What to Wear to 6th Grade

August 18, 2009


Button down by Peek. Tee by Old Navy. Jeans by H&M;. Red sneakers by Adidas.

At your request, here is 11-year-old Ralph showing off his back-to-school wardrobe. Today is his first day of middle school (gulp). We’ve spent the last 24 hours practicing the right-left-skip-the-number-right-padlock-unlocking-method so he won’t get frustrated when he encounters his locker combination. Oh man! I hope he loves school this year.

I’ve included source links where applicable. As with Maude, much of the wardrobe pictured here was already in Ralph’s closet. But boy clothes are pretty easy — I’m betting you can find similar items to the ones shown here at a dozen different stores.

You can see more of Ralph’s photo shoot here. (Also. I’ll post Olive’s B2S wardrobe in the next couple of days.)


Button down by Mossimo for Target. Ringer tee by Old Navy. Jeans by GapKids. Backpack by Ekco. Tie-dye tee by Maude Blair. Cargo shorts by Mossimo for Target. Black Sneakers by Adidas.


Printed polo by Wes & Willy from Juvie. Plaid shorts by Gymboree. Superman tee by Old Navy. Brown herringbone trousers by GapKids.


Tee by Old Navy. Track jacket by Peek Aren’t You Curious. Screened tee by Peek. Khakis by GapKids.


Green polo by Lacoste. Denim cargo shorts by Mossimo for Target. Batman tee by Old Navy. Jeans by H&M.;

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robin August 18, 2009 at 12:34 pm

what a handsome man!

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2 Alison August 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm

I love his photo shoot! My little guy is only in preschool but it gives me ideas. :)

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3 mrs boo radley August 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm

He's so cute. I like the red shoes.

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4 Toni August 18, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Very sweet! My son loves doing photo shoots too :)

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5 Cafe Johnsonia August 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm

That Ralph still makes my heart go pitter-patter. He's so grown up!

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6 amyks August 18, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Awesome photo shoot.

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7 ellen August 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I'm guessing he's got a great personality! Happy Middle School to Ralph!!

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8 Sam August 18, 2009 at 3:45 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE Ralph!!! He looks so grown up – how can you stand it.

kelly stewart

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9 Ashley August 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm

so stylin! what a fun mom you are too! my mom sent me to 6th grade in pink corduroy pants and a matching plaid shirt that had one of those "bolo" ties attached….actually it might have just been a bow. needless to say…..I was never in the in crowd…..

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10 Gracie73 August 18, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Gabrielle….you never cease to amaze me with your style. Your kids are just too darn cute!! I changed schools a bunch of times when I was in Elementary, Middle and High School which can be very nerve-wracking. I bet the kids have a fantastic year and of course, will look so great at the same time!!

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11 Damaris August 18, 2009 at 9:37 pm

what a cute 6th grader. If I were in 6th grade I'd totally have a crush.

Have a great year Ralph, I hope you enjoy your new school

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12 Melissa Jade August 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm

what i would give for such a sweet boy in my 5th grade classroom this year! Mine will all be turning 11,.

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13 jayne August 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm

So stylin Ralph! You look great. My oldest is starting middle school too, and he picked out the same black shoes as you. It make us moms a little sad, but it's awesome that you're off to new adventures. Best of luck!

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14 Mixing Bowl Mama August 19, 2009 at 7:42 am

I love this..thank you. I want to do something similar with my boys, print the photos off and have them in a book for them to look through to put ideas together for their wardrobe. They are going into grade 2 and 4 and could use some fashion help. Thanks again for another great tip.

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15 Kylee August 19, 2009 at 8:33 am

Wow! Thanks for responding to the 'boy inspiration' request! I too love the red shoes. And the excellent modelling by Ralph. Best wishes for the new school year.

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16 Cyn August 19, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Let's hear it for the boys! Thanks for sharing a photo shoot of your son – you don't see older boys styling in clothes very often. This parent appreciates it :)

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17 Autumn August 20, 2009 at 11:16 am

What a handsome kid! Love the red jacket (the pic even more!) and the wii pic.

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18 Morgan August 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I was away last week so I missed it, but your son is quite the adorable model! I love all the props he used for his creative posses.

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19 Catherine August 27, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Awesome! This was exactly what I was looking for when it came to inspiration for boys back to school clothes.

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20 Iman August 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm

This is a great idea. Mind if I steal it ;)

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21 JESS June 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm

These kids look like there in second grade, not 6th

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22 juliagblair August 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

I could never get tired of seeing photos of your beautiful,stylish, well-adjusted children. thanks millions for sharing!
julia b

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23 Jerzi July 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Honestly I’m a6th grade girl and I think they appropriate attire for a boy is basket ball shorts or skinny jeans annd a DC shirt some kind off brand name shirt high socks (to the middle of the shin) and van shoes

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24 Jean Burnett February 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Thank heaven the schools here require uniforms!

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