Dressing suitably for the occasion is very important. One such occasion is a funeral and wake, where dressing must be approached with thought and care. At funerals, it’s essential to show your respect, and part of doing so is dressing in proper outfit. The sombre occasion should be represented through your clothing with subdued tones, classic styles and understated design. Show sensitivity to the occasion by dressing simple, sophisticated, sharp and subdued.
White is always the traditional choice, bur an old white shirt may look sloppy and wrong. A pristine, new shirt will ensure that this is not the case. Just make sure that it is clean and pressed. If you wish to forego the traditional white shirt opt for black or another dark-toned dress shirts like dark gray. Do not wear a short-sleeved shirt to a funeral. It’s too casual for this occasion.
When dressing for a funeral, gentlemen should always wear a two or three piece suit as a token of respect. Don’t wear a suit and you run the risk of appearing underdressed and disrespectful of the occasion. Black is a natural option for a funeral suit and the best choice. The dark colour not only conveys your sorrow for the situation, but it is also traditional for funerals. Charcoal and dark grey are the best colours too. If you somehow don’t own a black or dark grey suit and can’t buy one before the day, choose another dark or muted tone. Dark navy is accept for the occasion. Do not wear any pattern suit. Also, make sure your suit is well prepared for the day.
Like your suit and shirt, all accessories for the funeral must be well presented, neat and appropriate. They should also be understated and draw little attention.
Depending on the weather, a coat is suitable to wear to a funeral. If the funeral is outdoors or taking place on a particularly wet or cold day, then, by all means, take an suitable form of outerwear with you. A long, black coat in a classic style is perfect. No matter which style you decide upon, your outerwear should always appear sharp and understated when you force with cold weather. Also, remember that if the funeral is indoors you should remove your coat for the duration of the ceremony.
Dressing for a funeral is not difficult, if you know what to wear to show your respect. Do not forget that casual is inappropriate for this event.