A clerical or charcoal grey suit is now widely acceptable and some families specifically ask mourners not to dress in black. A white shirt and black tie, preferably a matte barathea tie, should always be worn.
A gentleman only wears a black suit if he already owns one and is usually from one of the Mediterranean counties. An Englishman can be seen as overdressed if wearing black at a funeral. Bartlett & Butcher have a wide range of suits to buy and both grey and charcoal suits to hire.
The only colour worn as an accessory might be purple, often referred to as "Cadbury purple" which is now widely chosen for weddings.
For a state funeral, and when requested, a black morning coat is worn with traditional striped trousers and again a white shirt and black tie. A black top hat is necessary at state funerals and palace ceremonies.
Another option is a short black jacket, also worn with the traditional striped trouser and striped or black waistcoat. This style of dress will nearly always be worn by the funeral directors. Bartlett & Butcher hire both morning and short black jackets suitable for funerals.
Bartlett & Butcher specialise in funeral dress hire in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and all the Home Counties.