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What is a Husky Size in Clothing?

Husky size in clothing refers to a fit designed for children who need a little extra room around the waist and hips. It's not just about larger sizes; it's about a shape that accommodates a fuller build, ensuring comfort and style. Ever wondered how husky sizes compare to regular ones? Let's explore the differences and find the perfect fit for every child.
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

The husky size has been around for many years now, and refers to clothing for boys who don’t fit in traditionally sized boy’s clothes. This size may be ideal for boys who have trouble fitting in pants, especially at the waistband and through the hip, and need a larger size. These are similar to slim sizes, where traditionally sized waistbands are usually too large for certain kids, and they need a smaller waistband and hip size.

An H may designate husky on clothing size labels — a size 14 in husky could read 14H, for example, while a slim 14 could be labeled as 14S. A few brands don’t label huskies in this way, but instead give inch numbers corresponding to waist size and inseam, like most pants made for men.

Husky sizes are proportioned differently to fit boys better.
Husky sizes are proportioned differently to fit boys better.

It’s very hard to say what a “husky size” truly is because each clothing brand that makes them defines their regular sizes differently. Most parents know that some brands appear to fit their kids well, while other brands in exactly the same size don’t. Some are more generous at the waist, have a bit more length or have longer arms (for shirts). These larger sizes are typically modeled on the “average” size of the clothing brand, and may add about 1 to 2 inches (2.54 to 5.08 cm) on the waistband and the hips. Leg length or inseam tends to remain the same as average or traditional size.

The issue of length can be a difficult one, because sometimes waist size isn’t enough in husky sizes of a certain length. For instance, a boy might need the waist size of a longer length size than one that truly fits. Perhaps he fits the waistband of a 16H but has legs the length of a 14H. In these cases, parents can choose to hem pants, though this can be challenging to accomplish when they are made of sturdy denim. As boys age and can fit a 28 inch (71.12 cm) inseam, parents may instead want to buy men’s clothing, which comes in a much wider range of inseam and waist size combinations.

There are shirts and jackets available in husky, although these are a little less common than pants. Many boys can simply fit into a larger shirt if necessary or wear men’s shirts if boy’s sizes are too small. Some brands do tend to carry a full line of plus size boys clothes and others are much more limited in scope.

Shoppers can find these sizes at most department stores, but if they’re familiar with brands, they may have better options when searching online. Most websites, even those for department stores, have more stock than do individual stores. A companion to boy’s huskies is plus size clothing for girls, which is now made by a variety of companies. These have their own size variations and, like husky boy’s clothes, the actual size tends to depend on individual brand.

FAQ on Husky Size in Clothing

What exactly does 'husky size' mean in children's clothing?

'Husky size' in children's clothing refers to a larger fit designed for kids who don't fit into standard sizes due to their broader or more robust body types. These sizes typically offer more room in the waist, hips, and thighs, providing a comfortable fit for children with these body shapes. Husky sizes are often denoted by an 'H' after the numerical size, such as 10H or 12H, indicating extra width without necessarily adding to the garment's length.

How do I know if my child needs husky sizes?

To determine if your child needs husky sizes, you should measure their waist and compare it to standard sizing charts. If their waist measurement is significantly larger than what is typical for their age or height, husky sizes may offer a better fit. Additionally, if you notice that regular sizes are too tight around the waist or hips, or if pants are difficult to button, it might be time to try husky sizes.

Are husky sizes available for all types of children's clothing?

Husky sizes are primarily available for pants, shorts, and jeans, as these items typically require a more precise fit around the waist and hips. However, some brands also offer husky sizes for shirts, jackets, and other types of clothing to accommodate children with broader torsos or shoulders. Availability can vary by brand and retailer, so it's worth checking specific product lines for husky size options.

Is there a difference between 'plus size' and 'husky size' in children's clothing?

Yes, there is a difference between 'plus size' and 'husky size' in children's clothing. 'Plus size' generally refers to clothing that is larger in all dimensions, including length, and is designed for children who are taller and larger overall. 'Husky size,' on the other hand, is specifically tailored to fit children who may have a wider waist or fuller build but are not necessarily taller than average for their age group.

Where can I find husky sizes for my child?

Husky sizes can be found at many major clothing retailers, department stores, and specialty children's clothing shops. Brands that cater to a wide range of body types are more likely to carry husky sizes. It's also beneficial to look online, as many retailers offer extensive size options on their websites. Always check the size charts provided by the retailer or brand to ensure the best fit for your child.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent BeautyAnswered contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent BeautyAnswered contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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Discussion Comments

latte31

Sunshine31- Both stores offer husky size from size 8 to size 22.

They offer husky sized jeans and shorts. The clothing is a same as the clothing found in the regular boys department, the only difference is that it has an H on the label for husky.

sunshine31

Both JC Penney and Lands End sell husky size clothes for boys.

Usually husky sized pants for boys are about 3 inches bigger on the waist than the regular boy’s size.

For example, a boy’s size 10 regular has a waist size 24 inches to 25 inches and a seat of 27 inches to 28 inches.

A boy’s husky sized pants in a size 10 includes a waist size of 27 inches and a seat size of 30 inches to 31 inches.

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      Husky sizes are proportioned differently to fit boys better.