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leeeeenda
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leeeeenda
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I have all sorts of “black” things, but wondered how I can be appropriately solemn and still be stylish. My best so far is a black suit but with an off-white blouse. There is a party/wake afterwards. I don’t want to look like an Italian woman in mourning, but I don’t want to appear too over-dressed. Also, the weather is VERY cold.
Catholic Mass followed by fairly wild party.

posted about 3 years ago
splashofcolour
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splashofcolour
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Your suggestion is fine. A suit or a simple fitted style dress with a smart classic style coat or blazer are, in my opinion, the best choice of outfit for a funeral. You want to look smart but not too dressed up. Also, comfortable shoes! I can’t stress that point enough, there’s a lot of standing up singing hymms at catholic funerals (from my esperience) and generally a lot of standing.

posted about 3 years ago
 
opfiend
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opfiend
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I think your idea would work. I think modesty is also very important so the off white top should not be low cut.

posted about 3 years ago
 
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HAHA boy oh boy do I know about Catholic (and Irish) funerals! My funeral outfit is always a black boatneck fifties style dress with tights and heels, but I think your sounds great as well. The off white shirt keeps things from looking too black. I’m a dress girl though, so I’m going to advocate a simple dress.

posted about 3 years ago
 
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Your outfit sounds very low-key which is appropriate for a funeral, but far from matronly. It should transition easily from funeral to party. I’d like to experience that kind of funeral someday. Sounds interesting.

posted over 1 year ago
 
leeeeenda
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Since this February comment – I’ve unfortunately had to attend 3 more funerals… one was my mother’s. I picked a suit, black satin 3/4 length sleeves, covered buttons, lapel, with tiny pinpoint white dots. The skirt was sheer. I thought it was proper and not like people in black dress, black coat, black shoes.. The next day, at the gravesite – I wore a beige Ann Taylor suit with black round neck T – flat patent leather black shoes. My friend told me. “You can’t keep wearing the same things to funeral after funeral” Next was black skirt, silk blouse with tan oval-non geometric circles, but after party was “bring your Juicy’s and UGGs” Third funeral – I don’t remember it was so upsetting – I have no clue what I wore since it was a blur. Interesting topic but, a fact of life. Someone asked my ex-husband “who is that fashion model?” He said “My ex wife” ;-) 4" peep toe black patent heels helped me feel that little touch of “pop” – it is a celebration of life as well as the pain of losing a loved one. Honestly, one girl wore pedal pushers and flip flops. _

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I’m sorry to hear that you’ve experienced so many family members dying, especially your mother. My prayers go out to you.

posted over 1 year ago
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