Do You Still Have to Wear Black to a Funeral or Memorial?

By: David Tindall
Monday, May 30, 2022

If you've never been to a funeral before, figuring out what to wear can be challenging. You want to disrespect the departed and their family, yet you also need to be well dressed. T-shirts and jeans won't work, but don't go overboard with the formal attire. Tindall Funeral Home has some suggestions on how to dress for a funeral:

You Don't Have To Wear Black

In Western societies, black is traditionally worn as a symbol of grief since it is considered safe. That doesn't imply you have to go out of your way to get black clothing or suits for the funeral service. Other hues are acceptable as long as they're not excessively bright or distracting. Certain shades are not suited for funerals, such as bright red, yellow, and bright pink

However, colors like dark grey, dark blue, darker green, white, and beige can be appropriate. If you don't own any black clothing, you may always opt for a subtle hue that is appropriate for formal settings. In addition, stay away from anything with distracting patterns or prints. Make an effort to wear simple colors and conservative designs whenever you can.

Keep The Environment In Mind

When it comes to selecting a funeral or memorial service outfit, there are numerous things to keep in mind. Funerals by the beach or in a garden, on the other hand, tend to be less formal affairs, so dressing up in formal black attire isn't always necessary. White or crimson can be used as a mourning color in certain cultures. Getting advice from persons of the same cultural background might help you make an informed decision about your outfit.

For advice or information on our cremation pre-planning services, contact Tindall Funeral Home at (315) 468-5521.

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