Dressing for boys: a guide

When it comes to dressing boys, comfort and practicality are key

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Adventures, mischief and the daily rumble tumble of being a little boy requires clothing equally as resilient. As such, boys clothing should be a combination of practicality and comfort that encourages their naturally occurring curiosity.


The active lifestyle of a child needs protection against sudden changes in temperatures, including overheating. Choosing a boy’s clothing should pre-empt both the day’s activities and the weather.

Singlets, or vests, made using Merino wool add a protective layer of warmth underneath their everyday clothing. However, in summer, Merino’s lightweight properties will help to draw moisture away from the body, keeping him cool dry.


The temptation to overdress boys in things like little waistcoats or dress pants can sometimes be hard to resist, especially in social occasions. But the reality is, bow ties will be pulled and hats will be lost. Instead, it’s important to choose clothing that your little boy will be comfortable in.

Merino wool pants that are roomy enough to run in, a shirt and a sweater in is a casual yet smart outfit that won’t restrict him while still being suitable for every occasion. On top of its luxurious feel, Merino wool offers a great level of stain resistance, so mums and dads won’t have to worry about their little boys spoiling their outfits as they go about their day.


Merino wool – whether it be in shirts, socks or pants – is one of the strongest fibres available in clothing. Highly elastic, it can help to resist tears, will bend and move with any active boy and will help keep him warm and comfortable throughout the day. In summer, Merino adds an additional layer of protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays.


Photography Christopher Futcher | Illustration Barry Allen Patenaude

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