Well, finally since arriving here in 2003 I’ve found a good use for the academic gown that sits on a hook on the back of my door! It is a master’s gown from Durham University. I had it while I was on the faculty there as I’d joined the excellent University College (housed in the awesome Durham Castle) so that I could have dinner at high table there from time to time (largely because of the aforementioned Castle). Since leaving there and coming here, it has sat largely undisturbed. But today, while crossing campus in a wonderful downpour, my trouser legs got rather soaked (umbrellas and trenchcoats have their limitations), and so I’m now sitting in my office trouser-less while they dry. Needless to say, my door is closed, and just in case (also since I don’t have blinds on one window), I’m wearing the gown. It is rather comfy, actually, and the thought of routinely wearing it as a sort of coverall while in my office has passed through my mind…briefly. (Perhaps I can store snacks in the weird flappy sleeve-but-not-sleeve things that hang down…?)
I’ll spare us all further discomfort beyond this over-share by not including a photo. You’re welcome.
(I really hope I don’t forget what I’m wearing and wander outside to run an errand…)