If you’re planning on attending a funeral soon, you have more important things to worry about than what to wear.
Even so, it’s still something you may be unsure of. What you wear to a funeral can indicate how you feel and contributes to the atmosphere, so it’s important to get your outfit right.
It’s customary to wear black to a funeral because the color indicates mourning, but what else can you do to put an appropriate funeral outfit together?
If you need some ideas, here’s how to get dressed for a funeral.
1. Business Attire
If your work dress code requires that you wear a suit and tie, you likely have everything you need to put a proper funeral outfit together. Choose a black or dark grey jacket and a pair of nice pants and pair them with a black tie.
Women can pair a black blazer with black pants and choose a blouse with a dark, simple design. Avoid plunging necklines and large, flashy jewelry. Be sure to choose sensible shoes, as you may have to stand or walk in them for lengthy periods of time.
2. Dark Dresses
Knee-length dresses that cover your shoulders are a classy choice. The focus of the funeral should be the person you are there to honor, so choose a dress that’s on the conservative side as some may view a revealing dress as disrespectful.
Remember: You can always pair your dress with dark leggings or a jacket, depending on the dress’s design or the weather.
Your funeral attire doesn’t have to be all black, as long as the overall mood is somber. Sundresses and pops of bright colors should be avoided, but small accents of silver and gold are acceptable.
3. Button-Up Shirt and Slacks
For the men, a dark button-up shirt with some nice slacks is an appropriate choice. Just be sure to tuck in your shirt and wear a dark belt and black socks.
During warmer months, the button-up can easily be traded in for a nice polo. As long as your whole look is “business casual” and is an appropriate color, it’ll be acceptable funeral attire.
Avoid wearing shorts or denim because they’re too casual and may be seen as disrespectful.
4. Blouse and Knee-Length Skirt
A nice blouse that doesn’t reveal too much paired with a skirt that is no shorter than knee-length is classic and respectable enough to wear to a funeral. Stay away from spaghetti straps, halter tops, and mini skirts.
If the funeral is in winter and you’re worried about being cold, a plain wool coat, hat, and scarf can keep you warm without sacrificing sophistication.
Appropriate Outfits When Getting Dressed for a Funeral
Getting dressed for a funeral doesn’t have to be a stressful affair. With all that’s going on, it should be the least of your concerns. Just keep your outfit modest, dark, and respectful, and you won’t have to worry about your funeral etiquette.
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