By Sarah Ellis
If youâ€™re in a new relationship, the looming holidays may mean you’re a tad anxious about meeting â€śthe family.â€ť Â Naturally, you want to make a good impression, and while itâ€™s whatâ€™s on the inside that counts, your appearance will speak for you before you even open your mouth. Â What you wear should certainly reflect your personal style, but try to move away from anything thatâ€™s terribly polarizing and stick with something simple and classic. Â That means no glitter or sequins, nothing too body-hugging, and nothing low cut or short. Â Those rules are pretty much a no-brainer, but not everyone keeps that in mind! Â You donâ€™t have to go as far as a turtleneck and pearls, especially if thatâ€™s not â€śyouâ€ť – but try to channel more Olivia Palermo … and less Kim Kardashian.
Stick with structured and ladylike, instead of sexy and fitted. Â Olivia knows how to work the classic pieces while putting her outfit together in a modern way. Â She doesnâ€™t look outdated or prudish; she looks fresh and modern – like she was personally outfitted by Ralph Lauren or J Crew. Â Here are some tips to help you achieve that look:
Tip 1: Choose great fitting basics. Â Find a color that flatters you. Â That might be a simple wrap dress, a great pair of boot cut jeans, or a tailored blouse. Â Youâ€™ll want the basics to be the foundation for the rest of your outfit.
Tip 2: Build with great accessories. Â This helps you look more polished and professional – and keeps you from looking too plain. Â Donâ€™t overdo it. Â You want to look like you cared enough to carefully choose your outfit, but avoid looking like youâ€™re trying too hard. Â You can wear multiple accessories, but choose one to be the focus. Maybe itâ€™s a statement necklace, or a scarf (perfect for the holidays), or a great structured handbag.
Tip 3: Poke around and see if you can find out how his family normally dresses. Â You donâ€™t want to show up in jeans to his family dinner if they typically wear skirts and dresses, and equally embarrassing would be to wear a fancy dress when his family is super casual.
So, itâ€™s not your appearance that will make them decide whether or not youâ€™re a keeper, but itâ€™ll ease your nerves as you meet his family and help with that first impression. Â Just like going to a job interview, you want to look qualified and pulled together. Â Look great, and youâ€™ll feel great!
Author Bio: As a newlywed, I am fully versed in making impressions on new family members. Â While I may not be a professional stylist, I pride myself on choosing fashion that looks polished and classic, and Iâ€™m always helping friends choose their first date and meet the parents outfits. Â Although Iâ€™m a writer for Handbag Heaven by day, outside of work I take joy in being a matchmaker, a newlywed, and a momma to my precious puppy, Luna.