What to wear to a funeral

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Dressing respectfully is the most important thing.
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Death and taxes are the only two certainties in life. Even so, few of us have a ‘funeral outfit’ in our wardrobes.

Emotions can run high at funerals and the last thing you want to do is cause offence by dressing inappropriately. If you have a funeral to attend and you’re worried about what to wear, here’s a simple guide to help you make the right choices.

  • Follow the dress code. If you’re not sure it’s better to clarify with someone than guess and get it wrong.
  • Always wear a black or, in a pinch, a dark coloured suit – unless told otherwise.
  • Never wear casual clothing like jeans unless explicitly asked to by the family.
  • Pay attention to details like a tie, accessories and polished shoes.
  • Keep in mind the religious or cultural traditions of the deceased and their family, and be respectful.

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What to wear to the theatre

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What’s the dress code for the dress circle these days?
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There was a time when formal dress was compulsory for the theatre. A time when theatre-goers, especially those in the ‘dress circle’, had to be well-turned out. But is there still a dress code for the theatre? It seems that nowadays, there are no rules. And, in some ways, this makes it even more difficult to know what to wear. 

Though there’s no set code it’s important to look like you’ve put the effort in. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t wear it to a nice restaurant it’s probably too scruffy for the theatre stalls. That means no ripped jeans, shorts, or, heaven forbid, flip flops. Consider swapping the jeans for a smart chino, and ditch the comfy fleece for a sharp dress coat or jacket.

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What to wear to work when it rains

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Stay dapper in the damp weather.
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Let’s face it. You’re going to have to brave the rain at some point – unless you want to stay indoors for several months of the year. 

But there’s nothing worse than having to spend the day in soggy socks. Though we can’t promise you’ll stay bone dry, it’s possible to dress sensibly for the British weather. So how do you dress for rain?

Here are our top tips for staying dry and looking stylish:

  • Wear waterproof shoes with a non-slip rubber sole. Go for a pair in a dark colour so wet patches don’t show up.
  • Carry an umbrella. 
  • Avoid denim and other thick fabrics. These can take much longer to dry than lighter fabrics like cotton or moleskin…
  • … But wool is a good option for a winter coat. In lighter showers, the thick, woven fabric will keep rainwater from soaking through to your suit jacket.

Read on for more tips on how to look smart and stay dry.

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