Parents your dating
But the classic debate of whether or not leggings are pants isn't something you want to bring to the table when meeting the parents for the first time.
It can also include skin tight clothing," she said.
Fashion expert Kari Cruz acknowledged that if your tattoos have a lot of personal significance to you, it can actually be a connecting point with the parents and a way to share some of your personality.
"But," she warned, "if the parents aren't as progressive, [tattoos] tend to be received in an overwhelming fashion.
"If you have a cute outfit on and you could potentially see yourself wearing it to the club, that's a good indication that you should wear it to meet your boyfriend's parents," she said.
Caitlin Bergstein, a Boston-based matchmaker with Three Day Rule, agreed.