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How to Dress for a Catholic Wake

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How to Dress for a Catholic Wake

I grew up in a small town where wakes were common. They were a place to come together as a community and mourn the loss of a loved one. While the tradition is still carried on today, there are many ways to do it correctly.

For those who aren’t familiar with wakes, here are some tips for how to dress for a Catholic wake.

Men

It’s not uncommon for men to wear a suit and tie to a wake. However, it’s not required. If you do decide to wear a suit, there are some rules for what you should wear.

For the pants, they should be black or dark gray. They can be wool or cotton, but should be pressed and fit properly.

The jacket should also be black or dark gray and pressed as well. The sleeves can be long or short, but it should always have a collar and button down front.

The shirt should also be white and pressed. It can have a collar or no collar at all, but it must have buttons down the front and sleeves that cover your wrists.

Sleeves are optional with this shirt, but if you choose to wear them they must be long enough to cover your wrists. The shirt must also not show any chest hair when buttoned up all the way (at least to your sternum).

For shoes, you may choose to wear either dress shoes or black boots that come up past your ankles (this is most common).

If you choose boots, they must not show any sock above the ankle when standing upright with both feet flat on the floor and arms hanging by your sides (or if you’re wearing socks, they must be black).

For your tie, it should be either black or dark gray. It can be wool or cotton, but it should always have a thin stripe pattern (no paisley or other designs). The tie should not show any chest hair when buttoned up all the way (at least to your sternum).

Socks should always be black and worn with the pants and shoes. If you choose to wear boots, they can also be black. The socks must not show above the ankle when standing upright with both feet flat on the floor and arms hanging by your sides (or if you’re wearing socks, they must be black).

Finally, don’t forget to wear a belt! It should be made of leather and buckle on the side. It doesn’t have to match your shoes or anything else you’re wearing.

Women

The rules for women are similar to men’s attire. For the most part, women should wear dresses or skirts that cover their knees when standing upright with both feet flat on the floor and arms hanging by their sides (or if you’re wearing pants, they must be black).

The color of the dress or skirt is up to you, but it should be pressed and free of wrinkles.

You can wear a top that matches your dress or skirt, but it doesn’t have to. The top should also be pressed and free of wrinkles. It can be a blouse, sweater, shirt, or even a suit jacket (with the skirt).

If you choose to wear shoes with your outfit, they must be black and either heels or flats. If you choose heels, they must not show any sock above the ankle when standing upright with both feet flat on the floor and arms hanging by your sides (or if you’re wearing socks, they must be black).

If you choose flats, they must not show any toe above the shoe when standing upright with both feet flat on the floor and arms hanging by your sides (or if you’re wearing socks, they must be black). They can either match your dress/skirt or shoes in color or complement them.

Your jewelry should match your outfit in color or complement it. No earrings are allowed for women in a Catholic church service unless you are receiving communion (you will need to cover them with small squares of white cloth).

The most important part of your outfit is your head covering. It should be white and cover all of your hair. It can be a hat, scarf, veil, or even a hat with a veil attached to it.

In Conclusion

Wakes are a Catholic tradition that is carried on today. They’re an opportunity for friends and family to come together in the midst of mourning the loss of a loved one. If you are planning on attending one in the future, it’s important to know how to dress for a Catholic wake.


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