by Alison Syrett Cleary
"Meeting parents doesn't make you nervous, does it? I have to stop by mother's to get something," my then-boyfriend/now-husband stated more than asked as he veered off the highway. Stunned, I looked down and surveyed my outfit: a tattered denim mini skirt, rubber slide sandals and a deep V-neck tee. Not exactly the first impression I wanted to make. But before I could open my mouth to protest, he pulled up in a driveway, opened the driver's door and motioned for me to follow suit. I was stuck.
The following winter, he invited me on a trip to visit his younger brother at Carnegie Mellon in Pennsylvania. His father, whom I had never met, would also be coming. Overcompensating for my surprise encounter with his mom, I arrived at the airport wearing a thin sweaterdress, ankle-strap flats and one change of (very similar) clothes. What followed was a freezing, uncomfortable flight and one awkward afternoon spent in Pittsburgh as we drove around looking for a placeRead More »from 7 Stress-Free Style Tips for Meeting Your Boyfriend's Parents