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What to Wear to a Funeral

Published: February 28, 2023

Funerals are an occasion to pay respect to the deceased and offer condolences to their family and friends. It’s a solemn event that requires a certain level of dignity and sensitivity. One of the ways to show respect is through appropriate attire. Here’s a guide on what to wear to a funeral and what to avoid.

What to wear

Traditionally, black is the color of mourning, and it’s still the most suitable color to wear to a funeral. However, other dark colors such as navy, charcoal gray, and dark brown are also acceptable. The idea is to dress conservatively and avoid bright or flashy colors that might draw attention away from the occasion.

Men should wear a suit and tie or a conservative dress shirt and dress pants. A dark blazer can also work. Women can wear a dress, skirt, or pantsuit in a conservative style and color. The length of the dress or skirt should be at or below the knee. 

Shoes should be closed-toe and dressy. Accessories should be minimal and subdued. A simple necklace, earrings, or bracelet is appropriate. If you wear a hat, make sure it’s a conservative style and color.

What to avoid

Funerals are not the time to make a fashion statement or draw attention to yourself. Therefore, avoid wearing anything that’s too revealing, tight-fitting, or flashy. Here are some specific items to avoid: 

Bright colors: Bright colors such as red, orange, or pink are not appropriate for a funeral. These colors can be distracting and draw attention away from the solemnity of the occasion.

Denim: Jeans are too casual for a funeral. Even if they’re black or dark-colored, they’re not proper for the occasion.

Athletic shoes or flip flops: Athletic shoes, sneakers and flip flops are too casual for a funeral. Choose dress shoes or dressy flats instead.

Hats: Avoid wearing hats that are too casual or have a large brim. 

Loud or flashy jewelry: Avoid wearing jewelry that’s too showy or too loud, such as jangly bracelets. Jewelry should be minimal and understated. 

If you’re uncertain about what to wear, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and dress more conservatively.

Funerals are a time to show respect and pay your last respects to the deceased. Dressing appropriately shows your respect and sensitivity towards the occasion. Remember to dress conservatively and avoid bright or flashy colors. By following these guidelines, you’ll be showing your respect and support to the family and friends of the deceased.

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