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Academic gown for formal school occasions

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Fuckingmoles Sat 20-Aug-16 15:11:37

I'm starting a new job and it states that I need an academic gown - the job is part time and the suppliers I contacted were really expensive. Does anyone know where I can buy a gown that is reasonably cheap but acceptable?

GinandJag Sat 20-Aug-16 15:13:01


You will probably have to fork full price for your hood though.

You can deduct it from your taxes.

joangray38 Sat 20-Aug-16 15:15:05

If you only need it for special occasions You can also hire them.

GinandJag Sat 20-Aug-16 15:15:09

On eBay now - £19.80 new.

I think I will get one as mine is really tatty.

Fuckingmoles Sat 20-Aug-16 15:15:38

Do I really need the hood? sad I am due another qualification soon so the hood will be out of date.

LikeTheShoes Sat 20-Aug-16 15:18:15

Is it a private school? At mine they were worn (with hood) once a year -at prize giving. I doubt anyone would know or care if it was the right hood...

Actually, the head wore his everyday for assembly, but I think that was his choice.

GinandJag Sat 20-Aug-16 15:19:33

You'll have to ask the school. For formal occasions, I have only ever seen teachers with hoods. If it's just chapel, then gown without hood.

Fuckingmoles Sat 20-Aug-16 15:27:40

I'll check with the school (it is a private school) but will buy the ebay one just in case I need something right at the beginning of term. I have to attend chapel so many times a term plus speech day and I am not sure what else in between.

GinandJag Sat 20-Aug-16 19:09:21

Good luck with your new job. I am also moving to a new job and really looking forward to it. I'll be in chapel 5 days a week though smile.

Fuckingmoles Sat 20-Aug-16 19:29:14

Thank you - it will be a very different after 20 years in the state sector. Good luck to you too - your soul will be very pure with so much chapel 😇

NotQuiteThere Sun 21-Aug-16 14:17:37

I got my gown and hood ex-rental from a university outfitters. Gown was £50 and hood £20. I was lucky that they had my hood on sale! Not many teachers were wearing the hood they graduated in, though smile.

If your school has a prep, it might be worth borrowing a gown from one of their staff on events like prizegiving etc.

Sproglets Sun 21-Aug-16 14:27:36

Knights of Castle Cary is where I got mine, much cheaper than the other suppliers, delivered quick too.

Fuckingmoles Sun 21-Aug-16 14:31:49

Brilliant Sproglets - just had a look at Knights and they are much cheaper!

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