No matter how you describe your relationship with your S.O. — a head-spinning whirlwind; a natural upgrade from friends to lovers; a partnership of kindred spirits — meeting the parents is pretty major. Whether you're the kind of person who seeks approval or could care less about it, getting the nod from your boo's support network just makes life easier. So, to that end, you want to present yourself at your very best: polished, poised, and stylishly self-aware. Ahead, we've got four real-girl outfits that you can master in minutes. All you have to do is brush up on your small-talk skills and conquer your nerves. Anything for love, right?
Photo: Courtesy of Prissy Savvy.
Just because you're trying to make a good impression doesn't mean you can't have some fun with color. The secret to pulling off an eye-popping hue? Pair it with crisp, neutral pieces, such as a white button-up, a gold collar, and sleek nude pumps, à la Priscilla of Prissy Savvy. A tiny dose of leopard print ties the bright and subdued shades together perfectly.
Clockwise from top left: Clare Vivier Leopard Foldover Clutch, $210, available at Royztager; Forever 21 Boomerang Bib Necklace, $8.80, available at Forever 21; Moschino C&C Saffron Tailored Pants, $222, available at Stylebop; ALDO Livergnano Pumps, $80, available at ALDO; Mango Pocket Textured Chiffon Blouse, $39.99, available at Mango.
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Another easy way to showcase your personality? Slip into a statement skirt — in this case, a bold, midi-length circle skirt that's equal parts ladies-who-lunch and ahead-of-the-curve. Follow the example set by Poor Little It Girl blogger Cathy Anderson, and pair your graphic-print number with a feminine top, flattering ankle-strap heels, and a berry lip. And voilà, you're ready to roll!
Clockwise from top left: Marni Polka Dots Cotton Poplin Skirt, $710, available at LuisaViaRoma; River Island White Burnout Flower Embellished Front Top, $80, available at River Island; Ivanka Trump Fabian Ankle Strap High Heel Pumps, $135, available at Bloomingdale's; Anne Klein Silver-Tone and Black Watch With Leather Strap, $85, available at Lord & Taylor; cK one Color Pure Color Lipstick in Miss Me, $16, available at ULTA.
Photo: Courtesy of Fashion According to the Menu.
First off: This outfit, spied on Trisha Renee of Fashion According to the Menu, might seem like something from an advanced-placement course on personal style. But, when you break it down, it's not so hard — and it will work for every body type. Start with a bright, textured sweater — you might not be able to replicate Trisha's vintage paillette-embellished number, but a fuzzy or sequined option works just as well. Then, add a pencil skirt in a bold black-and-white print, and keep to the same color palette for your clutch. Finish with a nude lip and chic heels, and you're on-trend without seeming over-the-top.
Clockwise from top left: Topshop Boutique Brushed Mohair Jumper, $140, available at Topshop; Owls Wake Up Floral Damask Patterned Small Clutch, $20.57, available at Owls Wake Up; H&M Pencil Skirt, $17.95, available at H&M; Sara Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Gloss, $18, available at Sara Happ; Urbanog Lulu-6 Strappy Lucite Pointy Toe Pump, $29.60, available at Urbanog.
Photo: Courtesy of Rock and Sole Style.
It can be hard to dial down an edgier sense of style for more low-key occasions — after all, your S.O. loves the way you dress, right? So, if you're determined to incorporate a bit of flash into the look, we highly recommend the daytime-sequins route. This matte-ified take on glitz, inspired by Rock and Sole Style blogger Arlita, is A-OK for a casual brunch meeting with the 'rents, thanks to the girl-next-door appeal of a classic jean jacket and white tee. Add a pair of subtly sexy pumps and a timeless satchel, and no one will question your sparkle.
Clockwise from top left: Robert Rodriguez Distressed Sequin Track Pant; $159, available at Intermix; J.Crew Long-Sleeve Painter Tee, $25, available at J.Crew; Kate Spade Grove Court Maise Satchel, $348, available at Kate Spade; Mossimo Supply Co. Denim Jacket, $34.99, available at Target; Vince Anya Pump, $375, available at Piperlime.