5 Best Ways to Dress for a Funeral

Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 01:01 PM

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A grave occasion like a funeral warrants somber and formal attire. Funeral dresses cannot be bold in style or bright in color. Dresses for a funeral need to cover the shoulders and be respectful in their length and fit. Short and tight dresses at a funeral communicate disregard for the occasion and the mourner’s feelings. Black funeral dresses are commonly worn by mourners, but dark colors and whites in summer are also acceptable.  Accessories, of course, should be minimal.

Here are examples of the five best ways to dress for a funeral:
  • Skirt suits, particularly in black, are traditional for funerals. It is advisable to match this outfit with close-toed shoes. A skirt suit length is generally knee-length or longer and is appropriate attire for a funeral.
  • Pant suits or trouser suits are suitable funeral dress for women. Again, they should be worn in black or dark colors. Like skirt suits, trouser suits have also always been regarded as traditional funeral wear. The trousers can be matched with a simple blouse and sweater. Prints are fine as long as they are muted.
  • A skirt paired with a blouse or a sweater is also an acceptable way to dress for a  funeral. The skirt should be knee-length or longer and in a single color, preferably black, or any other dark color. The blouse should be sleeved and should not expose any cleavage.
  • A simple black cocktail dress which does not show off your shoulders is also appropriate for a funeral. It should not be short  or attention-grabbing in any way. One can match a wide-brimmed hat with this dress, but make sure the hat is not flashy either.
  • A mid-length sleeved dress can also be worn as a funeral dress. It can be worn in black or other dark colors. You should follow the same rules of formal attire in terms of style and cut. A scarf, shawl, or hat can be worn with a mid-length dress, but care should be taken to not overdo this style.
You are now armed with the knowledge of the best type of dress to wear to a funeral.

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