What to wear to a Funeral

August 9, 2021

Preparing for a funeral can be difficult. Moreover, deciding what to wear can feel overwhelming, especially if you have never been to a funeral before or it is unexpected.

Here are some things you should consider when picking out what to wear to a funeral to help ensure you dress appropriately and to make the process as stress-free as possible.

Respect Any Wishes

It is important to be respectful of the wishes of the person who has passed and their grieving family’s wishes regarding the dress code.

They may request that you wear a specific colour or type of attire. Alternative colour schemes and themed funerals are becoming increasingly popular.

Consider Culture & Religion

Black may be the traditional colour in Western funerals, but what is considered traditional funeral attire varies for different cultures and religions. Wearing black to a Hindu and Sikh funeral is considered inappropriate.

In Brazil and Thailand, the typical colour of mourning is purple. In South Africa, it is red. In Africa, the Caribbean and the West Indies, bright colours are typically worn.

If you do not know whether or not there is a dress code or are unsure about what to wear, it is a good idea that you check with a member of the deceased’s immediate family.

Dress Conservatively

Show respect for the person whose life is being remembered by wearing something conservative and respectful.

It is traditional to wear black or dark-coloured smart clothing, such as a suit, smart trousers, or a dress or skirt that is at least knee-length.

You should avoid anything flashy, over the top, revealing or casual. Stay away from flip-flops, trainers, jeans, t-shirts, tank tops and shorts. Keep jewellery to a minimum and ensure any accessories worn are understated and classy.

Consider The Location

Think about where the service is going to be held and dress appropriately according to what the conditions will be like there.

If you are going to be outside and it is going to be cold, ensure you layer up. If you know you are going to be on grass, make sure you do not wear stiletto heels. If it is forecast to rain, take an umbrella.

Wear A Jacket

Regardless of the weather forecast, you may want to consider wearing a jacket, or at least taking one with you.

Even if you are going to be indoors, it is a good idea to take a jacket with you, as some venues can be cold, plus you can conveniently store tissues in the jacket pockets.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

You may be on your feet for a long time, so it is important that you wear comfortable and practical yet smart and appropriate footwear.

Ask The Funeral Director

If you are still unsure about what to wear, speak to the funeral director. They are experts in funeral-related matters and will have a good idea of what kind of funeral the family has planned, so will be able to offer you sound advice.

Craven Funeral Directors is the largest independent funeral provider in Merseyside and North Cheshire, with over 100 years of experience in arranging funerals. For expert advice on planning a funeral service, please get in touch with our team on 0151 228 3900.