What to Wear to 5th Grade

Gray henley and leggings by Poof. Denim mini by Hydraulic. Plaid scarf by Passport Accessories.

It’s been so much fun putting together a back-to-school wardrobe for 10-year-old Maude this year. She’s had more opinions and ideas about what she wants to wear than ever before. Today she had the idea to put together some of her outfits and model them for the camera. Doesn’t she look amazing? I love how flexible everything is — there are 9 outfits here and she could come up with another dozen combos from this stuff.

For those wondering if we broke the bank, we spent about $100 on new clothes (I had the best luck at TJMaxx) and $50 on new shoes. Everything else was already in her closet. You can find more images from our living room photoshoot here.

Plaid top by Chaps. Skirt by Peek. (Francie Pants underneath the skirt.) Cardigan by If It Were Me. Stripe tee and cargo pants by Old Navy.

Hoodie sweater by Pink Republic. Yellow tee and polka-dot leggings by Old Navy. Plaid dress by She’s The One. Skinny jeans – Sqin by H&M;.

Yellow jacket by Ismodern. Jean shorts by Old Navy.

Feather printed top by Kiddo. Cropped pants by Jean Bourget at Juvie. Houndstooth capris by Gymboree.

Mock turtleneck by Target. Shrug by Seven Smooches.

I’ve listed sources (and links where I can), but as I mentioned above, at least 50% of the clothes pictured were already in her closet — so they probably won’t be available in stores any longer.

Maude is shown barefoot because we’re still waiting for her shoes to arrive. This year she’ll have 3 pairs to choose from. These Converse from Zappos and these black sporty shoes from Payless. Plus, she has a pair of cute brown and turquoise Asics that are still in good shape — we just need to replace the laces. The only thing left to buy: a backpack.

83 thoughts on “What to Wear to 5th Grade”

  1. 7 years spent in a uniform during my formative years has left me fashionly clueless. My poor daughter could only ever hope to be as put together as Maude someday. She is a beautiful beautiful girl, love those eyes and her sweet hairdo. I love even more than she is dressing so appropriately for her age but still so stylish. Kudos to you!

  2. wow gabby Maude is a babe! I totally love her outfits! And her modeling is amazing! I think i'm going to have to hire a bodyguard for her cuz she is so beautiful! Plus I can't even stand how fashionable she is, i'm jealous! I think Maude is going to have to take me shopping. Maude you are so so beautiful, never forget that!

  3. what a little model! she's so beautiful. and, we just found out we're having a baby girl and we're naming her maude…i didn't realize you had a maude until i saw this. it's a lovely name!!

  4. I should have kept all my clothes from the 80's for my own daughter – it would have saved me tons! Aren't repeat styles supposed to take longer before they come back into fashion?

  5. Maude is one beautiful, and stylish, young lady. That first picture of her is so sweet. I laugh thinking about the outfits I put together when I was her age :) Have fun in 5th grade!

  6. I love these looks… amazing and soo hip! just curious how does the style change for kids between NY and Colorado? It seems like she's ultra NY here… how does it translate? does it matter?

  7. Thank you for teaching a young girl to dress with her own style and spunk, and chose clothes that give her the freedom to LIVE!

  8. Hey, I am way behind, so going back to catch up on all design mom has to offer. I love this post so much. Gives me hope to encourage originality in my girls. And THANK YOU for pointing me to Francie Pants!!! My oldest has just entered “big girl” sizes (6+) and I am scrambling trying to find good stuff for her, all my old go-to shops are no good for her size. So I’ve made her a bunch of skirts for now but showing the undies is a concern. One problem solved, so many I am doomed to encounter.

  9. Oh, and plus Maude is my very favorite name in the world. Hubby had issues so we compromised and used it for a middle but I applaud your fabulous choice.

  10. Love this! I know this is an old post but it’s fun to look at all her amazing outfits. My daughter starts 5th grade this year. SIGH – We do school uniforms in public school here so no fun creativity except for on dress down days.

    Your daughter is too cute!

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