The Mis-ID'd Trousers: A Good Man Goes to War

The popular belief in the Amy cosplay collecting community has been that the trousers Amy wears in A Good Man Goes to War are by Topshop. However, on comparing details on the known pair with images from the episode I've come to the conclusion that these are a very good alt - but not SA.

There are three details which show these are not the trousers.

1. Buttons
You can see in the promo above that Amy's trousers have two buttons on the cargo pocket. The image on the right shows the Topshop pair, and there are no buttons on the pocket.

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2. Rear pockets
Amy's trousers feature full, rectangular pockets on the rear. The picture on the left of the Topshop trousers have either internal pockets with a small fold, or more likely, are fake pockets with a top fold.

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3. Leg seam
It's difficult to tell unless you are mega zoomed in, but the Topshop trousers are cropped and have a seam running horizontally below the knee. Amy's trousers do not appear to feature this design in any picture I can see.

Another potential point is the cropping, though Amy wears high-top boots and it's not possible to tell where the trousers hem. We don't get a good enough look at the top to garner any details, however I think I can spot belt loops in the picture above with Rory.

This is all a shame - one less item we have ID'd! It's possible the trousers are still Topshop as they are awfully similar, but there's also a chance it's from Allsaints - it kind of has that look about it, and the top is from there.

Whistles Billy Parka

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This wonderful parka eluded me for so long! I think the problem is much the same as I wrote about with the Paul Smith tee - it's such a timeless style that once purchased, people are pretty loath to part with them. Plus, the sheer versatility of this particular parka makes it a wardrobe staple you want to hold on to. As such, they rarely appear on resale sites, and rarely are they offered up for sale even by 'retiring' cosplayers. (Which was, incidentally, how I finally got mine!)

The parka was originally retailed at £125.00, which isn't too bad considering it was by Whistles. The quality is ... amazing. I had a idea in my mind of what this parka would feel like, which was kind of rough. However, it's incredibly soft, lightweight cotton, with a lovely chambray lining. It feels beautiful on. It's. So. Soft! The design is sort of complex - drawstrings here, drawstrings there, snap fastenings, toggles and pockets - but it has a gorgeous, natural fit. It doesn't feel like any parka I've ever worn before. This is no shapeless mess, but a classy, fitted affair. Everything is adjustable, and the pockets are very deep.

It's an extremely generous fit. Mine is an 8, two sizes down what I usually wear, and it's just right. It can still zip and button up with room to spare. I would not recommend sizing up in this parka as you may find yourself suffocating in cotton poplin, but you can size down at least two sizes, perhaps more if you have a smaller bust.

While the SA is rare af, it's easy to find an alt. This is still a trendy style and lots of stores are selling them, and you can turn up a lot of hits on eBay. Whistles have a number of decent alts, too, though all of these seem to have fur trimming on the hood. I refused to get an alt, though ... I was determined to obtain this, and felt if I took on an alt my fire for the hunt might wane! Silly, no? So for the entire time I've been cosplaying Amy I have never been able to cosplay this outfit. Until now. Yay!

Amy wears this on three different occasions during Season 7 and always with stripes!! The first appearance is Pond Life episode 4, with the Aubin & Wills jumper. The second in Pond Life episode 5, with the Reiss jumper, and thirdly and most famously, with the Paul Smith tee in The Angels Take Manhattan.

Always with the stripes...

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North Face Sable GTX XCR Hiking Shoe in fossil/ivory

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Don't you just love practicality? Amy chooses to dress location appropriate in The Impossible Astronaut and at the beginning of The Day of the Moon with a pair of hiking shoes from The North Face. I don't think this particular colour combination is still available, though these shoes turn up often enough on resale sites for them to be found eventually, and I don't think there would be a lot of competition for them nowadays when they do.  However, The North Face is a very trendy outdoor gear brand, so there would likely be competition from non-cosplayers for them.

The product name is quite a mouthful, and I've seen them described in a myriad of colours including 'shroom' which I quite like, but fossil/ivory seems to be the correct title.

Here's North Face's sale specs if you're down with hiking shoe hype:

"These lightweight, low-cut boots from The North Face are both waterproof and breathable thanks to a Gore-Tex® Extended Comfort Range membrane on the nubuck and suede leather uppers, and also feature abrasion-resistant mesh, protective toe and heel caps and gusseted tongues to stop debris creeping in. Cushioning and support is provided by ergonomically designed Northotic® footbeds, while Heal Cradle™ and Snake Plate™ technology contribute stability by keeping heels and forefeet where they should be. Vibram® rubber outsoles on The North Face Women's Sable GTX XCR hiking shoes add sticky traction over varied terrain, keeping you sure-footed and equipped for the challenges ahead."

I do love me some sticky traction™. If I were The North Face I would be trademarking sticky traction. Maybe Sexyland beat them to it, I don't know.

Anyway, I don't own these because they're not really my style and I basically go outdoors only to go back indoors. I do have a pair of Merrils which I got when I was backpacking, and they're similar enough to be pretty darn good alts.

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Paul by Paul Smith Women’s Blue Stripe Logo Pocket T-Shirt

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Fun fact: the episode this top features in, The Angels Take Manhattan, is my least-viewed Pond episode. I'm sure you can guess why. I'm a huge sook, and unless I want to kayak around my flooded sea-of-tears house then I stay well away. (I mean, I still lose it when the Doctor imagines her in TTOTD!) So I think I've only seen this episode ... twice.

Perhaps that's why the universe conspires against me when it comes to this outfit. This is one of Amy's most easily cobbled together, and recognised, but I've never done it. I found the jeans and the necklace early on but the jacket and blouse had eluded me ... until now.

After like searching for 4 years I finally found the Paul by Paul Smith top. And - most surprisingly - brand new?! Someone had an unworn, tags-still-attached, t-shirt in their cosplay muggle* wardrobe of wonders.

Suffice to say, this is a very rare item. My theory for this is pretty straightforward - stripey tops are still in. Go into practically any shop selling clothes and there's stripey tees.They're so versatile and fashionable that nobody who purchased the Paul Smith tee back in the day felt the need to sell it. (Oh, and it's also crazy comfortable, so that helps.) In all my time of cosplaying I've only seen it go for sale once - this time. It was offered as a trade once too, but the other person changed their mind, deciding to keep it to double-up as a Clara piece.

Being on the Paul Smith label, this t-shirt originally sold at the painful price of £68.99.

The tee is white with blue horizontal lines. The scoop neckline has a blue line which follows it all the way around. At the front there is a single functional pocket. It is not much good, though, as a tan-coloured button is stitched through the top centre. That's fine though - I've never seen much point of boob pockets.

Scattered throughout the tee are little flecks. I never realised until I had it in my hot little hands, but they're actually multicoloured! They're also raised, like individually sewn dots, which gives the tee a really nice texture. The material itself is 95% cotton and 5% viscose, so it's nicely stretchy. I thought mine would be too big as it was an L, but it has a great fit and is nice and slack like how Amy wears hers.

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*Term shamelessly stolen from Instagram's ravenhairedclara

Topshop Moto Two Button Shorts, black

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"I dressed for Rio!"

And here we have Pond's most famous outfits, or at least most talked about. The main talking point is the shorts, of course. I bang on a bit about how brief the Superdry skirt but I reckon this one would give it a run for its' money. When I took them out and showed my housemate she went "is that her UNDERWEAR?" And she wasn't far wrong.

Well, to be fair, they are hotpants. Amy got caught out. She was going somewhere suitable for teeny tiny shorts (though I'm not sure where the jacket came into it - I assume she grabbed that when they landed??) that are more like knickers. In fact these things are so tiny that they're one of the very few cosplay items I own that won't make their way into my regular wardrobe. Not unless I'm going to Rio, I guess. (And lbh, probably not even then.)

Topshop have a few different varieties of black shorts about. At time of writing, high-waisted denim is in, so most resale sites are flooded with shorts that look just like these but are high-rise. (Don't get me started on this frightening trend; I was there in the 90s first time round when high-rise denim was in. It was terrible then, and it's terrible now!) There's also a lot of black shorts with a single button floating around too. So when you're hunting - check rise, and number of buttons, and that should narrow your search down considerably.

Given how small these shorts were they were pretty low on my priority list to find. I browsed for these infrequently and found them on my third go or something. I also discovered there's actually quite a lot about in smaller sizes. You can thank Topshop producing a zillion and the change in trend for denim rise for that!

They fit true to size and in your back pocket. :p

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Magee of Donegal Blue Striped Robe

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Earlier this year I posted an entry about this robe, though I didn't own it yet. At that stage I had no intention of obtaining the robe. It was (and is) still available for purchase online, but price and postage made it extremely expensive and I resisted temptation. But, earlier this month in a fit of insanity or rationality (depending on your point of view) I finally bought it. So it's time to rewrite and review it properly!

The first thing I noticed is the quality. And yeah, it should be given it's quite an expensive robe, but I was still surprised at how soft and well-made it is. It's thicker than I imagined, has a pleasant summer weight, and two beautiful pockets which (if I dared to wear it all the time) I would certainly put tissues in and then forget to take out before washing. The sash is good and long and detachable, it slides in two loops on either side. Given the quality of the cotton it has a nice drape.

I know some other cosplayers have taken their robes up to match the SA length - but mine seems okay with my height, and a good fit with my ALT nightie. The nightgown underneath has never been identified, but is addressed in an entry here.

The Irish-made robe is actually menswear. You should take this into account when purchasing. It is very roomy, and most sizes would work for most people depending on how you'd like it to fit. I went with an M, which is my usual size, and that turned out to be a perfect choice.

I had this sent to my parents' house as I was anticipating being away when it would be delivered. My father unpacked and checked it for me, and was very taken with it, so now he's going to get one too, and so my father will also be cosplaying his own version of Pond.

The ensemble appears in both The Beast Below and the Night and the Doctor minisodes: Good Night/Bad Night.

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Unidentified Grey T-Shirt

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At first glance, this tee is pretty basic.

It features in The Power of Three and is worn with the Whistles blue jeans, UGG boots (which I must reiterate - ohgoddon'tweartheseoutsidethehouse!) the Gogo Philip necklace, watch and an un-IDed brown belt which pops up frequently in this season.

The tee is a grey marle and looks to be lightweight. From the way it hangs I think it is a soft jersey, or like, fabric. The neckline is a soft V and the sleeves capped. There's an interesting little seam detail where the tiny sleeve joins the shoulder, and no hem on the sleeve as it rolls under itself. It's a nice touch, a step up from completely bland and basic.

There's a decent chance this tee is by Allsaints given is frequency of use in Season 7.

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Unidentified Pink Dressing Gown and Pyjamas

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In The Power of Three and Pond Life Amy is seen in a pink dressing gown and pyjama set. These have not yet been ID'd, but as the design is quite common, it's pretty easy to find a good alt.

There's a few different shots but nothing we've seen gives us a lot of detail. I think in most appearances it's just a plain white, or blush, singlet (vest/tank.) However in the second Pond Life episode we can see lace detail on one strap, with another, plainer, strap. It would make sense that it have lace to match the robe, but as we don't see another angle, it's impossible to be sure exactly which top, or tops, she's wearing underneath.

The dressing gown is pale pink with vintage lace trim on the cuffs. It looks to me like it would be slightly stretchy - a cotton, viscose blend perhaps, the sort of thing you can pull tight. It's probably three-quarter length. It does not have a hood.

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Amy Pond wigs

Okay, it's time to talk about Amy and her fabulous hair. Recently I've had several different people contact me through my Insta account, asking about the wigs I use.  So I thought it might be helpful to take a little detour from SA clothes and write about the wig situation over on my end!

For the longest time I didn't bother with wigs. It just didn't really blip on my radar? I don't know. I was more interested in collecting Amy's wardrobe than I was in getting into her character, I suppose. But as my collection grew and I started taking more photos it seemed like a fun idea to get a wig. And now I have four.

Character wigs are great because they help make you more recognisable in that part. It sort of caps off your entire look (if you don't naturally have that kind of hair!) However, they are not necessary to cosplaying, just as having SA pieces isn't necessary - it's still all about how you interpret the character, and how you choose to present. I have fallen in love with wigs purely because they really help me get into character. If you look back at early Insta posts, where I'm sans wig, I'm good, I'm okay, I'm fine. But the later posts where I'm wigified, you can see there's something different in me. I feel it's the connection to finding Amy and embodying that character.

There are a couple of well-known Amy wigs among cosplayers. If you google 'Amy Pond wig' you get a few hits. However I did not use any of those. They were quite old recommendations and I thought there would be something new, and probably less expensive, on the market in 2018.

So why do I have four? Well, Amy changes her hair a lot. I cosplay a lot of Amy's looks, and the same wig just wouldn't cut it for me.  So here's my four, with a few notes and images.

W66: Light Ginger Auburn Mix from Studio7-UK
(they also have an eBay store.)

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This is my most recent purchase. It's debut was at Oz Comic Con earlier this month. I really love the colour of this blend (I have another in it further down, different style) because it catches the light beautifully and isn't too red. You need to mind how coppery your wig is to try and realistically match Amy's colour.

I found this to be a really comfortable wig. It wasn't too heavy, and sat well. It is not lace front, which tend to be more realistic and expensive, but I like Studio7's wigs, and their prices and shipping costs are quite good. It's very soft to the touch and detangles well.

(A note on this: I used to work in a costume shop and cared for wigs a lot, so I can speak with some authority here when I say don't brush your wigs. Lay it on a hard surface, press one palm firmly down above where you want to detangle, and gently move a wide-toothed comb through the area. It's vital you press down to prevent accidentally yanking fibres out of the cap.)

I'd wear this one with many Season 5 looks - Amy central parts, or just off-centre parts frequently, so it could be easily styled.

Many thanks to Lightreaver Photography for the second pic.

W87 Auburn Dark Ginger from Studio7-UK

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I only have a couple of images wearing this because I don't like this one much. The fibres a beautiful, but the colour is a little too dark (though it came up fine with this filter) and I don't like the way it sits. It feels more Jessica Rabbit than Amy Pond. It styled across Season 6 style in a passable fashion but it just looked like, well, a wig. It just goes to show how good cropping and filters can change everything because this wig looks bloody awesome in the two shots above, but I probably won't wear it again.

W96 Light Ginger Auburn Mix from Studio7-UK

I love this one! It's so versatile. Sorry about all the images but it can be worn in so many ways that I felt the need to show the different ways I've used it. The fringe is long enough to tuck behind the ears, or a band, and with this you can use it as a (bit more glamorous) Season 5 wig - but it's my Season 7 go-to.

I've worn this one for long periods of time at cons. Great though it looks, it does move around a bit on the scalp. I haven't used Spirit Gum with it though perhaps I should, because the little combs inside the cap don't hold it well to my noggin. I have to fix it back into place a lot, mainly because it's quite heavy, and moves back. And if you're wearing it with heavy gear - like the Night Terrors Scarf and jacket, then it quickly gets very hot.

This wig does require a good deal of care and careful combing (see instructions above) after use to prevent tangling.

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I bought this one (my first) from a second-party seller on eBay selling Hivision wigs, which I believe are Chinese-made. This one had no particular fancy name, just something like 'long dark red lace front'. When it came, it was extremely long (I'm still not sure if I messed up with the measurements, or the seller did) which required me to sit in an empty bathtub with the wig on a head-sized jar trimming it with a pair of scissors.

I did a passable job!

The wig is extremely soft and tangle-resistant. It's lace front but it's not one of the better lace fronts I've seen. It does sit very nicely though, and is quite light on the noggin and breathable. I like it because it is a good Season 5 and Season 6 wig, however the colour is quite bright and in the wrong light it can look very, very bad.

I hope you find this useful - please feel free to ask me any questions, as always!