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Little Boy's Shorts (driving me crazy)

  • Inga
    Inga
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    Every year, I have a terrible time finding shorts to fit Ethan. First off, boys’ shorts are SO long it’s painful. I want a short that stops at the knee, not the calf or ankle! Due to this odd length, I find that I can never find a proper fit or size. Ethan is currently, 39″ tall and 35-36 lbs so the size charts suggest I should be buying a 4T. However, the 4Ts are way too big in the waist (even with the waist tabs pulled all the way) AND way too long (I have to roll them twice to get to the knee). On the other hand, the smaller size hits in a spot where he can’t bend his knee properly as the fabric pulls right below his kneecap and across the top of the thigh. Anyone else have this problem? Have you found any shorter shorts while shopping around? I might have to start hemming shorts this year!

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  • gaamy
    gaamy
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    i would shop around, sometimes different stores have different dimensions.you might find something that better suits your needs, even if you do have to hem them . i know not everyone is down with walmart, but dont write off cheaper brands. Gigi, who is 4’1 ft tall and 7 has to wear size 10 jeans that are generally for 11-14 yo girls. we have to hem her blue jeans in the winter and i have found that walmart’s jeans fit her better so they look better when you hem them. if we get her jeans from old navy though we have to buy her size 12 which is almost a foot too long!

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    Ugh, little boys shorts drive me nuts, too!

    That is exactly the height/weight my boys were a year ago when they turned 4. Now, they weren’t wearing shorts since it was January but last spring/summer they were mostly in 3T shorts. I love Jumping Beans shorts b/c they tend to run smaller than other brands so I think they were 4T in those. They had a mix of shorts from The Children’s Place, Target (Circo brand), Jumping Beans and several random brands. I think some Garanimals too.

    gaamy
    gaamy
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    i dont know how you guys even buy clothes for your boys. Gigi likes some boy clothes so occasionally we’re over in the boys section and no matter what store we’re in at least 85% of the clothes i would never put my kid in, esp for the 5-11 ish age group.

    ladies i salute you.

    Inga
    Inga
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    When Ethan was a baby, I told my husband it was a good thing that we had a boy because it automatically limited my spending. Girl’s clothes do typically have a lot more options, although I’ve heard they can be be skimpy and hard to get in winter-weight materials. Boy’s stuff has the tendency to be drab and oversized with lots of screen-printed cartoon characters. I dig through a lot of new and used clothes to put together Ethan’s wardrobe. Ethan loves to shop, though, so I think they’re missing out on a market by not having more stylish boy choices.

    The summer Ethan turned one, I remember getting all his new shorts from Kohl’s Jumping Beans brand because they actually looked like shorts, as opposed to flood water pants. I didn’t see much selection online now, but I’ll recheck closer to summer. I really dislike going to Wal-mart, but I don’t discount cheap as long as it looks good and seems like it will hold up (which is getting hard to find regardless of how much you spend). The shorts I bought yesterday were from Old Navy (super sale!). I’m going to exchange them for a 3T and see if those are a better fit, but it’s weird to be going backwards in sizing since he’s outgrowing their 3T pants. Maybe they’ve introduced vanity sizing for toddlers this year and that’s why everything seems bigger. I think I’m also starting to run into the issue that Ethan is growing into an older boy body type (as opposed to the chubby belly toddler), but since he’s so small for his age the clothes are cut for someone who has younger proportions. Usually, Old Navy fits Ethan better than most, but I have huge fit issues with the women’s stuff and don’t bother looking for myself there anymore. Women’s clothing shopping and fit is a whole other rant!

    gaamy
    gaamy
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    i know alot of people who dont like walmart. the only reason we like it is because we came from a small town where the walmart was clean, well stocked and staffed by absolutely wonderful people. here in columbus walmart is like a dirty indoor flea market run by crack heads. it’s depressing.

    if he’s smaller than most kids his age you’re probably going to run into the qaulity issue until he’s out of toddler clothes and into big kid clothes. Toddler clothes just arent made to last in most cases b/c most companies figure the kid wont be in them that long. my neice is absolutely tiny and she didnt out grow things, she wore them out. if she had been a rough and tumble kid a lot of stuff, even name brands, wouldnt have lasted a year.

    for women old navy used to carry different lengths of the same size when i was skinny before i had Gigi i would always buy my jeans there because i could get them short. i know they dont carry the plus or short sizes for girls but they do (ha ha) carry a “slim” for girls. that actually kind of pisses me off, but as you said, a whole other rant! :)

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    Your niece sounds like Ethan. He’ll be 5 in June and I’m just clearing out the 2T shorts he’s worn the past two years. Most of them have finally gotten too tight (which is why I’m looking for shorts). The other day I realized he was wearing a shirt he’s worn for the past 3 winters. Thankfully, his shirts haven’t been wearing out. Pants aren’t too bad yet, except for pajama pants which I’ve been trying to save with iron-on patches for worn-out knees.

    Old Navy does have plus sizes and short sizes online, but I know it’s better to be able to try them on in person. I had this issue with their maternity stuff. Not sure why they don’t stock anything beyond the standard in the stores. With the amount of plus size, short and pregnant ladies I see around, I don’t think they’d have an issue selling the stuff. I just don’t have the right hip-waist proportions for their clothes anymore. When I was super thin, they fit fine, but as I gain weight I get a much curvier in the ba-donk-a-donk region so I’m left with a gaping waist and too loose legs just to get my hips in the pants.

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    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    My boys often need a size smaller in shorts than in pants, just b/c boys’ shorts tend to be cut so long like you said, but the waists on the bigger ones tend to be too large! My boys have also leaned out some this winter (Alex especially) so I’m curious to see what shorts they end up in this summer. I’m guessing 4 or 4T (they’ll be 5.5 by summer) but I’m guessing some of their 3T’s will still fit fine!

    And yeah, I’ve had fit issues with ON for myself, too. I have that with a lot of brands though. It’s gotten somewhat easier after I lost some more weight last spring/summer but I still have, essentially, size “X” waist, size X-2 hips, size X-4 thighs, and size X-6 calves. :p So it can make getting the right fit challenging! If only I could redistribute some of my belly fat to my legs (or better yet, get lipo and bulk up my leg muscles! ;)) I would be set!

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    Sounds like our boys have similar sizing issues. Glad it’s not just us! I exchanged the shorts for 3Ts. They are still a little big, but I figure by summer they’ll be the right size. Ethan was even excited about one pair, so that’s an added bonus.

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