When you are invited to a viewing, the invitation should specify the dress code. If the dress code isn’t specified, you should dress in a way that shows respect for the deceased and the mourners. You should also consider your relationship to the deceased and the mourners. For instance, if you are close with both of them or have known them for many years, or have had a long-standing relationship with either of them, then you should be dressed more formally than if it is someone that you aren’t very close with or have only met once or twice before.
Here are some general guidelines to follow:
The idea of what to wear to a viewing can be stressful enough.
The idea of what to wear to a viewing can be stressful enough. It’s incredibly important to dress appropriately for the person you are going to see, as well as keeping other mourners in mind. Most people know what to avoid wearing (such as jeans and t-shirts), but there are countless people who have racked their brains trying to figure out what exactly is appropriate for a viewing, especially for one that is not of a family member or close friend.
Always follow the dress code or suggestions of the family.
If the family has a specific dress code listed on the burial details card, follow it. If not, be conservative and respectful in what you wear. Dress to honor the deceased and their family during this difficult time.
A plain colored blouse, skirt, or pant suit that is not too revealing or tight fitting is appropriate for women. Men can wear khaki pants with a button-down shirt or polo shirt.
If you are a close friend or relative of the deceased, it’s common to wear black at the viewing and funeral.
What Not to Wear to a Viewing◦If you’re wondering what not to wear to a viewing, keep these things in mind:
If you’re wondering what not to wear to a viewing, keep these things in mind:
- Bright colors. There is nothing wrong with wearing a bright color, but it can be distracting, especially if the rest of your outfit is subdued. If you want to wear something brightly colored, try pairing it with something more neutral or muted for comfort and balance.
- Flip-flops, shorts and t-shirts. Unless the event is taking place outdoors on a hot day, avoid flip flops and shorts. You want your outfit to be respectful of the occasion, so dress conservatively when attending any funeral or memorial service. Remember that you are dressing for others as well—you don’t want to take focus away from the person who has passed on by wearing inappropriate attire! Also remember that flip-flops will likely get wet (and possibly muddy) if any walking outside is required—not ideal when trying not to attract attention!
- Hats. Unless they are part of your religious tradition (such as a yarmulke), hats should only be worn during a funeral or memorial service by men in formal attire (tuxedos). They may also be worn by some clergy members in certain denominations at their own discretion—but make sure it’s appropriate for their religious tradition before wearing one yourself!
How to Dress for a Viewing of an Acquaintance◦If it’s someone you know, but not well, you’ll want to dress in somber, neutral tones.
What to wear to a viewing and funeral
When attending a viewing and funeral, it’s appropriate to dress in formal attire. However, it is not necessary. Many people are more comfortable dressing casually, especially if they don’t want their clothes to go unused after the event is over. If this is your preference, stick with dark colors and avoid anything too casual or revealing. If you do opt for formal wear, consider wearing something that you could re-wear in the future without thinking of sad memories associated with the outfit.
At any kind of visitation or funeral service for someone you know well or love dearly, an outfit that makes you feel confident is always a good choice. This will allow you to focus on comforting others instead of worrying about what other people think about what you chose to wear.
How to Dress for a Viewing of a Close Friend or Relative◦Though it might seem like black should be your only option for funerals and viewings, that isn’t always the case.
Though it might seem like black should be your only option for funerals and viewings, that isn’t always the case. It is important to dress conservatively, in colors that are muted or dark – but never white.
- What to Wear to a Viewing of a Close Friend or Relative
◦Though it might seem like black should be your only option for funerals and viewings, that isn’t always the case.
◦It is important to dress conservatively, in colors that are muted or dark – but never white.
- What To Wear To A Viewing If You Are Not Close With The Family◦Black is not an absolute must in this situation, but you still want to look respectful.
◦As long as you aren’t wearing white or anything flashy, you’re good!
No matter what your attire choice is, remember when at the viewing or funeral; it is about showing respect for the deceased and consoling their loved ones.
Regardless of what your choice of attire is for a viewing, remember that it is about showing respect for the deceased and consoling their loved ones. Attending a viewing or funeral should be treated like going to an interview or meeting with the boss. You want to make sure that you dress appropriately in order to show respect and compassion.
If you are uncertain about what attire to wear, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. It would be preferable to look overdressed than underdressed at a funeral or viewing. If you are unsure as to whether a particular outfit is appropriate, ask someone who knows the person well what they think would be appropriate attire.
Attending a viewing is not like going to church or attending any other type of formal function. It is, however, more formal than visiting someone at their home. When deciding what to wear to a viewing, consider the clothing you usually wear when visiting that person’s home. Be sure to use proper judgment and understanding of your relationship with the deceased with regards to how much you should dress up or tone down your attire. If you are close with the family, chances are they will expect you to dress up as they do. If you are an acquaintance, it’s best to blend in by wearing somber colors and dressing appropriately.
A viewing is meant for family and friends of the deceased to come together and share memories of their loved one while expressing grief over his/her passing. To honor this tradition, allow your attire speak softly with grace and respect on behalf of yourself and those who have been affected by the loss shared within the community grieving at that time