- Sep 26, 2007
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Alright, I'm due to take my Oxford MA in a couple of months. This involves wearing sub fusc For those not otherwise aware, or too lazy to clicky, this is essentialy, dark suit (sub fusc means 'darker than brown' in ancient, so navy or charcoal to us) white shirt with collar (undefined), white bow tie, and appropriate academic bits in terms of gown, hood and cap. Now I'm tempted by the Ede and Ravenscroft MTM shirt offer (4 for Â£375, I think, or something of that order). And I want some more tunic shirts, and I know they make them well as legal suppliers. My question is this: should I (could I) wear a wing collar? This was clearly not common practice when I was an undergrad, but then we didn't have tunic shirts coming out of our ears. I can't see claims of anachronism come in, since I'll be wearing what is essentially a medieval gown with a suit that became a standard pattern in latish victorian times, and I would assume it must once have been common for what was essentially formal daywear. Not sure i've seen in in the wild except from those with higher degrees (or called to the bar) who were also wearing bands. And one quite mad undergraduate. Acceptable? to be encouraged? at least mildly amusing?