JEANOLOGY - 5 Tips for Buying Jeans for Kids

Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger ​​

Photo credit: BELK


Usually, retailers have sizing charts based on a child's weight, height, waist and inseam. The first three can seem pretty self-explanatory, but not everyone knows how to measure an inseam. To measure your child's inseam, have him or her stand up straight with legs slightly apart. Be sure your child is not wearing shoes. Using measuring tape, measure from just below the crotch to the bottom of the ankle. Record the length in inches; this is the inseam. Take into consideration the material the pants some fabrics like cotton, linen and wool tend to shrink more than others when washed. You may want to size up just in case of shrinkage. 


All brands aren’t created equal and depending on how active your child is you will need check out the reviews of the brands at your favorite retailer.  There’s nothing wrong with finding the perfect brand and sticking to it.  If your child loves a certain brand, or rather, it works for your wallet and their activity, continue to grow with that brand.  Department stores such as BELK have a great deal of brands to choose from in a variety of price ranges.  


First things first, check the fit at the waistband, this is the most important place on the jeans when it comes to comfort.  If your child is not comfortable in the waist, everything else is a moot point.  Have your child bend, stretch, walk, and wiggle in their jeans, if it feels good it’s a good buy.  Always remember to buy a few inches big in the waist for shrinkage and growth.  Most of the jeans for toddlers have adjustable waistbands inside the jeans, but as your child grows the adjustable waistbands are not found in the jeans. 

There are 5 fit types to consider when shopping:

  • Skinny - This style is a tighter fit with a tapered leg opening. Generally low to mid-rise with a zipper fly. It's skinny from hip to hem.
  • Slim- Generally mid-rise with a zip fly. Not too tight, not too loose.  Straight through the hip, slim through the thigh with a narrower leg opening.
  • Regular- Straight leg jeans, generally with a mid-rise. The trouser leg falls straight from the knee to hem, with a fairly large leg opening.  Straight through hip and thigh.
  • Relaxed-  A relaxed cut denim is not going to hug any part of the body, it’s a loose fit from the waist to the leg opening.
  • Loose- The roomiest of them all, a baggy fit, it provides plenty of space in the thighs, legs and backside.


Your child won’t care as much about the fit as you will. They will mostly care about the trends.  A few trendy pair of jeans in their collection won’t hurt, consider letting your child pick a few jeans that speak to their personality and what they like.  Trendy jeans are jeans that have embellishments, distressed, colored, cropped or frilly.  Classic jeans come in different washes and will go with more items in your child’s closet.


You will always buy a pair of jeans for your child, why not get rewarded for it.  Ask retailers if they have a rewards program and use it to purchase jeans! Check with the brands that are carried at your favorite retailer to see if they offer specials on their denim, or if they have a lifetime guarantee?  There are ways to save on purchasing denim for your child ask a sales associate today!


  • BELK
  • MACY’S