What to Wear: Meeting His Family

What to Wear: Meeting His Family
If you’re coupled up this holiday season, it’s likely that a meet and greet with your beau’s parents is in your near future. Lucky for you, dressing to impress your guy’s family is a topic I’m familiar with… Today I’m sharing an updated version of my Meet the Parents Style Guide. Read on for my tips to help you make a dazzling first impression when the occasion does arise…
What to Wear: Meeting His Family

For a Casual Sunday Brunch

If you’re meeting your boyfriend’s parents under casual circumstances—say, a weekend brunch—you should still dress a little nicer than you normally would. It would be a bit cheeky if you showed up to brunch wearing a black mini dress and gold hoop earrings, don’t you think? Instead, opt for a cowl neck sweater, skinny jeans, riding boots, and a classic purse. Classic, conservative style will win you big points in mom and dad’s book.

What to Wear: Meeting His Family

For Dinner at Home

If you’re meeting your man’s parents at his family’s house for dinner, your look doesn’t necessarily need to be dressy, but you should appear put-together and comfortable. A modest blouse paired with a feminine skirt, ballet flats and simple jewelry will tell them you’re sweet and confident. Keep your appearance prim and proper with natural makeup (minimal is best) and clean, simple hair. Also, adding personalized elements to your ensemble could be a great topic for conversation at the dinner table. Wear your favorite color or sport a special piece of jewelry that holds sentimental value.

What to Wear: Meeting His Family

For a Holiday Party

Keep your look demure, modest and pretty if you’re meeting the parents at a holiday soirée. You want to come across as a classy young lady, so choose something like a feminine lace dress, classic pumps, and a fun clutch. Make sure you aren’t trying anything too trendy or bold. Instead, have fun by adding complementary accessories to your look. Timeless staples will always get you more style points (and girlfriend points) than anything too experimental when the time has come to meet the folks.

Dressing the part is key in making a great first impression when meeting your guy’s parents. Focus on a look that channels classic, ladylike style and remember to be yourself. And while clothes definitely play a role in your presentation, what’s more important is how you behave: Nothing will knock their socks off like a confident, polite, self-assured and well-mannered young lady. And don’t stress, if he loves you then they most likely will too!

What types of holiday fetes are you heading to this season?

P.S. I’ve been seeing many requests for a Ladylike Laws blog about the correct etiquette to keep in mind when meeting your man’s parents. Stay tuned—this post is coming soon!

XO Lauren

Photo: Toast, Banana Republic, American Rag, Cambridge SatchelGetty Images
Categories: Ask Lauren, Dress Coding, Lauren Conrad, Style Guide, Wear
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  • Sarah Heckle

    I agree! I’m married, and I still follow these tips when we go to visit the in-laws. Dress modestly and like a lady, and they’ll love you!
    http://tulleandtrinkets.com/2012/12/19/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-truffles/ — chocolate chip cookie dough truffles, yummm!

  • Melissa Panici

    I love these tips and all of these outfits! I’m going to a Christmas party at my aunt and uncles house on Saturday but we all usually dress casual. I would probably pick the first outfit to wear that day.

  • prey pray

    Great tips. You would be amazed what I have seen some people wear to meet family.



  • alex jones

    No doubt that i will reefer it to my wife. Where ever she, must follow these steps around. I like the way share Lauren.

    Nice tips


  • Ashley S Wilson

    These are great tips and I think translate well into any situation that calls for more ‘appropriate’ dress. The first outfit looks so cute and comfy! I think I may need it for Christmas day!

  • Louminous

    These are such lovely outfits!
    I particularly love the casual one. I have been after a Cambridge Satchel for ages!



  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Love the brunch outfit! So casual yet put together.


  • Adrielle Adrielle

    I also made a post some time ago with ideas on what to wear when meeting the parents


  • Ashley

    Does anyone know where the dress is from in the ‘dinner at home’ outfit?

  • Deanne Castro

    Love all of these options!
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  • Mia Symoniak

    does anyone know where the sweater and jeans in the casual sunday brunch outfit are from? I love that whole outfit!

  • crystal lorree

    Cute outfits…I love the dress in “”for dinner”” at home””, though I might pair with leggings for meeting the ‘rents.

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  • Joanna Kim

    Cute outfits…I love this post

  • Joanna Kim

    This post was great!

  • The Fashion Careerist

    This will come in handy tomorrow!!


  • alex jones

    Nice Lauren! Your outfits are really ideal for us. I will do a tweet for you.


  • My Style Diary

    Nice Lauren, just on time! I’m meeting my boyfriends dads side of the family this weekend, so I will definitely keep these tips in mind when I’m picking my outfit :)


  • Nathalie Maxey

    Very cute options!

    XO Nat

  • Carol S

    So glad that’s behind me… Nice outfit though xoxo


  • Katy Johnson

    where can I find those brown boots? Have been looking for a pair forever!

  • Cesie Alvarez

    Such cute and simple outfits!

    Happy Monday!

  • Lena Ameri

    These are great ideas, wish I found it when I was planning my holiday party outfit! I found an adorable classic peplum red dress from Bebe that I paired with black pumps with subtle lace, a statement necklace, and delicate bracelet.

    Also don’t forget to do your nails! Moms always notice that stuff! french is always safe!

    Have fun! =)


  • Ashley Pearl

    I really want to get the “”Casual Sunday Brunch”” outfit!! Where did all of the items come from?? Brands etc? Thanks!! <3

  • Diop Mame Diarra

    I like all these ideas

  • Giulia Marchegiani

    Amazing combination!!!! love it!!!giulia

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  • Katehearts1D

    Wow! I love all of the outfits! Thanks:)

  • Emma Kreus

    Just in love of the “”Casual Sunday brunch”” outfit! So simple but also so beautiful!

  • Elle Slater

    Great outfits! Each ensemble embraces femininity, fun and class in a simple fashion.

  • Elisa

    I love the first outfit, it’s simple and cute, super outfit! <3

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