You’ve been on dates, you’ve made if official, and now it’s time for the next big relationship step – meeting the parents. It’s always such a great feeling when your guy takes you to meet his ‘rents because it shows that he’s serious about you! But it’s also incredibly nerve wracking because you want to make the right impression and leave knowing that they approve of you, their son’s amazing girlfriend.
When it comes to making that impression, you definitely want to make sure you look the part, too. But just because you want to make that stellar impression doesn’t mean you need to skimp on your style and fashion savvy either.
So if you’re fretting about what to wear, here are 5 really great spring outfits for situation:
LOOK 1: The Backyard BBQ
Having a backyard dinner is not only a fun and casual way to meet the parents; it’s also really easy to get dressed for. Unless otherwise specified, jeans and a t-shirt will be the perfect look over some burgers and beer. Colored denim paired with some pastel/ombre nautical stripes is the perfect blend of spring color and prep, a boyfriend cardigan gives you a layer to warm up when the evening cools down, and the gold touch of the accessories gives some sheen and the slightest bit of edge while pulling the look together.
Cardigan: Each X Other Chunky Ribbed Cardigan ($265); Tee-Shirt: Equipment Aviation Striped Tee ($180); Pants: Sass & Bide Rumour Has It Lovestate Super Cropped Jean ($190); Shoes: Nine West Weslie Sandals ($69); Bag: Topshop Mini Sienna Padlock Bag ($150); Watch: Michael Kors Gold-Plated Chronograph Watch ($250); Bangles: Coach Pave Bracelet Set ($138)
LOOK 2: The Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market or Outdoor Brunch
There’s nothing more perfect than wandering around your local farmer’s market with your guy and if he’s been planning on you meeting the parents anyways then why not bring them along for a gorgeous day outside! It’s a fun way to ease the nervousness and pressure of meeting for the first time and it will definitely give you all plenty to talk about while still getting to know one another. An easy and flowing maxi with a straw wedge and fedora gives you a great mix of that breezy, boho, outdoorsy feel and it’s something comfortable to walk around in. Add some classic aviators and a bright colored bag and you’re set for a fabulous day out with your bf and his family.
Dress: Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Abstract Print Chiffon Hi/Lo Dress ($335); Shoes: Steve Madden Haywire Wedges ($80); Bag: Dooney & Bourke Drawstring ($385)
LOOK 3: Out to Dinner
If you’re meeting the parents for the first time over dinner, you may want to err on the side of caution and get a little dressier, unless for sure you know you’re going to a more low key, casual kind of place. One way to look fresh and put together is to go with a white/off-white monochrome-ish look for your meeting – white is a hot color for spring so you’ll get plenty of use out of your pieces, but it’s also sleek and sophisticated to help you make that great first impression. A pretty blouse, some smart white trousers, classic white stilettos with a twist, and some perfectly simple accessories (minus that small pop of color) will work fantastically. Just remember to stick to white wines/clear liquids and no red sauce on that pasta if you’re a little bit accident prone when eating (I can totally relate), but otherwise your look will go over just as well as your charming personality.
Top: Topshop Sleeveless Pleat Front Shirt ($40); Pants: Karl Lagerfelt Prudence Stretch-Crepe Wide Leg Pants ($249); Shoes: KORS Michael Kors Adrielle Pointed Toe Pumps ($275); Bag: Saint Laurent Y Clutch ($890); Necklace: J Crew Pastel and Neon Necklace ($165)
LOOK 4: You’re hosting at your place. You’ve decided to have everyone over to your place and while I can’t help you with the menu, I can certainly help with the attire! Anytime you host guests you’re usually running around your house like a mad woman making sure the food is getting cooked, everyone is comfortable, and drinks are filled so it’s always important to not only look good but feel good. This is where jersey pants and flats come into play – with this look you get to throw in some spring trend with printed pants, a comfy chambray top and some cute, yet cozy, colorful flats. The fewer accessories the better so you’re not constantly annoyed by taking them off and putting them right back on while cooking so an easy tassel necklace and a headband will add some oomph to your look without being a nuisance in the kitchen.
LOOK 5: Family Function. Sometimes you don’t just meet the parents but instead you get the whole shebang by being invited to a family function – don’t fret but instead think of this as a complement that he feels so confident in you to take you to meet all of his nearest and dearest! And while this is an awesome moment in your relationship, figuring out what to wear can be a little bit of a challenge, especially when you’re not totally sure if It’s super casual or really dressy. However, the nice thing about this situation is that you can a little edgier with your outfit choice since there will be so much chaos going on around you you’re not the total focus of attention, but you also want to look streamlined and put together because you’re still going to be some of it. A jumpsuit is a great way to take on this meeting – you can dress it up or down in a flash so if you get there and you’re concerned you’re a little too done up, ditch the blazer and the earrings to take some of the focus off your look. A great pair of metallic flat sandals is also a great shoe choice if you think heels may be too much. Printed jumpsuits are a fun spring touch, but a single colored or classic black will work just as well.
Jumpsuit: TopShop Leaf Print Jumpsuit ($120); Blazer: Rag & Bone Moto Silver Blazer ($535); Shoes: Forever 21 Scalloped Platform Wedge ($33); Clutch: NastyGal Electric Box Clutch ($58); Earrings: Dannijo Raina Earrings ($245)
Emiko Vaughn is a personal stylist and wardrober from Cleveland, OH. She currently co-owns and operates personal styling company Lageson & Vaughn with her business partner, Kirsten Lageson.