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Help a Mom: Searching for slim shorts for boys

Posted April 2, 2013

Here's an email that I received from a mom who is having a tough time finding shorts that fit her young son:

I'm trying to find some size 4 slim shorts for my son, preferably canvas, twill, or denim. Size 4 regular will definitely fall off - even the adjustable waist kind. I was able to find 4S jeans that fit at JC Penney's last fall, but so far I haven't had much luck with finding shorts. When I was looking for jeans last fall I did check the re-sale shops first and was told that finding that size re-sale was next to impossible, so I bought the jeans new when I found them. I could cut them down and hem them if I have to, but I really don't want to do that. Jeans are a bigger bother than most things to hem. Any hints your readers may have will be helpful.

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  • 2+3 Apr 3, 2013

    I also forgot to mention that I have resorted to ebay on several occasions with great results. I usually narrow my search with specifics like "Arizona shorts boys slim" of "Levi's boys slim". Hope this helps!

  • 2+3 Apr 3, 2013

    Most folks have recommended the places that I shop for my ultra slim boys, JCP Arizona brand both in the store and online followed by Old Navy (online only) have been my only hope. At Old Navy I order one of nearly everything they offer in the size we hope will fit. Then my boys try them on until we find that one that fits and I return all the others and order more pairs of the one that works. I've also had luck with Levi brand at Belk's at Crabtree Valley Mall. They have a better selection of sizes. I've also had success at returning to smaller sizes as long as they are longer shorts which have been in style in recent years. I feel your pain and Ive fond it gets even worse as they grow older. I have an 11 year old who can still wear a size 7 waist and a 15 year old who has a 26 inch waist and needs a 31 inch inseam in jeans!!!! Perhaps we slim slack mothers need to unite and start our own swap shop? :D

  • shall6 Apr 3, 2013

    From my inbox: I have the same problem. My son is 10 and still wears a slim in pants and shorts. He always has to wear a belt. In shorts I have found that Old Navy and Osh Kosh have shorts with drawstrings. The ones at Old Navy are under $10!!!! Good luck shopping! It gets harder when they are older.


  • lbbrogden Apr 3, 2013

    I order slim sizes in shorts and jeans from PS Aeroposlte online. Good quality for reasonable prices.

  • kcastleberry Apr 3, 2013

    There is a Levi's outlet in Smithfield along with Osh Kosh, Children's Place, and Gymboree. Maybe one of those would carry slims. I need to check that myself. Also, if you have long pants that fit in the waist, but not length it's easy to shorten them for the summer!

  • howed Apr 3, 2013

    You may want to try Sears as several years ago I used sears and Penneys.

  • 321anut Apr 3, 2013

    Sam's Slim Shorts Specialities in Siler City

  • itsyoureternalsoul Apr 3, 2013

    See if you can get him to eat more.

  • becca2379 Apr 3, 2013

    Check Crazy 8 they are the sister store to Gymboree. My son wears slim sizes and I have had no problem finding him jeans that fit.

  • angelienna Apr 3, 2013

    When my son was that age he lived in Levi's jean shorts and jeans because they carried 4S, 5S, 6S, etc... they were a life saver!!!