How to Dress When Attending a Funeral (Female)

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How to Dress When Attending a Funeral (Female)
Dress When Attending a Funeral (Female)

A funeral is a somber and subdued affair and calls for an outfit that fits the occasion. Funeral dress can depend on faith and tradition but there are some fail-safe rules that will ensure you will always show the proper respect that a funeral requires.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Lint roller

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    Buy a multi functioning outfit. If you are going to buy something new for the occasion, pick something that can be worn on other occasions as well. Interviews, business meetings and formal dinners are all times when you can wear similar discreet attire.

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    Be conservative in your choice and pick clothes that cover you up. Button up shirts to avoid showing cleavage and wear a skirt that reaches the knee at least. Suits, skirts and slacks are all appropriate choices as long as they are conservative. If the deceased was of a particular faith, ask beforehand if there are any particular traditions to follow.

  3. 3

    Choose dark colors. Black is the obvious choice but other sedate colors such as gray and navy are also acceptable. Make sure that your colors match and that individual items such as a black jacket and black skirt are the same hue.

  4. 4

    Be well pressed. Whatever your final selection is, make sure that the outfit is clean, ironed or pressed without stains or creases. Even if an outfit is clean but has been hanging in your closet for a long time, clean it again. For dark colors especially, use a lint roller to remove any dust or hairs.

  5. 5

    Wear discreet accessories such as a simple gold or silver watch, necklace or earrings. Avoid wearing over-sized or chunky accessories and brightly colored items. Sunglasses are acceptable but remove them if you go inside.

Tips and warnings

  • Sometimes the deceased leaves specific instructions for dress at their funeral, such as brightly colored or humorous outfits.
  • Never criticize other people's choice of attire, however inappropriate.
  • Don't wear very high heels or shoes that are difficult to walk in.

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