Did you know that certain outfits were considered as “appropriate for a visitation”? Unfortunately, the world is fraught with uncertainties, and sometimes we’re unsure of what to wear to an event.
A visitation is when a friend or family member pays their respects to someone who is ill in the hospital. Get dressed for the occasion and be as comfortable as possible so that you can focus on what matters most: your loved one’s well-being. Here are our tips for how to dress appropriately for a visitation.
Table of Contents
- 1. T-shirt
- 2. Sleeveless Dress
- 3. Pantsuit
- 4. Shirt
- 5. LBD
- 6. Skirt
- 7. Jacket
- 8. Tunic
- 9. Denim
- 10. High Heel Shoes
- 11. Cardigan
- 12. Blazers
- 13. Gray Business Suit
- 14. Navy Blue Dress
- 15. Black Pants
- 16. Navy Blue Pants
- 17. Black Skirt
- 18. Silk Dress
- 19. Dark Blue Pants
- 20. Black Jacket
- 21. Gray Skirt
- 22. White Dress
- 23. Light Blue Dress
- 24. Bright Colored Blouse
- 25. Black Trousers
- 26. Black Dress
- 27. White Trousers
- 28. Black Shoes
- 29. Gray Slacks
- 30. Light Blue Slacks
One of the most common pieces of clothing worn to a visitation is a t-shirt. You can wear any color or design that you won’t just be sure to pair it with something more formal.
2. Sleeveless Dress
If you are wearing a sleeveless dress, make sure it’s long enough so that your legs are covered.
A pantsuit is an excellent choice for a funeral because they are both professional and trendy. Pair them with heels or flats depending on your height and personal style preferences.
Wear this garment alone or combine it with other pieces in order to create your own funeral outfit.
This is a staple piece in every woman’s closet. It’s dressy enough to wear to church but still casual enough that you can take it off at home. Pair it with a cardigan, it will be a perfect fall outfit.
Wear a knee-length skirt with slits on both sides or even wear a pencil skirt. You don’t have to wear a traditional black one as people tend to wear them at funeral parties.
A blazer is the perfect alternative to jeans and a t-shirt during the cold season. This piece of clothing is also an excellent choice if you are not wearing heels because of its versatility.
This piece can be worn with leggings or long pants. If you are going to wear leggings with it, make sure they aren’t too tight as it’s considered inappropriate funeral attire.
This is another staple in every woman’s closet. Denim has become popular, and it will always be in style, but the trick is to pick one that fits your body type and what you are wearing underneath it.
10. High Heel Shoes
Long, high heels will help elongate your legs and give you an elegant look at the visitation or funeral.
This is a piece of clothing that is not only versatile but it’s also comfortable. You can wear it with pants and a t-shirt or you can wear it over a dress. Pair your cardigan with an LBD or a dress shirt, boots and glasses.
Blazers are a great addition to any outfit and are appropriate for any time of year. Be sure to pair with a dress and flats or heels depending on your personal style.
13. Gray Business Suit
A traditional choice, the gray business suit is perfect for a visitation. You can wear it to work and then straight from work to a visitation without needing to change clothes. In addition, it doesn’t draw too much attention away from the grieving family.
For those who live in warmer weather climates, a dress with some color is a nice break from wearing all black. Navy blue dresses are best worn with navy or black accessories and they help show respect for the deceased during this occasion.
15. Black Pants
A neutral color is one of the best choices for a visitation. Black pants can be dressed up or down and they go with almost any shirt or blouse.
Similar to navy blue dresses, navy blue pants offer a break from all black during a visitation. The color gives your outfit a little more energy and they are excellent with navy shoes and accessories.
17. Black Skirt
If you prefer wearing a skirt rather than trousers, black is an excellent choice that pairs well with almost any top. Choose the shortest skirt appropriate for your height so it doesn’t drag on the ground when you walk. Longer skirts are acceptable when they are paired with opaque tights or stockings.
18. Silk Dress
A good silk dress can be worn to work and then straight from work to a visitation with little fuss. A darker blue works well for the color and it is perfect for a funeral or visitation because it doesn’t compete with the family’s grief.
19. Dark Blue Pants
Like gray business suits, dark blue pants are an excellent choice for a visitation because they are neutral and aren’t something the family has to spend energy trying to hide from each other during this important time of loss.
20. Black Jacket
If you live in a cold climate, black jackets are perfect for a visitation. They are fashionable without competing with the family’s misery during this difficult time. Choose one with a matching skirt or slacks so you have an outfit that works for both warmer and cooler days of the year.
21. Gray Skirt
A good gray skirt is a versatile wardrobe staple that can be worn to work and then straight from work to a funeral or visitation without needing to change clothes or freshen your lookup. You can also pair it with colored shirts and pants so it doesn’t draw too much attention to itself when worn.
22. White Dress
Perfect for springtime and summer, white dresses are best worn with a pale blouse and white accessories. In addition, they can be paired with shorter skirts so the dress doesn’t drag on the ground when you walk.
23. Light Blue Dress
A light blue color is a nice break from all black during a visitation. A lighter blue also gives your outfit a little more energy and it pairs well with almost any top or accessory color.
24. Bright Colored Blouse
When paired with a dark skirt, a bright colored blouse is an excellent choice. It offers more color without being too bright. If a bright color isn’t your style, you can wear a black or gray shirt with your dress to draw less attention away from the family.
25. Black Trousers
Like gray business suits, black trousers are an excellent choice for a visitation because they are neutral and don’t compete with the family’s misery during this difficult time of loss.
26. Black Dress
A good black dress is a versatile wardrobe staple that can be worn to work and then straight from work to a funeral or visitation without needing to change clothes or freshen your lookup.
27. White Trousers
White trousers are perfect for summertime. You can pair them with a darker colored top or dress, and you can keep your look flexible by wearing them to work and then straight from work to a visitation without anyone noticing that the color didn’t change.
28. Black Shoes
In addition to being worn during a funeral, black shoes are also appropriate for wear during a visitation. Choose closed-toe shoes or boots in case you have to go outside while at the visitation. Avoid open-toed shoes as they can be too distracting during this somber event.
29. Gray Slacks
A light gray color is one of the best choices for funeral attire because it isn’t bright and it provides more energy than all-black outfits.
30. Light Blue Slacks
Similar to light blue dresses, light blue slacks are neutral and won’t compete with the family’s grief. They can also be paired with a darker top to draw less attention away from the day’s events.