Meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time can be a very stressful situation. You want to make a good impression so that they will like you but, in most cases, you will have an uphill battle ahead of you. In this situation, it is important to give them as few reasons to complain as possible so dressing in the right attire is imperative. Here are a few tips to help out.
1. Dress for the occasion
Regardless whether you want to impress your girlfriend’s parents or not, do not show up in a suit just because it is the classiest item of clothing you have. You need to dress for the occasion. A suit might be a perfectly viable option if you are meeting for dinner somewhere nice. However, if you are having dinner at someone’s home, a suit might seem like overdressing. At the same time, avoid being too casual. General rule of thumb is that it is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
2. Don’t wear anything too outlandish
Some people think that they can only make an impression if they wear something very striking so that it is easy to remember. Just because they will remember you does not mean they will do it fondly. Try to tone it down in the beginning.
3. Don’t coordinate your outfit with your girlfriend
This might seem like a good idea as it will make the two of you look like you match. However, parents rarely respond to this in a positive way. It just makes you look like an old married couple so avoid.