Wednesday, August 29, 2012

School Run Style !

It's that time again! We are back at school. I don't know how it got here so quick. One minute I was planning all the things I would do over Summer and then, it was over! Another year has begun and each of my guys is in a new transition. The oldest, Jackson has begun high school and Griffin, our baby is in his last year of elementary, fifth grade! The thought of leaving our sweet elementary school just about kills me. It has been our home for nine years now, and my days revolved around the drop-off and pick-up, which I always enjoyed. I really love the interaction with the other moms and dads and catching up on what is happening at the school. In the beginning those years seemed long and now, flying by too fast. My fifth grader is out the door on some kind of wheeled vehicle and doesn't want me to pick up either! I should be proud of the independence of this little guy who wanted me to stay for Kindergarten "Just a few weeks, mom." He told me on the first day this year, after finding his class line," I'm good mom, you can go." Sniff..

Anyhow, just in time for start of the school year, a bit of mom style for you. I am always fascinated with all the photos of celebrity moms at school pick-up. I love to see if they got it together or not. I think the British mums have beat the Americans hands down at school style. Maybe it's because British already have more standards expected about how to dress for school, so parents follow suit. I used to try to look like I made some kind of effort when I dropped off, but at pick-up for sure. I do care about what I pick up my child in (when allowed by him!) I don't want to be a slob, but also don't want to look like I tried too hard...Also nothing too, well, I have seen a few moms who look like they are going to a cocktail party after! At our school the moms are pretty granola, but in a stylish way. Some are. There is a fine balance! See below photos snapped at the school yard. 

Do you feel like this at school pick-up? This is Elle Macpherson. She makes this look adorable...


Elle Macpherson leads the chic mamas in leather pants! 


Elle in the rain. 

Elle again looking effortlessly cool. Love the hair too. I am probably like the mom in the jeans and baggy grey sweater in the background. That school crossing guard is like, "Would you freakin' celebrities just get the heck out of the road!"


 Elle makes workout clothes look good. She must have had some stuff done to her face right? She's the same age as I am. :(

Lucky Magazine advises moms to resist wearing the Uggs to school and get a uniform of sorts. They say throw on your jeans, or leggings, (bra or not!), a blazer or stylish coat or jacket on top and ballet flats. Sounds like a good plan to me. You can still get back in time to finish your cappuccino and look chic!






Kate Winslet. (I think her kids are going to American school though.)


Kate looks chic, but real.
Claudia Schiffer wears something more like we would in Northern Cal.


Though she dresses casually it's accessorized well. Great bangle and bag.


Another pretty look on Claudia. Don't you love the uniforms at English schools?





How much do you hate her? (Just kidding!)
This would be more doable with flats. Can't see wearing heels to school pick-up.

Claudia Schiffer and Elle kissing hello. Jeez, Elle has the body of a teenage girl. I thought she was Schiffer's kid or something in this. At school drop-off.



For a reality check, let's see some American mom's on the school run shall we?  :)

Sarah Jessica Parker walks her son to school on a wet day.

We were usually like this on the way to elementary! An older photo of her on the run.



Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany with their brood.


Jennifer Garner



Jen may need to step it up a bit..Love her though.




Julianne Moore and her mini-me.



 Gwyneth's  cool glasses that make up for her morning hair.


Gwen Stefani with her son Kingston. Guess rockstars are always dressing like one. Poor Kingston.


What do you think about school pick-up? Does it matter what a mother wears?

Wishing you all a good school year!
Kim










Images: Rudujour.com, NYtimes, Popsugar.com, denimblog, Zimbio.com, Harper's Bazaar, Just Jared, celebsource, fameflynet pictures, Celebrity pictures, IvyDawned-flickr, Luckymag.com

14 comments :

  1. Hi Kim, how are you? My favourite has always been Claudia Schiffer. She has effortless and consistent style in both her private and public appearances. I love her in denim!

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    1. HI Pam, Sorry I have been crazy. Been meaning to visit your blog. Hope you are good! I love Claudia's style too. The denim skirt I would die for!
      xo
      Kim

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    1. Annamarie, Thanks so much for your note and reading the blog!

      xo
      Kim

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  3. Love Love Love this post, what great pictures, where on earth did you find them? We used to live in an apartment right across from Weatherby's in London - the school featured back in the day when Diana was the one always being photographed. Elle just looks so fabulous always and you're right she looks like a teen next to everyone else, really puts her incredible thinness in perspective!

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    1. Jody,
      So Weatherby's is the school? Wondering about that. I started seeing the pics on Pinterest of course and found a bunch of places from there also That must have been pretty cool living in London and seeing Diana pick up her boys. I'd love to hear about that! Yes, Elle is sickeningly cute. I hope she eats.

      xo
      KIm:)

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  4. Quite the contrast! The blue jean skirt look - that was me! Wedges not quite that tall though. So, what are YOU gonna wear? (and, I sympathize with you re the "sniff" part)

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    1. Isn't that the cutest look and I love her wedges too. Not sure what I will wear...Hmmm another blog about that. After seeing these I need to get some new things!

      xo
      Kim :)

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  5. What the heck is Gwen wearing there? Normally I like Gwen but dropping your kid off at school in that outfit? yikes...

    Elle looks amazing, Claudia has such great style too. You're right, Sarah Jessica and Jennifer Garner have to step it up a bit! Fun post.

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  6. I think I'll try Gwen's look with the spiked heels.. Hmmm not sure why she's wearing them?? maybe she's breaking them in. Elle is a little more practical with the workout gear look. Jennifer Garner doesn't care if the paparazzi is around .. Lol. She looks like the women at the bus stop near my home!!

    xx
    leslie

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    1. Oh!! just kidding of course!! I can't walk in those spiked heels..

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  7. I think I need to buy some new A/W clothes asap! They all look fab:) Great post!
    ~Anne

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  8. OMG Gwen Stefani...normally I like her but that is a bit much. I recently wrote some marketing copy for a dress designer and I actually used the phrase "for the school run" or something like that..not being a parent I wasn't sure about it but the client liked it and from what I'm seeing here it is a challenge to look OK when you drop off the kids but still be comfy for errands, etc. I think, unlike most mortals, Elle can pull anything off.

    Kim | howtolovethisworld.com

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  9. Do you prefer to searching wedges shoes cheap, then you should check them online for some latest style.

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