What is the proper funeral clothing for women, men and children:
If you are going to a last farewell of your relative or a friend, maybe you would like to know: What should I wear for the funeral? What is the etiquette? With the proper clothing, you are showing your respect to the deceased and the bereaved. It is good to respect at least the basic rules of dressing. In this article, we would like to advise you how to choose proper dress for a funeral.
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Funeral dress for women
There is one most important rule concerning women’s clothing: It should be restrained. It is appropriate to wear dark colours, black being the best, which can be combined with white or beige. Clothing should cover the knees and shoulders and should not be alluring. Avoid large cleavage, flamboyant decorations or short dresses. The most appropriate way is to wear a longer skirt with a jacket, combined with a white blouse, or a black dress. If it is cold outside, or you do not like skirts and dresses, you may choose trousers and a shirt. If it is cold outside, wear an elegant black suit jacket or a dark coat.
If you go in skirt or a dress, it is appropriate to wear stockings. Choose dark, formal shoes without a high heel – according to the weather, you may choose to wear high boots, dress shoes, pumps or ballerinas. The same applies to the dress – less is more, so avoid decorations and eccentricities. Jewellery and other accessories should be inconspicuous. Concerning other accessories, it depends on the type of the funeral. At some funerals with ceremony, it is OK to wear for example a dark hat, dark glasses and other accessories.
Funeral dress for men
Rules of etiquette also apply for gentlemen. They have less options what to wear, which makes choosing easier. What clothing is appropriate for a funeral? It is always necessary for it to be tasteful, decent and elegant. If you belong to the closest relatives of the deceased, it is necessary to wear a suit with a tie and a shirt. The suit should be black without any significant patterns; the shirt should be white or dark. Avoid flamboyant colourful shirts. The tie should be black. In case that the deceased is a distant relative or somebody not so close to your heart, it is possible to loosen up the dress code a little. Despite that, we recommend choosing a combination of dark trousers and a white or dark shirt without patterns. Avoid sports clothing, jeans, worn clothing, writing and patterns.
Choose elegant shoes, ideally closed dress shoes. Do not wear sports shoes, sneakers or hiking shoes or boots you wear during winter. Sandals should be avoided, even in summer.
Advice: If you are not sure what to wear, you may consult your doubts with the bereaved. Every funeral may be different and have different rules, which may influence the style of funeral guests.
Funeral dress for children
If you plan on taking your offspring to a funeral, you will probably be wondering whether the rules of clothing for a funeral include them. In general, it can be said children’s clothing has fewer rules than the adults’, however you need to consider the age of the children. Babies or little children may be clothed into inconspicuous children’s clothing, which does not have to be in black colour. Concerning the younger ones, it is not expected to be so. The ideal is one-coloured inconspicuous clothing without any flamboyant pictures, decorations or writing.
Older children’s dress are governed by the same rules as adults’. However, it does not have to be black, you may choose grey or dark blue. Do not be afraid of beige or white accessories. The goal for the clothing is that it would be elegant and inconspicuous and, considering children, not so overly depressing. For girls, it is ideal to wear simple dresses with tights or stockings, a shirt with a skirt or a simple blouse. For boys, choose dark trousers and a shirt. If they have a suit, obviously nothing can be ruined by them wearing it, but it is not expected of them.
For girls, choose simple shoes or ballerinas, or even very inconspicuous sneakers. For boys, it is ideal to choose inconspicuous sneakers or closed dress shoes.
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