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
87 thoughts on “What to Wear to Middle School”
okay, your kids have some MAD style!
love all of these~
Her outfit with the hat, black skirt, and leggins (and sparkling shoes!!!) is fab!
your kids are dressed SO cute!
Great outfits!! Love how they each already have some individual style!
oh to be in middle school…NOT! love the outfits!
Your kids are gorgeous, and so funky. Enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing your family with us!
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.
loving the urban, funky, classic modest style :)
I LOVE it.
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!
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!
I want to save this post for ten years (the estimated middle school year for my daughter)!
I love their outfits! Very stylish!! Hope they have a great school year!
omg, maude looks so much like you. so adorable!
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.
I always love your back to school fashion shows! Such great taste but still think uniforms make my life soooo easy!
FIERCE! Those are some styling kiddos. Can’t wait to see your sources.
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??
my middle schooler will be wearing fresh “bangs” – she has been wanting them for awhile now.
Oh my! Those outfits ARE Tripindicular!! (I had almost forgotten that word!)
Thanks for the fashion show. Looooove it!
They are going to be the hippest kids in school! (Oh, and I think Maude is a spitting image of you.) XO
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
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.
Love, love, love. I was never that cool in middle school.
I love love love the outfits! Makes me wish I had a reason to buy some new duds!
Your kids are way too cool for school. Way too cool. I love every bit of it.
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?
My brother wore the same black and white slip-on shoes in the 1970’s. They were fun then, too.
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.
I need to get some styling tips from your daughter! What a fierce girl to wear a fedora to school!
Very nice outfits, but I’m distracted by the cute kids. By the way, Maude looks just like you.
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!
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.
Fantastic. They look like they are still NYC kids! I hope they have a great school year.
this is freaky, maude is a minnie gabby!!!!!
they look great
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!
Amazing! Bootyful kids with such killer style. LOVING them.
Gabrielle, dressing children (or at least organising clothes for them) must be a full-time job in itself! Love the outfits :)
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!
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:)
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.
Cute, cute, cute!!!! Are these your lovelies? Have to be – the one girl looks just like you!
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:
And how great is this for mom?
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.
Love Maude’s ensemble with the tulle skirt and fedora! sweet blue shoes too…
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.
Your kiddos are so stylin’! I love it. And your daughter looks JUST like you.
if only our school system would allow kids to wear hats to school….
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!