What to wear when meeting the parents

Ok, don’t freak out. He has finally invited you to meet his parents and you want to make a good impression, but what do you wear??  I’d like to think I’m pretty good at looking put together without actually looking like I spend a lot of time putting myself together.  This is perfect for meeting the parents.

My first piece of advice is to stay within your normal style, but tone it down or up a bit.  If you normally hang out in jeans and a tee, add some cute shoes and a blazer.  If you normally wear 4 inch heels and a tight dress, choose something a bit more conservative or heels a little lower.  The worst thing you could do though is go totally out of your way so that you’re not yourself at all. Sooner or later they will find out your true style.   Below are a few ideas.

One thing I love is adding a statement piece that is either meaningful to you or has a story behind it.  Maybe it’s a ring you traded for at a pawn shop, or you scored a 500 dollar jacket for 100 dollars at a boutique.  Wearing something unique can open up conversation and maybe you’ll have something in common with the ‘rents.

What to wear when meeting the parents
The first outfit can be a casual lunch or an outing.  I paired a floral tank with a cardigan and a pair of very mellow yellow jeans to take it up a notch.  I added a neutral flat so you’ll be comfortable and chic.  The cardigan is nice because you might start to get a little toasty from all those nerves or you may end up eating outside.  You want to look weather appropriate.  The last thing you want to be known for is the girl who had a heat stroke.
The second outfit is a bit more formal.  This could be for dinner or a movie.  Maybe dinner at the parents’  house.  The dress is flirty and fun and the white blazer brings it together making you look tailored and sophisticated.  I love this dress because it is flattering on all figures.  Add a pair of classic pearl earrings and some comfortable wedges.
Finally we have the most casual outfit.  I like this outfit because it does not look like you’re trying too hard and still has a little edge  to it.  Maybe everyone is going to a concert together or playing pee-wee golf.  The shirt is loose and flirty and the boots add a little structure to the outfit.  I would curl your hair and throw it up in a ponytail for a care free, but still mature look.
What have you worn to meet the parents?  Any horrifying stories?  Any clothing tips?

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