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How to dress for a funeral

Your outfit is unlikely to be your top priority when you are attending a funeral. You should have a basic funeral outfit to wear, and you can recycle this outfit for every funeral you go to.

Wear black

Wearing black to a funeral is expected. It may be a cliche, but it is what you are required to do. Sometimes it may be the case that a color is specified on the invitation. For example, if the favorite color of the deceased was yellow, then everyone may be asked to wear yellow. If no instructions are provided, wear black and other dark colors. The exception to the rule is, of course, your shirt. Do not wear a black shirt.

Be conservative

A funeral is not the time to try out a brand new look that just came off the catwalk. Wear something conversative and predictable. Do not worry about injecting some of your own personal style into your funeral outfit, as you are expected to dress in a nondescript way. If you are a pallbearer, you should be even more aware of making sure you are dressed appropriately. Ensure everything is neat and uncreased.

Man in suit for funeral
Keep it simple with a plain suit and tie at a funeral.

Wear a suit

You should have a well fitting, dark colored (preferably black) suit for the occassion. Wear with a white shirt and a black tie (navy and maroon are acceptable alternatives if you do not own a black tie). It is not the time to play around with wearing unique or colorful ties or bowties. Keep it simple. Your shoes should be black and polished leather.

Do not take off your jacket for an indoor funeral ceremony, although you may remove it if you are outdoors and the weather is warm enough.

Know the traditions

Different religions have different modes of dress for a funeral. For example, as a Muslim funeral you may be required to remove your shoes. It pays to be aware of these traditions ahead of time, so that you are fully prepared for the modifications to your outfit that may be required. You would want not want to be wearing old and greying socks if you are asked to remove your shoes.


How to dress for church

Every congregation has their own dress code, whether it’s stated explicitly or everyone just somehow knows what level of formality is expected. If you have been to the church you’re going to before, there’s no problem: simply dress like everyone else did. However, if it is an unfamiliar church and you’re apprehensive about what to wear, here are some failsafe tips on dressing appropriately.

You might want to dress fancy for this church.

Dress respectfully

You’re entering a place of worship which is likely populated by conservative types, so dress accordingly. Don’t wear anything sloppy such as trackpants or a top with this morning’s cereal spilled down the front. Slogan T-shirts, beanies and pants worn low so that your underwear can be seen are never a good look, but are completely inappropriate for a religious setting.

Wear full length pants. Jeans are acceptable in most establishments, but do wear a leather belt.

A button down shirt is a safe choice, although usually any fitted long-sleeved top will do. Tee shirts are too informal for most churches, so don’t attempt to wear one until you have been there and know it’s the done thing.

Dark coloured, closed toe leather shoes are the most conservative footwear choice.

Your outfit should be perfectly ironed and free of any distractions such as stains or stray lint.

How religious is the church?

As a rule of thumb, the more conservative and religious the church, the more formal you have to dress. If you’re going to an Orthodox church, dress in business casual at a minimum.

It’s different on religious holidays
You may have been to the church previously for a regular Sunday service, but if you turn up on Easter you’ll find that the style is quite different. It could be that the dress code never changes, but chances are a more formal style is expected on religious holidays. If turning up to a special holiday such as Christmas or Easter, you can’t go wrong with suit pants and a nice shirt. A suit jacket and tie in most churches is too formal.

It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed, and going to church is no exception. If you’re not sure if what you’re wearing is formal enough, don’t wear it just to be on the safe side.