How To Dress When You're Meeting the Parents Apr 18, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)

We’ve all been in a position where we’ve had to meet the parents of our new significant other, and we’ve all been nervous. We want to give a really great first impression (and second impression!) But we also want our personality and style to shine through as well. With some simple styling choices, you’ll fit right in with the new family!

The LBD (Little Black Dress)

A flattering little black dress is always a great choice. Pick one that has a long hemline and isn’t revealing, pair with a nice pair of pumps or some ballet flats and minimalistic jewelry. You can add a scarf, or look for a dress that has some added elements like pockets, an interesting neckline, or a bow accent!

A Great Pair of Pants

Find a trendy pair of pants! Look for bright colors during the summer or darker colors during the fall/winter. If it’s spring or summer, you could even pull off a pattern like floral and pair with a nice light shirt. Cigarette pants or wide-legged pants are always very flattering and imply professional elegance. You can pair both with either flats or pumps. It’s up to you and what you’re comfortable with.

The Proper Jacket

If you’re going through all of the motions to put together the perfect outfit, you don’t want to wreck it with a frumpy jacket. Opt for a ladylike jacket that fits your current outfit. If you’re wearing a dress or skirt, try and find a jacket long enough to cover the bottom of your skirt, or if it’s a dress try and find a jacket that has a similar hem. If you have pants on, you could wear a jacket at any length, but ensure if gives you the silhouette that you’re looking for, whether it’s synched in at the waist, or loose on top and tight on the bottom.

A Silky Blouse

A silky blouse is one of those articles of clothing that can be sexy without being too sexy. You can pair a silk blouse with basically anything. If you want to be a bit more casual, pair with jeans or some faux leather pants. If you want to dress it up, you can pair it with a pencil skirt and heels.

The Perfect Purse

Figuring out what size of bag to bring with you can be tricky. You don’t want to bring something overly large and bulky, but you want to be able to bring the items that you know you’re going to need. You need enough space to pack the makeup you’ll need (for touch ups!), your wallet/card case, and your phone. If you desperately need to bring more, just try and keep a larger purse as unobtrusive as possible, using neutrals or darker colors.

Final Pointers

The above items can be paired countless ways so creating an outfit should definitely be fairly easy at this point. Here are some extra pointers if you’re still somewhat unsure of what you should be wearing! Put a little effort into your hair and makeup. Let your personality come through in your outfit – don’t be afraid to build an appropriate ensemble around your favorite piece, color, or pattern, just pair it with these styling choices and remember: no low cuts, no minis, no fishnets! Always go for knee-length (or lower) skirts and dresses. Stylish and classy! Meeting the family might be difficult but try to let the best you come through, and if you can have a little fun it makes the outfit (and the evening) a lot better!

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