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    (Original post by vincrows)
    As long as it's genuine Pembroke design, that's fine.
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    You have made me very happy, thank you
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    You need to wear it for formals.
    And if you're planning to go to Christmas formal, it's very difficult to borrow one because most students'd go.

    Also, if you're thinking of joining cricket club, it's very likely they have formals and swaps, so you'll need a gown for that too.
    You don't need to wear it at Homerton/King's formals though, do you?

    I've heard if you go for swaps and formals at other colleges, it's usually very easy to either borrow a gown or go without one and nobody minds because you're from a non-gown college.
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    Hey everyone, I know I'm not a 2016 fresher anymore but I have a question for you all.

    I recently bought a Pembroke College scarf:



    https://www.ryderamies.co.uk/shop/pe...crested-scarf/

    (Yeah, I know the price was )

    However, a certain vincrows reliably informs me that to wear such a thing would be the ultimate faux pas!

    Do any current Cambridge students wear their college scarf?

    I'd only ever wear the scarf. I have no intention of buying any of the other tourist directed Cambridge apparel that seems to be available.
    Yep. All first years are very keen so you see a lot of them wearing college apparel, no reason not to I suppose, get that college pride going on early

    Cambridge specific apparel (those with the University of Cambridge printed all over it) tend to be more for tourists and I just have one T-Shirt I wear rarely. As Alow said, College stuff is classier to wear outside of Cambridge as opposed to an 'in your face' Cambridge hoodie or whatnot.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    You don't need to wear it at Homerton/King's formals though, do you?

    I've heard if you go for swaps and formals at other colleges, it's usually very easy to either borrow a gown or go without one and nobody minds because you're from a non-gown college.
    Not at King's, definitely, but don't Homerton wear a gown at formals?

    Yes, if it's just for swaps, it's easy to borrow from someone, maybe, but some 'formals' 'swaps' can get quite wild, so you don't want to spoil someone else/s gown,.......

    tbh, all the students I know had their gown when they're there......except for King's rebels.
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    (Original post by Protoxylic)
    Yep. All first years are very keen so you see a lot of them wearing college apparel, no reason not to I suppose, get that college pride going on early

    Cambridge specific apparel (those with the University of Cambridge printed all over it) tend to be more for tourists and I just have one T-Shirt I wear rarely. As Alow said, College stuff is classier to wear outside of Cambridge as opposed to an 'in your face' Cambridge hoodie or whatnot.
    Thanks for the insider intel. My scarf is the only Cambridgey clothing I own and it's in my college's colours, rather than the university's. So, hopefully it will be ok to wear discreetly.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    Not at King's, definitely, but don't Homerton wear a gown at formals?

    Yes, if it's just for swaps, it's easy to borrow from someone, maybe, but some 'formals' 'swaps' can get quite wild, so you don't want to spoil someone else/s gown,.......

    tbh, all the students I know had their gown when they're there......except for King's rebels.
    Ah, alright. I thought Homerton would be less formal than King's, not the other way around.

    I'm starting to envy the people getting a gown now, it looks kinda cool. :lol:
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Ah, alright. I thought Homerton would be less formal than King's, not the other way around.

    I'm starting to envy the people getting a gown now, it looks kinda cool. :lol:
    afaik, apart from some of mature colleges, King's is the only college who's allergic to gowns.
    Being 'less formal' (or not) in the college atmosphere is nothing to do with the custom of wearing a gown or not.

    Maybe you can start wearing a gown for King's formal, etc, and let them realize what they're missing!
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    afaik, apart from some of mature colleges, King's is the only college who's allergic to gowns.
    Being 'less formal' (or not) in the college atmosphere is nothing to do with the custom of wearing a gown or not.

    Maybe you can start wearing a gown for King's formal, etc, and let them realize what they're missing!
    Ah yeah, misused that word there.

    Haha, I might just do that! Probably rope a few friends into doing it to. :lol:
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Ah yeah, misused that word there.

    Haha, I might just do that! Probably rope a few friends into doing it to. :lol:
    Good luck with your mission.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    Ah yeah, misused that word there.

    Haha, I might just do that! Probably rope a few friends into doing it to. :lol:
    (Original post by vincrows)
    Good luck with your mission.
    im in, but only if u wear that zacin tshirt
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    Great. I don't want to look like an eejit but the scarfs are so nice!
    Scarves are fine - lots of people will have them. I found mine really itchy though.

    As for gowns, they're not compulsory for formal at some other colleges too (they weren't at Clare apart from matric/graduation dinner, though people did wear them for other occasions). If you're a guest at another college, you don't have to wear one even if their own students do.

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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Scarves are fine - lots of people will have them. I found mine really itchy though.

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    Thanks! Yeah, the material is really scratchy, isn't it?
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    Thanks! Yeah, the material is really scratchy, isn't it?
    Many students use their scarf as a mini banner when they're cheering their college in inter-college sports match/race and/or to as a room decoration than actually wearing it .
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Scarves are fine - lots of people will have them. I found mine really itchy though.

    As for gowns, they're not compulsory for formal at some other colleges too (they weren't at Clare apart from matric/graduation dinner, though people did wear them for other occasions). If you're a guest at another college, you don't have to wear one even if their own students do.

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    No compulsory gown even for xmas dinner at Clare?
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    Many students use their scarf as a mini banner when they're cheering their college in inter-college sports match/race and/or to as a room decoration than actually wearing it .
    Sounds like a very useful multi purpose item to have
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    No compulsory gown even for xmas dinner at Clare?
    Can't remember about Christmas formal tbh, but for normal weekday formals it wasn't essential. The rule was that you had to dress a bit smarter if you weren't wearing a gown though - so men had to wear a suit if not in a gown, but could get away with just shirt & trousers with a gown, slightly less well-defined rules for women. Most people owned one and we did wear them to some formals, as much for the Hogwarts feel as anything. Boat club dinner/medics dinner etc were all black tie and no gowns.

    Of course, things may have changed, but I'd be surprised if they'd made things like gowns MORE essential than they used to be!
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Can't remember about Christmas formal tbh, but for normal weekday formals it wasn't essential. The rule was that you had to dress a bit smarter if you weren't wearing a gown though - so men had to wear a suit if not in a gown, but could get away with just shirt & trousers with a gown, slightly less well-defined rules for women. Most people owned one and we did wear them to some formals, as much for the Hogwarts feel as anything. Boat club dinner/medics dinner etc were all black tie and no gowns.
    That's interesting.
    No black tie for boat club dinner at my daughter's college but they have to wear a gown.

    It's only a suit under gown for boys at her college too.
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    Hey everyone, I know I'm not a 2016 fresher anymore but I have a question for you all.

    I recently bought a Pembroke College scarf:
    https://www.ryderamies.co.uk/shop/pe...crested-scarf/

    (Yeah, I know the price was )

    However, a certain vincrows reliably informs me that to wear such a thing would be the ultimate faux pas!

    Do any current Cambridge students wear their college scarf?

    I'd only ever wear the scarf. I have no intention of buying any of the other tourist directed Cambridge apparel that seems to be available.
    Afaik, the faux pas would be gettng a Cambridge scarf rather than a college scarf.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Afaik, the faux pas would be gettng a Cambridge scarf rather than a college scarf.
    Thanks for clarifying I will wear my scarf with pride!
 
 
 
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