A funeral is primarily a formal occasion commanding a dress code most of the time. Since people don’t go to such an event too often, you might not have a standard wardrobe to draw your outfit from. But don't worry. With the help of this guide, you would not have to buy a new dress each time you attend a funeral. You will most likely have a couple of suitable items in your closet and only need to mix and match to dress up appropriately, depending on established customs or some specific wishes of the bereaved family.
Funerals vary from person to person, especially when most traditions are replaced with emerging trends. But at its most basic, a conservative outfit in muted shades is the safest choice. You would want to come in your smart clothes to blend in with the crowd and not draw attention. Being a standout is not a time to think about right now. Here are a couple of do's and don'ts when you dress up to attend a memorial service:
- Do dress up that show respect to the dead and the family. Think of an outfit you are likely to wear to a job interview. That would be a good sample of inspiration when putting clothing pieces together.
- Do choose comfortable clothes. Funeral services, depending on what culture the family follows, may last for a couple of hours to an entire day, according to www.carrollandcarrollfunerals.co.uk. That means you will be in your clothes and shoes for that amount of time, so better ensure your outfit can keep up.
- Don’t go for just black unless the family of the deceased says so. Although black is a common choice, other muted neutral colours are acceptable. As long as it is not loud and bright, it’s a go.
- Don’t expose too much skin. Dress up as modest as possible. Attending a funeral is not a fashion show, and dresses with very low necklines or too daring are a no-no. Cover up with a jacket or wear a dress that’s below the knee or get a pair of trousers.
- Don’t go for flashy accessories. There is no need for big and bold pieces in a funeral.
It is different if you are coming to a celebration of life and not a sad funeral affair that you used to. These days, people may put together a memorial service following a theme based on the dearly departed's personality. But, of course, if they choose Captain Marvel for the funeral service, you will have to pick a superhero outfit.
Following the family’s wishes
The best way to ensure that you are coming to a funeral in a suitable outfit is by asking the family if they did not convey a dress code in the invite or funeral announcement. What you wear should reflect how much you care and respect the person who has died and the bereaved family. It is fitting that you know and understand their wishes or how they want the memorial service to roll out.