What to Wear to Middle School

August 23, 2010

Following is a glimpse of what Ralph (7th grade) and Maude (6th grade) are wearing to middle school this year. I’ll update with sources asap.

UPDATE: You can find sources below.

button down by Land’s End, tee from his closet (it’s by Small Paul, purchased from Juvie), jeans by Levis, Vans from his closet (purchased at Zappos)

florescent pink tee by Justice, skirt from TJ Maxx, leggings from Old Navy, Converse are hand me downs from Ralph

tee by Land’s End, distressed denim by Abercrombie, Adidas from Zappos

stripe tee and grey hoodie from Old Navy, denim from Justice

trippindicular tee from Juvie

cardigan, tee and shorts from Target (this was our biggest bargain outfit — all 3 pieces were $11 total), belt from Mom’s closet, bracelet by H&M

graphic tee from Macy’s, layering tee from his closet (purchased at Peek…Aren’t You Curious), cargo shorts by GapKids

fedora by H&M, cowlneck top from TJMaxx, tulle skirt from her closet (purchased at Gymboree), houndstooth leggings from Target, sequin ballet flats by Justice

Button-down by Abercrombie, white Converse from Zappos

Button-down from TJ Maxx, denim skirt from her closet (purchased at TJ Maxx), tie on visor from Twirling Betty

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{ 87 comments }

1 Vanessa August 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm

okay, your kids have some MAD style!
love all of these~

2 CailinMarie August 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Her outfit with the hat, black skirt, and leggins (and sparkling shoes!!!) is fab!

3 Maren August 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm

your kids are dressed SO cute!

4 Brandy August 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Great outfits!! Love how they each already have some individual style!

5 nicole i August 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm

oh to be in middle school…NOT! love the outfits!

6 BlueberryKids August 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Your kids are gorgeous, and so funky. Enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing your family with us!

7 sara August 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Your kids have the best clothes! I always love seeing these & it gives me ideas for my own kids… mine are in 1st, 3rd, & 5th grades.

8 sammyw August 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

loving the urban, funky, classic modest style :)

9 Adventures In Babywearing August 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I LOVE it.

Steph

10 Becca August 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I wish I’d had such a good sense of style when I was in middle school. And Maude looks so much like you in that photo with the houndstooth leggings!

11 Michele August 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm

OK, I have to ask. Do they pick out all of they own clothes and put together themselves, or with your help. Either way, I am totally jealous. I wish I could raid both of their closets for myself!

12 meaghan (chic cookies) August 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I want to save this post for ten years (the estimated middle school year for my daughter)!

13 Krystle August 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I love their outfits! Very stylish!! Hope they have a great school year!

14 Bethany August 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm

omg, maude looks so much like you. so adorable!

15 Jess (Where My Heart Is) August 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Looks like you have some real trend setters… Our mornings involve no fashion contemplation as Paris just has to put on the same uniform each day – well actually there is a summer uniform (lime green) and a winter uniform (white long sleeve button up shirt, navy tunic and navy blazer and tie). A bit cumbersome when they need to change into there sports uniform! I have to admit though that removing the What will I wear? question? makes getting ready in the morning a breeze.
Love the outfits your kids have this year.

16 Jennifer August 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I always love your back to school fashion shows! Such great taste but still think uniforms make my life soooo easy!

17 Abby @ abby & her boys August 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

FIERCE! Those are some styling kiddos. Can’t wait to see your sources.

18 Julie August 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm

SOoooooo trendy!

19 Tracy August 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Oh how I wish my 7th grade daughter would wear that cute tutu, leggings, sparkle shoes and fedora! Her “uniform” is skinny jeans (some ripped and some acid washed), 70′s bellbottoms, rock t-shirts, and converse sneakers in various colors! She does have her own style which I do admire, though. She accessorizes with guitar pick necklaces, leather bracelets and a shaggy 70′s haircut. Yes, she is a rock-chick!! I love her individuality but a dress/skirt once in a while would be nice, wouldn’t it??

20 pve August 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm

my middle schooler will be wearing fresh “bangs” – she has been wanting them for awhile now.
sweet outfits!
pve

21 DeeAnna August 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Oh my! Those outfits ARE Tripindicular!! (I had almost forgotten that word!)
Thanks for the fashion show. Looooove it!

22 Erin August 23, 2010 at 6:15 pm

They are going to be the hippest kids in school! (Oh, and I think Maude is a spitting image of you.) XO

23 Musings of a Housewife August 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Omigosh. She looks JUST like you. I love her style. And his too, but she just makes me want to be a tween again. And I’ve NEVER felt that way before! lol

24 Jenny August 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm

LOVE the long cardigan with orange belt – I’ve been trying to pull off belts over clothes for quite some time with no luck. And the sequin flats are too cute.

25 Emme August 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Love, love, love. I was never that cool in middle school.

26 Tanya August 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I love love love the outfits! Makes me wish I had a reason to buy some new duds!

27 Jenny August 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Your kids are way too cool for school. Way too cool. I love every bit of it.

28 Jan (Family Bites) August 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Aren’t clothes so important at this age? I have one going into fifth grade and I’m slowly seeing the shift….I love Ralph’s Trippin’ shirt. Where did you find that?

29 Judy August 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

My brother wore the same black and white slip-on shoes in the 1970′s. They were fun then, too.

30 Oz August 23, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I just got those Vans for my two year old. I adore them, and he does, too! The baby got the plaid version. Just seeing those little shoes next to the door makes me grin.

31 Erin August 23, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I need to get some styling tips from your daughter! What a fierce girl to wear a fedora to school!

xo Erin

32 grace August 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Very nice outfits, but I’m distracted by the cute kids. By the way, Maude looks just like you.

33 Miranda August 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I could have used a mom like you when I stumbled into 7th grade in my brother’s cargo shorts, knee high soccer socks, Saucony tennies and a fun-run tee shirt. More slouch than style, I’m afraid. Luckily, I’ve learned a thing or two…but still never look quite as haute as Maude!

34 Nichole August 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Your kids are so fashionable, I am a middle school teacher so I know they are going to be HIP! (wait is hip not a cool word?) They are going to be Epic! There that’s better.

35 Rebecca August 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Fantastic. They look like they are still NYC kids! I hope they have a great school year.

36 jane August 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

this is freaky, maude is a minnie gabby!!!!!
they look great

37 Kristi August 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm

oh, so much style and cuteness all in one! a big thank you to ralph & maude for allowing their design mom to share her design kids!

38 Celeste August 23, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Amazing! Bootyful kids with such killer style. LOVING them.

39 Heidi August 24, 2010 at 2:20 am

Gabrielle, dressing children (or at least organising clothes for them) must be a full-time job in itself! Love the outfits :)

40 Sara August 24, 2010 at 5:56 am

Had to smile when I saw Ralph’s blue shoes – and show my hubby. He used to wear shoes like that when we were dating – 18 or so years ago!

Good choice Ralph!

41 amyks August 24, 2010 at 7:40 am

So great, love their style, my 2 girls have a great sense of style, too, but they “get” to wear uniforms to school. Lucky me, it’s cheaper:)

42 jody August 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

Gabrielle, I especially love Maude’s easy style. She looks so confident and comfortable for being in 6th grade!! Yes, I agree w the above post; my parents had the same (matching) blue ADIDAS shoes when I was little.

43 Sherri August 24, 2010 at 8:26 am

Cute, cute, cute!!!! Are these your lovelies? Have to be – the one girl looks just like you!

44 Sarah August 24, 2010 at 8:37 am

Gabby, these clothes are spectacular! Very hip but totally age appropriate. I just discovered some great shoes that are really similar to Converse, but are slightly funky and are eco-friendly, made from recycled car tires. My girls get so many compliments on them… you should check them out. The brand is Simple – and you can find them at pretty much any online shoe store, but shoes.com has them and you can use a 15% off coupon (code 15OFF) plus get free shipping. Here are a few styles we love:

We have the Ebony:
http://www.simpleshoes.com/productDetails.aspx?g=k&productID=7015&model=Girls%20Satire%20-%20Big%20Kids

http://www.simpleshoes.com/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=7016&categoryid=272&g=k&model=Girls%20Satire%20Flat%20Elastic%20-%20Big%20Kids

http://www.shoes.com/Shopping/ProductDetails.aspx?p=EC1214119&pg=5122608

And how great is this for mom?
http://www.simpleshoes.com/ProductDetails.aspx?g=w&productID=9019&model=Carousel+Grommet+-+Suede

Enjoy!

45 Mary August 24, 2010 at 8:46 am

How much influence do you have in what they buy/wear? My kids (7th, 6th and 4th) have very strong opinions on their individual styles and won’t sway. While I appreciate the independence, I wish they were open-minded to try new things! Like fedoras! Or mixing a tee shirt, tulle skirt, houndstooth and sparklie shoes!!!! More than style, it’s an attitude that will serve them well. Great post.

46 Erin C. August 24, 2010 at 9:00 am

Super cute!!

Love Maude’s ensemble with the tulle skirt and fedora! sweet blue shoes too…
;)

47 Tara August 24, 2010 at 9:13 am

Oh how I love this post! My daughter just started a public middle school after being in a private school for 6 years. This is the first year we have gotten to go shop for “real” clothes because she wore the traditional plaid jumpers, skirts, etc since she started kindergarten. She’s got a style of her own and it sure shows when she picks out her clothes for each day of school.

48 Melissa Edwards August 24, 2010 at 9:44 am

Your kiddos are so stylin’! I love it. And your daughter looks JUST like you.

49 Amanda Conley August 24, 2010 at 9:56 am

if only our school system would allow kids to wear hats to school….

50 Sara August 24, 2010 at 10:49 am

Wow! They are just too, too cool!! I love that they are so stylish at such young ages…and wearing things that are so spunky and reflective of their own personalities. Middle school is such a difficult age; the fact that your kids are self-confident, creative, and mature enough to express themselves this way (rather than simply wearing exactly the same thing as their peers) is such a great reflection of your parenting and values. Inspiring, as always!

51 LaVonne August 24, 2010 at 11:17 am

I am visiting from 5Min4Mom. I like your blog. I was trying to click on the subscription link but it does not seem to be working. The link in the welcome and the link on the far right both seem to be not working.

52 Stephanie Smirnov August 24, 2010 at 11:41 am

Your kids are spectacular. What I love the most about their style is that they are utterly fabulous and on-trend but they’re still *kids*. Well done, Mom! :)

53 Esther August 24, 2010 at 11:44 am

Do they make their clothes for adults? I want their wardrobe.

54 Victoria August 24, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Fab outfits. Love the Fedora hat so much. Coolest kids on the block surely?!

55 kristin August 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm

so sad that i didn’t look even remotely this cute when i was in school. though i guess grunge wouldn’t really look great on anyone, but still. so fun!

56 Awesome Girl August 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm

These are GREAT pictures!

57 Gaby August 24, 2010 at 2:18 pm

No no no, some stylish little kids you have! Love Ralph’s laidback cool style and Maude looks like she just got out a page of J.Crew’s catalogue ;) Great outfits!

58 Genevieve August 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

WOW. I wish I had some genuine fashion sense in middle school!

59 elz August 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm

She looks so much like you. What cute, confident kids. I hope mine turn out as well. Good luck on a fabulous school year!

60 kelly August 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Excited for the Blair kids’ style blogs to inspire mine when they’re older. ;) Amazing coolness!

61 damaris August 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I don’t know why I love these series so much, of what your kids wear to school. It remind me of my school going days, maybe. It’s just tender. I love these posts.

62 Chris August 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I was such a major league DORK in 6th grade. Your little lady has such style…I want her wardrobe. Your son is super cool too ;)

63 Mary Kaye August 24, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Ridiculously hip! You have raised them well;)

64 Alli August 24, 2010 at 8:53 pm

She’s the spitting image of you! Great style…what I wore in 6th and 7th grade was so unflattering and downright embarrassing. Thankfully your kids have you to help them steer clear of fashion faux pas.

65 The Sweetest August 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Will you please come over and dress me? And feel free to bring your kids’ clothes- I’m real short.

66 kim August 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

you blairs are soo cool. awesome. ;)

67 Tabitha (From Single to Married) August 25, 2010 at 5:52 am

how is it that they’re more fashionable than I am (or ever was, really)? :)

68 Lotte August 25, 2010 at 7:51 am

Wow, can’t believe how much Maude looks like you in that pic with the fedora hat!! Awesome outfit by the way…

69 Alex Chell August 25, 2010 at 8:04 am

Mayer really does look like you! Gorgeous :-)
I wish I knew how to dress that well…!

70 Sandra Gonzales August 25, 2010 at 8:20 am

Wow, you can really tell that Maude’s little face has changed since last year’s fifth grade pictures. My daughter is 11 yrs old too and it’s like witnessing a miracle to see how much she’s changed. I am so thankful that I am blessed to be a mother.

71 Ashley Denman August 25, 2010 at 8:39 am

I LOVE their outfits! Super stylish! My question though is about the pillow on your couch…the linen/green tile print one….where did you get it? It is just perfect for my living room that is in the works….I simply have to have it!

72 joslyn August 25, 2010 at 11:00 am

Maude is a mini-you!!! amazing ;-)
xxoxo

73 Alex Chell August 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I am mortified that my iPhone corrected Maude’s name! So sorry!! :-/

74 Katie August 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I always look forward to this post. Your kids are always highly fashionable, yet age appropriate. They look fantastic. Most definitely inspiring.

Thanks for sharing.

75 Kidlet August 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I always promised myself I wouldn’t fuss over baby clothes, yet here I am with a 7 week old and I have to catch myself when I walk past clothing shops. Your kids look great. They have miles more style that I ever will!

76 Heather Thoming August 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Love this post! I have a middle schooler too, and let’s just say “fashion” has taken on a whole new meaning at our house.

77 carolyn August 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Adorable clothes but with 6 kids how on earth do you find the time to shop from so many different stores and online sites? I try to streamline shopping to one or two places…but then again I have boys who aren’t the least bit interested in fashion!

78 laura August 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I keep saying I need Tim Gunn to help me shop, (I’m missing that girl gene – thank heavens I only have 4 boys to buy for) but I think I need you and your children to help instead. :-)

79 Kage August 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm

middle school? my 8-year-old has been wearing that fedora around for weeks…and it will be featured in our blue lily photoshoot in October….your June portraits pushed me over the edge to hire them, thank you very much.

80 Awi September 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Urgh im in middle school and anyone who wore any of these things would be considered a SOCIAL DISASTER! Kids these days wear hollister, abercrobie, american eagle, and stuff like that! NOT GAP

81 amena February 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

why is a on this site in the firstplace key word is MOM.i j’adore their outfits everyone should not follow the same trnd

82 Ado March 25, 2011 at 10:36 am

I love this post and your blog. I just found you through Momoir on Facebook.
We are going to France soon with the kids – mon dieu! I’m a bit nervous about French etiquette and my kids … but if you can do it with SIX, wow. My chapeau is off to you.
Looking forward to reading more. (-:

83 G. Aliceson July 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I would like to compliment you for buying your child cute, age appropriate clothing that actually cover your children’s major body parts. As a MS teacher I have to spend valuable teaching time being the clothes police. You have proven they can look good, cool, and clothed!

84 CeeCee August 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I am a grandmother of 7 raising 2 girls 13&9 and 2 boys 11&9, When my kids were small they were in uniforms in Baltimore,We live in NC now so shopping for clothes is a headache,esp the 13 yr old who would like to let it all hang out,The fathers of the 9&11 yr old boys did their school shopping which was wonderful since they dress them like they dress themselves.My hats are off to the dads.The nine yr old dresses like your daughter, loves her TuTu’s and leggings and sparkly shoes,hats and purses. She likes TJMax,Marshalls and JCP.Keep up the good work

85 SuperMomWannabe October 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Cute kids and photos. I have 13 and 11 year old girls. My 11 year old can often be seen in the skirt/ leggings duo, and they’re both into skinny jeans. My 8 year old boy has only recently began caring – begging for the new “in” osiris shoes that “everyone” is wearing.

86 ILOVELADYGAGA May 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

um.. by the way u can’t wear shorts unless they are up to ur knee so… ill just put some skinny jeans n kick it up

87 Katie August 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Why do they all look like 5… Did you hunt down the smallest 6th graders you could find?

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