Photos and text by Gabrielle.
Woo hoo! The annual What to Wear to School photos are ready!! For those of you who are new here, I’ve been writing What to Wear to School posts basically since I started blogging. You can find them all here. The series has changed and evolved over the years, and this year is no exception. For the last two years, I did 3 posts featuring two kids in each. But we’ve made some big changes:
1) Now that he’s a college boy, Ralph has officially retired from the series.
2) Since Oscar, Betty and June are all in the same school for the first time since we moved here (and probably the last time — Oscar is off to middle school next year), I thought it would be fun to feature them all in one post: What to Wear to Elementary School!
I went on back-to-school shopping dates with each of the kids, and then we came home and put together 4 outfits for each of them.
Oscar is ten, and in 5th grade. Betty is nine, and in 4th grade. June is five, and in Kindergarten. Read to jump in? Let’s do this!
OSCAR OUTFIT ONE:
For Oscar, I had the best luck at H&M this year. Oscar is wearing sweat-pants, a green striped tee, socks, and hat — all from H&M. His shoes are by Vans (this particular design is great for hiding dirt).
BETTY OUTFIT ONE:
Betty is wearing black pants, a striped shirt, and grey hoodie — all from Uniqlo. These pants are THE BEST! Olive has the same pair and so do I. And we all wear them a ton! They come in lots of patterns and colors, though we all own the black version. They’re a thick knit, but they’re sort of cut like jeans — sort of trouser-leggings, and they don’t fit as snug as true leggings. They are super comfy and have an elastic waist, but look finished. Five stars!
JUNE OUTFIT ONE:
June is wearing a green crepe dress from Old Navy, a hand-me-down grey cardigan from Zara (similar here), apple socks from Gap, and red shoes we picked up in France before we moved. I’ve been saving them and I’m so happy they fit her just in time for Kindergarten!
I want to tell everyone to go out and get this dress! It’s so adorable I can hardly stand it. And it comes in a rose color too (the colors in the online store are NOT accurate). June wore this outfit on the first day of school.
I should mention, for the girls, I ended up having fantastic luck at Old Navy — so you’ll see a lot of their clothes in this post. Sometimes I walk through their stores and I’m not into it at all, but their collection this fall is the best I’ve seen in years. I’d love to know who the designer is who made it happen. It’s so good! If you’re nervous about quality, stick to the 100% cotton options — they’ve all washed up very well.
OSCAR OUTFIT TWO:
Oscar is wearing dark jeans, a collarless button-down, socks, and a green puffer-vest — all from H&M. His slip-ons are from Gap (they were part of their summer collection). I think this is his favorite of the all the outfits. It’s been quite warm here, but if the temperature dips at all, he’ll find an excuse to wear the vest. : )
JUNE OUTFIT TWO:
One note on the shoes: The sharks glow in the dark! In one of the photos you can kind of see them glowing.
I have to say, June’s poses are pretty fantastic. She came up with all them herself.
BETTY OUTFIT TWO:
Betty is wearing a pink jacket, heathered sweater, and dark teal layering tank from Old Navy. Her pants are hand-me-downs from Zara (gosh I miss having a good children’s Zara close at hand). And her shoes are from Cole Hahn. She’s had these shoes for awhile now.
I have the hardest time finding non-synthetic sweaters for the kids, but this one is 100% cotton! And it comes in two colors.
OSCAR OUTFIT THREE:
Oscar is wearing grey jeans, a heathered green henley, and a striped hooded sweater — all from H&M. (I wasn’t kidding about having good luck there for him!) His shoes are from Gap (part of their 2015 Spring collection.)
BETTY OUTFIT THREE:
Betty is wearing a chambray shirt and vented sweater — both from Old Navy. It’s another 100% cotton sweater, and there are 3 colors! Her grey pleated skirt and striped socks are both hand-me-downs from Olive. (You can spot them in earlier What to Wear to School posts.)
Betty wore this outfit on the first day of school this year. It’s a great outfit and she feels great in it.
JUNE OUFIT THREE:
OSCAR OUTFIT FOUR:
Oscar is wearing long, linen-look shorts (I don’t see them online, but it seems like there were plenty in-store), striped tee, and blue micro-stripe button down — all from H&M. His sandals are by Crocs.
BETTY OUTFIT FOUR:
Betty is wearing a red tee from Gap, a white denim jacket from Target (I found it back in May), and striped leggings from Crewcuts. She’s been wearing the leggings since Christmas and they’re still going strong! They’re thick and really good quality. Similar here.
JUNE OUTFIT FOUR:
June is wearing a pink polka dot tee, grey leggings, and a grey check button-down — all from H&M. (If you’re hunting, the button-down is from the boys department.) Her socks are from The Gap (they have such good socks!), and her shoes are by Vans.
You may have noticed that much of June’s wardrobe is in the same color palette — it makes for nice mixing and matching!
And there you have it: What to wear to elementary school — or at least, what to wear to Kindergarten, 4th grade and 5th grade. Hah!
How about you? Did you spot any of the same pieces as you did your back-to-school shopping this year? Do you have a favorite outfit in this post? I’d love to hear!
I should also tell you, I haven’t shot photos of Olive or Maude yet. Maude only had one thing on her back to school list: running shoes. Hah! And Olive is in a new-to-her middle school this year. It’s a public school, but it has uniforms. (It’s kind of exciting for us, because we’ve never had a school with school uniforms before.) We’ll probably still do a shoot with Maude and Olive, but it feels less urgent since Maude isn’t feeling that new-clothes-excitement, and Olive’s outfits are so similar to one another. We’ll see what we come up with!
P.S. — Want more? You can find all the What to Wear to School posts here.