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What To Wear To a Funeral in The Summer?

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Deciding what to wear to a funeral when the weather is warm can be a challenge. On the one hand, it’s a relief not to have to worry about it being cold and wet on such an important occasion. On the other, you don’t want to end up feeling uncomfortably hot.

Woman Choosing Clothes for Summer Funeral

If you’re wondering what to wear to a funeral in the summer, you’re in the right place. Our specialist team of female funeral directors have put together a brief guide on dressing respectably for services while staying cool and comfortable. Read on to learn more.

Ladies wear for summer funerals

Skirt / dresses

Skirts and dresses are a reliable go-to for a funeral on a hot summer’s day. It is perfectly acceptable to show your legs at a funeral, providing the skirt is no shorter than knee-length. Ideally, you should also wear thin tights for formal occasions.


If you do wish to wear trousers, then opt for a soft, thin fabric that fits loosely around the legs. This will ensure good air circulation and the trousers won’t stick to your skin if you start to sweat. Loose fitting cotton or linen trousers are great options for preventing sweating, but you should avoid casual denim fabrics at funerals.


If you wish to wear a thin jacket with your outfit, then go ahead. At most services, it is acceptable to remove your jacket if you get too warm, providing that the top or dress you have on underneath is smart enough alone.


Turtlenecks and long-sleeved are perfect for funerals, however, they may be too warm during the summer. A plain or floral short sleeve or three-quarter length sleeve top or blouse will work fine as long as the neckline isn’t too low.

Sheer tops and vest tops are a no go. Even though they’re a summer wardrobe essential, it’s best to avoid any tops that reveal too much skin at a remembrance service. You should also avoid tops with flashy embellishments or slogans.

Men’s wear for summer funerals

When it comes to deciding what to wear for a summer funeral, men have fewer options, as traditional funerals do expect a formal suit or jacket. However, not all funerals adhere to strict dress codes, so check with the person organising the service to find out what’s appropriate. Either way, men will usually be expected to look smart.


Check if you are required to wear a jacket before you attend the service. If you are, opt for a lightweight jacket made from linen, cotton or polyester. You should also opt for understated colours such as black, navy, brown or grey. Dark colours are most common for funerals and they’re also better for disguising sweat.


Shorts and flip flops are usually not allowed for funerals, however tapered chino style trousers that reveal a little ankle will keep you cooler and should be acceptable for more relaxed services. Otherwise, stick to tailored trousers made from cotton or linen to keep your comfortable.


Long-sleeved shirts are still the norm at funerals, which isn’t ideal in a heatwave. Because of this, you’ll want to choose your fabrics wisely and opt for a shirt made from cotton, chambray or even bamboo. These fabrics allow airflow to pass through freely, helping sweat evaporate easier.

Read more: What to Bring to a Funeral Service

Expert funeral advice in Bristol

Choosing what to wear at a funeral in the summer may be the least of your worries, but it’s wise to consider your comfort during such a difficult day.

Dressing for a funeral in warm weather isn’t always easy given the nature of traditional funeral dress codes. However, services are evolving and not all dress codes are the same, so ask ahead of time to make sure you know what’s expected and opt for lightweight fabrics to keep you cool.

Whether you’re in need of a local funeral director near you or you have questions about what to expect on the day, contact our friendly Bristol funeral directors today on 0117 956 4796 or email for support.

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