What to Wear to a Funeral- 20 Proper Funeral Outfits for Men

What to wear to a funeral. We usually plan what we are going to wear for almost every occasion, but some occasions are not the kind of event that we want (or should) look like a fashionista. So, what are the proper colors to wear to a funeral? What is the standard dress code? Keep reading and find out. A funeral is a somber occasion in which our primary focus should simply be consoling the grieving person.

At that moment, a gentleman’s purpose when attending a funeral is to pay his respects to the deceased and comfort those around him. It is not to look amazing or grab attention. So when attending a funeral, you must keep some key facts in mind where your physical appearance is concerned.

Funeral Outfits for Men

Always keep in mind that attending a funeral in anything too flashy or “fashion-forward” is the height of bad taste. And it shows that you are not able to discern what is appropriate for the circumstances. Dressing appropriately shows support and keeps the focus on the family and on the funeral itself. It is generally understood throughout the western world, as well as in Christian funerals, that acceptable dress for a funeral is a dark suit, a muted tie, and polished shoes. You do not need to wear anything extraordinary while attending a funeral.

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What is Proper Funeral Attire?

In the western sphere, the typical attire for men at a funeral is a conservative suit. Other than a black suit and a white shirt, you may consider a three-piece notch lapel suit in a conservative pinstripe with either a tie or perhaps a bow tie. If not a black or navy blue suit, then colors are usually kept to a conservative palette. You might also consider muted tones of maroon or darker shades of brown as a decent alternative. Avoid bright colors and bold fashion statements for any type of traditional ceremony. It is a safe bet to ask the family if they have any dress codes they would like you to adhere to, as well as considering the cultural background of the family itself. For example, in some cultures, casual white clothing is the norm. Do your due diligence and make sure you ascertain what is expected.

If you do not have a suit or are not able to wear a suit for whatever reason, then some modest conventional dress code may be considered, but again, remember to steer towards darker, more somber colors. Avoid anything flashy.what to wear to funeral for men


Basic Dressing Tips for Men Going to Funeral

  • Dark suits or buttoned shirts are always appropriate.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, preferably collared.
  • Wear a belt and tuck in your shirt.
  • Wear dress shoes or loafers.
  • When in doubt, simply opt for a dress suit with a tie.
  • As an example outfit, try slacks, a dark polo shirt, and a belt.
  • Or slacks, a button-down shirt, and a tie.
  • Or slacks, a button-down shirt, and a vest.
  • Or slacks, a button-down shirt, and a blazer.

Donts for Funeral Attire for Men

  • Avoid sneakers, athletic shoes, slides, and flip flops.
  • Avoid jeans or khakis.
  • Avoid shorts.
  • Avoid baseball caps.
  • Avoid graphic tees.
  • Avoid embellished jackets or pants.
  • Avoid overly casual attire.
  • Avoid tank tops.



↓ 20 – What A Man Should Wear to a Funeral:

The Traditional Suit

When in doubt, this is the quintessential and most appropriate attire to wear when attending a funeral. A traditional black suit is appropriate no matter your age, so rest assured. Simply pair with a well-fitting white button-down and a slim black tie. Black dress shoes are the preferred footwear of choice with this outfit. Do check out these 18 Best Winter Outfit Ideas for Men to Stay Fashionable and Cozy.



↓ 19 – What to Wear to a Funeral

The Gray Suit

A gray suit is a very good alternative to the traditional black suit. The color is muted and suits the tone of the occasion very well. Notice also the light gray shirt and understated tie. Charcoal gray or navy blue are also appropriate alternatives when it comes to the color of your suit.



↓ 18 – Classy, Stylish Funeral Attire For Men

While a suit and tie seem like the optimal option, this ensemble can show you a wonderful alternative that only requires maintaining a level of sobriety and modesty to keep within the proper bounds. A slim-fitting suit of black, deep dark green or navy blue is a wonderful alternative that is both classy and elegant. With this deep green, a coffee-colored button-down is the shirt of choice. Wear with black dress shoes and a matching belt for a stylish but modest look that won’t distract from the event taking place.



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↓ 17 – All-Black Funeral Attire for Men

For a stylish but conservative outfit, check out this ensemble.

All-black is very appropriate, and this is good for the gentleman who prefers less formal attire (or at least to go without a tie). Simply pair a black button-down shirt with slacks and a black dress shoe. (Do wear socks and make sure they are black or a similar dark color.) Top it off with a black suit jacket and accessorize with a statement watch.



↓ 16 – What to Wear to a Funeral in Cold Weather

We think this is an excellent choice for funeral attire during the colder season. A white button-down shirt is worn with a navy blue tie under a black pullover sweater. Opt for slacks with classic black dress shoes. Last but not least is a very warm, very stylish, but excessively modest coat that ticks all the boxes when it comes to appropriateness. Black gloves are the only accessory needed. Add a scarf if it is very cold.



↓ 15 – Stylish, Conservative Funeral Attire for Men

This look might not suit every guy, but for the one who knows he can pull it off, it is a very well-constructed outfit that still keeps within the limits of conservatism and sobriety that a funeral requires.

Start with a collared button-down shirt, preferably white or a very pale blue. Add a navy blue pullover sweater and slacks. This long jacket is plaid but very suitable as it keeps within the darker range of colors. Wear black dress shoes.



↓ 14 – What to Wear to a Funeral in the Fall

If you are interested in less formal attire, this outfit is a great option. It is best suited for a middle-aged to a younger man.

Pair a black turtleneck with a coffee-colored jacket, pants (in a pinch, these very dark-wash jeans are a suitable choice), and black boots. Keep accessories to an absolute minimum. This is a good ensemble for cooler weather, like during the fall.



↓ 13 – What to Wear to a Funeral in Winter (For Men)

A less traditional but certainly appropriate option is this black (with varying shades of navy blue) outfit. Perfect for winter or colder climates, pair a black turtleneck with slacks. These boots are black and not overly flashy so they are acceptable. You can add sunglasses and fingerless gloves for accessories, as well as a scarf if necessary. Here are the Best Outfits To Wear Long Down Coat.



↓ 12 – What to Wear to a Funeral In Summer

Attending an outdoor funeral during the summer is always a challenge, especially when dressed formally. The heat will likely be oppressive and you won’t want to showcase any unsightly sweat stains. This is another good reason to stick to darker colors.

You may, in this case, opt to remove your jacket (or simply not bring one at all) and wear a dress shirt with a tie and matching dress pants. You may go without the tie as well if this better suits you.

In this case, opt for a darker button-down shirt.



↓ 11 – What to Wear to a Memorial Service or “Celebration of Life”

Memorial services and celebrations of life are often held weeks or months after the funeral and therefore, it is appropriate to opt for less formal attire.

A simple button-down shirt with a charcoal gray jacket and dark-colored pants is a good choice. Most of the “don’ts” still apply so avoid graphic tees, tank tops, bold patterns, shorts, etc. Keep the look neat and tidy and wear dress shoes. Modesty is key.



↓ 10 – What to Wear to a Funeral If You Don’t Like Suits

It is not always necessary to wear a suit. You can wear a sweater or cardigan with a dress shirt, or one with long sleeves and a collar. Keep the color combination dark or if possible, black. Black slacks or dress pants will work with this attire. Try to avoid jeans, and remember to keep your tie muted.



↓ 9 – What to Wear to a Memorial Service in the Fall

For memorial services in the fall, you can wear a sweater with a dress pant and dress shirt, and as mentioned earlier, keep the colors muted and try to avoid prints which are very flashy or excessive. Add a jacket or coat if the weather calls for it.


↓ 8 – Alternative to the Classic Button-Down

A great alternative to the classic button-down-and-tie look is an outfit like you see here. This is an excellent option for a younger guy. Keep it modest with a high-necked shirt, appropriately muted by pairing a dark navy blue suit with a black shirt. Wear dress shoes.


↓ 7 – Modest Funeral Attire For Mature Men

This suit features extra detailing and is paired with a slightly unconventional shoe that is still conservative. This look is great for the middle-aged to mature man.



↓ 6 – Hugh Jackman Inspired Funeral Outfit

This is a modern take on the traditional funeral attire but still appropriate as it is not flashy or immodest. Add a tie for extra formality points and a dark coat if the weather calls for it.


↓ 5 – Simple Yet Classy Attire To Attend A Funeral

For the old-fashioned gentleman, you might consider this option.

A hat is always a classic piece and when paired with this conservative suit, it makes for a very decent funeral outfit. Good to wear in spring. Also, have a look at these 30 Best Charcoal Grey Suits with Black Shoes For Men.



↓ 4 – Elegant and Unconventional Suit For Men

A patterned suit in darker shades is acceptable. Avoid flashy ties and be sure you pair this outfit with appropriate dress shoes. Keep your accessories to a minimum; a watch is always a good and worthy piece.



↓ 3 – Special Dress Code At Funeral

As exemplified in this photo, this particular funeral clearly required a specific dress code, which meant long jackets for the gentlemen. Again, be sure to ascertain if there are any special codes of dress you need to adhere to when attending a funeral.



↓ 2 – Shirts & Ties For Funeral

Every gentleman should own a classic black suit. The benefit of a black suit versus a tuxedo is that it can be worn not only to black-tie weddings and cocktail parties but to sober gatherings, too. At a funeral, go with a white shirt and black tie. Save colors, patterns, and flashy accessories for a more appropriate occasion.



↓ 1 – Non-Traditional Semi-Formal Funeral Attire

For our last outfit example, we have decided to show you a less traditional ensemble that easily retains a sense of propriety whilst being only semi-formal.

The hat is optional, but it does add an element that ties in perfectly with the rest of the outfit. Simply pull on a deep black sweater (cashmere would make a great choice) and pair with dark-colored slacks or trousers. For footwear, you have some very standard dress shoes. Accessorize with a watch.



And there you have it. We hope this article helped you in your quest to find a perfectly suitable funeral ensemble. Whilst funerals are hardly a cause for celebration, at the very least, we hope this post took some of the guesswork and stress out of the event for you.

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