Buying for Boys: A Guide to Apparel Shopping

Clothing shopping for kids can be quite a challenge. Unpredictable growth spurts, as well as shifting interests can lead to a garment being resigned to the dresser or donation pile in short order. Whether you do your shopping on the Internet or in-store, be sure to reference this guide for your next expedition.

General Tips

Before you begin, equip yourself with a list of crucial measurements: height, weight, as well as size of neck, chest, waist, and hips. Boys’ clothes are classified either by age or broad size (small, medium, large, etc.), with some companies also distinguishing fits such as slim or husky. As with adult apparel, not every brand is true to size, so be sure to measure to ensure a proper fit.

Shirt Shopping

Most boys dress casually in t-shirts, although collared and button shirts are a good way to mix up the wardrobe. Take into account the neck opening of t-shirts, and the length of all shirts relative to height and torso-to-leg length ratio. Always check fabric percentages, and whether the shirt is pre-shrunk; 100 percent cotton construction usually means the item will shrink, particularly if washed or dried at higher temperatures.

Procuring Pants

Maybe the most challenging garment type, pants require even greater consideration with regard to body measurements. Waist size must be comfortable but snug enough to stay up if your child does not wear belts. Some clothing companies offer elastic or other adjustable types of waistbands to eliminate this issue and extend the lifespan of pants worn by growing boys.

With regard to length, try to err on the longer side if you’re feeling unsure. Denim can be rolled up to shorten length, but pants that are too short are either going to become hand-me-downs or cut-offs.

Outerwear Options

If your child requires a rain jacket or heavy winter coat, be sure to consider the sleeve length. Coats should usually be purchased with a little extra space for layering in cold weather. Pull-over sweatshirts reduce problems stemming from stuck or broken zippers, and are good go-to garments for days which start cold and get warmer, as they’re easier to stuff into a backpack than a jacket.

Selecting Sleepwear

Pajamas should be selected with respect to nighttime temperatures. Cotton pajama sets provide better warmth in cold areas, but can cause discomfort if a child gets too hot during the night. Soft t-shirts and cotton shorts or lightweight pants are good options for bedtime apparel.

While shopping for boys’ clothing can be an arduous project, it can definitely be made easier with a little bit of planning and forethought. Always take into account expected growth, weather, and the styles that will make your child feel comfortable, both for the feel and look of what he is wearing. It is one surefire way to make sure that getting him dressed in the morning is a more painless part of your day.

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