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Very sadly, a former colleague of mine passed away very unexpectedly recently. I will be going to his funeral, which I've been told is 'casual dress'.
I've never been to a funeral, so this has got me stumped... I know it's not about clothes etc but I want to show respect by looking appropriate. Was thinking of wearing a black, knee length jersey tube type skirt, black tights, probably black ankle boots (flat). I'm a bit stumped for the top half... if it's casual, is a black top too much? Would another sombrely coloured top be appropriate? Assuming I can find one that is, as my wardrobe mostly centres around clothes suitable to crawl around the floor after a toddler in?? I could get a dark blue plain top, perhaps...? I have a navy blue round neck fitted jumper, might that be ok?
I would take 'casual dress' to mean 'come as you are'. No need to stick to dark colours and wear something suitable for crawling around after a toddler if you feel comfortable in it. Sorry for your loss
I'm sorry to hear this. He sounds like a good person.
I think what the family mean is, 'We really don't care what you wear - it will just be nice if you can come'.
My guess is that there will be a mix. Some people will probably still be smartly dressed e.g. because they've come straight from work or are going back to work afterwards. Others may be in jeans. The point is that the family won't care or probably even notice.
If it was me, I'd probably err on the side of caution and a tube skirt or black, smart-ish jeans and top in a dark colour is pretty much what I would choose. I'm sure the last thing his family would want is for you to go out and buy something.