What's the deal with boys' pants sizes?

Discussion in 'Childhood and Beyond (4+)' started by Sue1968, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. Sue1968

    Sue1968 Well-Known Member

    So my boys will only wear pants with an elastic waist. They won't have anything to do with snaps and zippers. I don't think it's a big deal since I see a lot of kids with elastic pants. Anyway, at 4' 6" the size 8 pants from last year are a tad too short and a tad too tight. So, I bought the next size up which is 10-12. I bought some from Walmart and Old Navy and they are HUGE. Not only are they all 4 inches too long, they are huge in the waist. The Old Navy ones have draw strings and I still can't get them tight enough. I hemmed a couple of pairs so the boys would have something to wear now that the morning temps are in the 40s (they've been in shorts up till now) but they are not too happy with the baggy waist. I let Adam wear an old (too short) pair today but Ben really can't fit into the size 8 anymore (his butt's too big). I can't believe there is no size that will properly fit them this year.
  2. KCMichigan

    KCMichigan Well-Known Member

    We have that problem....one of my DDs cant get in a sz 7/8 (too short!) legging but a 10/12 is HUGE all over! She really needs a skinny 9! (no such thing except at gymboree).....so your DSs are not the only ones.
    Our solution is dresses until she gets bigger! 
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  3. Sue1968

    Sue1968 Well-Known Member

    I know! They need a size 9 but nobody sells it, especially with an elastic waist.
  4. sharongl

    sharongl Well-Known Member

    Shop around.  Some years I found Children's Place fit better, sometimes Target, sometimes Gap.  Childrens Place tends to run long, so where they were wearing size 12, in CP, they would wear a 10.
  5. rrodman

    rrodman Well-Known Member

    I have a hatred of elastic waist pants for boys. You have no idea what you'll get. A size 5 may fit, may be too short, or may be so big you have to roll the waistband and they still fall down. And that can all be the same pant--same brand and size for differently because of how they are manufactured.
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  6. Sue1968

    Sue1968 Well-Known Member

    Thanks. This is great information. I am a very frugal (cheap) person and since I buy at least 10-12 pairs of pants each year for the two of them, I don't even consider Gymboree or Gap. (I just checked and Gap's sale prices are okay.) Children's Place has good sale prices but I stopped buying their pants years ago because the fabric they use is so heavy, the pants were uncomfortable. I haven't checked them out in a while, though, so maybe the larger sizes would be more comfortable to wear. The other problem is that taking the boys to try on pants is worse than herding cats so I always have to buy and then try, and then return them if they don't fit.
  7. kingeomer

    kingeomer Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    Shopping for children's clothes is one of my least favorite things to do because of the sizing.  I don't think I could tell you what the honest size of both of my kids.  They could fit anywhere between 4-6 depending on the brand and style of the item.
  8. Sue1968

    Sue1968 Well-Known Member

    Update: Ordered a few pairs from the Gap website. They have some sort of 35% thing going on that makes some of the pants affordable. If their size charts are correct, the size Large is supposed to be 9-10 and my boys fall into that range. Thanks for the great info, Sharon.
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