The PhD gown? Aren't they all color coordinated?
In the U.S., the standard doctor-of-philosophy robe is black with black or blue chevrons. The standard tam is black, and the hood has school and disciplinary colors in the trim. However, many institutions have developed custom versions of the gowns (and, less frequently, the tams) in their school colors. Somehow, this multiplies the cost about eightfold ... gee, wonder why.
My robe is green, and since I have a DSc from an engineering school rather than a PhD, my hood is primarily orange rahter than blue. Needless to say, I don't blend in at my current instution, whose robes are black puncuated only by the occasional faculty member wearing their school's custom colours.
It is well known within my family that I saw the fancy velvet tam during my Master's commencement and said:
"How do I get one of those blue velvet hats?"
What a delightful reason to go for a PhD!
I'd like to think of you as a fancy bird, doing your best to attract the gaze of onlookers.
Perhaps there is a young baleful in the audience who says "Hey! How do I get one of those
fancy get ups?"
I think I might wear the tam everywhere for about six months post degree. Hey, maybe we can all start showing up to teach class in robes and tams.
Again I say, I am all-in for regalia.
Wow. Hopefully they won't be a bashful baleful and will come up and ask.
It is kind of fun for those of us not in boring black to wander around and chat with one-another about from which institution the colours are from. I wish my university would ditch the boring black and go with the dramatic robes the marshalls get for everyone.
I do wear my robes on Halloween as we go around the neighbourhood with our kids; green and orange is very seasonal. And one day I wore them into my research institute on Halloween, but I've never taught in them. I do think it would be fun to have the occasional mixer in robes following the old British traditions. I think some of the ancient universities still do this in the UK.