Sombre Occasion Etiquette: What’s an Appropriate Outfit for a Funeral?

Of all the events in life that call for wardrobe guidance, a funeral is definitely at the top of the list. It can be tricky to determine what is both respectful to the deceased and also comfortable for you, the bereaved. As someone who recently lost an immediate family member, I can attest to this—I wanted to be comfortable and feel like myself without insulting the memory of the person who died. In fact, I believe that person would’ve wanted me to dress up in their honour rather than letting my sadness obliterate my sartorial interests. And by doing so, I felt a little bit steadier on what was easily the hardest day of my life. But whether or not you consider fashion a hobby, putting on a nicer outfit for these occasions is simply the respectful choice, and one with little wiggle room.

Style Notes: A black dress below the knee and the modest shoes are chic but also easy to wear. At funerals, it’s always a great idea to bring a pair of sunglasses in case you want to hide puffy eyes.
A block heel will stop you from sinking into the mud.
Style Notes: A long black coat will never go out of fashion, so if you’ve already invested in one, we suggest bringing it out again for a funeral too. It’ll keep you warm but also look smart.
For under £200, we call this a bargain. 
Style Notes: Finally, a black dress is never going to go amiss in your wardrobe. Ensure it’s an appropriate length and you’ll feel comfortable all day.
All you need is something as simple and chic as this.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.