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Engagement Etiquette: Dressing to Impress When Meeting the Parents

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So you've reached a point in the relationship where it is time to meet your girlfriend's parents at a formal dinner. You've planned answers to the questions you may be asked during dinner, but when you look in your wardrobe, you see nothing formal. Before you hit the panic button, try the tricks offered here so you can put your best fashion foot forward and wow her folks.

The Dinner Shirt

Generally, a crisp white or black shirt is sufficient; however, if you feel adventurous, opt for a pastel pink one. In terms of the texture, our professional recommendation is to choose an oxford weave.

Why Choose Oxford Weaves

Oxford is one of the most popular cotton fabrics used in the shirting world today. The Oxford weave resembles a subtle basket-weave pattern and has a lustrous finish. Variations on the traditional Oxford include:

  • Pinpoint Oxford
  • Royal Oxford
  • French Oxford

All these variations feature fine white yarns introduced into the weave to add contrast.

Evening Jacket

Once you have your shirt nailed, you have to decide on the all-important jacket because this is a key element of your overall appearance. Therefore, we recommend you go with a 100% cashmere wool single buttoneddinner jacket with a peaked lapel.

A nice slim fit jacket with slant pockets and double vented at the back would be suitable styling. If you prefer something different, browse ourSuit Styles Gallery for styling variations.

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In terms of appropriate colours, most evening jackets are black, but a dark grey or charcoal jacket is equally acceptable. We do recommend you stick with a solid colour as opposed to pin stripe or other pattern as it is best to appear conservative when you're unsure of the parents' fashion tastes.

The Attitude

A clichéd term is to “think positive” but it does work. You can assist your positive attitude by dressing well, and you'll find wearing finely tailored clothing automatically boosts your confidence.

You've spent many enjoyable dates taking your girlfriend to your local pub or a bistro, but it was always a casual affair. Isn't meeting her parents stressful enough without adding the pressure of figuring out what dress code matches "nice-formal?" No worries,Montagio Custom Tailoring has got your back with expert advice on what to wear as well as what to avoid.

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