The Complete Guide to Buying Boys’ Clothes


Choosing clothes for boys may seem easier than for girls… but it isn’t! This guide has its aim at helping any parent to find a perfect understanding on what to take into account to speed this painful and long process up!


When buying boys ’ shirts, think about having different t – shirts or casual shirts, a few collared shirts, and a couple of button – down shirts. Of course, parents need to consider how often they want or are able to do laundry, and how often boys are required to wear something nicer than a t-shirt. For example, for boys who are part of a church choir or who attend a school that requires uniforms, parents may want to buy a few more collared shirts. Keep in mind that children are natural at being messy, so anticipate that they will spill chocolate milk on themselves or will forgo using napkins in favor of wiping their hands and mouths on their shirts. White shirts, of course, will show stains more easily, while darker colors or graphic t-shirts will do a better job of camouflaging stains.


Shorts, Pants, and Jeans

Buying boys’ shorts, pants, and jeans can be a particular challenge because while boys’ legs may grow at one rate, their bodies may grow at a slower or faster rate. As a result, pants may turn out to be too long or too short. Many clothing companies have recognized this issue, and in addition to offering slim, regular, and husky sizes, some companies also include elastic or adjustable waistbands in their shorts and pants. In addition to simply rolling up a boy’s pant legs if the pants are too long, parents can now adjust the waistband and thereby extend the life of the shorts and pants they buy for their sons. When buying shorts, jeans, or pants for boys, look for durable fabric and pockets, such as cargo pants and jeans, both of which are perfect for everyday use. Boys may also need a pair of dressier pants, such as khakis, as well as a brown belt to help keep those pants up

Sweatshirts, Sweaters, and Vests

Boys should have a couple of sweatshirts, which can be a perfect layer for a chilly summer evening or for playing in piles of leaves in the fall. For younger boys, hooded or pull-over sweatshirts will be easier to deal with than zip – up sweatshirts; plus, pull-over sweatshirts are more likely to stay on while boys are running around. Boys should also have a couple of sweaters, varying depending on the weather type of the area in which they live. For colder climates, boys may need a couple of warm wool sweaters. Monochromatic sweaters, as opposed to those with complicated patterns, may be more appealing and more versatile. For certain occasions, such as holidays, boys can wear a sweater vest with a button-down and a pair of khakis.



Children’s sleepwear usually comes in sets and is usually patterned. Boys’ pajamas are oftentimes covered in graphic images or logos, depicting things like fire trucks, footballs, or spaceships. Pajamas with shorts and short-sleeved tops are great for warm weather, while those with pants and long sleeves are better for colder months. Keep in mind that flannel pajamas can be very warm, and if a boy gets too hot in the middle of the night, it is easier to remove a blanket than it is to remove pajamas. Young boys may have accidents in the middle of the night, so parents should make sure to have several pairs of pajamas on hand. Families with younger children who want to reuse pajamas might want to look for gender-neutral pajamas.


For boys who spend time at the pool or the beach, having a couple pairs of swim trunks is essential. Most swim trunks have an elastic waist or a drawstring, so parents can buy trunks a little bigger to last more than one summer. If a boy is particularly picky or will be wearing the swim trunks when he is away from his parents, such as at summer camp, parents may want to get their child’s opinion on the style of the trunks before they buy them. Having two pairs will allow boys to wear one while the other pair is drying. For boys who swim competitively, such as on a swim team, parents will need to buy a Speedo or some other type of fitted bathing suit.


While most boys will need a rain jacket, only those living in or traveling to cold climates will need a heavier winter coat. For boys who will wear rain jackets year-round, parents may consider buying a jacket that is just 1 size bigger than as of that time… Most rain jackets have adjustable cuffs, but the sleeve length may be an issue if parents purchase a boys’ rain jacket that is too big for their child. Boys’ winter coats can be trickier in terms of sizing, and unfortunately, they also tend to be more expensive. Buy this item when you know it will fit for at least one entire winter, and consider purchasing a winter coat from a consignment store or an auction site to get a good price.

Underwear and Socks

The more underwear and socks boys have, the less often their parents will have to do laundry. The size of boys’ socks will correspond to their respective shoe size, and socks may be sized in small, medium, and large, with the “large” size corresponding to sizes 3 through 9 in boys’ shoes. Even more important than buying the right pair of socks is purchasing properly fitting underwear. If underwear is too large, it will bunch up in the back, and pants may not fit well over them. The size of boys’ underwear corresponds with their pant size, and most younger boys prefer to wear briefs, as they stay in place better while running and playing sports. As boys get older, they may prefer to wear boxers. Sizing for boys’ boxers is normally considered to be small, medium, or large; check how sizes are grouped according to each manufacturer.


Children’s feet grow in spurts, which can make buying boys ’ shoes particularly challenging. Keep in mind that sizing for boys’ shoes is different from clothing sizes. If a boy is sized 4 in clothes, he may be a size 10 in shoes. Having boys’ feet measured at a shoe store will help ensure that parents purchase the correct-sized shoes, especially if they are buying shoes online. Most adults would rather go barefoot than wear shoes that are either too small or too big, and boys are even more willing to kick off their shoes in public. Most boys will require at least one or two spare pairs of sneakers, a pair of dress shoes, such as brown leather shoes, a pair of rain boots, a pair of winter boots, and a pair of shoes to wear in summer, such as sandals. Just make sure the sandals have back straps so they will stay on young boys’ feet.

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  1. Thanks for the tips on choosing the shoes, I was so dazzled and confused about that part of my shopping last weekend!

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