Friday, September 29, 2006

HELLO, My Little Yalie Powder Pigeons!

PeaceBang would like to give a big Crimson shout-out to all her Yale Divinity School readers!

It has come to my attention that some of you divines from New Haven are a wee bit anxious about what to wear on interviews. This overall discussion of ministerial fashion faux pas from my archives may be an initial resorce:

And I will look for other archives on the topic, because I believe we may have discussed this at some point. Readers? Any memories of it?

[Interview coming up? Consider an interesting, hip top like this with a tailored outfit: ]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wise PeaceBang,
Could you comment on the appropriateness of this top from
Lace Tank Item #: 2141-14275-1345
Consider it a neutral color, worn under a well-fitted blazer, smart black pants and low heels. I am in search of a pulpit appropriate outfit on short notice (I have no robe and would be a wreck in one at this point in my journey!)

I would be ever grateful for your help!

First year seminarian

8:40 PM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Hi dear.
I'm not happy with the lace tank. I think it looks too busy, too dressy and cheaply constructed. I would go rather with round neck classy t-shirt:

What color is your blazer? Have you considered a sleeveless, crisp collared white shirt? That would look marvelous with a simple, chunky necklace. And what kind of shoes are you thinking about?

9:00 PM  
Blogger juniper68 said...

RE the blouse from target: I would look like a, well, a big fat girl in a polka dot blouse in that. You were talking to the Skinny Minnies, right?

10:50 PM  
Blogger Pastor Peters said...

Juniper68 is right. I appreciate the thought on the Target top, which I actually admired when I was interviewing.

BUT!!! It looks so cheaply made that it is offensive. There must be something said about cheaply made clothes -- not only because it is a justice issue -- but because it says that you don't value yourself enough to dress with zeal. The kind of zeal that was not put together by underpaid Walmart employees (ahem, slaves) in China.

Ministry becomes kinda a joke then. And yes, it's all in your outfit.

And I rebel against your aline skirt statement, unless I have a different vision of these skirts. But, they are uber flattering on my figure and even add a little height (gasp). I'll be wearing one to preach my candidating sermon next Sunday. And darling, I will look fabulous.

12:46 AM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Juniper, et al. My hope in linking to the Target top was to get people thinking away from the usual usual: bland t-shirts and tanks, boring blouses. I myself would look terrible in the style. You have to know your body. I think it would work best for a young, slim gal.

My un-frumping crusade is all about trying to connect pastors with the concept that fashion is FUN, and including a few snazzy pieces takes you out of that Boring Helper look and into "I'm A Spiritual Person, But I'm With It" terrirory.

Again and again and again I say: the Church is in decline. For much of the population, we are totally irrelevant remnants of something kind of silly, too ancient to care about, and, in a phrase, "so over."

Schlumping along in jumpers and clothes that hide our bodies and our zest only contribute to that image.

12:27 PM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Pastor Peters, I'm sure you will be banging in your A-line skirt (there are so many kinds, truly) -- but I have to ask it: that isn't you *preaching* in a spaghetti strap sundress with super-casual sandals, right?

The only people who can get away with wearing a sundress during a worship service is the bridesmaid who's doing a reading in the wedding.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Pastor Peters said...

That is me PB. And though I am "preaching," it was a seminary graduation and well, I did it. You're right though: the shoes are wrong.

1:17 PM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

You're ADORABLE and obviously gifted in preaching to be asked to do the honors. I think dual-occasion occasions are very difficult sartorially: on one hand, it's your graduation, you want to be cute and comfortable. On the other hand, you're the preacher! What to do? PB says, "Be cute and comfortable but a tad less comfortable than if you weren't preaching."

Congratulations on your graduation, PP!

12:18 PM  

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