This summer, while getting ready for a family event, I realized the majority of my closet consists of crop tops, ripped jeans, and otherwise inappropriate clothing to wear around my modest Eritrean family. Cut to December—I’m meeting my boyfriend’s family and find myself in the same predicament.
Part of the reason I still have this problem is that I see shopping as an expressive endeavor where additional rules only disrupt my flow state. I don’t want to dampen my personality by succumbing to boring outfits that fit the bill but not my vibes. You feel me?
Every drop this season has been the ideal balance of festive and traditional sensibilities that makes for appropriate attire for any time, place, or setting. Classic style is definitely in Zara’s wheelhouse, so I knew it was the right place to get my life (aka outfits) together before I met my boyfriend’s family over the holidays. Keep scrolling to see seven outfits courtesy of Zara that will carry me through all my family engagements this season. Each outfit makes me look like a smart, responsible girlfriend and makes me feel like myself—my five-star family review is practically loading.