Self-confidence is an attribute that most adults could use a boost of every once in a while. For an eighth grader, however, feeling confident is necessary to navigate the often-brutal halls of middle school politics and unwritten social graces. Looking cute is often the best way for an eighth grade girl to feel good about herself and be able to project her confidence into other areas, such as developing friendships and excelling in school. When choosing an outfit for eighth grade, the look should straddle the chic world of adult clothing and the cutesy world of children's wear.
Start with a basic bottom that is classically in style and flattering at the same time. Jeans are a wonderful choice that flatter every body, are in style for children and adults and can be dressed up or down.
Choose a shirt that is trendy, but not revealing. An eighth grader who dresses like a older teen can get a reputation for being a bad influence, so stick with something conservative. Feminine details like a big bow, floral embellishments, jewels and rhinestones or ruffles give a shirt a little something extra without looking trashy. Choose trendy colors like blue, orange and purple to look more grown-up and less lower-elementary school than baby pink.
Pick out shoes that are comfortable and reflect your style, but also strike the balance between little girl and older teen. High heels and over-the-knee boots are too grown up, while Mary Janes are considered "babyish" for eighth grade. Look for ballet flats, kitten heels, mid-calf boots or trendy sneakers.
Don't neglect your hair. While younger elementary school children can count on their mother to make a ponytail for them, the social etiquette of eighth grade expects girls to be able to do their own hair. Calm down messy, frizzy locks with a strong hold wax or pomade and give straight hair some life with a blow-out. For a more stylish look, try straightening your hair from the top, then curling just the bottoms for a beautiful look that is casual enough for school.
Apply minimal makeup, if any at all. Eighth graders should not wear more than lip gloss and tame mascara to avoid looking too old for their age.