With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about relationship milestones and there’s none more significant than the first to decide if you and your partner have a future: meeting the parents. So for any of my readers that might be prepping for the occasion, here’s my failsafe guide to what to wear and what to say:
Appearance is key: always err on the side of caution, and if it’s a weekend brunch that’s planned I recommend you change out of last night’s makeup before you arrive. Smoked salmon served with a side of smokey eye is not an appetising starter!
Parent-proof your look: make sure your clothes aren’t too skimpy but still show off your gym-honed bod. That way you won’t threaten mom, (but you might still win over dad!) Yes to knee-skimming dresses, silk blouses and pleated skirts. Leave the hot red dress at home and pick out some pale hues instead. Luckily for you, pastels are set to be a key trend for SS15.
Divide and conquer: a married couple can seem quite a formidable team at first but divide them and you can win them over. Moms require praising: compliment her home, her cooking and her son. And dad? He just wants to know he’s still visible.
Pitch in: while you don’t want to ruin your new manicure, you do want to appear less than useless. Offer to help set the table or clear it, but I recommend you scope the kitchen for a dishwasher before you offer to help with the washing up 😉
Gifts: if you want to make an impression, always bring a gift. Nothing too expensive, but a bouquet of flowers will go a long way and potentially make up for any indiscretions that might occur while you’re there…Low maintenance you may not be but let no one say you aren’t thoughtful 😉
Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments below and share some of your experiences meeting the parents!
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