Clothes shopping for boys ... grrrrrrr

Lara - posted on 05/02/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I know that this is a repeated complaint, but I need to vent. WHY, why, why is it always the same? 2/3 of any given children's store is all girl stuff. And a preponderance of PINK! Like a girl never wears any other color?

Then there's only about 1/3 if you are lucky for boys to choose from. It's all blue for the little guys; at least the older boys (toddlers in our case) get to wear more than just blue. BUT JEEZ -- I'd like more selection. The market is there, why doesn't any retailer stock more?
Ok vent over. Thanks for reading ... and commiserating.

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Due to the frustrations of trying to shop in North America for my teen boy, I set up my own BOYS ONLY clothing company for pre-teens and teens. I wanted the casual everyday style I was used to seeing in the UK, a good quality and all for a good price - after all - they do grow and if your son is like mine, he still goes through the knees of everything even now at 14!
I also didn't want inappropriate graphics on the t-shirts, and by that I mean neither too young or too old with references to sex, drugs and girls!!!!
I also found in N.America , the boys clothing was like being in a lifestyle club - you had to identify with the lifestyle, skater, surfer etc..... and mine just didn't - he's a regular kid!
So, check it out......www.pathandlaftr.com
It's doing great in Canada. WE CAN ship to the US, but just email us first so we can get the shipping right. MF

Lucy - posted on 04/11/2012

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Unfortunatly its not the retailers who dont stock it,its the manufactures that dont make it!I assumed it was just the uk but its an epidemic lol.I started my own online baby/childrens clothing shop and i have 80% girls stuff as the boys stuff which is all knitted and cutsie stops at 2yrs after that they dont make anything!I have a six year old and the only nice clothes i could find him were ted baker which are not cheap!so i have to sale shop for them and buy a few years ahead too while on offer.Even gap who did great stuff upto 4 dont do anything great on the bigger boy section.I share your frustration!grrrrrrr

Meghann - posted on 06/29/2009

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Tell me about it. I'm sick of character shirts and shoes...I want cool, preppy clothes. I get most of mine on Ebay, then I get the selection from the UK and Australia too. always get compliments on how my sons are dressed. Try searching on ebay for the following: Diesel, quiksilver, kenneth cole, ralph lauren, tommy, sean john, h & m, gap, mexx and esprit. Then refine your search to just toddler boy clothing. Some really cute stuff! Seeing all your posts makes me think it might be time to start a clothing line for just boys!

Kimberly - posted on 06/29/2009

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I absolutley agree with everyone. Just about any store you go in the choices and colors are pretty limited and pretty much the same with a few variations here and there and everything else for boys is sport themed ...news falsh not all boys are into the mainstream sports....and don't even expect to have an easy time finding something if your son is not the industry standard for boys sizes.

Tara - posted on 06/24/2009

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Grrrrrr indeed. I have a 2 year old who is as tall as a 4 year old but has the waste of an 18 month old. Shopping for him is a night mare! Not only is the selection and color limited for boys but apparently they all come in one size. Someone should tell my son this, because he is not conforming to the manufacturers standards.
And I totally agree, enough with the pink and blue, there are other colors in the world. I have a friend who just had a girl and she refuses to put her in pink. I said good luck finding her clothes. On a positive note, there is a Target here by me that does surprisingly well stocking boys clothes, in different styles colors and sizes. Thank God for that otherwise my son would be wearing short shorts, and high waters, all in blue, of course.

Di - posted on 06/22/2009

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Hey just found an absolute bargain (maybe) on ebay here in Aus. 85 pieces of mixed kids brand new, brand name clothing for $355 delivered. The reason I say maybe is that it could just have one or two sets of boys clothes and the rest will be girls stuff, which will suit my sil for her 5 girls.. They mention things like spiderman, thomas, cars, bob the builder and TMNT to name a few so hopefully I wont get 95% girl stuff. You really have to look far and wide to find good stuff. I like Thomas stuff purely because they use the bright blue and CARS stuff because they use a lot of red. I love dressing my boys in red, you can see it for miles when they run off, as they do all the time...lmao. Last year found a really groovy surfie set in Target which consisted of a fluro pink polo. I love it. Sorry ladies, just so excited about my great find.....not often I have a win like that

Stania - posted on 06/22/2009

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I buy girls clothes for my 6 yr old boy. They do funky colours like purple yellow orange green - and not just blue grey and brown (gets a bit boring after a few years). He always gets compliments when he wears them and he's non the wiser (4 now). Found funky boys clothes on internet but they always seem far too expensive just cos they've added colour. Just explore a bit more in George (n the like).

LaCi - posted on 06/08/2009

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I HATED the baby boy options for clothing. I had him in costumes most of the time lol. Superman, a little dinosaur costume... I took advantage of that before he could tell me I was ridiculous.

But even with any options there might be for toddler boys-mines only 11 months but hes in toddler clothing, flipping giant- I'm absolutely addicted to bright polos and board shorts this summer. Its like his uniform now. Which is so strange because thats totally not my style. I'm a totally casual person, nothing but hoodies and jeans here. But my son is always dressed to preppy perfection, while I still look like a kid going to a rock concert.

I love JC Penny, sale days mean 5-10 dollars per outfit, although the selection may not be much is satisfies his uniform.

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I've noticed this too. I tend to get a lot of their things second hand on ebay. I can search for what i want and can get nicer quality clothes that are nearly new.

Mary - posted on 05/27/2009

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Childrens Place has real cute boy clothes.. They have real good deals. I can go and spend $50 and walk out 4-5 outfits some times.. Always looking for the good deal.

Karen - posted on 05/26/2009

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I hear ya. I have almost 4 year old twin boys, and everything here is color coded. It's so hard to find the same outfit in two different colors other than dark or dark, blah! Plus, they're tall. So, they're in size 5T/5 now. Once you hit that size, nothing is cute anymore. It's all dark, dark, dark and older looking. Sometimes they come with tears/rips or un-hemmed. I don't want my boys looking like bums! Or the character on the shirt is just dark and scary. We're not into Japanese Anime either. And I know what you mean about the selection being very small to choose from. I had such a difficult time finding summer clothes for my boys this summer. I was so frustrated with the whole process this time. I love JCPenney's Okie Dokie line because everything is so colorful and mix/match. Unfortunately, they make almost nothing in size 5/5T. I also go with Gymboree because my boys are tall, and can get more than one season out of their clothes, but they have a very tiny selection and the colors are so drabby/dark all the time. It is so frustrating!! Anyone know how to sew? Want to start a new boys line of clothing? ;0)

Di - posted on 05/21/2009

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This is my absolute pet hate about being a mother of boys. Even trying to find a little good shirt with button down front for good occasions is an absolute nightmare. I get the choice of one or two. Little pink fluffies everywhere. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr. Don't the manufacturers think that we want to dress up our boys nicely?

Cara - posted on 05/21/2009

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i agree i go into best and les n there is hardly any boys stuff but the other day my friend hada baby girl n i went 2 buy her a little outfit n there was girls stuff everywhere i actually think its really rude n inconsiderate because the shops with boys clothes normally cost a fortune

Rosalyn - posted on 05/19/2009

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Has been a pet hate of mine for years, have a 13 year old son now, so Ive been shopping for boys clothes for a long time lol. Mind you hes so big now he can nearly get away with shopping from the mens department now!! For my younger sons I like H&M too, also Gymboree for my youngest son, but here in Ireland there is no store so I have to shop online which is not good for my credit card.

Danielle - posted on 05/07/2009

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I find that H & M has a ok amount of boy's clothing. I do love them because they are not expensive and they have some really different items. Not just the same old blue jeans and tees. They do not have a website where you can buy the items... Hopefully that would change. But if there is one by you, check it out!

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agreed. I don't know where you live but I shop at Fred Meyer sometimes and they have a decent selection. definately better the older the boys get, but I've found some cool things for my toddler. GL

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