Guidelines on Funeral Dressing for Women

March 21, 2013

When dressing for a funeral, your choice of attire should convey mourning and respect for the deceased person. It must express recognition that this is indeed a solemn occasion in honor of the person who has passed away.

To help women in their choice of garb, here are some general tips that may be used as guidelines:
  • Choose Black – Choosing a black dress or suit will send the message that you are reverent in honoring of the deceased. This is definitely not a time for you to wear loud or splashy colors. If you don’t want to wear black, other great color options include navy blue and grey.
  • Think Conservative – Take care to dress and behave in a conservative manner that reflects a reverent attitude. Conservative dress might include a nice business suit or a simple dress. Take care to cover your shoulders and knees.
  • Wear a Hat  -This is a perfect occasion to wear your favorite hat. Hats give a polished look and will complete your ensemble in a classic yet stylish way. Keep in mind your hat should not be gauche or outlandish.
  • Tone Down the Jewelry – If you must wear jewelry, try not to appear overly adorned by sticking with one ring per hand. A classic string of pearls or a simple studded earrings will do.
  • Use Sensible Shoes – A funeral is not the time to choose very high heels or shoes that are notoriously uncomfortable. Prioritize comfort and you will be grateful. Funerals normally involve a great deal of standing and walking, especially if you are planning to attend the graveside service.
Remember, moderation is key. When it comes to style and color, choose ones that don’t attract to much attention and convey the wrong message. It’s also a good idea to have an umbrella and a handkerchief handy.
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