What to wear to a funeral? What to wear to a funeral in 2023? As you are getting ready to say goodbye to the deceased, the last thing you want to think about is how to dress for a funeral. And yet, regardless of your grief, sadness and deep sorrow, there is a dress code you might want to adhere to pay respect to the deceased and bereaved. If you are deliberating what is appropriate for the funeral and looking for the best funeral outfit – scroll down. I made a comprehensive list of appropriate funeral outfits for ladies.
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I am sorry for your loss. Let me help you find an appropriate outfit for the funeral. I put together 11 different funeral outfits for every season and every bereaved.
Whatever outfit you choose, be sure to be respectful to the surroundings and always poised.
THE BEST FUNERAL OUTFITS FOR LADIES
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WIDOW FUNERAL OUTFIT IDEAS
Whilst you are sad to let go of the love of your life, or your companion at the very least, there is no denying the sorrow when planning a funeral wardrobe to wear for the wake, the funeral and gatherings. Little less knowing everyone will be staring at you and seeking comfort in you.
Hide behind oversized sunglasses and wide-brim or add a touch of grace with a fascinator.
Look sophisticated and put together in either of these simple funeral outfits for a widow.
1 BLACK SHORT SLEEVE DRESS WITH BLACK LEATHER PUMPS AND FASCINATOR AND GLOVES
By turns elegant and effortless, a black short sleeve midi dress can offer a poised solution to a funeral dressing. As a bonus, a tailored midi dress paired with black pumps and black stockings is also practical and comfortable as we step into the colder season. POV To build a summer funeral outfit for a widow, pair your short sleeve midi dress with 8DEN black stockings and black leather pumps.
Style with a fascinator, black oversized sunglasses and black tulle gloves.
2 BLACK TRENCH COAT WITH MIDI DRESS AND BLACK SUEDE PUMPS AND WIDE-BRIM BLACK HAT
If versatility is what you seek, look no further than a trench coat and midi black dress combination.
Funeral elegance comes assured with a midi length whilst a midi black trench coat adds a special touch that doesn’t feel overdone.
You can wear black suede pumps with this widow’s funeral outfit.
3 BLACK LONG SLEEVE DRESS WITH BLACK LEATHER PUMPS AND FASCINATOR AND GLOVES
Easy to mix and match with a blazer, coat or cape, a black long sleeve dress with black leather pumps is a funeral wardrobe staple that can be worn from September to the end of May.
4 DOUBLE BREASTED COAT AND MIDI PENCIL DRESS WITH OVER-THE-KNEE SUEDE BOOTS AND WIDE-BRIM HAT
Not just for summer, spring and fall, a little black dress can be suitable for winter funerals, too. Style with over the knee boots and merino tights to feel extra warm and layer on with a double breasted coat.
FUNERAL OUTFITS FOR THE FAMILY OF THE DECEASED
If you are part of the family of the deceased and will be there for the entire funeral cortege, look to tailoring and sleek silhouettes for a touch of elegance that feels just right.
Rember to wear black stockings, headwear, and gloves at all times. Black stockings, headwear and gloves are an essential part of the funeral outfit for the family of the deceased.
POV Bereaved family members might also want to wear sunglasses.
5 SHORT SLEEVE DRESS WITH LEATHER PUMPS AND 8DEN TIGHTS
Styled with black leather pumps and 8DEN tights for summer, discover funeral ready options that take the guesswork out of dressing up.
A black short sleeve dress is the easiest item to put on without thinking about how it will look on you.
6 TRENCH COAT ON BLACK PANTSUIT WITH PUMPS AND BLACK VEIL HEADBAND
A trench coat is one of the best items to wear for the funeral once the weather turns chilly. Explore options paired with tailored trousers and a matching blazer.
POV A black pantsuit, layered with a long coat and styled with black ankle boots, can also be an excellent option for a winter funeral.
7 COAT DRESS WITH KNEE BOOTS AND BLACK TIGHTS
Take the fuss out of dressing with a coat dress. Whether it is a winter funeral in the snow or frost, simply pair with black knee boots and warm socks.
8 BLAZER WITH MIDI PLEATED SKIRT AND BLACK LEATHER PUMPS
From autumn to spring, a blazer and midi pleated skirt will be the most reliable option in your funeral wardrobe rotation that can be easily layered with a coat for deep winter.
FUNERAL OUTFITS FOR GUESTS AT THE FUNERAL
As a funeral guest, you should keep things low-key. While your presence might not be appreciated, be sure to be respectful, poised and invisible. Don’t wear a veil or lavish headpieces.
Unless you were requested to wear colors or white clothes, you should wear black.
9 SHORT SLEEVE BLOUSE WITH BLACK WIDE-LEG PANTS AND SLINGBACKS
Set the tone right when planning your funeral outfit. Choose simple looks that make you look elegant but respectful. Invisible but gratifying.
Remember, you are there to pay your respect to the deceased and to comfort the bereaved.
Assure your quiet presence with a simple funeral outfit combination.
10 SHORT SLEEVE DRESS WITH LEATHER PUMPS AND 5DEN TIGHTS
Precisely executed, a short sleeve dress and black 5DEN tights will see you through the summer funeral during a heatwave.
11 BLACK COAT WITH TAILORED PANTS AND BLACK BOOTIES
There is something unfailingly graceful in a more sleek approach, which suggests a lean approach to style. As a bonus, tailored pants and booties layered with a long coat are also more practical as we step into the season of winter funerals.
FAQ WHAT TO WEAR TO A FUNERAL IN 2023
If you are overwhelmed by the choice of funeral outfits and deliberating which direction to turn, I made a comprehensive list of delectable options for the funeral and memorial service. Go through the FAQ – it will help, for sure.
In most cases, a black formal outfit.
White is not appropriate to wear to a funeral in western cultures. Unless there is a white funeral dress code, of course.
A midi black dress with sleeves and black pumps.
A simple black outfit that makes you look elegant and poised but invisible. Your presence must not bring attention.
Yes, you should dress up for a funeral.
Black gloves, black headwear, and black sunglasses are some of the funeral outfit accessories for the widow and close family of the deceased.
Black business formal.
Yes, a black dress is appropriate for a funeral. In fact, a black midi dress is the best outfit to wear for a funeral.
A black pantsuit! But you can also wear a blazer and midi pleated skirt, or a black blouse and tailored pants. See the funeral outfit ideas in this article to see the best funeral outfits that don’t require a dress.
Black leather pumps are the best shoes for a summer funeral or a spring funeral, black suede pumps are the best shoes for the autumn funeral, and black heel booties are the best winter funeral shoes to wear with pants, whilst black suede over the knee boots are the best shoes to wear with a winter funeral dress for a winter funeral. Look to black Stuart Weitzman 75 pumps, black Aquazzura purist 85 suede pumps, black Aquazzura 85 leather pumps, black Gianvito Rossi 85 leather pumps, black Stuart Weitzman 100 leather pumps, black Gianvito Rossi 105 leather pumps, Sandro V-cut suede pumps, Aquazzura Purist 105 black suede pumps, black Gianvito Rossi 105 suede pumps, black Aquazzura Manzoni 85 ankle boots, Stuart Weitzman highland black suede over the knee boots for the best funeral shoes for ladies.
A black outfit that makes you look quietly elegant and poised.
Colourful clothes, ripped clothes, wrinkled clothes, distressed clothes, leggings, cargo pants, denim jeans, denim jackets, fringed clothes, high slits, shorter hems, shorts, mini dresses, mini skirts, crop tops, lace, ruffles, cutout clothes, cropped tops, flip flops, sneakers, sandals, platforms slides or any shoes and clothes that are not business formal and black.
Apart from the clothes that are not appropriate for a funeral, you shouldn’t wear mini skirts, mini dresses, denim, leggings, chunky knits, lace, platform pumps, patent leather pumps, or sneakers for a spring funeral either.
A long sleeve midi dress with leather pumps and 20DEN black stockings, a black pantsuit or a blazer and midi pleated skirt with leather pumps and black tights are some of the best funeral outfits for spring funerals. Check the funeral outfits presented in this article to see them all.
Apart from the obvious and clothes that are not appropriate for a funeral in any season, you should not wear halternecks, slip dresses, slip tops, shorts, mini skirts, mini dresses, sleeveless tops, sleeveless dresses, corsets, sandals, open toe pumps, flip flops and slides for a summer funeral either.
The best summer funeral outfit is a midi dress with short sleeves and black leather pumps or slingbacks with black 8DEN stockings. You can, however, also wear a short sleeve blouse and tailored pumps or a short sleeve blouse and pleated midi skirt. Ps. Check the summer funeral outfits presented in this article to see how to dress for a funeral in summer without feeling hot in black during the heatwave.
Apart from the clothes and shoes that are inappropriate for a funeral in general, you should not wear cargo pants, chunky knits (unless layered with a trench coat), leather jackets, denim, cowboy boots, platform pumps, and sneakers for a fall funeral either.
A black midi dress with a black trench coat and black pumps, or a black pantsuit with a trench coat and suede pumps are some of the best funeral outfits for a fall funeral. PS. Check the fall funeral outfits presented in this article to see all funeral outfits for autumn. And check All Saints Day outfits to see what to wear for memorial mass in fall.
Apart from the shoes and clothes that are not appropriate for a funeral in general, you should not wear a teddy coat, shearling, infinity scarves, a beanie, puffer jacket, cowboy boots, lug sole boots, platform boots, platform booties, biker boots and UGG boots for a winter funeral either.
Black double breasted coat dress with merino tights and suede over the knee boots, or a black coat with tailored pants and leather booties are the best funeral outfits for a winter funeral. However, there are more funeral outfits you can wear to stay warm at the funeral service when it snows. Check all winter funeral outfits presented in this article to see how to dress up for the cemetery in winter.
If you wish to honour the memory of the deceased by wearing her/his favourite colour, you can wear a ring, bracelet or pendant with a gemstone in her/his favourite colour. A gemstone adds a subtle touch of colour to head to toe black mourning outfit.
You can wear one of the outfits presented in this article.
You can wear one of the funeral outfits presented in this article.
An elegant black outfit. Check the church outfits for some inspiration.
A formal fall church outfit.