Funeral services are typically somber affairs. Some people may not be sure how to dress for such an occasion. While it’s traditional to take a conservative approach, that can mean different things for different people. Here’s how to choose the appropriate attire for a funeral.
Try to look understated.
In general, it’s best to wear subtle colors to funerals. Black is a standard option that is always reliable. Gray and navy are also acceptable choices. Avoid anything too bright or flashy, as these will stand out and distract from the subdued nature of the service. A business outfit or a classic sheath dress is always an appropriate choice for women, while men should opt for a suit, white shirt, and tie.
Consider the environment.
There are some exceptions when it may be suitable to wear something other than the standard funeral attire. Some families opt to hold funerals or memorial services in less traditional locations. Some families hold their funeral services at a park, for example, or decide to sprinkle ashes into the ocean from a charter boat. In those cases, defer to the family of the decedent for dress code preferences.
Use too many accessories.
Avoid wearing too much jewelry or accessorizing extravagantly for the funeral service. When getting ready, imagine how you would dress for the office, and take your cue from that. Statement necklaces, arms full of bangles, and oversized earrings may be pretty, but they don’t fit in at this occasion. Instead, opt for minimal jewelry, such as a pair of simple earrings or a single chain necklace.
Forget about your footwear.
The right shoes also make a difference. Steer clear of wearing anything too casual, like sneakers or sandals. Women should also avoid wearing heels that are too high or anything with an open toe. Men may want to polish their shoes to eliminate scuff marks and dirt.
Families throughout Worth County, MO, and surrounding areas trust in the compassionate staff at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home to assist with everything from planning funeral services to arranging cremations or burials. They are with you every step of the way and will work closely with you to create a memorial service that honors your loved one. You can visit them online for information about funeral planning, or call them at (660) 564-3388.