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Boys Clothing Sizes


Make clothes last longer by choosing the right size!

Boys clothing sizes are designed to correspond roughly with their ages, especially for preschoolers. An average 1 year old, for example, will probably fit a Size 1 shirt for at least the first half of the year. But it’s not always that simple…. Sizes can vary between brands and kids can grow overnight! It can also be useful to think about how different fabrics or designs of clothing for little boys might work differently in terms of fit. Choosing the right boys clothing sizes can make a real difference to how long clothing will last, as well as how comfortable it feels.

boys clothing sizesLook beyond the label

Choosing the size that corresponds with age is an easy rule of thumb, and a great place to start, but you don’t need to rely on the label alone. If you are not able to try a piece of clothing on, remember that many brands also display a measurement guide in store or on the back of clothing labels. If shopping online, check whether the site has a size guide for children’s clothing; many online stores now offer comprehensive charts including arm span, back length and inseam measurements. Run a tape measure around your son – if you can get him to stand still long enough – and keep the results as a guide when buying his outfits online (at least until the next growth spurt!). It can be harder if you’re shopping for clothing as a gift, but go for a bigger size if in doubt – it won’t be long before they grow into it!

Dressing your boy for comfort and cost-saving

Everyone loves an item of clothing that fits like a glove, but the trouble with kids is that they grow so quickly! Something that is a perfect fit on Tuesday may literally be too small by the weekend. It can be tempting to buy boys clothing in larger sizes in the hope that your child will get more wear out of an item. Boys, however, are notoriously active! If clothing is too baggy, it can rub and irritate, especially in some of the tougher fabrics used in boys clothing, like denim and canvas. You also don’t want your son tripping over his hem as he enjoys play time – it’s dangerous, but it also damages the clothes!
To get a better fit, along with a longer life for the garment, look for trousers with hems that can be rolled up (or taken up, if you’re a sewer) or shorts with adjustable waists or belts. Summer pants or pyjama bottoms in lightweight fabrics can look just as cool if they turn into shorts when your boy’s legs get longer.
Choosing elasticized tights, pants and PJs can also grow with your boy, but be sure to select natural fiber blends for softness and comfort.

Sizing by brand – where cheap boys clothes “fall down”

Buying from a trusted and reputable brand doesn’t just mean getting style and design chic, it usually means a little generosity in fabric. A little extra at the seams, a little extra length and some well made, stitched to last quality to grow into and through. Always check the sizing charts as generous sizing often indicates quality.
Choosing the right boys clothing sizes is not just about the number on the label. Using your son’s actual measurements as a guide and playing around with different designs and fabrics can help ensure you choose gorgeous boys clothes that are practical, comfortable and long lasting.

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