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Attending a funeral is one of the most emotionally taxing events, a time where you'd think the last thing on your mind would be your appearance, however, what to wear to a funeral is a question on the tips of many people's tongues. Guests often fret about dressing appropriately - too formal or not formal enough? Traditional or modern? To wear black or not? A day so difficult shouldn't be made harder due to clothing dilemmas, so read this guide and you'll have one less trouble to shoulder.
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Ask a close aquaintance beforehand about dress code and follow suit if there's a special request to wear something specific, say, something red in a nod to the deceased.
Assume black/grey/navy or dark colours otherwise.
Certain religions might expect you to cover certain areas of your body, so be considerate and don't make a big statement about going against the grain on the day if it's not in line with your beliefs.
You might need an extra layer if it's freezing or you may need to wear cool, sun-resistant materials if it's hotter. Plan ahead!
Try to stick to longer hemlines and sleeves, and steer away from deep v-necks and plunging necklines.
Avoid bold prints and bright colours (unless otherwise specified).
Wear comfortable shoes because after the funeral service you might be might be expected to walk some length in a procession, to a burial ceremony or to the wake.
Shun gaudy makeup, keep it subtle and refined.
If you must wear sunglasses, stick to a plain, unassuming design.
If you wear prescription glasses, remember to pop them in your bag before you go. You're very likely to need them during the funeral service or for travelling.
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