Like a lot of boys, my son hates wearing jeans. He prefers soft, athletic feeing fabrics and often resists wearing long pants at all regardless of the weather. However, there are those occasions where actual pants or jeans are necessary, like the holiday season. So instead of gearing up for some wardrobe-based arguments, I made it my mission to find a solution. I shopped and ordered and felt hundreds of pairs of boys denim. After doing this my reaction would be…..no wonder boys hate wearing jeans!!!! Most are scratchy and heavy and made with mediocre denim. It was not easy to find a pair that feels soft and stretchy, but never fear, all of the styles I found are soft and close to sweats as jeans can possibly get. Bonus points for the styles that have an elastic waist! As a mom who loves to splurge on denim, the pairs I’m recommending are reasonably priced. If money is invested in denim it should be for a grown up.
Kids Denim Joggers with Washwell™
This denim jogger is comfortable and easy to pull on. The elastic waist is done in a minimal way, as they lay more like regular jeans. The denim is stretchy, and the styles nice enough to dress up or down as needed.
Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Boys Pull-On Slim Fit Jean
The Signature style by Levi is super stretchy, lightweight and soft. The drawstring waist makes them feel like sweatpants, but the overall look is still polished. Love the skinny fit, especially if you are trying to dress them up. Two washes available, boys sizes 4-18.
Boys’ Super Stretch Slim Fit Jeans – Cat & Jack™
These skinny jean by Cat & Jack by Target are an amazing deal at only 12.99. They are soft and stretchy and come in five washes, No elastic waist on these, but for the price, these button fly with adjustable waist, are great. Available is boys sizes 4-18.
DENIZEN® from Levi’s® Boys’ Athletic Jeans
The Denizen by Levi is truly the ultimate sweatpant version of boys jeans. The denim is SUPER soft and they have a drawstring waistband. Fit is baggy and comfy because of the lighter weight denim. Boys sizes 4-16.
Karate Built-In Flex Max Slim Jeans
While the Karate Slim by Old Navy is a heavier weight denim, the style is SUPER stretchy for play and movement. Plus, they come in lots of stylish washes, sizes 5-18.