What to Wear and Where to Go: Meeting His Parents

Where: Washington, DC
What: P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge
You could take his dad to the spy museum – no man can resist that place. Or bring mom to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton sculpture at the Capitol and show your suffrage solidarity. Instead, check out P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge, which is one of the swankiest bars in DC where you get a front row seat to the District’s amazing monuments. Regale them with a little local knowledge and they’ll think you’re fit to run for office. Just steer clear of politics unless you’re SURE you lean the same way. Wear: Prabal Gurung, Margaret Elizabeth Earrings
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    Whatever you do, don’t stress. He finally popped the question – no, not that question – the dreaded, “would you like to meet my parents?” question. A lifetime of wardrobe worries flash through your head – “What do I wear? Pretty but not sexy? Fashionable but not funky? Is cleavage appropriate? Ahhhh! Like we said, don’t stress. We’re here to help. We consulted our venue experts over at Party Earth who graciously picked out the spots that help you come off as cool, but not trying too hard; smart, but not a know-it-all; and fun, but still taken seriously. Oh, and we also selected some thoughtful threads to pair with them so his parents can start guilting him into asking you those other dreaded questions…
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    NYC
    Where: New York What: The Met Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar If you’re looking to break the ice with a few pre-dinner drinks – you don’t need to hit the bars in NYC – head to the Met Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar instead. The views are stunning – Central Park at sunset anyone? – and the martinis are nicely chilled. There’s always a new art exhibit on the roof (scope it out first to impress with some art history) and you can rest assured his parents will walk away thinking that you’re sophisticated, stylish, and definitely smart. Wear: Elie Tahari, Kenneth Jay Lane
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    San Francisco
    Where: San Francisco What: Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences You want to come off as fun, adventurous, and cool all at once? Take his parents out for a little San Francisco nightlife. No, don’t go to a bar – instead hit up Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences. This adults-only Thursday night features a full bar, good music, and the entire museum at your disposal. Show off some of your constellation knowledge at the planetarium – and we mean astronomy, NOT astrology – keep your signs to yourself! Wear: Missoni, Chanel.
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    Chicago
    Where: Chicago What: ROOF on theWit If you’re looking to dress up and show off your sophisticated side – then it’s time to take it up a notch. And by a notch, we mean 27 floors up to one of the most stylish bars in Chicago: ROOF on theWit. With stunning views, amazing cocktails, and out of this world architecture, his parents might start asking you for interior design tips. Cushnie et Ochs, Judith Leiber.
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    LA
    Where: Los Angeles What: The Hollywood Bowl If you’re looking for things to do in LA to impress his folks, spend a little extra and get one of the box seats at the Hollywood Bowl. Here you can listen to Dudamel compose a masterpiece while dazzling his mom with your culinary cunning. Bring a picnic basket filled with homemade goodies and a bottle of Pinot and they’ll know their son will never go longing for a home-cooked meal.Haute Hippie, Kenneth Jay Lane
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    DC
    Where: Washington, DC What: P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge You could take his dad to the spy museum – no man can resist that place. Or bring mom to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton sculpture at the Capitol and show your suffrage solidarity. Instead, check out P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge, which is one of the swankiest bars in DC where you get a front row seat to the District’s amazing monuments. Regale them with a little local knowledge and they’ll think you’re fit to run for office. Just steer clear of politics unless you’re SURE you lean the same way. Wear: Prabal Gurung, Margaret Elizabeth Earrings