Any parent who has a boy will tell you how hard it is to find nice clothes for a boy. Even if you don’t have children, a walk through any kids section, in any department store will show you that 3/4 of the section is pink and frilly. While the boys section is limited to a few racks.
I think my bank account is probably pretty glad that I don’t have a girl.
There is many different dresses, skirts, shirts and cute little shorts that you can buy for a little girl. For a boy, there is only so many pairs of denim or dress shorts you can buy before it just gets boring. My son has a ton of clothes, all of which are pretty much the same. There are polo shirts…or shirts with a collar. That is the only real variety.
Boys clothes also tend to be damn ugly. Two years in a row now I have bought my sons track pants from the girls section because the boys track pants are just plain ugly. I don’t begrudge anyone who buys them, but I am not a fan of the pants with banded ankle bands. I already live in bogan town, I don’t really want to fit in too much.
There is some great online stores with different takes on the boys styles. Unfortunately it’s not always possible to spend the extra money. I just can’t justify spending $30 on a shirt for my ever growing son. He’s grown almost 20cm in the last 12 months!
I walk through department stores such as Big W, Kmart and Target and see row upon row of beautiful, affordable girls clothes. I then trudge over to the boys section which usually has all of about 4 rows for sizes 1-14. The selection usually ranges from denim shorts, jeans, check shorts, cotton shorts to various coloured polos with differing construction, animal or vehicle designs. It is almost impossible to find a shirt above a size 7 that doesn’t have a skull on it. My 4yo is a size 7 in shirts and I often have no choice but to put him in shirts with skulls on them.
My son usually has 1 or 2 ‘good’ shirts. Not because that is all he needs but because that is all I can find! Dress shirts are usually white (anyone with a boy will tell you that, that is just asking for trouble) or ridiculously shaped so they only fit for a few months. He is far from dressed in rags but I just wish there was more variety.
This is a call out to the people wondering where the best market is…it’s the parents with boys! We are so desperate for nice clothes for our boys as a reasonable price. We’re sick of the boring and same, same that the market is currently providing us.
Do you have boys? Are you sick of not being able to find decent clothes?
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