There are those that believe that funeral wear is restricted to nothing but black long-sleeved dresses and shirts and ties.
However, the modern funeral is often less of a torturous affair than the old Victorian funeral traditions of head-to-toe black might account for.
Many people now choose bright colors to be worn at their funeral.
Etiquette dictates we not dress overly casually for a funeral – but does that include leggings?
You can wear leggings to a funeral if you stick to the color code requested. Normal funeral wear is black, but you may be asked to wear bright colors. If you are wearing leggings to a funeral, formality says you ought to wear a skirt, too.
Can I wear cropped leggings to a funeral?
You should not wear ¾ length or short leggings to a funeral. Revealing clothing is considered bad funeral etiquette. A longer, full-length legging is better in this case.
What color leggings can be worn to a funeral?
If you have not been told what colors to wear at a funeral, then assume you should wear black. This means black leggings, too.
If you have been told that everyone is wearing the deceased’s favorite color, or that everyone is wearing bright colors instead, then wear those.
Funerals are incredibly specific to the individual who died. They may even have planned their funeral while they were still alive. If you are unsure about how to dress, contact a member of the extended family (the immediate family will be grieving) and ask if there is a dress code.
These 5 Leggings You Can Wear to Funeral
- Best for Plus Size Ladies: Zerdocean Women’s Plus Size Leggings
- Best for Compression: Homma Premium Thick High Waist Leggings
- Best for Comfort: Cuddl Duds Women’s Stretch Legging
- Best for Quality: Spanx Look at Me Now Leggings
- Best for Winter: Baleaf Women’s Fleece Lined Legging
We all know the struggle of finding a good fitting legging. A large legging often fits a medium-sized lady, and so on. Many of us struggle with the S/M/L sizing because it is outdated and unhelpful. These leggings are a “true” plus size, which means they start at 16-18 and go all the way up to a 28-30.
The Modal fabric makes for a soft and breathable legging that is easy to stretch. These are funeral suitable leggings that come in a solid black. They are perfect for wearing underneath a dress. We do not suggest wearing them solo for a funeral.
Why I Like It:
- They are a genuine plus size
- Lightweight for a heavy day of mourning
- If you wash in cold water, you can add to the stretch
These leggings area spandex and nylon blend, which gives them a four way stretch. They are available in a variety of colors, but you will probably want black at a funeral. They will help you maintain leg gains for all those women who would normally be at the gym.
Compression aside, these leggings are seamless, another blessing that stops the pesky twisting of most leggings. They have a high-rise waistband that is contouring in the waist, leading to a better-defined hourglass figure.
Why I Like It:
- That definition is ideal for a dress
- They are full length
- They have 4 way stretch
These leggings have a super-soft texture that is extremely comforting for those who are grieving. The softness of the Modal fabric combined with the 7% spandex stretch, allows for a material that simultaneously grips and caresses the skin.
This pair have a hugging effect that makes a gorgeous silhouette. However, they will not alter than silhouette like the compression leggings will. They have a crossover waistband for comfort and are lightweight, giving the softness of the material.
Why I Like It:
- They are so plush!
- Machine wash for ease
- They are comfortable enough to sleep in
These are available in plus sizes which is a great way to begin. They also carry the SPANX brand name, who have been making leggings with added support for decades now. If you want to buy one pair of leggings that you will have for the next few years of use, then make them SPANX leggings.
They have slim build incorporated into their design, with a double-layered waistband that controls the stomach area. This gives the hourglass shape and lifts all the places you want that extra support. They can be worn alone but we recommend a skirt on top for a funeral.
Why I Like It:
- They have the Spanx reputation for quality
- They are so supportive
- They have plus size and multiple color options
Firstly, these leggings have pockets, so let us all have a moment of appreciation. So, few leggings have pockets nowadays. They come in a varied mix of colors. With a polyester/spandex blend, they wick away moisture while simultaneously keeping you warm.
These are tall leggings, sure to fit even larger ladies. They have a high waist and a long inseam so you can be sure of a comfortable fit. That high waist gives you a great shape, and it has flatlock seams, so you do not chafe.
Why I Like It:
- The high waist prevents muffin top
- There is a gusseted crotch
- The flatlock seams are comfortable and do not pinch
You can wear leggings to a funeral but be sure to wear something on top. A skirt, dress, or even layered suit pants will all help keep your outfit modest for church. A modest outfit is important for a funeral, so remember to stay away from revealing clothing.
Leggings suitable for a funeral should be black or adhere to the dress code. They should be full length, and you should also think about thermal properties if you are going to be standing by a graveside in the cold and wet.
Don’t forget you can read about which leggings go with that regular bra for sports, over in our article about Gymshark.
The watchword here is “respect”. If you wear something respectful and appropriate, you cannot go wrong. Leggings can be part of this but only as an underlayer.