When A. was an infant, he had the biggest thighs you can imagine on a baby. You can get a peek at them here:
So big were his legs that we couldn’t zip regular blanket sleepers over them. We tried sleepers from Walmart, sleepers from Kohls. Sleepers from Target, sleepers from Sears. We had a giant stack of fleecey jammies that did us not one bit of good since there’s no way A. would fit in them without serious risk of getting caught in the zipper.
The only exception? A red fleece sleeper that my aunt and uncle had purchased him from LL Bean. The legs of that sleeper were roomy enough to accomodate his chunk-a-lunk thighs without issue. I used to wash it over and over and over again because it was such a relief to have a garment that FIT.
Now, the average blanket sleeper comes in around $10 or less, typically. The LL Bean sleepers? Were $26. And this was nine years ago.
Nonetheless, A. got two more of them because, when all was said and done, we spent less on those than we had on the giant pile of useless jammies that wouldn’t zip over his legs.
Every child is built differently and some are more challenging to fit than others. When you have a child who doesn’t fit well into “standard sizing,” it can be a bit of a treasure hunt to find the garments that actually work well. And, once you find a brand and style that works? Well, in my experience, it’s sometimes best to just become loyal to that brand and roll with it.
These days, A. has an entirely different build: he is tall and very slim through the waist. He is not, however, one of these overall skinny kids. While he doesn’t have a big rear end or legs, they’re also not non-existent or stick-like. His shoulders are on the broad side, nine-year-old-boy-wise, and he’s starting to get some little ropy muscles on his chest and arms.
If you, too, have a very tall boy with a very slim waist, I’m here to help. Having been through dozens of brands, styles, and stores, we’ve culled through a lot to arrive at the ones that seem to truly work for this build, while not breaking the bank. So, without further ado:
Boys with this build can usually wear standard size tops. For sweaters and oxford shirts, we look for a description that says something like “slimmer cut through the body” or “this garment fits more closely.” That’s a good thing for a long, slim kid, but true “slim” sizes often aren’t necessary if the child doesn’t have particularly narrow shoulders.
We’ve been through a lot of jeans. A LOT OF JEANS. The best brand and cut we’ve found, by far, is Wrangler (available at Walmart, Target, and many other stores.) Both the straight leg and cowboy cuts (in slim sizes) are fantastic for the tall slim set, and, if the child has fuller thighs or rear, there are more relaxed styles that retain the nice small waist.
The very best khaki pants we’ve found come from Old Navy, in the uniform section. No, our son does not have to wear a uniform to school. Nonetheless, I wait eagerly for the “uniform sale” every July/August and then stock up these pants in a slim. They are sturdy, affordable, and adjustable, even in the higher sizes (like 12 and 14.) The size 12 slim, for example, is the length of a standard 12, with a size 8 waist. This is super helpful as a starting point for a tall, slim-waisted boy so he doesn’t wind up looking like he’s wearing a cinched paper bag.
Here’s the deal– dress pants are WAY hard to find for this build. Just trust me. I spent hours upon hours looking for them before A’s first communion. In the end, I bought black uniform pants from Old Navy and my mom pressed a crease into them. They looked great.
We’ve had success with both Old Navy and The Children’s Place for boys’ slim shorts. Old Navy runs a tad larger than Children’s Place and is a bit longer in the rise, just so you know. Both typically have functional draw strings on the boys’ athletic shorts (unlike what is typical now for girls– don’t get me started), but we have been fooled by The Children’s Place a time or two, so be sure to read the reviews! Do not think that buying a very long style short in one size smaller will solve the problem– the waist will likely still be too big and the rise too short. (Ask me how I know.)
All of the stores mentioned above have very reasonable prices and excellent sales– Old Navy and The Children’s Place, in particular, run phenomenal sales quite frequently.
So there you go. There is all I’ve learned after years of attempting to find just the right fit for my tall, slim-waisted son. What other recommendations for or questions about this body type do you have?