What to Wear to a Funeral

15th May 2017

It’s a question some of us may feel awkward asking, but one that many of us want to know the answer to. So, what do you wear to a funeral? Whilst we know it’s not a fashion show, looking presentable is still very important. To ensure you get things right, we’ve put together a list of simple rules you should follow.


1. Be conservative

Traditionally speaking, funeral clothes should be black; however navy, grey and brown are also OK. When it comes to accessories, keep them minimal and steer away from bright colours – dress as you would for an interview.


2. Respect the Dress Code

In some cases, families may request that guests disregard the conventional etiquette and wear something different. If this is so, rethink you outfit accordingly. After all, the wishes of the deceased’s family is always the most important thing to keep in mind.


3. Keep it Formal

Unless you’ve been asked to do otherwise, always keep your outfit formal. Funerals are often sombre occasions, so you’ll want to look smart. A single-breasted black suit with subtle accessories would be perfect.


4. Keep the Weather in Mind

Before setting off for the day, it’s a good idea to check the weather. If it looks like it’s going to rain, taking a coat and umbrella would be wise. In terms of your outfit, for colder months a three-piece suit would help keep you warm, whereas a shirt and trouser combination would be more suitable for summer.


5. Know What to Avoid

Whilst rules aren’t as rigid as they perhaps used to be, there are still certain garments that should always be avoided. Casualwear such as jeans, polo shirts, trainers and baseball caps are amongst those not deemed acceptable.

The Outfits

To help further, below are five fail-safe outfits that will always work:

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