What to wear to a funeral
by Slaters Style February 21, 2020
This can be a tricky one, for any number of reasons. A funeral can be anything from a sober contemplation of loss to an emotional celebration of life, so your first responsibility is to gauge the nature of the event and then look to dress accordingly.
That might mean talking to the deceased’s family or close friends about their preferences for the funeral itself and any wake that follows. It might not be an easy conversation to have, but it’s better than misinterpreting the situation and standing out for all the wrong reasons.
If you’re in any doubt, err on the side of smart
The traditional format of a Western funeral requires smart, plain clothes. Typically, that means a black suit with a plain shirt and black tie, with any accessories such as an umbrella, hat, overcoat or shoulder bag also black or dark-coloured. Smart trumps style under such circumstances, so this is no time for fashion statements.
That’s not to say you can’t look great in an understated, respectful outfit. It just shouldn’t be your priority. Unlike most other occasions, this isn’t about self-expression.