School trousers for giant teen boys?

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CurlyhairedAssassin Thu 22-Aug-19 11:59:30

DS1 is 15 and probably about 6ft 1 or 2. For the last school year he’s been wearing age 16 school trousers from Sainsbury’s which have been great, but they’re probably a bit short on him now.

Anyone got any tips on the best shops to go for school trousers for him? I need charcoal grey. I tend to use H & M for his non school stuff as I refuse to pay for decent stuff when he’s grown out of in 6 months, plus he’s not at all fashion conscious so isn’t bothered about having the right brand. Although, actually, I assume his growth speed is slowing down now, and I don’t mind spending more on decent school trousers that he will wear every day, as he will get the use out of them.

I don’t rate M and S stuff now at all because their hems on EVERYTHING always seem to come down after a few weeks because they use that cheap machine stitch that is very loose and catches easily then just unravels. I had a Next pencil skirt which did the same thing so maybe their quality is going the same way.

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JoJoSM2 Thu 22-Aug-19 12:51:02

You can get double sided hemming tape that you iron on your hems if they come out. It takes less than a minute.

How about going to a menswear shop?

mamaduckbone Thu 22-Aug-19 13:35:29

God I could have written this! Just ordered 16/17 age trousers from ASDA, which seemed to be the only shop going above age 15, and they were a good couple of inches too short on ds, who is 6'1" and only 13.
Watching with interest to see if anyone has any good ideas. I think we're going to have to try menswear, although most men's trousers are way too big around the waist.
We've got years of school uniform buying yetsad

Jof21 Thu 22-Aug-19 14:01:53

I feel your pain - my eldest was 6ft + at 13, 6ft 6in at 15 with a 26" waist and 34" leg - try finding those down your local TopMan. Next and M&S were the best of limited options - low quality and cheapish but did do an approximate fit.

Let's not go on the shoe size - size 6 to size 12 in the space of 11 months!

CurlyhairedAssassin Thu 22-Aug-19 14:10:08

I know what you’re saying, JoJo, but why SHOULD I have to fix a hem after a couple of weeks wear? It shouldn’t be seen by manufacturers as an acceptable way of producing things.

The only thing that used to wear out M&S school trousers before about 6 years back was if rough play in the playground meant that the knees wore eventually, or if the hem was slightly long and wore ever so slightly against their shoes (after being worn by DS2 after DS1 had grown out so perfectly understandable!)

A few years back I did persist with M and S school trousers for a whileas I thought it was maybe a faulty batch, but it kept happening so I switched to Next and the hems were sewn more robustly so it didn’t happen. was happy with them for years until he grew out of the longest size in the long range, and then someone on here recommended Sainsbury’s as they went up to age 16. They have been brilliant for this past year. No hems coming down!

I did think about just getting him men’s trousers from Next but as I say, the last item I bought from there the same thing happened with the hem so it’s put me off.

If Sainsbury’s and Asda can produce robust items, surely M and S can when they charge more?! confused. Are they spending all their budget on marketing costs or websites something instead?

I just don’t necessarily think the phrase “you get what you pay for” is true these days. Not In clothes shops anyway. Don’t get me started on nasty low quality pleather shoes that cost more than they’re actually worth in terms of materials..... Too many shops that you used to go for for decent quality high street stuff have really declined in quality but not reduced their prices accordingly. It’s shoddy.angry. Ah well, it’s why I hate clothes shopping, and I guess this is why I am asking for advice about quality school trousers!

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bruffin Thu 22-Aug-19 14:17:42

M&S mens suit trousers, they are cheaper than uniform trouser

SciFiScream Thu 22-Aug-19 14:27:10

Matalan suit trousers for men. What's his inside leg?


Kit30 Thu 22-Aug-19 14:27:54

DS is 14, 6' 2" so I feel for you OP! Go online & buy standard uniform trousers from David Luke; massive range of sizes (waist and leg length), range of styles ( skinny, slim, classic and wider thigh - great if your DS plays rugby smile) adjustable waists and very hard wearing. Better quality and fit than the high street retailers & I think they may even be vat free because they're still classed as children's wear (so better value). I've let down hems mid-school year with no problem, there's plenty of fabric to play around with. Also hems ate properly reinforced so they wear well and there's no tide mark left when you let them down.

Kit30 Thu 22-Aug-19 14:28:59

Oh and they wash really well & don't need ironing!

Bloomburger Thu 22-Aug-19 14:29:28

DS is 14 and 6ft. We've always got his trousers form JL. Not sure about charcoal grey but he's had t have both black and navy over the last year.

He has to have stupidly skinny ones or the sky will fall on him apparently.

OtraCosaMariposa Thu 22-Aug-19 14:30:20

We haven't had trouble with M&S trousers. My DS is similar, very tall and skinny. The age 15-16 extra long trousers from M&S fit him very well.

mamaduckbone Thu 22-Aug-19 19:59:07

Kit30 you could possibly have just saved my life, or at least sanity...ordered 30"waist 34"leg super slim trousers for ds, made from recycled plastic bottles no less, and feeling hopeful.
I actually can't believe he has a 34" inside leg. Dh and I both measured, to be sure.

LoveGrowsWhere Thu 22-Aug-19 23:17:01

Thanks people. DS has 33in leg with rugby thighs. Even buying jeans is hard because of his thigh to waist ratio. Going to investigate David Luke.

DrunkenUnicorn Thu 22-Aug-19 23:23:21

My 15 year old DS, now 6’4, has to get school trousers from ASOS tall men’s range. Last year he wore a 28w 36’ leg... this year it’s 28w, 38 leg....

I really hope he’s almost done growing.,..

CurlyhairedAssassin Fri 23-Aug-19 00:03:24

These suggestions are fantastically helpful, thankyou so much! I will measure him tomorrow as I think he possibly may have grown an inch just during the school holidays!

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Sparklingbrook Fri 23-Aug-19 00:09:22

I used to get DS's from Next. If you go on line you can get very long leg lengths in mens trousers.

Fizzalltheway Fri 23-Aug-19 13:35:01

John Lewis do 32 and 34 inch waist

CurlyhairedAssassin Fri 23-Aug-19 14:22:49

Well I measured him today. @DrunkenUnicorn your son’s measurements are staggering! shock

DS is definitely 6ft 1. He has a 30 inch waist and a 32/33 inside leg. Good news is that he tried his Tui age 16 ones from last year on and they still fit him now I’ve let the adjustable waist right out so they’re sitting slightly lower down at the waist. I think looking at the curve on his red book graph his growth rate may be slowing down a little bit. But looks like he might end up at 6ft 3 when fully grown.

Ds2 (13) is a different matter. After years of hardly growing and being very average height and weight he is growing at a rate of 1cm a month these past few months. he’s piling on the weight even faster though so I hope he has an even bigger growth spurt to even it out a bit otherwise i’m Going to have to keep an eye on what he’s eating. He looks a bit tubby at the moment!

Funny how they’re all different shapes and sizes in the same family.

I’ve had some good advice here for when DS1 grows out of his Tui trousers so thank you all.

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Kit30 Fri 23-Aug-19 14:29:50

You're very welcome mama. FYI I've always found Rockport shoes really good ( and easily available online) . Its difficult to get an 10/11 year old, with an 'adult' shoe size, school footwear that doesn't look like it should be worn with a suit. Especially if he wants to wear shorts even in midwinter confused
It's much easier now I have a 14 year old with size 12/13 feet.

Kit30 Fri 23-Aug-19 14:44:08

LoveGrows the Abercrombie and Fitch Sale is your friend for jeans and smart trousers that aren't what his Dad wears. Go on their email list and you get advance notice. Really good quality and shape; jeans cost about £30 in the sale and that's a real bargain compared to the 'cost' of dragging a reluctant man-child around shops that don't do his size or just offer 'dad pants'. Bonus is that teens think it's posh and 'rare' as there's only one store outside London at the moment.

LoveGrowsWhere Fri 23-Aug-19 17:23:14

Kit30 brilliant thanks. I dragged the man-child round mcarthur glen earlier in the holidays & it was torture for both of us. Couldn't get a decent fit even in the Levi shop as muscular calfs also don't fit in skinny jeans.

mamaduckbone Fri 30-Aug-19 18:55:20

We've managed to get David Luke slim fit 32" waist 34" leg to work - even through his waist measures 29" the 30" waist wouldn't go past his pelvis.
We've also established that rugby player thighs aren't compatible with super slim trousers - he's moaning that the ones we've got are too flappy of ankle but nothing else has got even close to fitting.
I've vowed to make dh undertake this ridiculous quest next time, as the bloody tall genes come from him.

JoanJettPack Fri 30-Aug-19 20:47:16

I haven't read all of the replies so apologies if already mentioned, but I have just got my tall, gangly DS2 a couple of pairs from Burton online. Found some 30 waist, extra long leg (I think they're 34") quality isn't bad at all and they do a tailored fit which might be an option for rugby thighs. Not sure, we don't have that problem as DS2 is skinny as a rail.

Ohflippineck Fri 30-Aug-19 20:51:07

Just said goodbye to this nightmare, thank goodness. I always found a reasonable selection of school grey in the tailored sections at Debenhams, M&S and TK Max.

Jeans from Monday, whoohoo!

HeffaLump1 Fri 30-Aug-19 20:53:44

I find Matalan is best for giant teens, they do a good selection of waist with regular and long versions pretty cheaply

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