What to Wear to Impress Your S.O’s Parents on Thanksgiving Day

You’re already captured your S.O’s heart, but his or her parents’? That may be a different story. Whether they’re as profoundly intimidating as the Obamas or more posh than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, making a great first impression is key. The first step? A solid, family appropriate outfit. Gain some inspiration from these outfit ideas that will help you get through Thanksgiving Day with your S.O’s family in style. (P.S.: Don’t forget a hostess gift!)

The Power Couple

Are his ‘rents Ivy League-educated, politically minded, chic AF, and basically the ultimate power couple á la the Obamas? You’ve got a tall order to fill, starting with your style. Slip into a smart dress then add elevated accessories like an asymmetrical clutch and sculptural earrings that can also serve as a talking point when the conversation lulls (“Quite reminiscent of Frank Gehry, no?” ).

Zara Masculine Coat, $189; zara.com

Proenza Schouler Crepe Knot Front Dress, $1,950; modaoperandi.com

Cos Large Contrast Shape Earrings, $25; cosstores.com

Rosetta Getty Black Pointed Heels, $595; ssense.com

Nancy Gonzalez Angular Crocodile Clutch, $1,950; saksfifthavenue.com

The “Basic” Parents

A sweet couple like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds will most likely love you no matter what, so stick to easy staples like a flattering dress and trench coat. It’s a universally pleasing, “I’m the daughter you’ve always wanted” kind of outfit.

H&M Jacquard-Weave Dress, $70; hm.com

Alex Monroe Heart Frond Rose Hook Earrings with Pearl Drop, £156; alexmonroe.com

Banana Republic Short Peplum Trench, $178; bananarepublic.com

Rupert Sanderson Aga Suede Ballerinas, $449; stylebop.com

The At-Home Comediennes

If your S.O’s parent is a connoisseur of dad jokes (or mom jokes!), prep yourself with a casual and lighthearted outfit. Wear this cheeky coat by Anya Hindmarch to…egg them on at the dinner table.  (Ed note: We know Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossidon’t have kids, but how fun would they be as in-laws?!)

Anya Hindmarch Eggs Virgin Wool Coat with Mink Fur, $2,750; stylebop.com

Frame Nouveau Le Mix, $449; frame-store.com

Dolce Vita Marley Boots, $240; dolcevita.com

Cos Knotted Leather Shopper, $250; cosstores.com

Madewell Lakeside Peplum Shirt, $72; madewell.com

The Posh Duo

You may not fool them into thinking you’re also a member of high-society, but you can brush up on your knowledge of equine sports and look the part in this matching plaid set by J.Crew.

J.Crew Double-Breasted Coat, $378; jcerw.com

J.Crew Mini Skirt, $110; jcrew.com

Ariat Two24 Palencia, $589; ariat.com

Joe Fresh Polka Dot Blouse, $34; joefresh.com

Larsson and Jennings Norse, $335; larssonandjennings.com

The A-Listers

When it comes to an intimidating duo like Kimye, we suggest you double down in an elegant lewk.This sleek outfit isn’t exactly autumnal, but it’ll definitely leave them thinking highly of you.

Mango Bow Pattern Blazer, $130; mango.com

Stella McCartney Malorie Strapless Wide-Leg Wool Jumpsuit, $2,783; matchesfashion.com

Gianvito Rossi Caribe Plexi Satin & PVC Pumps, $795; barneys.com

Black Sea Mamounia Minaudiere, $1,895; blackseacollection.com

& Other Stories Metal Spring Hairclip, $19; stories.com

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