Meet the Parents | What to Wear


As a girl who has hit the Big Four Oh My Gods and celebrated our eleventh wedding anniversary this year, it’s been a while since I’ve had to Meet the Parents. I still remember the stomach-churning nervousness though and the utter conviction that I had to make the best possible impression. Life or death scenario! At least that’s what it felt like at the time.

A few things are a given in any Meet the Parents situation – you want them to like you. You want them to think you are a suitable person to bear the next generation of their family (you might not be thinking this at the time, but I guarantee his mum is!).  You want to look pretty but not boring, well groomed but not overdone and fashionable but not, I repeat not, what his parents may consider to be inappropriate (read tarty).  Now is not the time for peekaboo bra straps, denim underpants cutoffs, sky high heels you can almost walk in or slogan tees – you know the ones.

There is one magic garment than can achieve all these things – a dress! I’m a big fan of dresses – there is no need to mix and match and coordinate. All the hard work is done for you. You automatically look like you’ve made an effort when you haven’t, which is a definite plus. Not to mention one of my life mantras.

As I wanted to style this outfit with a young woman’s budget in mind, Target was my obvious choice. I wanted something demure and pretty but with a twist and I found this beautiful fit and flare dress in pretty Teaberry. It’s not too formal but could easily be dressed up. It’s got a hint of retro in a very pretty colour, the boyf will love you for making such a stellar effort, Dad will appreciate the girliness, and Mum will approve too. Perfect!

Add a quirky cute cardigan, some comfortable yet cute sandals, a pair of pretty floral earrings and a colour pop tote, and express your personality with coordinating yet clashing tones of coral, peach and pink, anchored by the black band of the cardigan and the shoes.  The cropped cardigan is cut perfectly to sit just on your waist, with the contrasting knitted waistband creating a visual illusion of drawing your waist in.


Shop the Style

Ladies Laser Cut Fit & Flare Dress in Teaberry | $49 | so versatile | click here to purchase

Hot Options Zebra Print Cardigan | $39 | love the quirky zebra print | click here to purchase

Hot Options Oversized Slouchy Multi Way Bag in Coral | $40 | a classic bag with a colour pop twist | click here to purchase

Magnolia Wedge Sandals in Black | $35 | comfortable and walkable | click here to purchase

Green Flower Design earrings | $10 | oh so feminine and retro cute | click here to purchase (sorry, these are now out of stock – Editor)

Maybelline Color Show Nail Colour in Chiffon Chic and Keep Up the Flame | $5.95| love a coordinating yet not matchy matchy mani-pedi | click here and here to purchase

Total outfit is under $175 head to toe


There you have it – the perfect outfit in which to meet the parents. You’re stylish yet comfortable, wearing an pretty dress, cute walkable shoes, sweet accessories and a quirky cardigan to add a splash of fun!

Now, off you go and make a first impression so fabulous his parents will be urging him to make an honest woman out of you!


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  • Lisa Mckenzie - 12 October 2013 - 10.29 am

    LONG long time since I have done that also about 30 odd years ago but a very pretty outfit indeed!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 12 October 2013 - 9.08 pm

      Oh, yes. That is quite some time ago. If there’s ever a time to be pretty in pink, it is this occasion!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - 11 October 2013 - 9.41 pm

    My outfit was decided for me when I ‘met the parents’ – I was still in my school uniform! Ha!
    LOVE the cardi. And the dress. And everything!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - 11 October 2013 - 12.44 pm

    How cute is that cardi?!

    The one and only time I ‘met the parents’ was when I was 17 and slightly tipsy from attending an 18th earlier that night. Underage drinking aside, I must have made an okay impression as I have had a smooth sailing relationship with my in laws from day one!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 12 October 2013 - 9.09 pm

      Of course they loved you, Melinda! I’m very tempted by the cardi. Do not be surprised to see it in my OOTD posts soon! xReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - 11 October 2013 - 12.36 pm

    That’s a great look. Love it! xReplyCancel

  • Sonia - 10 October 2013 - 2.18 pm

    The last time I “met the parents” was nearly 9 years ago and it was by total accident. Chris decided to call into home (his parents place) while we were on our way to the beach – so I met his parents in a tank top, denim mini and Havi’s. Not the best first impression, but we’re married now so it musn’t have been too bad!
    Love this outfit you’ve put together, Kim-Marie. I want to go and buy that dress and cardi!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 10 October 2013 - 2.44 pm

      Oh, I’m glad you liked it! I’m very tempted by the cardigan too. And the dress. And the shoes!

      Bless, that’s a lovely story! I met the Welshman’s parents when we went out for the day, and went for a walk in the national park. I wore a Ralph Lauren navy polo shirt and 3/4 pants. Seriously. I blame the 90s!

      Of course his parents loved you, babe. Who wouldn’t?! xxReplyCancel

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