Boys’ Clothing Guide
Boys’ Clothing 101
Types of Boys’ Clothing
Shop boys’ (4-6x) activewear
Boys’ Pants & Bottoms
Boys’ Outfit Sets
Boys’ Clothing Buying Tips:
• Shop together to help him find his personal tastes
• Stick with elastic waistbands and pullover tops until boys can handle fasteners
• Take frequent height, inseam and waist measurements for the most accurate fit
• Stock up on boys’ shorts in summer to save wear on pants
• Stock up on socks and underwear, but buy other boys’ clothing only as needed
• Choose darker colours and graphics to disguise stains
• Choose polycotton blends for easy care, comfort and durability
Boys’ Clothing Features
A boy’s numerical size typically corresponds to his age, but actual fit varies among different brands. Some brands offer slim sizes for shorter or leaner boys and husky sizes for taller or heavier kids. If your son finds a style or cut he likes, stay loyal to that label to get a consistent fit and make it easy to restock his closet. Keep his waist, height, chest and inseam measurements on hand and update them regularly. Boys grow quickly, sometimes a full or half- size overnight so, when in doubt, buy a size larger. Choose pants with drawstrings or adjustable waistbands to keep him comfortable through sudden physical changes.
Fabrics combining the comfort of natural cotton or hemp with the practicality of synthetics are designed to stand up to boys’ rough-and-tumble play. Polycotton blends provide the best of both worlds for comfort, durability and easy care. Look for a higher ratio of synthetic material in pants and outerwear to withstand heavy use and frequent wash cycles. Cotton provides softness, breathability and skin-soft comfort in underwear, tees and PJs. If your son has sensitive skin or allergies, 100% natural fabrics may offer relief from symptoms.
Boys’ pants come in a variety of cuts for different fits and styles. Straight fit, loose fit and boot cuts are traditional cuts suitable for most boys. Carpenter cuts have a slightly looser fit for greater comfort. Cargo pants have a loose fit and lots of pockets for convenient storage of cellphones and handheld devices. Skinny pants offer style and stretch to allow for greater movement. While most are enduring styles that come and go, your son may prefer one cut over another. Staying loyal to a brand, cut or style can make it easier for him to get the right fit every time and for you to restock his closet.
Zippers, Buttons & Drawstrings +
The age of your boy is the determining factor when buying clothes with fasteners. Base your choice of zipper, button or drawstring on whether he’s capable of managing these closures himself. Zippers are easy to use and save time and effort, so they’re helpful for younger boys, especially on hoodies and outerwear. But zippers can snag in the wash so make sure that zip-up garments are fastened before laundering. Buttons tend to last longer and can be replaced, but a real nuisance if lost. Drawstrings are handy and easily adjusted but avoid strings on hoodies for safety reasons.
Jeans come in a variety of washes, from dark, medium and light washes to faded and coloured washes, to reflect different looks and trends. Your son may choose a wash based on personal preference or the latest style but some are easier to care for than others. Darker washes hide spills and stains better than lighter washes, but must be washed separately to preserve their colour. Classic blue jeans are easier to coordinate with shirts than coloured jeans, so you might want to stick to neutral hues for easy, effortless dressing.
Stitching & Finishing +
Quality stitching lasts longer and can save you money in the long run. Boys’ clothes need high-quality hems and strong seams to withstand repeated abuse. The higher the stitch count (per inch) the better. Be wary of loose threads which could indicate weakness and look for even, tight stitching that will hold the garment together after repeated washings. Check for double seams, hem stitches and finished edges and avoid thinner fabrics that could fray and come apart. A little attention to detail will ensure your kids’ clothes are built to last.
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Boys’ Clothing Care Tips:
• Pre-treat stains before laundering
• Wash coloured and black garments, sweaters and hoodies inside out to preserve colour and softness
• Wash whites in hot water and brights, denims and darks in cold water to preserve colour
• Wash high-pile items separately from darks and fabrics that catch lint
• Hang garments to dry on a clothesline or set dryer on low heat to prevent shrinkage and preserve colour