How to dress to impress the future mother-in-law this Mother’s Day
It’s late February. This means:
- Winter is nearly D.O.N.E. Over. Kaput
- You’ve survived Valentine’s Day (we’re guessing you didn’t opt for garage forecourt flowers)
- Mother’s Day is just around the corner (Sunday 15th March FYI)
- The Wedding Season is on its way
- It’s only 10 months to Christmas.
Whilst anyone with a GCSE in Maths will tell you that point number five is indeed true, we are all aware that, right now, this is not a pressing matter.
The real pressing matter of it being late February is indeed the fact that Mother’s Day is ‘You-Hooing’ to catch your attention. And if you’ve proposed this Valentine’s Day, or you’re just due the first ‘meet and greet’ with that special woman who might become your future mother-in-law (FMIL), it’s time to take things seriously. Very seriously, because as we’re all well aware, mums are hard nuts to crack.
To give you a helping hand into her good books, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile this rather natty little outfit from the folks at Racing Green. The look that – we hope – will win over your FMIL.
Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up. Shoes. You might not think twice about them, but believe us, they’re kind of a big deal. What you put on your feet says a lot about you. So don’t give your FMIL an excuse to crinkle her nose when she glances at your footwear. Wear a solid pair of quality brogue boots (now £75; was £110) and you’ll stand every chance of making it through the front door.
Step into the hallway (navigating your way around the large spider plant), and she’ll be asking for your coat right about now. Yes FMIL, at first glance this short jacket (reduced to £44 in sizes S and L; was £110) may look like leather (racy!), but in actual fact it’s 100% cotton (dependable!).
Move into the living room, and it’s time to take a seat (not Dad’s comfy chair in the corner for heaven’s sake!) Ah, that’s better. As you sip your cup of PG Tips and engage in all that awkward early-stage chit-chat, we bet she’ll be eyeing up your shirt. It’s the Sykes Chambray Grandad Shirt (£38), and boy does it scrub up well. Light grey, 100% cotton, and showcasing a rather neat bit of detail in those vertical seams.
Flash a hint of sock and she can’t fail to notice they’re a little on the ‘quirky’ side (£12). Which gives you a big fat tick in the box for ‘not too stuffy for my darling offspring’. (Oh yes, that box definitely exists).
Finally, tie the look up with a sturdy pair of jeans (now £36; was £45) and she’ll be whisking you into the kitchen for an afternoon sherry in no time at all.
Hands off FMIL, this guy’s taken!
All prices and availability checked on 21 February 2015.
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