Originally Posted by Sam Hober
Thank you for sharing what is correct to wear to a funeral in Sweden. I live in Thailand and I am always learning new things about cultures that surprise me. Can you please share with us why white tie is used in Sweden?
Learning interesting facts about clothes is one of the reasons that I enjoy this form so much.
The tie with flowers that you linked to is an interesting and peaceful choice.
I suggest that you go with what makes you feel comfortable in terms of design and texture.
A white grenadine silk is also an interesting choice. It is hard to get a good photo of a white silk but here is a white grenadine:
A closeup to better show the texture:
Thank you for your interest and comments.
Apparently, according to Fonus (the funeral bureau I linked to) the background is the following: A few decades ago most male funeral guests were supposed to wear white tie (with white shirt and black suit). Distant relatives/friends could alternatively wear black tie. So most people would wear white tie as I interpret the text.
These days though, only the very closest family wear white tie. The rest wear black tie. According to some source, you wear white tie only
if you are the father, the son or the husband of the person who's died. Some other source say that you can also be a grand son or grand father wearing a white tie.
According to Fonus, both black and white are colors of mourning.
Concluding; I personally believe you can always wear a black tie but if you're closely related, you can definitely also wear a white tie.
I haven't found the reasons for these "rules".