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Dressing For The Final Farewell: A Woman's Guide To Funeral Attire

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When you are notified that someone you know or are related to has passed on, your initial reaction will likely be sorrow and sadness to hear of their passing. However, while making plans to attend the funeral, one big concern will likely come up: What will be the most appropriate thing to wear? Years ago, dressing for a funeral was easy for a gal-- just pick out a black or gray outfit and you were good to go. However, traditions have now changed and even though black may reflect a time of mourning, it is no longer expected that everyone in attendance come dressed in the most muted colors.

So what is the best color to wear to a funeral?

According to an article on The Etiquette Daily, black is still a perfectly acceptable choice, but you can wear more lively hues as well and still not necessarily be breaking any big rules. The bottom line is to be respectful to everyone else who is in attendance; so anything that is neon green or fuchsia may not be the most appropriate choice. However, some families have more of a 'celebration of life' at a funeral, which usually calls for celebratory attire, such as something you would wear to a family gathering for a loved one's birthday or anniversary.

Is there such a thing as being too overly dressed for a funeral?

Funerals are not really the occasion where you should walk in the door wearing your most fantastic outfit. It is usually a good idea to avoid too much bling and keep your outfit in check by avoiding anything that looks a lot like evening wear. The last thing you want at a funeral is to be the center of attention for all of the wrong wardrobe choices.

What about the shoes?

When it comes to the shoes that you pair with the outfit you plan to wear to a funeral, almost anything is okay. While the majority of women in attendance will likely be wearing basic black pumps or flats, you can choose whatever shoes you feel comfortable in--well, almost. Leave anything too casual, such as flip-flops or strappy sandals, in the closet. Additionally, cowgirl boots or any other shoes that make a lot of noise when you walk can be a bad choice.

The thing is, dressing for a funeral should not be an aspect of the event that brings about a lot of stress. If you are ever in doubt about what you should wear, it is a good idea to get in touch with some of the closest relatives and kindly ask what they plan to wear so you can at least know you will not be completely sticking out from the crowd. For more etiquette tips, contact a company like Hempstead Funeral Home.