Where To Shop For Pre-Teen Boys

kids fashion, boys clothes

As a mom of TWO pre-teen boys, I find myself constantly shopping for new clothes. They are growing so fast! We are at an age where they want to wear athleisure every where they go. Name brand athletic wear is what’s “in” right now according to the kids, but I only like to shop styles that are affordable and durable. I don’t know about your boys, but the shelf life for some of the things I buy them is VERY short.

Jay is in middle school and there is no more recess (thank goodness), so his shoes are lasting a bit longer. But before that, my mind would be blown at how worn and stained their clothes would be after school! Gavin has one more year and as much as I hate to see them get older, I am looking forward to this transition.

My Favorite Places To Shop for Boys

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • H&M
  • Zara
  • DSW
  • JCPenney
  • Nordstrom
  • Bloomingdales

Here’s a round up of things that I currently have in my cart for the boys, plus items that I have recently purchased. I tend to shy away from WHITE for obvious reasons, but occasionally will go for it, especially if it’s something the boys really like.

Jackets/Windbreakers for Back to School

I cannot recommend these enough. My boys are always wanting a jacket or a hoodie to carry with them to school. The classroom could be cold or it might rain. They like to be prepared. I found our windbreakers on sale at Bloomingdales and Nordstrom earlier this year, but I have linked some additional options that we love too.

Graphic Tees + Shirts

I buy the boys shirts in bulk at the beginning of the school year and then again after Christmas break for a little refresh. When Target has a sale, I love to stock up. Jay has gotten to the age where he’s a little more picky about the shirts I buy, so I’ve branched out to include H&M, Zara and places like Nordstrom to mix it up. Walmart also recently launched their Free Assembly line for kids and we’ve been loving those pieces also. We pair graphic tees and shirts with athletic bottoms or jeans. It’s nice to be able to wear it multiple ways.

Bottoms That Are Great for Active Boys

My sons rotate between basketball shorts, sweatpants and jeans. They would wear basketball shorts year round if I let them, but I do force them to wear jeans sometimes. Here’s a roundup of everything I love to buy for them. When it starts to get cold, the boys love to add tights under their pants. They also use these for basketball games, so I linked their favorites as well.

Shoes for Boys

When it comes to shoes, I love a bargain because of how hard the kids are on their shoes. It took years, but Jay FINALLY has learned the importance of taking care of his belongings. We’ve gone through more shoes than I can even wrap my head around. Thankfully, Gavin has always taken great care of his shoes, so he balances out his brother for sure. I linked their favorites below.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram or in the LTK app! As we transition to fall, I am looking forward to adding more pieces to the boys’ closet. Thank you so much for reading and for being here. I appreciate your support of my little corner of the internet. XO – Steph

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