Wakes and funerals are emotionally upsetting. On top of grieving you also need to figure out what you’re going to wear. You want to be comfortable, respectful, and appropriate for the day. Here are some tips for choosing an outfit.
Typically the color palette for these situations is dark and muted with colors like black and gray. Don’t feel like these are your only options. Navy, deep purple, or dark shades of other colors will also be appropriate. Keep in mind that this it not always the color palette. Sometimes the family decides to wear their loved ones favorite color, or perhaps bright colors to celebrate the life they led. If you think this might be a possibility but can’t check beforehand, then wear a dark colored outfit but carry a bright scarf in your purse so you can wear it at a moment’s notice.
Clothing should be respectful. No low cut tops or short skirts. Blazers or cardigans can help a flirty little black dress be more conservative. Closed toe dark heels or flats are appropriate. Depending on the rest of your outfit, a nude colored shoe is another option. Stay away from shoes, and accessories in general, that have a lot of embellishment. Wear stockings if the family is conservative.
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