Sale Insider: Dressing Older Boys

Like most 12 and 13-year-old boys, my sons Patrick and Edward would probably prefer to spend their free time in track pants, sweatshirts, and sneakers. My husband, Pascal, firmly believes that while that look is fine for sports, it’s not a respectful way to dress when you are out in public.

But how do you convince older boys to buck the prevailing super casual trends? The way we have handled it in our house is to give Patrick and Edward a few options that satisfy both their desire for comfort and our standards. We let them choose whatever they want to wear from their closet–knowing that their options have already been edited.

What do my boys like? They live in Papo jeans, turtlenecks,  cashmere sweaters, soft wool socks, and leather tassel moccasins. Pascal also recently convinced them to take out their quilted jackets. There was some initial grumbling, but both Patrick and Edward soon realized how comfortable they are and now wear them every day.

Other little tweaks that can make a big difference include:  adding a belt to a pair of jeans; wearing a long-sleeved polo instead of a T-shirt; choosing fitted clothes instead of the baggy options that are so popular.

This week’s blog would not be complete without my mentioning the unspeakable tragedy in Haiti. Our hearts are with the people of this embattled nation. Next week’s blog will be about how to help our kids to get involved when these kinds of disasters strike, so if you have any tips or suggestions for aid agencies, please post them here.

3 Responses to “Sale Insider: Dressing Older Boys”


  1. 1 Carol January 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you for this post. I completely agree with you and your husband and the choices you recommend. My ten year old son fortunately does not grumble (yet) but it is a challenge, especially here in the States, to avoid the sportswear look at all times. I am a firm believer (some would say task master) in appropriate dress for the occassion. Thank you for offering terrific and appropriate options. And we will all continue to help with our donations to Haiti, as it is important to keep all of this in perspective. Thanks so much. Carol, Baltimore, Maryland

  2. 2 becca January 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I love your clothes. But wished you made larger sizes. My 9 year old boy has outgrown your sizes. If your boys are 12 and 13 what Papo sizes do they wear? By the way I have darling images of some of my clients in your beautiful clothes.. 🙂 And love, love, love your fabrics and packaging BTW!

    • 3 papodanjo January 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm

      My boys both wear size 14. But many Papo styles, including basics like polo shirts, also come in size 16. Thanks so much for writing!


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