What Are the Parts of a Nun’s Habit Called?

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A nun’s habit usually includes a headpiece that is made up of three parts: a coif, secured by a wimple, with a veil at the back. The tunic of the habit is long enough to reach the ground and has long sleeves.

The tunic is secured with a woolen belt, which holds a set of rosary beads. The nun usually wears a cross around her neck and a silver ring on her left hand to indicate that she has taken perpetual vows. Nuns usually wear practical black shoes. Finally, the scapular is the name of the apron that covers both the back and the front of the habit. Nuns’ habits vary depending on the religious order. Since Vatican II, Catholic nuns place less emphasis on the importance of wearing a habit.