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    (Original post by fleur-de-lis)
    I have noticed the difference in material though. I seem to remember that cotton ones were cheaper :confused: The advantage of non-cotton ones is that you don't have to iron it
    that can only be a good thing...is there a huge price difference between cotton and the "non ironing" one?
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    (Original post by Phil23)
    that can only be a good thing...is there a huge price difference between cotton and the "non ironing" one?
    I really don't remember... it's been a long time, so maybe there isn't even a price difference! Did you check out the site
    http://www.varsityshop.co.uk/acatalo..._Gowns_12.html

    edit: sorry, that link is not applicable
    http://www.varsityshop.co.uk/acatalo..._Gowns_11.html
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    (Original post by fleur-de-lis)
    If you prefer skirts, you can wear one of those formal skirts normally worn by corporate women. I wear trousers- the only times when it will be a problem is during summer when you write your exams.
    Ok, trousers are safe so I'll wear those at first then see about a skirt when I get there. All the skirts I could find are kindof synthetic and rather gross, but then I don't have a massive selection of shops where I live.
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    my sub fusc skirts (& their point of origin! ) = river island (nifty plain black cotton, sort of A line, just below knee, came with a white belt); M&S (per una range does some good 'power dressing' type clothes - this was also an interview skirt for me = pencil skirt style, with netting underskirt) & H&M (light weight less fancy black mid calf length skirt with lace inset)

    & i'm a fan of the skirt for subfusc! (apart from freezing hilary exam times perhaps..) good excuse to buy yourself some fancy underwear for the regulation "black stockings".. :p:
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    To add to what Elles said, I got my sub fusc skirt from the Gap. I hate black trousers and rarely wear any sort of trousers (only jeans, occasionally) and I think skirts are loads more flattering!

    I got my gown from OUSU. I've only worn my gown once anyway as you don't need them for Somerville Formal and I didn't sit exams (oops). And personally I don't think it matters if the cap is hideous- we're not even allowed to wear it! I spent Matriculation day using mine as a handbag for my purse and camera and keys!
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    (Original post by F. Poste)
    I spent Matriculation day using mine as a handbag for my purse and camera and keys!
    :ditto: :eek: I used mine as a handbag for the exam admission letter and pencil case!
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    are they really strict about exactly what kind of black skirt you have to wear?? i'm going to have to buy one (since all i have is a pinstriped miniskirt thing i used to wear to school, which i doubt would go down well). or are they more casual about it, like "as long as it's black and it covers your pants, it's ok" type thing? the info i got from my college was kind of vague. i can't really go down the black trousers route because i HATE cheap black trousers with a passion and never wear black, so i don't really want to spend good money on a nicer pair.
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    (Original post by buttons7)
    are they really strict about exactly what kind of black skirt you have to wear?? i'm going to have to buy one (since all i have is a pinstriped miniskirt thing i used to wear to school, which i doubt would go down well).
    i don't think there's a specific length regulation.
    that said - i think 'just above the knee' was the shortest i saw at my college at least. & if you end up on an edge of the matric photo you will be 'that girl in the miniskirt' with perhaps either a good or bad adjective depending how you look & who's describing..
    depends whether that bothers you or not i guess!

    there were some who wore miniskirts, fancy tights, stilletoes they couldn't walk in & too tight blouses to exams though.. hmm, that's a good look. :rolleyes:
    (i had a fab vantage point of people hobbling along at 9am, still doing last minute cramming! :evil: )
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    (Original post by Elles)
    i don't think there's a specific length regulation.
    that said - i think 'just above the knee' was the shortest i saw at my college at least.
    & if you end up on an edge of the matric photo you will be 'that girl in the miniskirt' with perhaps either a good or bad adjective depending how you look & whose describing..

    there were some who wore miniskirts, fancy tights, stilletoes they couldn't walk in & too tight blouses to exams though.. hmm, that's a good look. :rolleyes: (i had a fab vantage point of people hobbling along at 9am, still doing last minute cramming!)
    i don't plan on wearing the mini-skirt, i don't really want to be that girl. i was thinking of getting a mid-length black skirt, but i was wondering if they were strict about the style - most mid-length skirts i wear tend to be a-line ones or ones with pleats (not as in gym-skirt style, i just can't think of the right way to describe it) and, since i have to buy said skirt, i don't want to end up being grumbled at for not wearing the right stuff (i had enough of that at secondary school). i just find i tend to rip pencil skirts because i jump around/climb over stuff quite often, and i can think of few things more hideous than a plain, black, shapeless skirt.
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    anything goes really in terms of style once you've overcome the length issue. :p:
    the one i wore for matric & prelims was sort of A line & below knee/mid calf, so very walkable & comfy to be sat in exams for..
    (visual representation of poor description attached!)

    you can get plain skirts that don't seem too hideous, but the shoes were the more exciting part i found.
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    (Original post by Elles)
    anything goes really in terms of style once you've overcome the length issue. :p:
    the one i wore for matric & prelims was sort of A line & below knee/mid calf, so very walkable & comfy to be sat in exams for..
    (visual representation of poor description attached!)

    you can get plain skirts that don't seem too hideous, but the shoes were the more exciting part i found.
    arr, cool, thankee. yeh i'm not about to go out and buy a strange asymmetrically cut peasant skirt, i just don't want to spend my hard earned wages on one of those plain, straight-but-somehow-too-long ones that look like glorified binbags.
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    where the hell do you get the ribbon tie things from?
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    the shops that sell gowns do them in velvet.

    or, TBH, any habadasherry (how on earth do you spell that?) that sells ribbon - as long as it's black it doesn't matter. shoe laces serve in an emergency! :p:

    no one knows exactly what you should do with them. after a primary/junior school uniform that involved a royal blue big bow tie thingy i went for the knot option with sub fusc!
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    Elles, can't remember where you mentioned it, but I am also very perplexed regarding the incredible care certain female students take over their appearance at exams. You see all manner of painfully tall and narrow-toed shoes, not to mention skirts that are visibly uncomfortably short (coz they're pulling 'em down and fidgeting with 'em all the time!). Are they genuinely hoping someone will ask 'em out in the queue outside the schools? Its very odd - I know girls who are normally very careful with their appearance and during exams, shock horror, they suddently wore anything at hand and worried about their revision!
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    (Original post by hurricanehair)
    where the hell do you get the ribbon tie things from?
    ribbon ties for what?
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    H&E - short skirts really make no sense to me - especially when you're going to be sat at a desk, thus probably flashing invigilators - unless they don't release they're not the markers..?
    regards to shoes though - it depends. do mine look painful? they're pretty high but incredibly comfy & i could make it to schools in ~3 mins (traffic is nice to you in sub fusc i find!) that said, i suppose i can walk rather than waddle in heels & they're not stilettoes.
    & you do meet all manner of people you've never seen before even by 2nd year exams - a tad disturbing when you do a subject with oodles of lectures & compulsory practicals. :p:

    otherwise - maybe it's a therapeutic distraction? although i go obsessive over keeping my carnations alive & beautiful, rather than picking up people..


    buttons7 - ribbon round your neck - you can see mine in the first pic.
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    I do admit carnation maintenance became my primary occupation during exam week. But still, that's fun, not painful! When I'm talking about painfully narrow-toed shoes, I don't mean ones like yours. I mean the ones which finish off in a triangle, so they narrow to a point, which, unless they have about 3 toes, must require a lot of squishing.
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    Pointy shoes are as comfy as any high heels unless they're made too tight!

    I have to admit, I have considered whether black converse would be okay with sub fusc.. heels aren't really practical for exams as Schools and Ewert House are both too far to walk
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    what would you all recommend, the caps or the mortar board things?
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    Almost everyone at my college had a mortar board!
 
 
 
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