Photos and text by Gabrielle.
Here it is! Part three (and the final part) of our What to Wear to School wardrobe posts for 2014-15.
If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know we typically share these posts in the fall, as the school year begins. But as I mentioned earlier, this year, we didn’t do our wardrobe photoshoots until January! I started processing the photos last month, and I’ve been sharing the tours over the last few weeks.
Some people have wondered via email how I get my older kids to participate in this series, but honestly it hasn’t been a battle of wills at all. They don’t mind participating, because they end up using the photos a ton throughout the year, and they’ve found that they really love having a record of their wardrobe. And not just the wardrobe, but photos of them wearing the clothes.
When they see the photos, they get instant memories of wearing certain outfits to certain schools. They’ll remember that they picked out a particular shirt or pair of shoes for a trip, or for the first day of school, and they’ll feel nostalgic in the best way. In fact, Ralph said he would be in heaven if Ben Blair and I had a similar record of our wardrobes as kids and as teenagers. He eats stuff like that up — he loves looking at our old yearbooks and any family album he can get his hands on.
So anyway, all that is to say that I hope this is great content for you — I received a ton of hopeful emails in the fall asking if I would be doing the posts this year, so I’m crossing my fingers that many of you are glad to see these posts even if it’s almost Spring now. But I also create this content with my kids in mind. I know they love it.
Ready for the wardrobe tour? Let’s get started.
I would say that these outfits are Ralph and Maude’s current favorites. And no surprise, because they both look great!
I LOVE seeing these two goofing around and being kids. They will be grown up and gone far too soon! It’s also fun to see Maude’s long hair here, because she has since chopped it! It’s now a bob that hits an inch or so below her chin — just long enough to pull into a ponytail for running.
If Ralph has a uniform these days, it’s blue or black jeans with a grey or navy sweater and an interesting sneaker. That seems to be what he drawn to most when he needs new clothes, and he likes the idea of a minimal wardrobe.
I wouldn’t say Maude has a uniform (not counting her track team uniform!), but she’s for sure figuring out what she feels best in. Shopping is not her favorite, but when we need an outfit (like this one with the yellow skirt, which she picked out for her trip to Washington D.C.), she can easily say not that, not that, not that, and narrow what she likes quickly.
Ralph is wearing black jeans by Levi’s. Grey tee from Uniqlo. Socks by J.Crew. Denim shirt he picked up while he was in England last semester — I don’t know the brand, but similar here. Sneakers by New Balance.
So, I originally bought the Youth in Revolt sweatshirt for me thinking maybe I could wear it ironically, then decided I couldn’t pull it off. But happily, Maude does so very nicely. In that first shot of her solo, I asked her to give me her best “youth in revolt” expression and she nailed it. : ) Ralph is totally wearing a variation on his uniform here.
Maude is wearing top that Olive brought back from France in December (I don’t know the brand). Black leggings from H&M. Bat-sleeve hoodie from TBDress. Novelty socks were a holiday gift from a classmate. Hightops are the same as shown above.
And that completes our What to Wear to School wardrobe tours for 2014-15! I feel like there should be some sort of finale trumpet sound. It’s now March, but hey, I got it done! : )
Any thoughts on these outfits? Do you have a favorite? Would you kids wear any of these selections? I’d love to hear!
P.S. — You can find all the What to Wear to School posts from over the years here. Usually we do them in the fall, but this year was a bit different, I couldn’t make the photoshoots happen until January.