Visiting your significant other’s family over the holidays can be realllly stressful. Navigating a different family dynamic than you are used to, possible personality clashes, differences of political opinion – all highly stressful situations!
And usually, you want to be on your best behaviour when you are in their domain. There are lots of ways you can remain on your best behaviour, but since this is a fashion blog, I’m going with this: Don’t sit down to dinner in your pyjama pants and a giant hoodie. And I know – when you are with your own family that is like de rigeur. What else would you wear when you’ve been stuffing food in your face for days, watching tons of movies, and not leaving the house!?
What I’m trying to say is…your family already loves you. You want THIS family to love you too.
So, you should dress nice. Not only because of the impression that you are giving them, but consider the confidence you get when you put on your favourite outfit. My Mom always tells me to “fake it until you make it” and this is an example of doing just that. If you wear things that you feel like yourself in, you will be more confident and more comfortable over what can be a trying couple of days.
And I’m definitely not advocating dressing safely. If you have a certain style, stay true to it. Respect yourself, and they hopefully will too.
Check out my ‘comfortable yet confident’ outfit after the break:
See? All the things I love…pretty and classic jewelry, jeans and a fun sweater. I can really feel like myself in this.
Of course, sometimes you need something a little dressier.
If you have a formal dinner or a party to attend with your SO’s family, or if you are tagging along to their place of worship it is a good idea to have a dress and some heels. This dress is a little conservative but that is not a bad thing. It is not overly festive either, but that is also fine. I recognize that most of you don’t want to look like a walking disco ball of the time (unlike me). Pair it with some classic jewelry and you are good to go!
So there you go! Visit with confidence! They will love you.