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My 10 year old daughter is tall and slender (wish I had her
problem!) and skinny jeans at Target, Kohls, etc. that fit
her waist are too short! Any ideas of where to find
something that might fit her? Thanks! Debbie
Try Justice For Girls or JCPenney - I've found they have
long/tall options Debbie L.
My daughter needs the length of a size 10 pant, but the
waist of a size 7 or 8. I recently ordered 10 slims from
target, but when she tried them on the waist was still so
big they couldn't stay up. Any suggestions about where to
find slim pants? Heather
LandsEnd makes some of their pants styles for kids (both
boys and girls styles) with an adjustable waist. There is a
band inside the waistband that can be tightened or loosened,
and then secured to a hidden button. They are also very good
about telling you precise measurements so you could call or
email to ask about precise length and waist range for
particular styles. My tall thin son lived in their pants
until he reached adult sizes (which remain hard to find to
fit!). I think LL Bean may also have some with this
Try Lands End Kids. They have a huge website and most of the
kids clothes come in slim sizes. They have a great no hassle
return policy if it doesn't work out and the catalogs often
come with free shipping promotions. I've had good success
shopping here for my very skinny kids! Slim's mom
Try Lands' End. They have slim clothes for kids. I almost
never pay full price-- sign up for their email and they'll
send you coupons all the time. Savvy Shopper
I have had good luck with Land's End (on-line) slim sizes
for my slim 8 year old boy. You can search just for slim
sizes on their website. They even have slim sizes that work
without having to use the adjustable waist-band elastic,
which my son hates (it scratches). Some styles work better
than others, but I've gotten pants, shorts and even swim
trunks all in slim size. The best thing is you can return
to Sears and don't have to hassle with returning via mail.
I've also had the same experience with Target's 'slim' that
were so big in the waist that the pants just fell to his
knees. I've resigned myself to having to spend more money
for Land's End. valerie
My eight-year-old son is a skinny guy, and he can only wear pants
in slim sizes. Unfortunately, sweatpants don't ever seem to come
in slim sizes, and I haven't been able to find him sweatpants
that fit him. I even tried getting some in the girls' department
(I figured I could cover up the sparkly heart with a patch)
because I thought they might be cut slimmer, but they fell off
him, too. I'm not a good enough sewer to take in the waist, and
although I may yet give in and pay a tailor, I'd rather just find
him some pants that already fit. Any suggestions? Does anyone
want to sell us some outgrown sweatpants (or loose-fitting
elastic-waisted cotton pants) that are the equivalent of an 8S?
Try Kohl's. I don't know what they have for older kids, but I
love their Jumping Beans brand for my 4-year-old. He is also
very thin, and it's hard to find pants long enough that don't
fall down. He only wears soft, sweats-like pants, and the
pants at Kohl's are perfect.
Mom of bean pole
I feel your pain mom. My boy is 14 yrs old and is over 5 foot 9
and only weighs about 105 pounds! Finding pants that fit is the
bane of my existence!! He only has one pair of sweat pants, and
they are jersey-ish Nike track pants that we bought at SportMart
or SportsAuthority...or whatever it is called now. There is one
in Emeryville and one in Concord. The pants have and elastic
waist with a drawstring and the leg openings are not elasticized.
Mom of a Beanpole
I'm looking for soft comfortable jeans my 6 year old son will
wear. He stopped wearing jeans about a year ago and will only
wear sweatpants or those nylon-type athletic pants. He says the
jeans are too stiff and he can't run and jump. He barely
tolerates the cargo style cotton pants.
Any recommendations for a brand name and where to buy them is
greatly appreciated. He needs slim sizes but not the kind with
the elastic inside waistband adjustment. He doesn't like the
elastic ends poking out and scratching him.
You're in luck--there is indeed a product that fits your needs.
Look at Lands' End for ''climber pants'' (they have several
different styles) in the ''indigo'' color (i.e., denim). They
have an elastic waist and come in slim sizes.
Mother of another skinny boy
I like Land's End for boy's jeans. Sears in the Sun Valley Mall
(Pleasant Hill) carries kids Land's End stuff, but for best
selection I recommend buying online (www.landsend.com). They
come in slim. They do have those inside waist adjustment, but
the ends are sewn down, so maybe they won't poke him (or if they
are really an issue, you could just cut them out).
On closer inspection of my son's Land's End jeans, the
adjustable elastic waistband is not sewn down at the ends. Looks
like you might be able to cut the elastic out though, without
compromising the build-in elastic at the back of the jeans.
My son is a long skinny one. Does anyone know where I can get
pants that are slim AND long?
Ideal would be Land's End climbers with extra length.
Thank you in advance.
Try JCPenneys Boys Dept....I've had good luck finding a variety of slim and long pants
for my son there.
My long skinny 15-y.o. wears pants from Lands End or LL Bean. They both offer several
styles of pants with adjustable waists (you pull up the strap inside the waistband, and
button it as small as you want; it doesn't show from the outside). Buy the correct size
for the length he needs, then cinch up the waist as needed. My son is in the largest
size now (20), so I don't know what I'll do when he outgrows those!
Unfortunately, manufacturers don't make longs for kids. They only make regular, husky,
and slim. Believe me, I've looked everywhere, as my son is extremely tall and skinny.
We usually get him Gap slims. They have adjustable tab waistbands so you can tighten
them even more. Old Navy makes some slims, but they don't seem to have the selection
that the Gap does. Good luck. Fitting skinny boys is very difficult. My son is 14 and
won't be seen in elastic waist pants anymore, which narrows our options even more!
Need tough boys' jeans!
I need some recommendations on what kind of jeans to buy my boys.
I've bought three pairs for my almost five year old in the past few
months and all of them quickly got worn in the knees. Can anyone
recommend extra durable jeans for active boys? Thanks!
I used to buy iron on patches and iron them on the inside of the
knees of my son's jeans
I'm not sure if they still have it, but when my daughter was
young, I started shopping at Sears because they have the
KidsAdvantage program. If the boys wear through the jeans, you
can return them for the same brand/same size.
It worked pretty well for me and my tough girl
I highly recommend Land's End and L.L. Bean. Not super expensive
and their stuff lasts. Land's End has some reinforced-knee
My mom raised 5 kids in the midwest, three boys that raised alot
of ---- and I was one of them. We got our jeans from Sears and
JC Pennys. Mom was always ironing patches into the knees and
then sewing the perimeters. She sometimes did this as a
pre-emptive strike when the jeans were new before we could tear
them up adding strength to the knees. Usually she put the
patches inside the jeans so we didn't look like hand me downs.
Now days I see alot of designer jeans intended to last a few
weeks so you'll buy more. I have noticed the ''Dickies'' brand
work clothes have some jeans with double knees for workmen and
surprisingly some of the Dickies wear is considered quite
fashionable in some circles. I am not sure if they make kids
sizes but it is worth a look to find them if so. Longs on 51st
in Oakland sells them for adults and I think there is a Dickies
store in Berkeley to check for kid's sizes. If not, head on down
to Sears and buy those iron on patches putting them in right !
off the bat! If your kids are young they aren't too fashion
My 2 yo daughter is slender, and it's difficult to find pants
the right length that don't fall off her. Does anyone know of
anything like a clip that I could use to tighten the waistband
(and where to buy it)? I'm imagining something like the clips at
the bottom of suspenders. I am not a sewer, so opening seams
and shortening the elastic would be a daunting project.
Alternatively, can anyone recommend brands that have small
The Children's Place (SF near Crocker Galleria and maybe Walnut
Creek?)has adjustable elastic in most of their jeans, pants,
skirts- a big elastic you can pull much tighter on both sides
with buttonholes to fasten it where you want- brilliant. They
are not very expensive and have a lot of sales- some of their
styles are very trendy, other things are more basic looking.
or land's end makes ''slim'' stuff. no sewing tips here.
I have slim daughters too, and have always found Gymboree pants
(the LEGGINGS, not the pants with flared legs) to fit PERFECTLY.
They come in a variety of patterns and colors, but are all the
same cut and style...They can be expensive if you pay full price,
but get the ones that were last month's line, and you can save a
lot. I usually pay $5-8 for the clearance ones, and they last
My son is also very tall and thin, and it is so challenging to
find pants. Especially once he started toilet training and
needed to be able to pull them off himself (at that point,
buttons, or the adjustable waist wouldn't work). The only brand
that works well for him is Jacadi. They are expensive, but from
my experience, european kids are much thinner, and clothes made
there fit better. They are also well-made, and last. They
often have sales, and I buy the elastic waist pants in quantity
then. You can buy them online, or at the Jacadi store on
Burlingame Ave in Burlingame.
I have the same problem. I finally found a company that sold
belts with velcro, but forgot where I found those. But right
after I did that, I discovered that the gap carries pants with
elastic in them that you stretch out & it will buckle up in the
back to fit your daughter's waist. You just pull it & it fastens
with buttons................what a life saver. I believe I found
some of those pants at old navy too, which is a little cheaper
than the gap. But you can contact me at any time & I will keep
you updated whenever I find other places with those same type of
pants because I'm always shopping & my daughter is 2 also so
they wear about the same size.
The Children's Place sells jeans with a hidden elastic band sewn
in the waist that is adjustable with buttons. I just discovered
them this year and was pleasantly surprised - they were also
pretty inexpensive but I can't remember exactly how much now.
There is one downtown Walnut Creek; I don't know where else they
I am looking for 100% cotton sweatpants for my elementary school
age sons. I would love some that have pockets and reinforced
knees. I'm not much of a shopper; I know they don't have them at
Target or Mervyns. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Hanna Anderson has the best sweats around (children's and
adults). Not the least expensive you can find, but, they last
forever and wash well. http://www.hannaandersson.com/
picky about sweats
If you're willing to shop by catalogue or online, you should check out
Hanna Andersson, Land's End, and LL Bean. I do they think they carry
more of that type of product in the fall and winter months, though.
Landsend.com, Hanna Andersson (watch for sales), Old Navy (if you
shop GAP stores). Also - Cotton Kids on Piedmont (if they're
We have found great (but not cheap) 100% cotton sweat pants on
line or in the catalogue at Hanna Anderssen.com (Sp?). You can
google it. They have a good web page and great customer service.
- Catalogue shoppin' mom
Try shopping online: Hanna Andersson, Lands End, and/or LL Bean
all have web sites, & all should have what you're looking for.
shop a lot
We have found pocketed sweatpants without reinforced knees at Target, and also at
Sears. Online, LandsEnd has exactly what you want.
My 7 year old girl is a size 8 in girth but very short for her
age, so nothing seems to fit. I can hem, but many pants are
unhemmable. I want to find a good brand for girls with tummies. I
dont want shopping to become difficult already. Any suggestions
would be appreciated. Thanks.
Lands End has a great selection of ''girl plus'' pants for girls
who are a little rounder. They accomodate the waist girth
without making the pants too long. If you're not happy, you can
return them free at Sears. Lands End also gives free shipping
for exchanges. I've been shopping there for my daughter for
several years. I strongly recommend giving them a try.
My nine-year-old son still doesn't want to wear jeans, only
sweat-pants and others with elastic waist. The trouble is, he
has a VERY slender waist, and as he gets taller (but not much
wider), all of the pants are too big at the waist. Most of the
pants have sewn-down elastic, so just snugging up the elastic
isn't an option. Occasioanlly I just sew some for him, but I'd
like to find a good source to buy some.
Does anybody know a source for slim-size elastic waist pants,
or jsut some that tend to run slim? Local, catalog, or on-line
are all o.k.
Try the ''easy fit'' pants from the Gap (www.gap.com). They have several colors and styles of khaki-type pants with built in elastic. There's a description on their web site of how this adjustable waist works. You just cinch up the elastic to the right width for your skinny child.
- mother of another skinny 9-year-old boy who also won't wear jeans
Try Lands' End for slim pants. My 10-year-old son likes the
reinforced knee sweat pants. He also likes the Climbers which
are cotton canvas or demin. They have elastic waistbands with a
sewn-in adjustable belt. The quality is good and it is easy to
return items that don't fit. Their sizes tend to run big, so
order with that in mind.
Boys' sweatpants with straight leg
My son prefers to wear sweat pants with an elastic waist but
We're having trouble finding ones that have a finished cuff in his
size. Mervyn's carries these in smaller sizes but not the larger sizes.
I'd prefer not to buy the Hanna Andersson ones, since they are
Very expensive. Has anyone seen these elsewhere? Thanks for any help.
Macy's carries a brand called Green Dog that makes them sizes 8 - 20.
Here's what I do with my son's elastic-bottom pants: cut off the elastic cuff; hem the pant legs with a sewing machine. Wrinkles from the elastic should smooth out in the wash, or iron if that doesn't work. Make sure the pant legs are long enough, though!
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