Back To School: Jersey (Knit) Pants & Shorts Breakdown

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With the start of a fresh school year sneaking its way up on us, we’re continuing to share our comparative blogs, highlighting our *similar* products, to help take the extra stress out of back-to-school shopping.

In this feature, we’re highlighting a breakdown of our soft knit Jersey Pants & Shorts. These are all great classic bottoms, and many of them work well as alternatives to itchy traditional school uniform styles. 

Take a look at the comparative illustration above, as well as more details below, that can help you understand which Jersey Pant & Short styles are the best fit for your kids.

Made of 100% Cotton Jersey, the Boys Soft Cotton UPF 50+ 3-Pocket Jersey Pants offer a classic look, without irritating zippers or buttons. Our best-selling boys pants, these are a must-have wardrobe staple – they’re also a great option for kids with sensory needs or disabilities because they are flexible and easy to take on and off. 

Our best-selling boys short, the Soft Cotton UPF 50+ 3-Pocket Jersey Shorts are classic and comfortable. Customers regularly comment on how they meet the needs for kids with sensory sensitivities or eczema. A must-have wardrobe staple, the Soft Cotton UPF 50+ 3-Pocket Jersey Shorts work for school, camp, sports, school uniforms, or lounging.

Featuring a comfortable pull-up waist, the Girls Pocket Pant (among most of our styles), helps encourage self-dressing with your kids. Made of breathable 100% Cotton Jersey, the Girls Pocket Pant boasts versatility and makes the cut for various occasions – whether it’s school, play, sports or relaxing.

The summertime version of our Girls Pocket Pant, the Girls Pocket Short features a mid-thigh length. Made from soft knit 100% Cotton Jersey, theGirls Pocket Short is designed with an elastic waist for extra comfort, and is the perfect pair for tees, tanks, or swimsuits.

As mentioned above, we’ve been trained to align athleticwear with polyester or nylon materials. The Cotton Athletic Pant is an ideal alternative to itchy synthetic fabrics and offers UPF 50+ protection, which comes naturally from the tight weave and thickness of the fabric.

The majority of activewear styles today are made of polyester and nylon – we regularly hear kids complaining about feeling itchy and developing rashes because these synthetic fabrics don’t breathe. The Cotton Athletic Short is made with 100% Cotton Jersey, is built to last, and has UPF 50+ protection. 

If you’re still struggling to find the best option for your back-to-school needs, let us know how we can help. Send us a message at with any questions – we’re here to help take that extra edge out of the back-to-school prep for your kids!

Written by: City Threads Cofounders Shayna Samuels & Joe Willis, and Kestrel Jenkins, responsibility consultant & host of the Conscious Chatter podcast.