It’s bound to happen. At some point, your significant other will ask you to meet the parents. You’ll be walking on air, gliding along in those chic loafer platforms on a cloud of infatuation, and then — CRASH. That’s the sound of you hitting the floor of reality when you realize your relationship is about to Get Serious, and you don't know if you've got anything in your closet that'll walk that fine line between sophisticated and sweet.
Trying to impress a pair of parentals is a unique challenge and thus requires an appropriately singular sartorial strategy. Conversation starters in the form of an unusual knit, a cool print, or a shoe with a touch of sparkle are key. And obviously, avoid anything too-short, too-tight, or too-weird, unless you’re the lucky kid dating the child of ex-rockstars. So, click through and get playful with classic pieces for guaranteed positive attention, while still leaving room for your XL personality. Now don’t forget to smile — and breathe.