Meeting your ex's new partner — or, for that matter, your new partner's ex — can be an incredibly stressful experience. But a few simple tips will help you stay cool and keep your dignity.
Dress the part.
If you know ahead of time that you're going to meet your ex's new significant other (and this applies to your current SO's ex too), wear something that makes you feel confident. Our first date clothing guide is actually quite applicable here — you want something that makes you feel hot but comfortable and won't leave you tugging and adjusting while you're trying to seem all chill and enviable. It's also wise not to go too over-the-top — unless you wear your rhinestone tiara and thigh-slit dress all the time, trotting them out now will make you look sort of desperate. I talked with Meredith Broussard, author of The Encyclopedia of Exes and The Dictionary of Failed Relationships, who says, "the better you look and the happier you are [...], the easier the situation will be."