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Tips on Dressing for a Funeral

When attending a funeral, it is always important to show respect for the deceased, as well as the other loved ones mourning his or her passing. As such, it is essential to make sure to wear respectful attire that is aligned with funeral service etiquette. While funerals often come as unexpected, it is easy to plan an outfit that is both simple and tasteful. Here are a few guidelines for those looking for guidance on what to wear to a funeral.


Color may be one of the most important aspects of funeral attire, as it should reflect the mourning atmosphere of the event. Typically, black is considered a standard for funerals; however darker, neutral colors may prove appropriate depending on the situation and nature of the service.

Men will generally wear black suits, black dress shoes paired with a white dress shirt and a neutral tie. Similarly, women wear black dresses, or darker blouses and pants accompanied by formal black shoes.


It is important to remember that a funeral service is an event designed for loved ones to say goodbye to the deceased and to reflect on his or her life. As such, it is important to make sure that any outfit worn to a funeral is neither flashy nor detracts from the attention of the service. Following the color guidelines above, both women and men should make sure that the jewelry and other accessories they wear are tasteful and blend in with the entire outfit.

Since women often choose to wear black dresses, they often have many more choices on how to dress for a funeral. However, attendees should make sure that their dresses are not too revealing and follow a simple shape. While hats and veils are often seen at funerals, it is important to wear those that are not ostentatious or large. If in doubt, keep it as simple as possible.

Clean and Pressed

Although funerals may come as a surprise to some attendees, it is important to make sure that outfits worn are presented in a tasteful, crisp and conservative fashion. It is suggested to make sure that all selected pieces fit appropriately and are dry cleaned ahead of time for optimal appearance.


Considering that many funeral services are followed by outdoor burials at a cemetery gravesite, it is also essential to plan outfits that are tasteful and reserved, yet comfortable and conducive to seasonal weather. Services held in warmer weather may encourage attendees to wear lighter fabrics, so they do not reveal too much skin to stay comfortable. When attending a winter service, it is appropriate to wear conservative black coats, gloves and scarves to protect one's self from the cold.