I completely shop for Rob in the men's department now. He is 5'10". He wears the same shoe size as Paul.
Fit on some things is tricky: he's guy-height, but not necessarily guy-width. He can wear a men's medium or large in t-shirts, but if it's something SHOULDERY like a jacket or a button-down shirt, it can look weird. I found a nice brown hooded jacket at TJ Maxx, but because the material was kind of stiff (leather-like), the jacket looked bizarre on him: it was the right length, but about a foot too wide.
I am not enjoying the waist/inseam pants-measurement thing. He has a drawer full of mixed sizes because I can't figure out what size he should be wearing: 30/31, 30/32, 31/30, 31/31, 31/32. Aiieee. His pants are always needing to be hitched up, not because he's too cool for pants that fit him but because his mother has not yet conquered this challenge. (I have a MEASURING TAPE. Why is that insufficient to determine his size??) (Yes, yes, he could try things on. But most of the time he's not with me when I'm shopping, or I'm ordering online.)
I was wondering why now it seemed weird/gross to buy him underwear, when it didn't used to. I think it's because the wrapper now shows a grown male model looking pleased with himself. Ick.
You know how kid sizes are all weird when you're transitioning from the toddler sizes to the 4-16 sizes? There's some weird overlap, so that some 5T is the same size as 4, and some is bigger and some is smaller, and different brands are all different sizes and use all different size names, so for awhile you have a drawer containing 4-5T, XXL, 5T, 4, 4-5, 4-6, XXS, XS, S, etc. It is similar going from the 4-16 kid sizes into the men's sizes. I had expected to go from size 16 (the highest size in boys) to size S (the smallest size in men's). But no: some brands for boys have 18-20, and some brands for men have XS, and in some things we went right from 16 in boys to M in men's, so there must be some overlap. This new information helped me because William (age 11, size 14 in shirts) wanted more sweaters, and there were some size S men's sweaters on 70% off at Target that I think are going to fit him.
One upside of shopping in the men's department is that the clothing styles continue on pretty much the same as in the boys' department: cargo pants, graphic tees, solid long-sleeved t-shirts. One of my friends tells me that shopping in the women's department for appropriate clothing for a middle-school girl can get a bit more challenging.
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