Re: hakama use
Lots of pros, lots of cons.
For me, the biggest pro is getting it out of your system.
I wear a hakama in Iaido and, yes, occasionally around the house. In my Aikido dojo, as a mere yonkyu I don't get to wear one.
It used to be the case that the hakama seemed like a big deal to me. Something elite to strive for. Now I see that it's no big deal.
Personally, I am one of the believers in the 'everyone should wear a hakama' philosophy, but having worn one for other arts, I'm no longer awed by the garment; I'd be happy to train in a simple gi forever, if my dojo required so.