Why do shops stock so few boy clothes?

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I’m not talking about designer clothes, I can’t afford those. I’m talking about everyday-wear clothes for half the child population of any given city in this country where most of us buy kids’ clothing from – Ackermans, Pep, Mr Price, Pick ‘n Pay, Woolworths, Jet, Edgars – the chain stores (If I’m leaving anyone out, please tell me, I need to include them in my endless hunt to try to clothe my child).

Why, oh why is it so difficult to find clothes for boys over age 7? There are plenty of boys’ baby clothes and unisex baby clothes, for toddlers there are more girls than boys clothes, for pre-schoolers there are even fewer boys’ clothes, but in the 7+ to teen age group some shops don’t even have a boys section and some stock a small selection (so tiny you usually have to ask for it and it is right behind the bath mats and pillow cases).

Desperate Measures

Is there a reason that mothers of boys have to hunt clothes and beg friends to pass down anything that doesn’t have huge holes in the knees or buy one pair of shorts from a designer store for the equivalent of a month’s bond repayment?

Boys do actually wear clothes, in fact, we spend a lot of time teaching them that waving their male appendages about in public is not a good idea – yet when we go to the shops to buy the modern equivalent of fig leaves – there aren’t any. Do our store buyers and merchandise planners need more education in the fact that boys older than 7 exist? Is it that parents of boys just don’t buy them clothes?


While I’m on the subject, why is it that character underpants, you know the ones – Mickey Mouse, Ben 10, Spiderman etc, can never be found in the 2-3, 4-5 age group, when children actually want to wear them, but there are plenty in the 13-14 age group. Please find me a teenage boy who still wears these underpants. Please.

Am I really thankful for school uniforms?

I’ve had to resort to asking a friend to make track suit pants for my child and getting hand me downs and buying whatever T shirts and jeans I can find in any chain store, regardless of whether it is to my son’s taste or not, because he has to wear something.

We also just have to wash clothes really often so that he has something to wear during the holidays. Term time thankfully he wears a uniform most days. I never thought I’d be thankful for school uniforms.

Unfortunately boys are not always gentle on their clothing. Neither are girls for that matter, but at least you can buy replacement girls clothing. Boys have to have their knees patched because you just can’t buy another pair of jeans for love or money.

Thankfully for older teenagers and men there are stores that cater for them such as Markhams, and you can also find clothes in the unisex chain stores again too.

What desperate measures have you taken to attempt to clothe your male child?
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