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How to Dress for a Funeral

Pay your respects with grace and dignity by wearing appropriate attire.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Wear dark colors Choose dark colors. While black is traditional and safe, dark blues and grays are also acceptable.
  • Step 2: Dress for house of worship or a job interview Dress as you would for a job interview or house of worship. A suit, collared shirt, and tie are appropriate for men. Women may wear a pantsuit, skirt suit, or a modest dress that covers the shoulders or is accompanied by a wrap.
  • TIP: Pallbearers need a sports jacket and tie.
  • Step 3: Be sensitive to religious customs Be sensitive to the dress codes of certain religious or cultural customs. Ask in advance, if you can.
  • TIP: Some Christian, Muslim, and Jewish denominations require mourners to wear a headscarf or a yarmulke, or skullcap.
  • Step 4: Wear appropriate accessories Wear appropriate accessories, such as closed-toe shoes, a muted color tie, and understated jewelry. Hats should be formal and not too big or flashy.
  • Step 5: Bring a handkerchief and umbrella Have a handkerchief handy for yourself or to lend to someone in need. An umbrella is also a good idea for hot or rainy outdoor funerals.
  • FACT: The world’s oldest, continually used cemetery is The Mount of Olives in Israel.

You Will Need

  • Dark
  • conservative clothing
  • A handkerchief
  • A sport jacket (optional)
  • A tie (optional)
  • A headscarf or yarmulke (optional)
  • An umbrella (optional)

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