The Foolproof Guide to Dressing for the In-Laws

Thought tying the knot meant you could get off easy post-wedding? Not so fast. It still pays to put effort into how you present yourself in front of the in-laws.

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Start with khakis. 
But not pleated khakis. Consider these your impress-the-parents building blocks. They should feel neutral. Your Swiss pants.

Try this pair.

Add a cotton or linen button-front. 
Lightweight enough for summer, polished enough for parents. Choose plaid to show off just the right amount of personality.

Try this button-front.

Don’t forget a cardigan. 
Since there’s about a 50/50 chance you’ll be eating outside, layers are key. Have a neutral cardigan (navy or grey) on hand. Resist tying it around your waist.

Try this cardigan.

And remember: please and thank you. Bring wine. No elbows on the table. And compliments to the chef, no matter how much you abhorred those brussels sprouts.

Our Dinner with the In-Laws: Wear a Nice Shirt & Pants Boutique opened Wednesday, May 28, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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May 29, 2014