I recently attended a funeral and noticed that a lot of women were not wearing black and some were wearing pants. I always thought one had to wear a black suit or dress. What is appropriate to wear?
In respect for the solemnity of the occasion, you do not wear sunshine yellow or your favorite red ensemble, but you don’t have to wear black. You may wear black, and many women do, but a range of not-bright colors, from navy blue to various gray tones to olive or dark green or a deep burgundy are perfectly fine, and it is also fine to wear pants as long as they are more formal than casual, worn with a jacket or subdued but dressier top, such as a tailored shirt, cardigan sweater or tunic. You wear shoes appropriate to your attire, not flip flops or sandals. Men must usually wear a suit and tie or jacket and tie with slacks.