Boys' clothes need to stand up to a lot and be durable enough to last through playtime and the washing machine. This might sound like an exaggeration, but really, who are we kidding? Boys like mud and paint and lots of other dirty, stain-prone things. Little fellas will test the durability of every outfit they own, so even if you're just hunting for weekend clothes, they still need to be able to put up with most, if not all, situations that boys will put them through. Luckily there are a lot of options open to you as a parent, many of which will easily fit into your budget.
When shopping for clothes, you'll mostly want to pay attention to fit: not only do items need to fit comfortably now, but also they have to work for more than a few weeks. If they mesh with school dress codes, that's all the better. Taste does play a role, of course, and luckily there are a lot of different places to get affordable Spongebob Squarepants, Transformers, Spiderman, and Batman items, all largely popular with the younger male set. See our helpful tips below and good luck shopping!
What's Best for Their Age?
Boys grow fast and keeping up with clothes that fit can be tough. Styles also change as they get older; you won't see your teenager caught dead in any styles he wore when he was 12.
* Toddlers: For toddlers, make sure you get comfortable clothing that's also easy to clean, as kids will get into everything.
* Young boys: Jeans are a great go-to option, especially if your child is into playing in the mud; denim will hold up to wear and tear better than most materials. T-shirts with favorite cartoon characters are a great choice.
* Preteens: This is the age when being cool starts to be really important. Trends that are hot right now are plaids (especially shorts), slim leg jeans, and even button-downs.
* Teenagers: Hopefully he's picking out some of his own outfit, but it's hard to actually get him to go out and buy anything. That's where you come in. Popular shops for teen boys are Pac Sun, Urban Outfitters, and Hollister.
Now you know what's appropriate for most school days. After school, your little tyke is going to need to burn off some calories, so why not get him involved in a sport? Of course, if your child playing a sport, this means you'll need to purchase some equipment, so check below for the essentials.