Fashion is probably the last thing we think of when someone dies, but what to wear to a funeral is just as important when paying your respects, as the words you say about the departed. The recent passing of Karl Lagerfeld, a respected figure in fashion brings to mind the importance of fashion at funerals. Respectful and tasteful clothing is of course the best way to go when attending a funeral. So, don’t expose too much cleavage or don the micro of all miniskirts.
THE COLOUR CODE
As a sign of mourning, dark coloured clothing works best unless the dress code specifies otherwise. So, go for black or navy and stick to matte fabrics. You wouldn’t want to attract unwanted attention in say yellow or detract from what’s important in loud prints rather than solid colours.
MAKING FUNERAL FASHION YOUR OWN
That being said, you’ll still want to inject some personal style to your outfit, it’s a funeral not school, so don’t shy away from details and texture. A beautiful peplum skirt works just as fabulously as a velvet dress, brocade trousers or ruffles shirt. Anything over knee length is most appropriate but tights would surely save a mini skirt look if required. If you’re thinking of reaching for a bustier, you’re best saving that for the date night bustier outfit.
This style inspiration features a black peplum hem dress that is elegant and demure. It looks great with the cropped ruched-sleeves jacket and statement accessories. The great thing about this look is that it is versatile and timeless.
YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD
What you wear on your feet to a funeral is just as important as the clothing. More conservative footwear like court heels, ballet flats or loafers are desirable. Therefore, try your best to leave the trainers, stripper heels or flip flops in the car.
It certainly is true that accessories make the outfit. So, again go for dark colours unless specified otherwise. Like a cute clutch over a duffle bag, a statement necklace over excessive layering, elegant earrings over chiming chandeliers and even a statement hat or headdress over a cap if appropriate.
Lastly, it is important to remember, that although a funeral is not a fashion show, in the midst of mourning and a solemn occasion, your fashion really does show. If all else fails when finding what to wear, go for formal, simple and sophisticated wardrobe staples.