A funeral is a moment that many people will not forget. A funeral is a formal ceremony commemorating the life of somebody who has died. It’s a sad experience for everyone involved, as we all take part in mourning a loved one. The dress code for funerals varies depending on who has passed away and their religious affiliation or cultural customs. A funeral can be a very sad occasion, but you want to make sure to dress appropriately. When deciding what to wear for a funeral, think about the person who has passed away and their family members. You’ll want to do your best not only for yourself but also for them.
When it comes to women, there are a few guidelines you should keep in mind before heading out for this sad occasion; you want a ceremony that is elegant and meaningful. But what do you wear? To help ease the mind of the person who has passed away and all those in attendance, here are some guidelines on what to wear at a funeral.
Table of Contents
- 1. Black Shirts with Black Wide-leg Pants and Heels
- 2. Black Long-sleeved Shirts with Pleated Midi Skirts and Leather Boots
- 3. White Blouse, Black Jacket with Skinny Jeans, and Gladiator Heel Sandals
- 4. Black A-line Dress and Sneakers
- 5. Wool Dresses and Sandals
- 6. Black Suits and Heels
- 7. Black Suit Dresses
- 8. Black High Neck Dresses and Heels
- 9. Outfits with Trench Coats and Wide-brimmed Hats
- 10. Beau Tie Coat in Black and Heels
- 11. Navy Blue Peplum Dresses and Neutral Heels
- 12. Long-sleeved Midi Dresses and Neutral Heels
- 13. Long-sleeved Shirt Casual Dresses and Open Toe Boots
- 14. Black Sleeveless Dresses in Shawls and Wedge
- 15. Black Turtleneck, Long Coats with Jeans and Heels
- 16. Army Green Wrap Dresses and Ankle Boots
- 17. Belted Black Dress and Black Mules
- 18. Grey Suit Dresses, Stockings, and Pointed-toe Heels
- 19. Brown Dresses with Blazers and Brown Heels
- 20. Black Lace Dresses and Pointed-toe Heels
- 21. Black Floral Print Dresses, Leather Jackets, and Knee-high Boots
- 22. Black Sweaters, Blazers, Leather Joggings, and Sneakers
- 23. Button Front Long Sleeve Black Dress and Heels
- 24. Black Jumpsuits and Ankle Strap Heels
- 25. Black Bateau Dresses and Heels
- 26. Black Velvet Dresses and Heels
- 27. Sweaters, Satin Midi Skirts, and Boots
- 28. Black V Neck Dress with Black and White Wide-brimmed Hats and Heels
- 29. Little Black Set and Heels
- 30. Black Tweed Two-piece Set and Boots
1. Black Shirts with Black Wide-leg Pants and Heels
When choosing an outfit to wear at a funeral, it is important first and foremost that you think about what is appropriate for the occasion and that you should respect the family’s wishes. If possible, plan on wearing clothing similar in color to those attending as this will show support and respect for those who have lost someone they love. Here choose a simple black outfit with a shirt and wide-leg pants.
2. Black Long-sleeved Shirts with Pleated Midi Skirts and Leather Boots
Under most circumstances, women should wear conservative but modest clothing to a funeral service. Long-sleeved T-shirts have many ways to wear them, including combined with pleated skirts. A skirt with a long-sleeved t-shirt would be appropriate clothing for an adult woman attending a funeral service as the guest of honor or as part of the congregation.
3. White Blouse, Black Jacket with Skinny Jeans, and Gladiator Heel Sandals
It is normal to attend a funeral dressed in casual white apparel in some cultures. However, this is not always the case in the West. It would be rather rare for you to arrive dressed entirely in white. However, if it is done tastefully and you are certain it will not insult the family, it is entirely up to you. Occasionally, close relatives would dress in a particular color in memory of a deceased loved one. This may entail wearing white or a different hue. We recommend sticking with black jeans and white blouses to blend into the crowd.
4. Black A-line Dress and Sneakers
When it comes to funerals, there are some things in life you never know what you will need. If a funeral takes place, the day can be more emotional than most days, so wearing the right clothes can help you feel more comfortable in your outfit. In general, people tend to wear something light and comfortable for this time of loss. Many will opt for a black A-line dress with white or cream-colored accessories. Not only is this clothing style appropriate, but it is also timeless.
5. Wool Dresses and Sandals
You can add to or subtract from these rules depending on the type of funeral and if you know the family well. If you have any uncertainties, always err on the side of being more formal than less formal. Consider wearing a short-sleeve high-collar wool dress that’s not too short or revealing and a pair of flat shoes like sandals that won’t get stuck in grass or mud if it rains while also being appropriate for an office environment while attending work-related funerals.
6. Black Suits and Heels
A funeral is not the time for you to wear your favorite dress or the article of clothing that makes you feel most confident. You’re going to be in an enclosed space with people who are grieving and heartbroken. Although funerals are often a less-than-sympathetic event, it is best to wear something modest yet reliable. I would recommend wearing a traditional black suit with a white shirt underneath if you have one that fits your clothes well – whichever looks more conservative and professional.
7. Black Suit Dresses
If you want to look sharp, a black suit is an excellent choice and will do the trick. Black is not only an excellent choice for the color of the attire, but it symbolizes mourning and respect. Choose a cut that flatters your figure, and wear black heels with this conservative outfit. The color scheme and slim fit will keep your look professional yet modern. Keep jewelry to the minimum, but choose pieces in silver or platinum to complement your ensemble.
8. Black High Neck Dresses and Heels
It’s common to dress up in clothing that reflects your interests, accomplishments, and personality. However, it can be considered disrespectful to wear anything too flashy or revealing for this occasion. Like suits, funerals are usually formal events where you want to look as conservative and respectable as possible. A black high-neck dress is ideal for a funeral and would be an appropriate outfit for the occasion. However, while you want to look your best, you don’t want to wear something that appears too loud or screams attention. It is a time to be respectful and more on the conservative side.
9. Outfits with Trench Coats and Wide-brimmed Hats
This sophisticated trench coat is extremely fashionable while also meeting all of the requirements for proper funeral attire! A feminine wide-brimmed hat is the ideal complement to this dress and looks particularly great when paired with a white and black heel. In addition, you may choose a more muted-colored handbag and, if the weather is chilly, you may want to add a shawl.
10. Beau Tie Coat in Black and Heels
Due to the modest nature of this dress, you may choose a somewhat more daring heel. Of course, this is if you so choose. While a black pump or a plain kitten heel would be our first pick, this alternative is for the woman who enjoys injecting her personality into every appearance, regardless of the occasion. Let a piece of modest jewelry and wear your hair loose or in a nice chignon.
Usually, funeral attire is black. However, not everyone adheres to this convention. You might see people wearing a dark gray or navy blue clothes to funerals. If you do not choose black, you should wear dark and sad clothes. Choose a neutral dark color instead of black. Navy blue, dark gray, dark green and brown are suitable colors. Choose a navy blue peplum dress combined with neutral heels will be a good choice.
12. Long-sleeved Midi Dresses and Neutral Heels
Note the sleeve length. In general, you should not expose much when attending a funeral. Therefore, it is best to avoid tight-fitting clothes or short-sleeved shirts. The long-sleeved midi dress is a good alternative to the typical black funeral attire. Wearing a long-sleeve dress, you will stay warm and on point with your fashion sense.
13. Long-sleeved Shirt Casual Dresses and Open Toe Boots
Although you want to stick to a conservative style statement, having something casual can also be nice. During a funeral, the women should be dainty and demure. You do not want to wear something too revealing or serene because that might add to the grief of others present at the ceremony. Another great option is open-toed boots with no heel or kitten heel. These will make your feet look smaller and give your feet a boost of confidence and comfort.
14. Black Sleeveless Dresses in Shawls and Wedge
The shawl can be a nice touch, especially if it is light-colored. Wearing something too demure or conservative is not good, but wearing something too formal or minimalist would also be a mistake. It’s best to show your respect to the deceased while still sticking to the idea that you want to dress up in a way that makes you feel like yourself. For example, if you want to wear a black sleeveless dress, you can cover your arms with a shawl or long-sleeve coat.
15. Black Turtleneck, Long Coats with Jeans and Heels
A basic black turtleneck is a great shirt to wear with any outfit. You can choose a long coat with or without the turtleneck. The long black coat with jeans will be your in-between option. Wear your hair down and avoid wearing makeup. It’s best to wear no makeup during a funeral, but wear light makeup if you do want to. Perfect for a mid-winter funeral, a black turtleneck is just the thing to keep warm without looking too formal. If you have a long coat, this is also an ideal choice, especially a trench coat. Heels are acceptable and make your legs look longer and more shapely.
16. Army Green Wrap Dresses and Ankle Boots
Usually, funeral attire is black. However, not everyone adheres to this convention. Here is an acceptable alternative to the typical black outfit. This army green dress is understated and conservative without being over the top. Choose an exquisite silhouette that does not cling to your body and keep your neckline in mind.
17. Belted Black Dress and Black Mules
If you want a more traditional style, this is an excellent example of traditional funeral attire. A belted black dress is coupled with a pair of black mules. This is the traditional appearance for funeral clothes, with long sleeves and a modest hemline. Wear your long hair down, or wear it up in a little chignon. Mules are classic and stylish and can be worn with any outfit. The mule will keep your feet warm without looking too sloppy. Choose black dresses without prints or patterns because they may not suit the solemn occasion.
18. Grey Suit Dresses, Stockings, and Pointed-toe Heels
If you’re still unsure about what to wear to a funeral, a good rule of thumb to remember is to dress as if you’re attending a business meeting. You would not attend a business meeting wearing a miniskirt or sundress. Similarly, if you were attending a business meeting, you would undoubtedly choose something professional and conservative. This is an excellent illustration of what I’m talking about. If you don’t want to wear black, this light gray suit is an excellent alternative. It’s understated and timeless without being overbearing. It’s well-fitting and falls just above the knee.
19. Brown Dresses with Blazers and Brown Heels
While less solemn, this hue is still within a suitable spectrum. While black pumps would provide the ensemble with a more sober air, brown heels are also suitable. If you’re wearing this outfit in colder weather, you may layer it with a coat and stockings. Maintain a small jewelry collection, and if you want to wear any, choose pearls or diamonds for an understated look. Large tassel earrings or clanging bangles are undoubtedly too obtrusive and ostentatious.
20. Black Lace Dresses and Pointed-toe Heels
It’s important to remember not to overdo it. It’s a time of grief and sorrow, so you want to look respectful but not overdressed. A black lace dress is a great option for this occasion because you can still look fashionable without looking too much like yourself. A lace dress is a beautiful option for a funeral. It’s feminine, classic, and stylish. Depending on the type of funeral, you might be able to get away with a shorter length for this occasion.
21. Black Floral Print Dresses, Leather Jackets, and Knee-high Boots
Patterned outfits can be appropriate for funerals if they’re not too flashy. A floral print dress or a dark striped top may be appropriate for a funeral. Depending on your style, you can wear a leather jacket or forego it. This black dress has overtones of mourning without being too sad and appeals to conservative tastes. If you want to wear leather jackets, stick with dark-colored leathers, such as black or brown. The best choice would be a genuine leather coat that fits well and shows off your figure without constraint.
22. Black Sweaters, Blazers, Leather Joggings, and Sneakers
Black joggings are casual and can be worn for almost any occasion. They’re also a good choice for funerals because they’re comfortable. If you’re attending a funeral, it’s important to make sure you give your support and condolences but don’t let yourself become the center of attention. You may want to wear an understated black blazer, which will be appropriate for the occasion without being too sad. A pair of sneakers is a good choice for this outfit.
Once again, demonstrating flexibility, this really lovely black gown is appropriate for both funeral and memorial events. Because this is a simplistic appearance, the emphasis should be on the fabric, cut, and silhouette. This is sophisticated without being too exposing. Plus, you can always add an extra layer with a jacket, a cardigan, or a shawl. Opt for a simple handbag and black shoes.
24. Black Jumpsuits and Ankle Strap Heels
Black jumpsuits are a dreary alternative to black dresses. This outfit was very popular in the 80s and is still in style today. It’s simple, sleek, and modern with a touch of melancholy. While jumpsuits can be flattering and are appropriate for casual occasions, they tend to be less flattering when worn on formal occasions such as funerals.
If you’re not comfortable in a dress or a suit, a jumpsuit is an ideal alternative. It’s more casual than the suit, and it’s more comfortable than the dress. However, this outfit must be tailored perfectly to flatter your figure and show off your assets. Your choice of footwear will depend on the material of your outfit and the weather.
25. Black Bateau Dresses and Heels
Black bateau dresses are a classic and timeless choice for funerals. A simple black dress is elegant, modest, and stylish. It’s also flattering on several levels, depending on the cut and the style. The dress should be simple, understated, and subdued for a funeral of any sort.
26. Black Velvet Dresses and Heels
Black velvet dresses are an excellent choice for a funeral. If you have an elegant black dress in velvet material, it’s best to wear it to the funeral. Your brassiere should ideally be seamless. You can opt to wear a pair of gloves or not — it depends on whether you prefer the look. Make sure your dress is simple and understated, with no loud prints or patterns. If you want to wear prints and patterns, stick with blacks and whites in small doses to not overwhelm the outfit. You may want to add a subdued necklace or a brooch that matches your outfit but isn’t too flashy.
27. Sweaters, Satin Midi Skirts, and Boots
If you’re attending a memorial or celebration of life, you may get away with less formal attire, but you should still follow the fundamental guidelines when choosing what to wear. Avoid anything that is extremely elaborate, bright, or sexy. A more casual look may still be achieved with these two ensembles, sweaters and satin midi skirts, both simple and understated.
28. Black V Neck Dress with Black and White Wide-brimmed Hats and Heels
This outfit right here is an excellent illustration of how to appropriately don a hat to a funeral ceremony. Black dresses can be delicate and elegant, especially the black V-neck dress. This particular black dress is one of the best because it’s classy, modest, and stylish. A pair of black heels is an excellent choice for almost any occasion.
29. Little Black Set and Heels
If you’re attending a funeral, this outfit is a nice choice to wear. It’s modest and understated but sophisticated. The little black set is a timeless classic, yet it can be worn for almost any occasion. Little black sets are an easy-to-wear, classic style. It’s simple and understated. However, suppose you’re attending a funeral event that calls for something a little more complicated. In that case, the designers understand that you may have other commitments that prevent you from attending the event in full formal attire. This is a great way for you to pay tribute or offer sympathy without having to re-think every aspect of your outfit every time you have to make a social appearance at an event like this.
30. Black Tweed Two-piece Set and Boots
A two-piece tweed set is a great option for a funeral. It’s classy, classy, and understated, with just the right amount of detailing to elevate your outfit from typical to extraordinary. High heels are not necessarily recommended for this particular outfit. Instead, opt for a pair of boots that match the tone of your dress or skirt. You may also want to wear pearls or another small accessory to compliment your outfit.
Making an impression at a funeral is hard to do. You must be appropriately dressed so you don’t appear disrespectful or absent-minded. We understand that attending a funeral is never an easy experience, so we wrote this piece hoping that it might alleviate some of the pressure that comes with trying to figure out what to wear!