumulated a number of screen accurate and alternate versions of her outfits. I’ve also sewn myself a Victorian dress.
In honor of my style icon, and because I just met her, here’s the Definitive Ranking of ALL Clara Oswald’s Outfits from Season 7.5 and 8. I realize Season 9 is currently airing but I’ll save my ranking of her Season 9 outfits for a later day.
28. Last Christmas
The outfit from the most recent Christmas special finds itself at the bottom of the list. It’s just a nightgown and a housecoat. Nothing special. But a pretty decent outfit for a trip to the North Pole.
27. In the Forest of the Night
I just don’t think this outfit works. The shirt is boring and doesn’t seem to be in her style. The backpack is cute but the yellow sweater around her waist seems a little childish. I guess it works when you’re a teacher, dressing casual for an overnight school trip, but for running with The Doctor, not so much.
26. The Crimson Horror
In creating this list it was often difficult to slot the Victorian/Medieval dresses in with more modern styles. The dress we see in “The Crimson Horror” is beautiful, but it’s definitely the least beautiful of all the Victorian dresses Clara wears. The choice of fabric and colour just aren’t the most flattering on her.
25. The Rings of Akhaten
This is the first in a number of dress and jacket outfits that we see from Clara. I think at the beginning they were still trying to figure out what her style would be and ended up stuck in a cute-but-simple rut for awhile. The dress is collared, which is a step in the right direction, but there’s nothing else exciting here. Though I do like the red bag. I have a similar one.
24. Cold War
This outfit is very similar to the one from “The Rings of Akhaten”, just a little fancier. The dress looks cute (do we actually get to see the rest of it?) and I do the oversized military jacket. It provides some nice contrast in the outfit. But overall, nothing too memorable about this one.
23. The Bells of Saint John
This outfit seems like something I’d wear on a casual day out. I have boots that are very similar. Again, this outfit is simple but not too exciting. It seems like something you would wear every day, not something you wear on your first adventure with The Doctor. Though for running around with him, this outfit does seem rather practical.
22. Into the Dalek
“Into the Dalek” Clara has everything that I love… but is also completely wrong at the same time. Points for tucking the shirt in. And points for finally including pants. But then the pants don’t appear to be real jeans and what’s with the eyes on the shirt? I get that there’s probably some higher-level symbolism here relating to the Daleks in the episode, but it’s still weird.
21. Nightmare in Silver
This one just screams “I’m gonna take on the world”…but in a an adorable way. Clara looks ready for business. I really like the flowered skirt. The tight leather-like jacket provides some nice contrast from the skirt and collar. All-in-all, I enjoy this outfit but don’t find it memorable.
20. Deep Breath
Onto the second Victorian dress. This one is a beautiful green with gorgeous detailing on the front. You might mistake Clara for a perfect porcelain doll in this episode… which is pretty fitting plot-wise. What I dislike is the dress’s skirt, which might be why it’s not featured in the image above.
19. Kill the Moon
Clara spends the majority of this episode in a spacesuit, but there are early moments back on earth where she’s strutting about in this cute dress. I like the addition of the belt around the middle; it’s a staple for her style. With the added bonus of making the dress far more flattering. The pattern appears fun, fun enough that I’m wondering where I can pick up my own!
18. Death in Heaven
Clara’s farewell outfit from the Season 8 finale is simple and comfy. I love the large white sweater. With her jeans it’s exactly what a young professional would wear on a day off. My favourite part, though, is the green jacket. Coloured jackets are so much more fun that black ones. I want!
While this episode was certainly memorable (don’t you just love the scary ones???), I’m not sure the outfit was. That being said, I like that she’s discovered blazers. This one provides excellent structure against the flowy dress. The dress is also a different cut than we’re used to seeing on her. It’s a simple, but nice change.
16. Dark Water
I really like this dress. Like, really! It’s so pretty, with a perfect baby-doll style, but casual enough that she can run around impersonating the Doctor (which involves a lot of energy & plenty of flailing). The dress is covered up for the majority of the episode, but the glimpses we get are excellent. The outfit structure (dress, black tights, heeled booties) is a style I base a number of looks around.
15. The Caretaker
Shorts! That’s new… and super fun. The scalloped bottoms are a fun detail on a basic closet staple. The tucked shirt is excellent, as are the tights. This is very much a teacher outfit for Clara, and I could see myself wearing something rather similar on a trip to the mall.
14. Time Heist
Oh my! Va Va Voom. This suit is so neat; it’s wonderfully different. And that colour! Naturally the purple is a throwback to Eleven ? . I also love the loose tie. She looks professional and yet casual. We never see Clara dressed like this again, which is a shame. I think it works quite well on her.
13. The Day of the Doctor
This is the first outfit on the list that I’ve cosplayed. I bought a very similar dress and jacket online and wore the whole look for a day at Calgary Expo 2013. The red dress is very Clara (this girl does love her primary colors), and it’s obviously paired with tights and heels. The jacket she’s wearing works so well for the nature of this episode. She’s riding a motorcycle, flying through the air, running all over London, and generally trying to keep up with the Doctor. I image this outfit would be quite practical for a day of running errands. Cute and practical: a brilliant combination!
12. The Snowmen
This dress is classic Victorian goodness. Jenna’s general look is so well-suited for period dress. I cannot wait to see her as Queen Victoria! The colour and style are very sophisticated. It helps with the governess look, and plays to the kind-of Mary Poppin’s thing she has going. This dress is structured similarly to some of the previous Victorian dress, but I prefer the fabrics used here.
“Flatline” is the episode where Clara tried to be Amy Pond. Plaid, pants and sneakers are very un-Clara (and so very Amy!), but she still pulls it off. Perhaps it’s because a pair of wedge sneakers and a cross-body bag were incorporated in, two things that are very Clara. Either way, this is a very casual look that reminds us that Clara is just a normal human who doesn’t always have to be super done up. She still looks gorgeous wearing it while doing her best Doctor impression.
10. Robot of Sherwood
When I first saw this dress I immediately wanted to make it. I haven’t yet as I have other sewing projects ahead of it, though I don’t think it would be that hard. Clara looks like a medieval princess in this episode. Her hair and the head accessories are brilliant. Plus, if you want to impress Robin Hood, red is the colour to wear. If I was ever going to a Renaissance Fair perhaps I’d actually make this one. It’d be a fun and different style to try sewing.
This blue dress is gorgeous. As I’ve discussed with Kris, Clara seems the type to own an expensive going-out/date dress (one day when I’m not a student…). The cutouts on the front are fun and sexy, and for once we see Clara in something more form-fitting. She’s often found wearing things that tuck or come in at the waist but not a fully contoured outfit. It’s an excellent look for her!
8. Mummy on the Orient Express
I guess this is also a dress that’s form-fitting, but it’s flapper style and so detailed that I forgot abut it.The bead-work is exquisite and must have taken hours & hours & hours. The colours and design work well together, and are on point for the era. Huge Fan! Plus her hair. Such a chic little bob! I would love to have an opportunity to dress-up 20’s style! Such a fun period for fashion.
7. The Caretaker
I love this outfit so much. I want the skirt more than any other Clara item. The pattern is unique & kind of like an old person’s sofa, but in the best possible way. I find it incredibly fun and flattering. Anyone want to sell me one??? I also love the tucked burgundy top. I definitely never had a teacher this stylish! I don’t quite understand the collar clips she’s accessorizing with, but perhaps it’s a British thing. It does make her look more professional.
6. Dark Water/The Caretaker and Season 8 Promotional Photos
In making this list I often asked myself, “Would I spend $200 on that dress?”…or “Have I spent $200 on this dress?”. That is how this dress found itself so highly ranked. It was barely featured in an episode, yet it is very important to me. Last summer a friend and I bought this dress together. I was sad. It was expensive. She insisted. And together we split the price. I love it, but I didn’t realize how much until last weekend at Edmonton Expo 2015. I wore it for my photo-op with Jenna Coleman (in the flesh!). She recognized it and said she doesn’t see many people wearing it. I said thanks and that it was expensive. She smiled and then I was giddy for the next hour ❤️ This dress will now be treasured forever.
5. Asylum of the Daleks
As I said earlier, and in a post just a few weeks ago, this was my very first cosplay. When I assembled it I knew very little of what I was doing, but I don’t think I could do it any better if I redid it today. I love the short red dress. I have a multitude of red dresses and I’m now wondering if that’s a little inspired by this “Asylum of the Daleks” look. The belt, whisk, and red sneaker wedges have now become classic. It’s definitely the most popular Clara cosplay you see at Comic Expos. Jenna said herself in her panel a few weeks back that she wants to be remembered as Soufflé Girl ❤️.
4. The Name of the Doctor
I love this dress so much. It’s a perfect example of ‘classic school girl’. The green and blue checkered pattern is so very British. In this outfit she is the Impossible Girl. I found a dress very similar to this a couple years ago and wore it the 50th Anniversary in theaters. This is one of few occasions she’s wearing brown boots, which is a nice change.
3. Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
I was in love with this dress the first time I saw it. The dress is, again, red with a classic school girl collar. It’s dynamic as she’s running through the TARDIS and makes her look vulnerable when she’s trapped. I have searched and searched the internet for it but it’s now so expensive whenever it pops up that I’m pretty certain I’m never going to own it. But I do have a pattern I could use to make it… and I know you can buy very similar fabric online. If I had an Eleven for a photoshoot I would make this dress in a heartbeat! I do have a basic red dress with a black collar though, and it makes me think of Clara and her Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS every time I wear it.
2. The Snowmen
I don’t remember what my thoughts were on this dress when I first saw the episode, but when it became my very first sewing project my love for it grew. It’s Victorian but less classically so than some of the other dresses she wears. It’s a perfect dress for running from The Snowmen and discovering the TARDIS. I wonder if I can revamp my version a bit with the sewing skills I’ve acquired since I first sewed it? I wore it to one photoshoot a couple years ago, but I thinks there’s still so much potential for a Clara and Eleven winter shoot. Someone find me an Eleven!
1. The Time of the Doctor
Now I realize I’m cheating here with a tie for #1 – but I have a legit reason for doing so. I had forgotten about the cute yellow sweater outfit! And instead of redoing ALL of my photos, because I love this outfit so much, and because it would have been in the top 5, I decide to tie the two outfits from “The Time of the Doctor” in the top spot. Easy fix to a silly mistake.
I cannot say enough about what she’s wearing here. Her Christmas outfit with the red skirt and black cardigan was my second-ever cosplay. I even wore it to Christmas dinner that year (where I just happened to pull a green hat from the Christmas cracker!). It will always hold a special place in my heart. I stumbled upon a yellow sweater, just like the one above, last year. I often wear it with a black collar and it makes me smile every time.
In my opinion Clara has never looked better than in this episode. It’s just too bad I’ve never been able to rewatch it. I think I’m over the Regeneration, but this episode just might bring back too many feels.
And that concludes my ranking of ALL Clara Oswald’s outfits! Would you change anything? Which is your number 1? Please let me know in the comments. Stay tuned for Part 2 in a few weeks when I rank her outfits after Season 9! I’m scared to think what state we’ll find my favourite companion in at that time…
Thanks for reading!
– Justine Alyssa