A traditional Catholic nun wears a tunic, woolen belt, scapular, black veil and simple black shoes. Her accessories are a rosary, a cross and a silver ring on her left hand if she has taken perpetual vows. She also has a variety of aprons to tie over her habit.
A traditional nun's habit is floor-length with pleating at the neck and two underskirts. One underskirt is made from black serge fabric with a cord trim, and the other is made from black cotton. The nun folds the habit's sleeves up when working and down whenever she enters a chapel. Each order of nuns has its own standard for traditional dress.