Things are getting serious, and you're joining your S.O. over the holidays to finally meet the parents. First impressions are a one-time deal, and whatever you do during this first meeting will be forever emblazoned in their memories, becoming fodder for how they describe you to fellow family members. Freakin' out? We thought so.
Fear not. It's okay if you're awkward. You'll be nervous, and they'll expect a bit of anxiety from you. But, you don't want to actually feel uncomfortable. As in I-shouldn't-have-worn-this-shirt uncomfortable. You need clothes that are easy to move in, holiday friendly, and give his/her parents the "right idea." And, while we're pretty sure you know plunging necklines are out of the question, it can be hard to get sartorial inspiration when you're spending all your time thinking of interesting icebreakers and catching up on global politics, lest you be questioned. So, we're gonna give you one less thing to worry about. Ahead, three perfect outfits for meeting the folks. And, remember: Just be yourself.
Channel Alexa Chung
If Alexa Chung has taught us anything, it's that a Peter Pan collar is the perfect combination of chic and endearing. There's something very sweet about pairing this blouse with a skirt and grown-up Mary Janes. It's mature, but not matronly. And all about the subtle details, like opting for a fine gold bracelet rather than a statement necklace. And, brocade, like we see in this top, may just be the perfect holiday material.
Clockwise from top left: Kate Spade Gigantic Swiss Dot Tights, $25, available at Kate Spade; Paul & Joe Sister Guimard Brocade Top, $128, available at The Outnet; Grace Lee Diamond Bezel Bracelet, $455, available at Steven Alan; Jil Sander Knee Length Skirt, $750, available at The Corner; Repetto Babies Viva Shoe, $338, available at Repetto.
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Make a Midi Moment
If you find yourself unable to abandon your city-slicker look for a weekend — or longer (gulp) — you've gotta strike the right balance between statement pieces and basics. A dark-colored midi dress offers the length you don't usually get from, say, a cocktail dress, and you'll get the feeling of the uniform you crave from your wardrobe. Build around the dress with a statement necklace and jacket that channel those same neutral tones. And, if you work an ankle boot that's a bit higher than your everyday kicks, it's an automatic upgrade.
Clockwise from top left: Anthropologie Torch Lake Bib Necklace, $58, available at Anthropologie; Topshop Side Zip Midi Dress, $58, available at Topshop; Neil Barrett Shearling Panel Wool Coat, $1,581.24, available at My Wardrobe; Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Rose Petal, $24, available at Sephora; Dune Natties Chelsea Heeled Boots, $176.20, available at ASOS.
Have a Pants Party
Maybe it's all the perusing we've done through our own family photo albums, but there's something about the holiday gatherings of yore that made things seem so chic. Pulling inspiration from something your mother likely wore in the '60s, this outfit relies on the cigarette trouser and loafer. The drop earrings add a touch of femininity to an otherwise menswear look, while a chunky sweater has "comfortable" written all over it — just be careful not to dip into the ironic Christmas genre.
Clockwise from top left: Suzanna Dai Vienna Drop Earring, $200, available at Scoop NYC; H&M Sweater, $39.95, available at H&M; J.W. Anderson Cigarette Trouser, $437.99, available at Farfetch; Michael By Michael Kors Tierlyn Loafers, $150, available at Lord & Taylor; Coach Madison Small Kelsey Satchel, $228, available at Coach.