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To expect shops not to think that boys in this country leave school when they are 12

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famishedass Sun 09-Aug-09 14:42:01

For Gods sake I could scream.

Why do shops only do schoool trousers for up to 11-12 years of age when every single person knows that boys have to attend school until they are 17?


I cannot get a pair of school trousers for my son. I am annoyed and sulking.

Why don't the shops stock more of the big sizes? What's their logic????????

PuppyMonkey Sun 09-Aug-09 14:44:52

IME, whatever age DD happens to be - 4, 8, 12, 13 - that is the only size that will be missing from the rails. angry Sod's law. Have you tried online?

differentID Sun 09-Aug-09 14:46:16

because when you get to the teens sizes, the government slaps tax onto their clothes.

famishedass Sun 09-Aug-09 14:48:58

What do you mean differentID. I thought childrens clothes were VAT exempt. And anyway, why would the fact that the purchaser has to pay VAT stop the manufacturer from providing it. It's not the manufacturer who pays, is it?

Genuinely confused now.

Could go online but really want to be able to try the trousers on my son quickly. He's an awkward shape grin

differentID Sun 09-Aug-09 14:59:25

it does depend on the measurements really.
A lot of supermarket I've noticed seem to think that at a certain point, the children will be of a size to wear small mens clothing. NOt necessarily true, but they have to decide where they will make more profit.
Do an extended size range which will mean not having as many items on the shop floor, or doing a core size range which is going to sell more units. I agree it's unfair, but shops are there to make a pprofit,and that's all that matters to some companies.

stitchtime Sun 09-Aug-09 15:05:22

shopping online for clothes, particularly childrens clothes, is oftne far far easier, quicker, and cheaper. the range of sizes will be there. and it will be delivered in the day or two they say it will. its cheaper, coz youget what you need, not what catches your fancy. and there are no associated costs of parking, petrol, or drinks with it.

walk into a shop, and i never find anything for any of my children in any of their sizes. i have three. andlets not even start on the fact that in my opinon all shops think that all kids are short and fat. clothes for tall skinnies are non existen. i go online, and find the sizes, and get free delivery. simple, fast, efficient.
with ds1, however, i've found its simplist to buy his trousers from theschool shop. its a couple ofpounds more expensive, but their quality seems to be much much much better

HappyMummyOfOne Sun 09-Aug-09 15:48:04

Next schoolwear goes past age 12 so you may be able to get the sizes you're after from their website.

PeachyLaPeche Sun 09-Aug-09 15:54:27

The VAT issue is significant I think.

But there really is a sods law aspect to it- I can never find dsa's size. And neitehr are there ever shoes in stock in a size 1.

No idea why, just the way.

AMumInScotland Sun 09-Aug-09 16:35:00

M&S have them up to age 16 at least. Though the proportions don't work for my skinny DS! You may be ok if he's a more standard shape...

It's not just school clothes either, we've struggled to get any trousers for DS for years - luckily he's now got to the point where adult shops might occasionally have something close enough to his size. But I think they're meant to be nudists from about 12 to 16....

cat64 Sun 09-Aug-09 16:39:04

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siouxsieandthebanshees Sun 09-Aug-09 21:12:16

I so know what you mean.
DS is 10. 1 pair of pe shorts, 1 pe t-shirt, 5 pairs of socks, 5 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of trousers and 4 polo shirts cost me £25 at debenhams (in sale the first week of the hols)
ONE pair of trousers at BHS for DD was £15
Thats without the £20 school jumper.
£15 for a school shirt. Plus she still needs a new pair of tracksuit bottoms, a pair of shorts and a new pe t-shirt.

katiestar Sun 09-Aug-09 21:17:45

M & S do trousers up to 16 I think.For non school clothes they're into Mens small size then

mumeeee Mon 10-Aug-09 00:10:33

Peacocks and BHS both do school trousers up to age 16.

maggymay Mon 10-Aug-09 15:22:47

Tesco go up to 16 as well

cancantcan Mon 10-Aug-09 20:26:48

Try ASDA - I went there looking for clothes for DS who is 5 and found not a single thing aged lower than 13-14!
Along the same lines, why can I not find blue shirts anywhere? I've been to tesco, asda, M&S and found white shirts by the truckload but not a single blue one. Surely they know that some schools have blue shirts? Its bloody infuriating!

ConstantlyCooking Tue 11-Aug-09 08:08:06

john lewis do school trousers up to 16/17, but after age 11/12 they tend to sell by waist measurement.
Found the same problems with non-school stuff - Topman do an extra extra small size which is good.

piscesmoon Tue 11-Aug-09 08:20:51

I find BHS the best-not too expensive, and hard wearing-they do them right up to 18yrs.I have never had a problem getting them.

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