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H & M is a place I have shopped for my lads, their jeans are great and some things are fairly inexpensive too. I found that my lads preferred sporty type clothes so sports direct for t-shirts/joggers are a good place to go. Sadly as they are now15/16 they wear men's clothes, but that's a struggle for tall but skinny boys!
I feel for you - it's a very tricky age for boys' clothes. DS1 is 16 and still goes to Republicbecause I'm too stingy for Jack Wills. They do have some expensive things, but always have 3 for 2 type offers as well.
I think New Look have a boys' section now - don't know what age it goes up to. I think the thing is to not go to 'kids'' shops as such, but the cheaper teenage places. Topman might be worth a gander, although my son doesn't like it - their stuff doesn't really suit rugby forwards! He's also had basic jeans from Burtons, and I know some of his friends like Quba.
It's a really tricky couple of years you are coming in to. The fashion / clothes industry doesn't seem to understand that there is a market for children who are BETWEEN children and adult. We really struggled until ds was big enough for adult clothes. Mainly survived - as MegMog says - at Sports Direct and sometimes H&M.
H & M. They do lots of logo- free stuff and are pretty reasonable. Quality a bit variable, but who cares at their prices, especially when DS will grow out of it. I actually have a few of their boys' hoodies (for me), lovely thick soft fabric and wash really well, and only a tenner.
DS is quite tall so has just edged out of Gap Kids size 13XL and into adult XS (but only if it's in the sale!). So maybe it's just the kids stuff that is no longer 'cool'?
I hand him the Next Directory so that he can go through it and point out what sort of stuff he would like. We then go to a Next, if they have it he tries it on, if they don't then we order (age 16!) and see when it comes.
superdry Small is okay for my very tall 12 yr old but mega spenny
he's never been interested in trendy clothes until now (just gone into secondary) and OMG at the prices, but y'know, no point buying stuff he won't wear (sobs at JL clothes unworn and unloved in wardrobe)
Uniqlo jeans are great for my tall skinny DS17, and wash/wear well. We have had good and bad things from Johnnie B. He went through a phase of wanting "designer" Hollister, Superdry type hoodies. And TK Maxx can produce the goods if you have the patience.