Question: What should I wear when meeting the parents?
Answer: Meeting your partner’s parents for the first time is a nerve-racking experience that can either go super smoothly or cause a rocky start. You want to make a good first impression, and the first step to achieving that is picking out a tasteful outfit and makeup look. The good news? This is the easiest part of the preparation!
Fashion is all about location, location, location. So, dress based on where you’re going. If you’re meeting the family for dinner at their house, then stick with a casual look. For dining in a restaurant, step up your game a bit and go for something more dressy. Researching the restaurant before you go is a fabulous way to see what you’re getting yourself into, and will help you match your outfit with the restaurant’s atmosphere.
You want your boyfriend to think you look hot, but you don’t want his parents to think you’re too, um, promiscuous. Luckily, there’s a delicate balance that’ll make everyone happy. If you’re going for a more casual look, try pairing a dressy blouse with a pair of classic, non-ripped jeans. A collared chiffon shirt with a cardigan thrown over it gives an air of sophistication without looking too dressy.
Depending on the weather conditions, dresses can also be a lovely choice. Be sure your hemline doesn’t reach too far above your knee, to avoid giving any family members an unexpected “show.” Go with a hi-low skirt to show off some leg without looking too flashy.
Accessories, like a cute statement necklace or some dangly earrings, can help spice up your look. When it comes to shoes, stick with ballet flats. They’re cute, comfortable and demure looking. Plus, if the folks have carpet in their house and insist that you shouldn’t take your shoes off, heels are going to make it impossible to walk around at all.
After you’ve picked out an outfit, hair and makeup are next on the list. You’re going to want to blow his parents away with your beauty. The best way to do this? Keep it simple. Stick with your usual skin routine by covering up any blemishes and smoothing over your face with foundation.
A swipe of liquid eyeliner over your lids for a cat eye and some mascara is enough to draw everyone’s attention. If you want to spice it up a bit, swipe some shimmery neutral colored shadow over your lids. Your boyfriend will appreciate the subtlety, and his parents won’t feel like their son is dating a clown.
Your hair style should mimic your makeup routine; keep it as simple and natural as possible. If you’re having a bad hair day and prefer to opt for an up-do, try something subtly chic like a braided bun or a slicked back pony. Pulling your hair away from your face, whether in an up-do or half up half down, will prevent any distractions during dinner conversations and draw attention to the most important part of the meeting: you!
Now that you have your outfit, makeup, and hair style picked up, the worst part of the preparation process is over. Meeting the parents may seem scary, but the fact that your partner is introducing you means that you’ve already made the cut. If he loves you, his parents are sure to love you just as much. Just have fun, be yourself and let your personality shine through your perfectly crafted dinner look!