It’s the most wonderful time of year again: time to decorate your home, cook delicious dinners, find perfect gifts for your friends and family, and… prepare for a holiday with the in-laws.
It can be a terrifying prospect, especially if this is your first time meeting your significant other’s family. What should you bring as a hostess gift? What should you cook to contribute to the family supper? And, perhaps most importantly, what should you wear to make the best impression?
Never fear! We’ve lined up some ideas for you that include all types of holiday occasions and affairs. You’ll be dressed to impress if you follow these simple guidelines.
Here’s what to wear if…
…Your boyfriend’s family is traditional and formal. This is the family that brings out the fine china and uses several forks at dinner. For this occasion, wear a just-above-the-knee-length dress (no cleavage!) and a nice jacket or cardigan. Spice it up with accessories as always, but keep it classy, not too funky. We’d suggest plain tights and no more than three-inch heels to finish off the outfit.
…You’re joining his laid-back family for a cozy celebration. For this type of holiday affair, we’d suggest a more casual approach. Choose a more casual dress or a nice pair of jeans with an embellished top. Go for flats or boots instead of heels for occasions like this. We love flowy tops or sparkly, embellished sweaters to go with your skinny jeans.
…You’re spending New Years Eve with his hometown friends. For this event, go all out! This season, we love sparkles, bold patterns and asymmetrical dresses; partner those with a stunning pair of heels and some bold accessories and you’re ready for a night out on the town. If you want to wear tights, we’d suggest a bold, funky pattern or a shimmery finish.
…You’re going last-minute gift shopping with his mom and sisters. This is the perfect occasion for skinny jeans, a cute blouse or a comfy sweater, boots and your favorite coat. Be sure to layer; you’ll have to be able to adjust to indoor and outdoor temperatures while you’re trolling the outlet mall for great deals. Don’t forget your favorite handbag to complete your outfit.
…You’re helping him babysit his four little cousins. Kids are adorable, but they love to be rough-and-tumble and aren’t always the neatest eaters. Wear your good old blue jeans and a nice comfy t-shirt, cardigan or sweater; perfect for playing with the kiddies. Avoid big bold accessories and dangly earrings to minimize damage to your jewelry and the kids.
If you’re not sure what type of holiday celebrations you’ll be walking into, don’t worry. Just be sure to pack a few versatile mix-and-match outfits; for example, a plain black pair of skinny jeans can be dressed up with a cute blouse and heels, or dressed down with a comfy sweater and flats. Bring along your best basics in an easy-to-match color scheme and you’ll be ready for any occasion.
CakeStyle is a personal shopping service for busy women. Your CakeStylist takes your fit and wardrobe needs and hand-selects four to six outfits for you each season, consulting with you along the way. Then, you receive a box of clothing and accessories in the mail along with a video explaining each look – try everything on at home, keep what you love and send back the rest. Shipping both ways, and your stylist’s services, are free!