Dos and Don’ts in Photos
Do wear appropriate mourning clothes for a funeralWith the censurable invasion of the casual into every circumstance of life, it is becoming more difficult to find persons who know the rules of dress for a funeral. They are quite simple.
The photos on this page give us good examples that make the proper forms easier to learn. Above, we see a photo of the funeral of the Duchess of Cornwall's father, Major Bruce Shand, which took place on June 6, 2006. Camilla, the Duchess, is said to be the second wife of Prince Charles, although this title has not been universally accepted.
In the photo we see that she and other close relatives of Major Shand are wearing deep mourning clothes, which translates as full black. White shirts for men do not break deep mourning. Princes William and Harry are wearing light mourning, dressed in grey suits with black ties, as is appropriate for indirect relatives or acquaintances.
In the photo below, William along with some ladies are attending the funeral of his nanny, Olga Powell, on October 10, 2012. We see an interesting variety of light mourning clothes, that is, greys and dark blues for those who had no direct links of blood or marriage with the deceased. The Prince himself is wearing a navy suit with a black tie; the ladies display a distinguished selection of outfits of good taste, which reveals that mourning does not necessarily mean full black for all.
For gentlemen, it is appropriate to wear black, navy or grey suits, or even discrete sports coats, always with a black tie and leather shoes. Do this, no matter how addicted to blue jeans and tennis shoes you may be.
For ladies, follow the photos on this page. And, please, out of respect for the deceased, don't make a show of legs at his or her funeral; use below-the-knee skirts. A last point: Unless you are a close relative who cannot hold back your tears, do not use dark glasses indoors. You don't need to pretend to be in a delirium of sorrow and tears. This is another extravagant exaggeration made in Hollywood that should be avoided by persons of good taste.
Do wear appropriate mourning clothes when you go to a funeral.
Elaine M. Jordan