How to Pick Appropriate Funeral Attire

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 7:25 pm

If you are attending a more funeral, it can be difficult to choose appropriate clothes. If the event is a formal, traditional funeral, you may be expected to wear black dress clothes (buttoned suit for men, dress for women), however at most funerals all that is expected is something nice in darker colors. Most people at most funerals want to pay their respects to the deceased and the family by dressing in a way that communicates sympathy and mourning. General rules include the following:

● Black is a traditional color, always appropriate
● Non-black clothing is generally acceptable, as long as it isn’t brightly colored
● Shirts/dresses should cover up to the neck; no open collars
● Pants/dresses should cover the knees; no shorts or miniskirts
● Style should be characterized as tasteful and conservative
● Dress as you would for church or a job interview
● Revealing attire is generally not appropriate; many traditions require shoulders and knees covered
● Be considerate of any religious setting; i.e., some require hats for women and/or men

Traditionally, appropriate attire for men attending a funeral has been a black, gray or dark blue suit with a collared shirt and tie. These days, however, it is quite acceptable to wear slacks and a blazer or sport coat instead of a suit, to omit the tie, or to opt for a collared golf shirt in place of a dress shirt or button-down. Colors are still usually subdued, but are no longer limited to black, gray and navy. When in doubt, it’s probably safe to choose more conservative options if you are concerned about being underdressed.

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