Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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.

FYI:
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.

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Blogger Cafe Johnsonia said...

I love Maude.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 7:24:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh she has great style for a 5th grader!
When I was her age, I dressed like a thug/bum haha

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 7:36:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Maude looks great! I just got back from New York last night, and the funny thing is, I bought the "if it were me" cream cardigan, a denim mini by "Paper/Denim/Cloth", the plaid "Chaps" blouse, and lawn green Converse for my 5th grade daughter, too!! The irony!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 7:47:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarahahaha said...

oh my gosh. she looks so stylish. i'm 23 and i'd wear some of those outfits (: i remember when i was in fifth grade i would steal my brother's jeans (because my mom wouldn't let me buy baggy jeans) and wear boxers under my jeans. and a white t-shirt with an oversized plaid flannel over it. haha.

good bargain buying too!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 7:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Artfulife said...

Sloan is 9 & at that age too. I used my Gymbucks and purchased 7 basics for a little over $50. I've filled in the rest of her back to school needs at three local thrift stores. Can't help myself when I'm finding new with tags gap, old navy & Abercrombie clothes for her to wear.

I love your daughters outfit combos. She has a fun sense of style.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 7:56:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Carie said...

I just had a friend come over and help my soon to be middle schooler figure out her wardrobe. We took pictures also (but not nearly as fun as yours.) Now she has a couple of sheets of thumbnail pics to peruse before getting dresses in the morning.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 7:56:00 PM EDT  
Blogger JJB said...

I have to say... From personal experience, those have got to be the most comfortable shoes ever. I've worn a pair out, and have seriously thought several times about buying another pair!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 8:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Alicia said...

This is so fun... And today, I did the same thing! I pulled out my school clothes and tried them all on and mixed and matched them... And took photos (unfortunately mine aren't as nice because I used photo booth from my mac and my messing living room is in the background :). So while she's getting ready for what she'll where to 5th grade, so am I (except I'm going as a 5th grade teacher rather than a student!)

Looks like she'll have a stylish year! 5th grade is a blast!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 8:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Alicia said...

** a teacher who used the wrong word! WEAR! WEAR! (Forgive me! It's still summer!)

:)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 8:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger dandee said...

I swear, now 5th graders are dressing better than me!

Great style, Maude!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 8:24:00 PM EDT  
Blogger abby said...

maude, can i have your wardrobe?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 8:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Blogful said...

A beautiful girl. Proof that modest is hottest. Hope you also bought a baseball bat to keep off the boys

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 8:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Christy said...

If you aren't already, you should look into having her model. She's a gem in front of the camera - and I love her style. Seriously so cute. :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 8:47:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Abby&theJets said...

I lurve the yellow jacket and the shrug. she's the coolest 5th grader i've ever seen.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 8:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Murray said...

Thank you! My daughter FINALLY agreed to try leggings and a skirt for school after seeing how cute Maude looks! She's adorable, and such a happy model.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sara said...

she looks so awesome and happy, and i love that she has comfy shoes you can run around in.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:16:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lindsey said...

She is so adorable and her outfit choices are fab! Hope she has a great 5th grade year,

{ Lindsey }
http://greatfullday.blogpsot.com

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ashley said...

That Maude is one stylish 5th grader!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jake said...

She's such a beauty! my favs: yellow jacket, cream cardigan with ribbon.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:45:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you kidding me? she is SUCH a little model...
some of these outfits are actually quite inspiring! thanks for sharing them!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:45:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous heather{dot}com said...

Um, I wish I had this much style NOW. I was still wearing sweaters with puppy dogs when I was in 5th grade! Too cute!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:50:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jennifer said...

What a lovely model and so stylish!! My daughter is starting Kindergarten-sniff, sniff

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger MsAmanda said...

FASHIONista

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:54:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Chookooloonks said...

Could your daughter POSSIBLY look more like you?

No, Gabby. No, she could not.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 10:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Miggy said...

That is one hip kid. She's putting my wardrobe to shame.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 10:18:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous amyks said...

how cute is she...love all the outfits, my 9 year old daughter would love Maude's style...lucky for me, she has to wear a uniform to school.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 10:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger kelli said...

the feather printed top outfit is my favorite, but it's a tough choice. she's so soulful.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 11:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Whitney Johnson said...

Great post! I hope you'll put together a montage of these and frame this for her! What a keepsake.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 11:07:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Cyn said...

She has a great eye! I really like all the looks she's chosen.

Maybe I'll plan a shoot with my soon-to-be 7-year-old son. He would love to model for the camera :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 11:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger liz said...

cool gabby. that was so fun to look over and think about for my own clothing plans. and the kids. great shots, btw!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 11:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger liz stanley said...

i'm pretty sure all i wore in 5th grade were various pairs of sweatpants suits. in fact, i'm sure of this. maude is so grown up. love her!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 11:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Hazel's Mommie (aka liz) said...

oh my goodness, she is quite stunning! and, looking at that first shot next to your profile pic, she's definetly a Gabrielle look a like!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 11:36:00 PM EDT  
Blogger buttercup said...

Wow! She looks so stylish. My 5th grader has upgraded to a tailored polo from her regular football t-shirts. So I'm just going to have to be happy with that. i might have to check out TJ Maxx maybe i can get some good deals for my younger fashionistas.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 11:55:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous jayne said...

Please Please Please say you are going to do a "what to wear to middle school!" My oldest is the same age as Ralph (also a boy), and we're trying to figure out what's "cool" for middle school
HELP!!!!
Pretty Please!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 12:03:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Tuppence said...

You have no idea how much this has helped. This morning, as soon as she d-r-a-g-s herself out of bed, I am plunking her down in front of your blog so she can be equally inspired! Your daughter has such great style!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 1:45:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Becki said...

Awesome. I've been meaning to do this with my 10-year-old as well to see if she has everything she needs. Maude looks so great and thought of some good combinations. I hope she loves 5th grade.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 2:06:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous chelsea said...

OK this is seriously too cute. I wish I was as stylish as Maude!

xo Chelsea

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 5:40:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous chelsea said...

OK this is seriously too cute. I wish I was as stylish as Maude!

xo Chelsea

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 5:40:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Pumpkin Petunia said...

Maude has fantastic style. She looks beautiful!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 7:40:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Wolfie and the Sneak said...

She has fantastic style--I love those Juvie capris. I want a pair for myself!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 7:52:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Design Mom said...

this is ralph. she is gonna do a what to wear to middle school.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 9:29:00 AM EDT  
Blogger ellen said...

Watch out Colorado -- Maude's in town!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 9:38:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Sandi said...

Such cute outfits...and original....LOVE the green plaid! I was just talking with my niece as her daughter is starting school and will be wearing a uniform...how she and my own kids picked them up off the floor and wore them then came home threw them on the floor and repeated until Friday!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:05:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Lori said...

What great style. My fourth grader and I looked through the whole slideshow and were both inspired.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:24:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Sarita Emilia said...

what a gorgeous girl! she sports high style perfectly.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:30:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Mauri said...

That is one stylish 5th grader you have there. She puts me to shame. My 10 year old daughter only wants to wear gym shorts and t-shirts. Sigh, she is starting to show a little bit more interest in fashion, but it is slow in coming.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:39:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Michelle B said...

she has way better style than me - love the outfits!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 11:08:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Leisa Hammett said...

This beautiful 10/y/o of yours is going to be drop-dead gorgeous when she grows into her teens. Looks like she has her Mom's sense of Design. Now, will you come dress me?

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 11:22:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

What a stylish doll Maude is. way more stylish than moi. She must get it from her mom.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 11:22:00 AM EDT  
Blogger ~j. said...

My oldest is beginning 5th grade, and I, too, find it exciting that she's aware of herself and what she does (and does not) want to wear.

Love those Juvie pants -- just ordered some.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 12:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Peanut Blossom said...

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!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 1:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger rachel said...

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!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 2:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger kamille said...

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!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 3:41:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rebecca said...

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?

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 4:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amber said...

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!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 4:37:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Kylee said...

Could you do this for your boys too? I'd love to see some boy inspiration

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 7:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kimba said...

i don't even dress that nice. :) love it!

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 11:54:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Angela said...

I heart Maude Blair!!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 1:37:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous corrin said...

So...I would pretty much wear every single one of those outfits.

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:18:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Toni said...

I'm SOO glad that the clothing styles are back to covering bodies.

What a cutie!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:18:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Mommy Melee said...

I WANT A GIRL SO BAD

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:20:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Neva Campbell said...

I love the third pair down, with the yellow jacket and shorts and the white cardigan and skirt. So cute! And appropriate and stylish for her age!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:32:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous cassie said...

She is going to be the most stylish girl in that school! TOO cute!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:38:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Joslyn said...

holy cow, she looks AMAZING! perhpas Maude can come counsel my Audrey...we're having clothing issues over here!
xoxo

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:54:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Jennifer, Snapshot said...

So cute! My daughter Amanda is almost 11 and going into 6th grade, and has also become much more opinionated lately. She loves the layered look and the scarfs this year too!

How are you??

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 12:29:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Kelly King Anderson said...

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?

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 8:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Aimee Friedrich said...

aww, so cute. looks like she's ready. can't believe school time is here already. I'm not ready.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 7:58:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous SarahW said...

How lucky is she? I'm almost 35 and my wardrobe has never been near that fantastic!

Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 11:01:00 AM EDT  
Blogger missy said...

it looks like some boys are in for broken hearts this year!

Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 9:56:00 PM EDT  
Blogger N. Tipps said...

She is so beautiful! And yes, what great style for a 5th grader.

Monday, August 17, 2009 at 4:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amanda said...

Very lovely.

Monday, August 17, 2009 at 7:06:00 PM EDT  

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