What to wear to a funeral service

Not knowing what to wear to a funeral service can add further strain and apprehension to an already difficult day, especially if you haven’t received any instructions beforehand.
We created this article and tips from our experiences for you to use as a guide on what is and is not appropriate to wear. What is important to note is that expectations can vary. If you are unsure if the funeral will be more formal and traditional, rather than casual or non-traditional, it is always best to ask the organiser about the expected dress code

General Tips

If you are struggling with deciding on an outfit for a funeral, here are some simple guidelines to follow:

  • Black, navy or darker coloured clothing is appropriate.
  • Outfits should be modest – no low cut tops or mini skirts.
  • Dress shoes are best – avoid sandals or sneakers.
  • Avoid bright or loud patterned clothing.

It can be a good idea to bring a jacket or coat for cold weather and a handy pocket for tissues is always helpful. 

For more traditional funerals, the dress code is generally quite formal including, suits for men and long dresses or skirts for women. It is worth noting that black clothing may be more acceptable than navy or deep browns. 

However, this again can vary depending on the family. Many families do not want people to show up in black or formal wear and instead go for a more casual approach, treating the funeral as a celebration of life. Either way, it is a good idea to ask the organiser of the funeral about the dress code well in advance.

General Guidelines for Women

The most common outfits generally acceptable for women are a modest black dress or pantsuit, or blouse and skirt – as long as it goes past the knees. For traditional services, it is more respectable to keep your shoulders covered and avoid skin-tight clothing.

General Guidelines for Men

The traditional dress code for men is a dark coloured suit (black, grey, navy or brown) paired with a collared dress shirt and tie. At a more casual service, smart-casual or business attire is also acceptable. 

As mentioned, it is always best to check with the organiser of the funeral if you can. However, if you are still unsure about what to wear to a funeral, it is best to come overdressed rather than underdressed. The general rule is to wear a modest and respectful outfit in a darker colour that is not attention-grabbing. It can also be worthwhile to consider getting your hair trimmed or tidying up your facial hair – taking the time and effort to appear neat, tidy which speaks volumes when honouring the deceased and their family and showing your respect. 

Silver Dove Funerals

At Silver Dove Funerals, the caring of your loved one is looked after in-house, the entire way by our highly trained and experienced staff. We have provided care to many Queensland families during their time of need, giving us the experience, knowledge, and understanding to cater to the wishes and requests of all types of families and from all walks of life. Our genuine compassion and confidence set us apart, and that is why we guarantee a high level of service and care for you and your family. Whether you require simplicity, tradition, or a more elaborate funeral celebration, you can rely on us. Our office is in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane, where we service the greater Brisbane region, including areas such as Springfield, Greenbank and Goodna. 

If you are looking for funeral assistance, At-Need Funeral Services, Prearrangement, or Prepayment of funeral services, please reach out to us today. We can take your call anytime during the day or night.