Post # 1
My son is 12, will be 13 in September. He is long legged and getting taller but not quite in puberty yet and so he is in some weird limbo between child and adult when it comes to clothing.
He will have some role in the wedding, yet to be determined, and he is all excited about dressing up and wants to wear a bow tie (fine) and a bowler hat (ummm…I said “we’ll see).
The issue is regarding finding him a suit or other formal attire. If he were older I’d invest in a good suit for him, figuring he’d get a lot of use out of it.. but he’s at an age where he’ll grow wildly soon and I would rather not spend a lot knowing he’ll grow out of it in a few months anyway.
On the other hand I don’t want it to look “cheap”.
I’ve found various websites and some options on Amazon.com where they offer the entire jacket/pants/vest or even jacket/pants/vest/shirt/tie for WOW prices.. between $50 and $150 for the entire outfit. They’re marketed as children’s wedding attire and he would probably just barely make it in those size ranges if he wore a boys 18 or 20.
My question is, does anyone know what I’m talking about and if so can you comment on the quality of these options?
Like I said, he will grow out of whatever I buy so I am not concerned about quality as far as something lasting and not wearing out, I just want it to look nice.
Of course, with the wedding not until March, he could have a growth spurt and screw up this entire plan and I may be shopping in the men’s dept for him by then anyway! LOL! But I figured I could start looking and researching now anyway.
Post # 3
I know exactly what you are talking about and have put one on my 4 year old step son. I think it would be okay and nice, but if your soon to be husband is going to wear a tux… why not have your son wear a tux too? You can find rentals for like $49 at some places. This would give him the bow tie he wants as well. This might be a better route since you are not concerned about him reusing it anyways.
If your fiance will not be wearing a tux, then I guess the suit you are talking about would be fine.
Post # 4
You could also have him wear dress pants, white shrt and a vest and bow tie.
That would definitley be “dressed up” for most boys his age.
You could also look at consignment shops if you do want a suit as they always have dressy clothes that have only been worn once.
Post # 5
@Schatzie821: That’s a whole other headache! LOL Long story but my FI’s (a woman) wardrobe selection is soooo far from being settled. We’re having such a small wedding that I’m just wanting everyone to wear what they feel special in, within reason of course. My son (same one I posted about) once wore a gold lame’ and velvet-trim tuxedo coat with tails and top hat to his grandmother’s huge fancy catered birthday bash, when he was 9 or 10… and they got a big kick out of it but well, you can see what I am guarding AGAINST! lol
Maybe we will consider a rental after all though. He doesn’t like the traditional tux with shiny satin lapels and trim (and neither do I, really).
@julies1949: Good suggestion on the consignments. He def. wants a full “suit”. I just checked his measurements though and I am thinking he is soooo close to the maximum “boys” size that I will probably end up buying him something in a smaller men’s size when it gets closer to the wedding so I guess I won’t worry about it too much for a few months.
Both my boys (I have an 18 year old as well) are fairly particular about clothes which is making it a bit more difficult!
Post # 6
Oops sorry about the mistake!
Rent him a snazzy vintage style thing, he will love it 🙂
OR you could take a fun trip to a local salvation army or thift shop and see if you could find the makings of an outfit there. It sounds like he would love that!