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What To Wear To A Funeral In Australia.

What To Wear To A Funeral In Australia.

As a rule of thumb, when dressing for a funeral, be conservative. It is a sombre event to celebrate someone else’s life, so you do not want to stand out and take away from the occasion.

Being conservative does not have to include dressing in all black, although it is acceptable to dress in black. Blacks, greys and darker neutral colours such as dark blue will work better than bright colours or patterned materials. Plunging necklines or showing to much skin for your funeral outfit will be frowned upon by many people in Australia.

Tips For How Women Should Dress For A Funeral.

What Not To Wear To A Funeral

A funeral is not a time to draw attention to yourself, so it is best to avoid clothing such as:

  • Mini skirts
  • Low-cut tops
  • Spandex
  • Sheer, see-through fabrics

It is ok for women to wear skirts, blouses and dresses, but the cut should not emphasise curves, cleavage or legs. A knee or below simple black dress that is not too tight-fitting is common funeral wear for women.

What shoes to wear to a funeral

You may find yourself walking on uneven ground or through the grass, so wear flats or comfortable shoes with a low heal.

Should you wear hats to a funeral?

While it is possible to wear a hat to a funeral, you want to make sure it is not too casual, such as a floppy hat or decorative and attention-drawing.

A hat may also be annoying to someone sitting or standing behind you, having their view of the ceremony blocked.

Can You Wear Jewellery To A Funeral?

Understated jewellery is ok, but avoid large shiny bracelets and sparkling rings and necklaces. A funeral is not the time to show all the bling.

Are Sunglasses Appropriate For A Funeral?

Yes, sunglasses are appropriate at a funeral, particularly if you are outside. Plain sunglasses are best, ideally black or dark colours rather than colourful, overly large or shinny glasses.

Should You Wear Perfume To A Funeral

It would be best if you kept perfume and scented body lotion to a minimum. Some sents can cause allergies, resulting in people sneezing or getting a running nose, not ideal during a funeral service.

Tips For How Men Should Dress For A Funeral.

What Men Should Not Wear to a Funeral.

The same rules apply to men as they do to women, wearing conservative, clean, simple clothing. Men should avoid wearing clothes such as:

  • Sports tops
  • Trainers
  • Thongs or flip flops
  • Caps
  • Graphic printed T-shirts
  • Singlets
  • Garish ties

A suit or shirt and tie are appropriate along with smart casual clothes such as a collared shirt, pants and clean casual shoes.

Are The Exceptions?

There are plenty of exceptions to the above guide to appropriate memorial service attire, such as:

  • A soldier may dress in military uniform for a friend or family of a deceased veteran.
  • Conservative religious funerals may have a dress code, which the deceased’s family would detail.
  • You may be asked to dress in more festive clothes as the ceremony will be an upbeat celebration of life rather than a sombre occasion.

As a rule, follow the bereaved family’s requests and don’t be afraid to ask family and friends if you are unsure.

If you are still unsure what to wear

If you are still having trouble deciding what to wear to a funeral, then a good idea is to dress the way you would for a job interview, or if you are still in doubt, wear black.

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