Do You Still Have To Wear Black To A Funeral Or Memorial

By: Danny Amoruccio
Thursday, September 12, 2019

It isn't easy to determine what to wear to a funeral service, especially if you have never attended one before. You want to respect the deceased and their family, but also need to appear presentable. Regular t-shirts and jeans won't cut it, but you also don’t need to bring out your best suit or dress. At Willowbrook Cemetery, we have some tips to help you choose the right attire:

You Don’t Have To Wear Black

Black is the traditional choice because it is safe and has been used for mourning in the Western cultures for centuries. That doesn’t mean you need to go out of the way to buy black clothes or suits specifically for the funeral. You can wear other colors as long as they aren't too bright and flashy. For example, colors like red, yellow, bright pink, etc., aren't appropriate for funerals.

However, colors like dark gray, dark blue, dark green, white, beige, etc., can be appropriate. If you don't have any black attire, you can always choose a subdued color that is suitable for strictly formal environments. It is also a good idea to avoid any bold patterns or prints. Stick with solid colors and conservative cuts as much as possible.

Keep The Environment in Mind

There are several factors to consider when you pick a dress for a funeral or memorial service. Beach or garden funerals have a more casual environment so you might not need to follow a strict dress code. Some cultures use white or red for mourning. It is a good idea to consult with people of the same culture before choosing your attire.

If you want to know about cemeteries or need to book a space, give us at Willowbrook Cemetery a call on 203 222 8646 or contact us through our online form.

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