Monday, February 21, 2011

How to Dress a Boy ( a little boy)?

OK, I admit it: I am a die-hard, Southern traditionalist in just about every sense of the word, but especially when it comes to dressing children and specifically in this post: little boys in the 4-6 age group!!!
So, lately I have done some research and pondering on suitable clothing for the "tween" age boy that pleases everybody!!
Some things I have learned: (just my opinion, of course!!)
1. There is a fine line in dressing a child of this age and having him wear the clothes that "I" like.
One certainly doesn't want a child dressed so "sweet" that he is made fun of.
2. A boy can still be young enough to wear a jon-jon, but might be tall and lanky even at that age.
Personally, I think short jon-jons are the most adorable on chubby little toddler legs.
3. A preppy look is a good way to go with a few adjustments. I still like shorts on  this age little boys. So, as they get older, change them to pleated, "walking" type shorts. And sweaters and sweater vests look really good with the shorts, even in cooler weather. Pair the look with saddle oxfords and knee socks. Or a nice flat-soled dressy oxford. (thick, lug-soled shoes just don't work with this look)
4. Another option for dressy occasions is the Eton suit, usually short pants with a collarless jacket. These look especially nice for Easter and  weddings. They can be found in stripe seersucker and linen for warm weather and velveteen for winter and holiday wear. Chery Williams has a pattern for this suit.



5. It takes a lot of looking and searching to find good looking clothes for this age boy if you want more than jeans, cargo pants and a screen-print tee shirt.
6. If you want to sew them their clothes, it is even harder!!! However, I have found one pattern that I partiularly love right now. It is the "Sailboat Top and Pants" by Oliver+S. Very cute!!!



My version
7. And, finally--there is a lot to be said for "fitting in" in the way of clothes, but there is even more to be said for not following the pack. An important lesson at this age , I think. As my mother said many times in my growing up years "If everybody was jumping off the bridge. . . well, I think we have all heard that one!!!


I would love to hear from you on cute options for boys!! where have you found clothes you like? If you sew, what about patterns? Is there something in the way of patterns you would like to have?



6 comments:

Ellie Inspired said...

Great post! It is definitely a challenge. As they get even older, they move out of even this stage. I think the Ottobre patterns do a good job of making patterns that are in style so the boys aren't made fun of but we still get to have the fun of making things for them.

Sara said...

thanks laura!! I know you have a lot of experience sewing for boys!!! I love the Ottobre patterns too!!

Julia said...

I'm going to send your post to my son-in-law. Our grandsons are to be dressed like Little Men. That's ok, though. They do look cute. I would love to make them little heirloom jon-jons when they are really little, but there's no need.
So far, I've made dress shirts, khakis, little suits, sports jackets, and so forth. This Easter, it's khakis, blue dress shirts, ties, and knitted sweater vests. I'm really tempted to buy the pants and shirts, but I don't guess I will.
I figure the time will come when they won't wear things that granmomma makes, so I'd better sew for them now.

Julia said...

I'm going to send your post to my son-in-law. Our grandsons are to be dressed like Little Men. That's ok, though. They do look cute. I would love to make them little heirloom jon-jons when they are really little, but there's no need.
So far, I've made dress shirts, khakis, little suits, sports jackets, and so forth. This Easter, it's khakis, blue dress shirts, ties, and knitted sweater vests. I'm really tempted to buy the pants and shirts, but I don't guess I will.
I figure the time will come when they won't wear things that granmomma makes, so I'd better sew for them now.

Laurie said...

Darling! I really need to do more sewing for my grandsons! I agree with Laura, I like Ottobre patterns for boys too, I just hate tracing them off! LOL!

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