By Justine Namara
Dress code may not be foremost to the minds of most people when they have lost their loved one and minding about ‘what to wear’ is the last thing to worry about. Some may just grab whatever they behold at the moment.
While most of the Ugandans were mourning the loss of our beloved singer, there is of course another ‘click’ of mourners who were there to notice and critique what everyone especially celebrities showed up wearing for his funeral.
Commonly in traditional Uganda, the funeral dress code was not a big deal really. From the colours and any other wear, it was as long as someone is not indecent and that’s all. These days everything has changed and people try to pick black clothes and are mindful of what they have to wear at a funeral.
While at the Late singer Mowzey Radio’s requiem mass at Lubaga cathedral, most people were seen in black but comments were all over Facebook about how some of them were simply ‘slaying’ in too much make up and expensive ‘sunglasses’. One will wonder why really sun glasses yet there was no sun inside church. But anyway, what do we do when it is a fashion takeover?
Dress code options
In my opinion, avoid mini-skirts, low-cut blouses or dresses, and ill fighting jumpsuits. You don't want to draw attention to yourself. Women may wear skirts and blouses, dresses, or pantsuits that don't emphasize your curves, cleavage, or too much leg.
Keep your accessories simple. You may find yourself walking in the grass or on uneven ground, so, leave your stilettos for clubbing and wear more sensible flats or low-heeled shoes. Don't wear a floppy hat that's meant for a day at the beach. Jewellery should be understated, so, leave your noisy bangle bracelets and sparkling necklaces at home.
Make it as comfortable as possible for you to be around people of different beliefs. You wouldn’t want to alarm people from the village since most of the funerals here happen in villages.
Make up should also be as simple as possible especially for those that can’t hold back tears, it would look dramatic having mascara lines. Too much make up also may seem disrespectful considering that this is a sad moment for everyone and it is not the time to show off the artistic face bits.
For the case of men, do not wear vibrant ties in case of suits, you may need to opt for something subtle and conservative like t-shirts in dark colours since bright colours may seem a centre of attraction.
Being simple at the funeral shows respect for the occasion and avoids unnecessary drama and embarrassment.