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Where to buy clothes for teenage boy.

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KaraToytown Mon 11-Jul-11 15:32:25

I have a 15 year old son. His style on a good day could be described as 'tramp dragged though a hedge backwards'. Usually I let him get on with it but we are going on holiday soon and his 1 decent pair of shorts and two tshirts are not going to be enough!

I've offered to take him shopping and he is not interested. I've offered to give him the money to buy for himself and he is not interested. So I am going to have to shop for him.

I don't want to go down the ubiquitous A&F/Hollister route unless I have to so where do I go?

Please help me!

ps - I've made him sound like a nightmare, he really isn't. He is a lovely, thoughtful, funny, sensible young man. He just isn't interested in clothes.

BecauseImWorthIt Mon 11-Jul-11 15:35:03

Depending on his physique, you may be able to buy some stuff at Uniqlo. Otherwise, Topman is pretty good, and they have XXS sizes as well.

However, if he's really not interested, don't spend the kind of money that A&F/Hollister charge! You can buy perfectly serviceable/decent t-shirts and shorts in Sainsbury/Tesco/ASDA, or in M&S or the Next Directory.

KaraToytown Mon 11-Jul-11 15:39:37

Thanks. Have never heard of Uniqlo. Are they online? He is 6' 1", 32" waist and a medium in most t shirts.

I would like him to have nice, fashionable clothes so will try and avoid the 'dad' shops unless I'm desperate!.

BecauseImWorthIt Mon 11-Jul-11 15:42:20

Don't underestimate what you can buy in the supermarkets, kara - they have some very fashionable stuff!

I asked about his physique because Uniqlo sells adult sizes, but sounds like he would be OK if he's that tall:

Here you go

KaraToytown Mon 11-Jul-11 15:47:21

Thank you for that link - it looks promising!

JanMorrow Mon 11-Jul-11 15:55:11

Topman have quite a few nice inoffensive t-shirts (loads have slogans on and stuff but some are quite cool) and shorts etc, and uniqlo is great for plain tshirts.. and H&M men's isn't bad either.

You could take a look in River Island too, they have some nice shorts although I did see some horrid tshirts in there!

You can get cool tshirts online too, maybe that would interest him more?

CeliaFate Mon 11-Jul-11 16:11:55

Fat Face is always worth a look.

bellavita Mon 11-Jul-11 16:13:50

Top Man, Banana Republic, stuff like Superdry

Amaretti Mon 11-Jul-11 16:14:46

We get a lot in Zara but DS is only 12. Top Man and H and M also.

mumoftwob0ys Tue 12-Jul-11 13:09:03

My oldest likes Blue Inc and D2 - the prices there dont break the bank!

chipstick10 Tue 12-Jul-11 13:16:41

My ds is obsessed with Jack Wills. I wish he wasnt its very expensive. However he saves his bday money and pocket money and we contribute. He is totally kitted out in it, very good quality though.

Hullygully Tue 12-Jul-11 13:19:08

Burtons. My ds went through the a&f stage etc and now tells me that good old Burtons is the thing. They have some great and cheap t shirts.

Also agree with Biwi re Topman

And Sainos v gd.

Monty27 Tue 12-Jul-11 13:32:20

Ds (15) dragged me to TK Max the other day for a couple of Ralph Lauren tops he was after...

I buy him stuff in Gap, River Island, H&M and Top Man.

Oh and he's been out shopping himself and bought some t-shirts, Adidas, that sort of thing in JJB Sports or something similar.

gramercy Tue 12-Jul-11 13:39:29

I've found some nice things in H&M - trendy but not yobby and none too pricey, either. And the acid test - after much grunting and eye-rolling, ds actually wore the clothes.

Famous last words, but I refuse to be fleeced for a t-shirt with a big "H" on it. And I've pointed out to ds that I've seen dads wearing Jack Wills now.

KaraToytown Tue 12-Jul-11 14:31:03

Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

Uniqlo looks promising but sold out in his size in a lot of stuff. Will have a proper look through though and see what left. There is a pair of shorts and a shirt on the Fat Face site that I will order as well.

I will also have a browse round H&M and Top Man. Slogans are out apparantly as are visible brand names. Seems that for someone not interested in clothes he can be mighty fussy when he wants to be!

Hullygully Tue 12-Jul-11 15:16:15

TK Maxx v gd agree.

Gillybobs Tue 12-Jul-11 16:37:06

H&M and Zara mens dept, neat made so XS and S fit my not quite 13 yo. I'd be lost without them at the moment.

IvyAndGold Tue 12-Jul-11 17:57:40

ooh yes, another vote for tk maxx, though you really need an afternoon in there so you can have a good rummage grin

Batteryhuman Tue 12-Jul-11 18:00:48

M and M Direct

I have 3 boys and they get virtually all their clothes there. Very good prices for labels like Quicksilver, Timberland etc and no shopping trips with grumpy kids

pointydog Tue 12-Jul-11 18:10:33


pointydog Tue 12-Jul-11 18:10:56

Would he look through a website with you at least?

herbietea Tue 12-Jul-11 20:13:42

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ENormaSnob Tue 12-Jul-11 20:37:36

H and m usually has some nice boy things in.

As does river island and blue Inc.

Primark, asda, tesco and next usually have plain cotton tees.

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