Do they spend all day in their pinnies? Do they really wear twin sets and pearls?
I am pleased to report that I do have the definitive answer for you. Reminded by my friend, Alex, when she commented on the collective noun for clergy wives, I can exclusively reveal that clergy wives wear the following:
- Colourful beaded necklaces
On the ministers’ wives conference I attended, these were the predominant fashion themes. The gilets are obviously driven by the sub-Arctic temperatures in most Vicarages. The necklaces probably point to a love of jewellery and cheerfulness and a lack of budget. I have three gilets and many cheerful necklaces, myself.
I did see a single twin set and pearls outfit, but as there were 115 of us there, I think it can be confidently put down as a random occurence.
On a related note, if you could confidently share with me the correct pronounciation of ‘gilet’, I would be very grateful. I’ve been struggling and think that ‘bodywarmer’ is just too hideous a word for everyday usage.