If we had to compile a list of the top ten most nerve-wracking experiences in life, meeting your other half’s parents has got to be pretty high up on that list. It doesn’t matter whether you are in school and they are your first love, or if you are a divorcee meeting your partner’s aging parents for the first time – it’s still intimidating! It could even be argued that the older you get, the more threatening it gets – as the pressure to make it work is greater. After all, that person could be your new husband in a few year’s time! Everyone is concerned about making a good impression, and the way you dress for the occasion can have a direct link to the way in which you act and the way you are perceived. Of course, the outfit you wear also depends on the context in which you are meeting the parents. For example, if you are doing something outdoorsy, you will need to dress accordingly – which typically doesn’t mean anything that glamorous. But in most cases, you will probably be meeting them in a semi-formal environment, which means you will need to dress up to a certain extent. Here are some top pointers for how to nail the ‘meet the parents’ outfit, so they’ll not only be impressed, but they will leave loving you.
When it comes to makeup for this important day, there is a very fine line between getting it right and getting it very wrong. There is, of course, no golden rule that says you have to wear makeup at all. But most women would agree that wearing it gives them a little boost of confidence, which can be especially useful for an event like this. With that being said, however, it’s important not to overdo it. Wearing too much makeup can easily give off the wrong impression, so try and aim for a more natural look. Go easy on the foundation, or if you feel comfortable enough simply opt for some concealer or a tinted moisturizer. Keep eye makeup to a minimum – anything overly dramatic will appear too intense or even scary. A little bit of eyeliner and a few lashings of mascara will do just fine. Remember, you want the real you to shine through – you don’t need to distract from your personality with lots of dark makeup!
How much skin to show
This is a difficult one, especially if you are used to getting dressed up to the nines. The golden rule is to try to keep reasonably demure for meeting your partner’s parents or family – but that doesn’t mean you need to cover up entirely. If you already know that you are going to a nice restaurant for dinner, browse a selection of formal dresses so that you look the part. Make sure that whatever you end up wearing isn’t too low cut, or that it shows too much leg. Typically make a point of avoiding bodycon skirts and dresses too – they are fine for a night out with your friends, but something quite so clingy might not go down as well with his mom and dad!
If your partner’s parents are good decent people, they probably won’t judge you on where you get your clothes from. Plus, if you don’t already wear high-end stuff, there’s little point in going out to buy an expensive designer piece you’ll only wear on one occasion. But make sure that whatever you do end up donning for the night is in good condition. Anything with a stain on, fraying edges or even just something that’s a bad fit gives off the impression that you don’t take any pride in your appearance. This leads the parents to believe that you may also be slobbish and lazy – definitely not what you want them to think! Make sure that your clothes are clean and free of creases, and that you choose something smart and tailored. A good option for a smart casual parent-meeting-outfit is a crisp shirt, a pair of tailored trousers and some heeled boots. It’s practical and shows that you make an effort with how you look but doesn’t make you seem shallow or self-absorbed. Meeting the parents of someone you really like can be incredibly daunting; but if you can walk in there with a killer outfit, the whole thing will be a breeze!