Holiday style: Fashion advice for meeting the parents
Think sophisticated, not sexy
By Brett Olsen and Ashley Oerman
Your man loves your decolletage, but his mother shouldn't have to see it. No low-cut tops or miniskirts (your hemline should extend to just above your knee, at least). Add opaque tights for extra warmth and modesty.
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Skip the stilettos
An intimate family gathering at home is not the place for sky-high heels -- you don't want to look like you're trying too hard. Try flats or a kitten heel instead.
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Wear a bra (seriously)
We don't care how thin those straps are on your dress, or that the back dips down. Showing up at his grandmother's house without a bra is a sure way to be an outcast. Trust us, she'll notice.
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Choose simple accessories
Wear your grandmother's antique chandelier earrings, or a delicate gold necklace. Think pretty, not flashy.
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Leave your denim at home
We know denim can be dressed up or down for any occasion, but his parents may think it's disrespectful. Dress slacks or a pencil skirt are stylish options, especially if a religious ceremony is involved.
Go with natural nails
A few coats of neutral polish are a great alternative to your festive nail art. You want his mom to see you and think Duchess Kate, not Lady Gaga.
Keep your perfume light
When in doubt, skip your signature fragrance -- your scented shampoo and soap will be more than enough. You don't want to give his grandpa a migraine.
Skip the lipstick
Wear a lip stain or gloss instead -- it's less likely to stick to your teeth, which is never a good look.