Where can I find high-waisted boy's pants?
November 22, 2013 2:41 PM   Subscribe

My kiddo, like his dad, has a pants problem. Specifically, while his legs are only slightly longer than normal, he is built in such a way that regular pants don't make it far enough up his butt. Basically, he needs pants that are longer in the crotch-to-waistline area and can pull up higher. Most boy pants don't have a lot of room for that. We end up with either plumber crack or uncomfortably hitched pants.

We've had trouble dealing with either belts or drawstrings; he'd have to buckle and unbuckle, or knot and untie strings, to use the bathroom (did I mention he has some motor difficulties?)

He wears a boy's Large (10-12) because the 8-10 just didn't cover him at all. But it's actually too long, and we still struggle to keep things up and his butt covered. We buy shirts long enough to cover exposure in the back, but that doesn't do much for the comfort issue.

If he was a girl, I'd just put him in skirts, frankly, but that's not an option.

Google fails me, because there are 8 million sites selling kid's clothes and none of them have much info on how high-waisted they are.
posted by emjaybee to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It sounds like it might be worth it to you to order custom-made pants for boys -- Etsy has tons. Here's one. I just searched for "custom boys pants" but you might be able to get more specific.
posted by OrangeDisk at 2:51 PM on November 22, 2013

You're not looking for a high waist, you're looking for a high rise. That's the clothing-manufacturers' name for this measurement. Maybe searching for that will help?
posted by juniperesque at 2:56 PM on November 22, 2013 [8 favorites]

Have you tried jeans like Wranglers (or another brand sold at places like Wilco)? Cowboy jeans always seem to have a higher rise than most jeans.

I'd suggest overalls, but he's probably at the point where overalls are definitely not cool.
posted by vespabelle at 3:01 PM on November 22, 2013

Suspenders might work for him instead of belts.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 4:08 PM on November 22, 2013

juniperesque is right; you want high rise. More information on rise in terms of mens' pants.

Most jeans will tell you in the description if they are low rise or ultra low rise. Stay away from these. You can try mid-rise pants (I found mid-rise pants at Target here and here just now, so they exist; keep an eye out for similar pants at other retailers). High rise pants also exist, but they're even harder to find due to the whole "low rise being in style" thing.
posted by topoisomerase at 8:45 PM on November 22, 2013

Response by poster: Jeans for my kiddo never seem to work...they are cut tight these days, and he's still got a kid belly, and needs room to run around and bend. Thanks for clarifying "rise" I have never known what that meant.

If I could find cargo/carpenter cut pants with a comfortable waistband and decent amount of rise, that might work.
posted by emjaybee at 10:21 PM on November 22, 2013

do you sew at all? I have the same problem getting pants to fit, I've also got long legs and a high waist, so I alter most pants I get so that they fit properly - it's a pretty simple alteration, you just take the seam that runs down the middle, (from bellybutton to buttcrack) and lower it by an inch or so - that lowers where the two legs join in the middle and makes more room. Some instructions here, but since it is such a simple alteration, if you aren't into doing it yourself, it will probably be pretty cheap to have done at a tailor or drycleaner's.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 7:23 AM on November 23, 2013

Response by poster: I can barely sew buttons, frankly.
posted by emjaybee at 9:34 PM on November 25, 2013

Response by poster: So: our solution, after trying a few brands of jeans:

Wranglers (they do have a higher rise) in his size "husky" (which is a little big in the waist, but was the only style with relaxed fit legs) plus suspenders.

We tried belts, but the kid basically has no waist, or just can't keep it tight enough. Suspenders he seems to like. Which is good because I thought we'd have to resort to jumpsuits or kilts.
posted by emjaybee at 2:12 PM on December 5, 2013

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