How to Dress Like Clara Oswald from Doctor Who

Doctor Who Clara Oswald costume ideas

Clara (“Oswin”) Oswald is a popular Doctor Who cosplay option thanks to her versatile and easily replicable style. Here we show you how to make some of Clara’s best outfits for yourself.

Whether for Halloween, a fancy dress party, or a cosplay event, Clara offers plenty of fun and easy costume options for Doctor Who fans to choose from.


Clara Oswald (portrayed by Jenna Coleman) was one of the main companions for both the Eleventh (Matt Smith) and Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi).

We first meet Clara in the seventh season of the revamped Doctor Who in the episode “Asylum of the Daleks“. The Eleventh Doctor finds Clara and her team of scavengers trapped on the planet Skaro where they intend to salvage valuable materials from the Dalek homeworld.

The Eleventh Doctor is impressed by Clara’s resourcefulness and ability to remain undetected by the Daleks who are hunting her. This appearance later sets the scene for her to become The Doctor’s full-time companion, starting in the Christmas special episode, “The Snowmen“.

Clara Oswald cemented herself as one of the best companions thanks to her resourcefulness, independence, and iconic fashion sense. When it comes to Female Doctor Who cosplay ideas, let’s just say Clara has more than a few outfits to choose from. These are some of our favorites.

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Clara Oswald (Doctor Who) waitress costume guide

Clara Oswald waitress outfit

Buy Clara Oswald costume items:

  1. Clara waitress cosplay outfit
  2. Converse high-top sneakers
  3. White ankle socks
  4. Brown wavy hair wig

Looking for an easy Doctor Who Clara cosplay? Perhaps for a last-minute Halloween party or cosplay event? Look no further, Clara Oswald’s waitress outfit only needs 3 to 4 items to pull off.

Clara wears this waitress uniform in Doctor Who S7, ep.6: “The Bells of Saint John“. After The Doctor discovers that people are being uploaded to the internet and trapped in digital form by mysterious entities known as ‘Spoonheads’, Clara goes undercover as a waitress in The Shard building to uncover their secret plot.

To make this easy Clara costume for yourself all you need is a waitress outfit, a pair of white Converse high tops, and white ankle socks. Add a brown wavy wig if you’re not a natural brunette and you are ready to go!

Clara Oswald Magician's Apprentice cosplay guide

“The Magician’s Apprentice” dress

Buy Clara Oswald outfit items:

  1. Green polka dot dress
  2. Grey sweatshirt
  3. Leather moto jacket
  4. Black tights
  5. Suede booties

The Magician’s Apprentice” is the first episode of season nine and is notable for its reintroduction of one of The Doctor’s most formidable adversaries: Davros.

Clara Oswald wears a cute outfit comprising of a green polka dot dress, worn under a baggy grey sweater and leather motorcycle jacket. A pair of black tights and suede booties round off another iconic Clara costume.

Clara Christmas Special (Snowmen) costume guide

The Snowmen” Christmas Special costume

Buy Clara Oswald cosplay items:

  1. Plaid split-front mini skirt
  2. Peter Pan collar blouse
  3. V-neck cardigan
  4. Black leggings
  5. High heel booties
  6. Clara cosplay necklace (Etsy)
  7. Christmas cracker tissue hat

In the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Snowmen“, the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) face off against a race of sentient snowmen in Victorian England.

For this memorable Clara Oswald cosplay you will need a plaid mini skirt, white blouse, and black button-up cardigan. Other simple costume additions include a pair of black leggings and heeled booties.

She also wears a green Christmas cracker hat. You can buy similar cracker fillers in bulk. However, we would recommend simply making your own with some green tissue paper and a little DIY.

The distinctive three-cone necklace can also be found on Etsy to really make this the best Clara Oswald costume possible.

Looking for more Clara Oswald-inspired outfits?

See our Pinterest for more Doctor Who: Clara Oswald Halloween costumes and cosplay outfit ideas. Clara has a unique style that many fans were sorry to see go when Jenna Coleman completed her tenure as The Doctor’s companion. The good news is that she left us with dozens of iconic outfits to choose from.

Which one is your favorite? Let us know and we’ll be sure to feature it here.