As most of you know, my husband's grandfather passed away late last week. We had the funeral on Monday and since my husband was one of the priests officiating at the funeral service, we arrived quite early and I was able to watch mourners arrive. I cannot even begin to tell you how appalled I was at the way people were dressed. It seems to me that people have forgotten the proper way to dress for a funeral.
Here are some words of wisdom on the subject from Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, author of A Guide to Elegance:
"A woman who attends a funeral dressed in a conspicuous manner shows proof of a total lack of good taste and good manners. Even if you are not a member of the immediate family, you should dress in black, or at least in whatever you own that is most dark and neutral, and you should wear no jewelery. During the course of a year it is unfortunately likely that you will be obliged to attend a funeral ceremony, and you should prepare for this eventuality in planning your wardrobe.
The best choice, aside from a black suit of wool in winter and linen in the summer, is a dark gray flannel ensemble, both of them worn with a black hat, gloves, shoes, and bag."