Thursday, March 31, 2011

Things Every Girl Needs: The Funeral Dress

Today's guest blogger for Things Every Girl Needs is the lovely (and witty) Danielle from Elleinad Spir.  Her site is one of my daily reads since I believe we'd be IRL friends if we lived in the same state.

I'm doing a guest post on her site today - so please head over when you're done here and check out many (more) ways to style the J. Crew Jackie cardigan!

Thanks Haley for having me (hi, Danielle from Elleinad Spir) here to contribute to “Things Every Girl Needs”. While I am here, Haley is over at my site with a post. Please visit her there.

I think everyone over the age of about 21, maybe younger, needs one good black dress. I hate to say it like this, but what I am really saying here is that everyone needs a funeral dress. Now, it doesn’t exactly need to be a dress, it could be a suit. And it’s really more functional than just for funerals, it would be good to have in case of any interviews too. I say “funeral dress” because I think it is something good to have in your closet. Trust me, when you are grieving, the last thing you want to do is have to think about what to wear. And we all know that even when we are down, it helps to put on something that fits us well and looks nice.

I think everyone should find a simple and classic, black, navy or dark grey dress (or suit) and keep it handy. JCrew, Banana Republic and Boden all have great options for between $150-$250. No matter what time of year, they always will have one that fits the bill.

I happen to think this is one area it is worth spending some money. If you get something well made and classically styled, it will last you for years. However, if you prefer to switch it out often, change sizes frequently, or just want a more reasonable option, there are more than a few at Target that would be perfect.
Thanks for stopping by, Danielle!  This post made think of the Sex and the City episode where Miranda was crying in a dressing room because she had nothing to wear to her mother's memorial service.  Nobody wants that - heed her advice.

If you'd like to submit a post for this series, send me an email and we'll schedule a date!


  1. I had forgotten about that episode! And the girls all come to be with her. Great show. And yes, I agree we would be IRL friends! Thanks again for having me here today.

  2. That is one of my favorite Sex and the City episodes. And I agree with the need for a good funeral outfit. So sad but true. When dealing with a loss the last thing you want to think about is shopping for something appropriate. Better to just have it hanging in the closet.

  3. Very wise and very true! Everyone needs something they can grab and be able to focus on everything else. xoxo

  4. SO, i just found your blog and was attracted to the title! i'm a cardigan junkie too and just counted mine (after seeing your count) long as i counted correctly, i have 18 too! weird, huh? great blog-- i have a black wrap dress that has gotten quite a bit of funeral use! please stop by my blog!

  5. You're right on with this. It's sad but true.

    Honestly, I would say everyone 18 and up. My father recently passed away and my sister (who is 19) and I ended up running around for a few hours the night before trying to find something she felt comfortable in for the funeral.

    A lot of people coming out of high school don't have any nice clothes. I had some choices because I work in an office, but she wears t-shirts and jeans everyday and didn't have anything.



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