What is appropriate funeral dress—and what you should never wear
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
Advice from experts on funeral dress: what is appropriate to wear to a funeral—and what you should never wear when attending a funeral, memorial service, visitation, or wake.
A video guide to selecting the proper clothing for attending a funeral.
Do you have to wear a dark suit and tie to a funeral? Maybe not.
When it comes to funerals, most of us sense that there are some rules of protocol that should be followed.
What to wear to a funeral seems obvious... until you actually have to attend one.
Of all the events in life that call for wardrobe guidance, a funeral is definitely at the top of list. It can be very tricky to determine what is both respectful to the deceased and also comfortable for you, the bereaved.
Old etiquette: If you’re in mourning, you’re in black. New etiquette: Your outfit doesn’t have to be black; it does have to be respectful.
There is no taboo more prevalent than death (you know — since everyone does it). For many, it’s an uncomfortable subject to broach, an incredibly difficult event to navigate, and an impossible reality to confront. To bring up the subject of style, then, as it has to do with death, seems almost like a punchline. But according to fashion-student-cum-funeral-planner Louise de Winter, there’s no reason that death has to be so ugly.
Death is never a welcome visitor, but there inevitably comes a time when you must say a final farewell to someone you care about. While tradition holds that you should dress up and wear black to a funeral, it can be trickier deciding what to don for the funeral home wake.
These days, a sleeveless dress and bare legs is appropriate at most American funerals, especially when it’s a very hot climate. Consider a lightweight cardigan if there’s a service inside the house of worship and a hat to protect yourself from the sun at the grave site.