The Top 10 BEST Tween Shopping Sites – Plus the 5 WORST!

For my list of The Top 10 Best Tween Shopping Sites, I have listed 5 of the corporate obvious as well as 5 that may be a little off the beaten path. In every situation of Tween shopping, the styles are more grown up.  Girls and Tweens are more keen on what they want and they emulate what the Juniors are wearing. It’s not just little girls in frilly dresses anymore.  I have even included the less “cool” places for Tween shopping. 

1. Forever 21 (www.forever21.com) Let’s face it, Forever 21 is perfect for anyone.  They keep a steady flow of uber-trendy styles and the prices can’t be beat!  The sizes at Forever21 are more for the Juniors, however, the XS sizes can easily acommodate a girl wearing a 10/12-14/16.  But if you are truly a Girl or Tween, guess what?  They have just launched HTG81, the new line for kids!  http://www.forever21.com/htg81/main.asp

2. Justice for Girls (www.shopjustice.com/limitedtoo) Justice offers a pretty good basic variety of clothing, though at times I feel as though I am looking at the same style in a hundred different colorways.  Their design team seems to be lacking inspiration and, aside from their graphic sublimation tees, I’d have to say “YAWN*.  Being a glorified Old Navy line, the only difference I see here are the prices -which are a little higher than I’d prefer to pay.  However, on a good day with 40% off coupon, you can scoop up some pretty good deals.

3. Hollister (www.hollisterco.com ) The beauty of Hollister is, it transcends from later tween to junior sizes.  I even find myself purchasing from this store often because even though the styles are considered pretty basic, laid-back southern California, they are super comfy and the brand is very hip.  Not to mention, they pay attention to fit.  The little extra you pay goes a long way with Hollister.  They have greatly established themselves as a brand that can create long-term customer loyalty. The 13 year old girl who is a fan now, will be a fan until she is probably 28.

4. P.S. by Aeropostale (www.aeropostale.com) P.S. by Aeropostale is like the all-American brand with an insanely great price tag attached. You get everything here: the style of American Eagle (77Kids)  and Abercrombie with the price tags of Old Navy. It’s cute, laid back, colorful and NOT from Target.  Who does’nt love that?

5. Abercrombie (www.abercrombie.com) OK, this is Abercrombie with the lower-case “a” (abercrombie).  Pricey?  Yes.  Great quality garments and ultra hip? Yes.  Uses way too much cologne in their stores?  YES.  But the good news is, you can shop online!   Even better when you can take advantage of their Clearances!   Again, another one of those brands that grabs the target audience at an early age and transcends all the way into adulthood. Bravo!

And now, 5 top sites a little off the beaten path.  These fabulous sites offer a variety of brands and/or a niche market item:

1. Isabee Tweens: (http://www.isabeetweens.com)  I was really impressed by the variety of brands at this online boutique.  They have designed the store in a way that’s easy to navigate (i.e. shop by category or shop by designer, Tops: long sleeves, short sleeves, etc.).  The graphics are professional, simple and the website is clean, meaning no extra animated ads, no clutter, etc.  Very good prices and a very organized site.

2. Berry Jane Leggings: ( www.berryjaneusa.com  ) What a fun line of leggings!  Berry Jane is fairly new to the marketplace, however, I have seen this brand in a few magazines already and it seems to be gaining popularity pretty quickly.  The website offers mostly leggings and has a huge variety of colors, prints and even hologram styles for the rock star in every girl.  The prices are moderate and maybe a little on the high end scale, however, these are made right here in USA and carried by boutiques in Beverly Hills, so it’s no surprise that they are a little pricey.
Either way, I’m a fan!

3. Maddies Closet (www.maddiescloset.com) Petti-skirt me to death, why dontcha!?  Well, once you get past the sea of frilly chiffon and boutique-y personalized Tee-shirts, this site offers a great assortment of all things girlie and hip.  I really enjoyed the Miss Me, Deux Par Deux, and Little Mass selections.  Not to mention the other fabulous brands, if you can just wade past all those pettiskirts!

4. Haute Look (http://www.hautelook.com) I love this site.  First, you have to sign up to get the notifications of which brands are coming up.  They have featured brands such as Splendid Littles, Ella Moss and C&C California for example.  Great prices on garments that are high quality with great fit and classic.

5. dELiA*s (http://store.delias.com) Buy one get one half off, 80% clearance items, super cute selection of clothes, what girl isn’t attracted to this brand?  It’s a lighter version of Forever21 with less selection and higher prices; So be good to your pocketbook and shop the Clearance section!

Other notable mentions: Plato’s Closet (Sorry, this is a brick and mortar store only), Kitson Kids, Lisa Kline Kids, Billabong and Guess?

The Top 5 WORST (a.k.a. totally not cool or hip) Tween Shopping Sites (please bear in mind, these sites do not offer terrible clothing, they are simply not a good match for the discerning girl or tween who is fashionable or wants to be “cool”):

1. Hannah Andersson (www.hannaandersson.com) I like the basics that Hannah Andersson offers.  The prices are moderate and the variety is good, however, this is not a line for hip Tweens, rather, more of the girls who are clueless and OK with mom buying all of their clothes, and even uncooler yet, MATCHING mom and daughter clothes. YUCK!   These days, most Tween girls are pretty selective, but Hannah Andersson is the answer to that conservative, over-bearing mom who doesn’t want her girl looking like Hannah Montana.

2. Old Navy (www.oldnavy.com) Old Navy is great, if you are looking for a good deal.  They understand they are Old Navy and don’t try to get away with pricey tees and jeans. If you don’t care about branding or fit so much as you do price, you can get two pair of jeans for less than $30.  Their sister company, GAP, on the other hand, needs a reality check.   If you want something that is considered “pricier” but with a stronger brand identity, I say head over to Hollister.  I mean, I could be wrong but if I were a 13 year old girl, I would rather have Hollister on my butt for $32, rather than GAP on my butt for the same price. Anyway, I digress. The bottom line here is, Old Navy spells el-cheapo, no el-coolio.

3. Target (www.target.com)  Hello Mossimo!  It’s no big secret, Target has done an amazing job at tranfoming it’s image over the years. They are good about offering “trendy” garments at great prices.  The Mossimo brand is affordable and does not have any kind of real negative stigma attached. It is simply an affordable brand, with a lot of current styles. That being said, it’s still “TARGET”.  Sometimes you just can’t shake that cheap branding, no matter how many Isaac Mizrahi’s you pay to use their name on your mass-produced crap clothes.

4. The Children’s Place  (www.thechildrensplace.com) Hello?  The whole point of being a Tween is stating the obvious: I am not a little girl anymore!  So, why would any girl want to wear a tee shirt that says “Mommy’s Little Drama Queen”?  FYI: It goes up to size 14.
No 14 year old girl, who is one year away from driving, is going to do ANY kind of shopping at a store called “The Children’s Place”.

5. CWD Kids (www.cwdkids.com) Whomever is designing for this brand must not have a Tween daughter. Great brand and site for little girls, not for the Tweens.  If my memory serves me correctly, I have not seen many 12-14 year old girls wearing something like this:

Enough said.

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64 responses to “The Top 10 BEST Tween Shopping Sites – Plus the 5 WORST!

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  4. There’s a great site in Canada: (url omitted)
    Also, the Ella Moss girl and Splendid girl websites have great sales.

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  5. Tween’s are hard, they are the “lost” group of young ladies when it comes to fashions. There are several great shops popping up around the corner every now and then. Please check your local towns for specialty stores.

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  6. Thanks for your post. My almost 12 year old can’t stand when I say, “Let’s go to Old Navy.” In fact, she’d much rather get something at Target. I’m going to go check out the sites I’ve never heard of.

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  7. EWW!!!!! ISABEE TWEENS?!?! THTS DISGUSTING… AND BERRY JANE LEGGINGS…WOW LOL MADDIES CLOSET WAS PRETTY GROSS TOO….

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  8. well i love the site you love. And i totally love I’ll the stores you love! But for girls who are already have a couple nice jeans old navy is perfect so if all your other jeans are dirty there you go. Or if your going somewhere where you need jeans but the place is Dirty it is Perfect!

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  9. Thank you for posting this. I have a tween daughter and I have been shopping at The Childrens Place for her clothes ever since she was three. She’s always been begging me to shop at abercrombie for her and I’ve always refused, saying it was too old for her. I’ve now returned back to reality and tomorrow I’m going to take her to the mall to get REAL clothes for her

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  10. i agree on most of your comments but justice i think thats kinda off. My 11 year old daughter thinks that store is wierd other opinions from my 8 year old daughter loves justice

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  11. I disagree target and old navy are great not justice (only their basics) but the good places diffenately helped!

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  12. I have to agree on The Children’s Place thing. I don’t like The Children’s Place all that much (Aero and Justice are way better, and I’m 9 years old BTW) and my mom still shops there for me and my twin brother. :P

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  13. Instead of Target in the five worst, I think you should have put Walmart. Personally, I think Target has greatly improved with their designs for clothes while Walmart remains out of style and bad quality. Also, I do think dELiA*s should’ve replaced Justice in the top 5 best. Please don’t get mad at me. Besides all that, I think this article was really useful.

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  14. This is an awesome list I really like it the only problem is Hollister is really expensive and you didn’t put on here HOT TOPIC!!!

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  15. i thought it was good… i pretty much LOVE the stores u mentioned and ur blog… but to let u know, know one my age thinks justice is cool AT ALL and old navy and target are SUPER CUTE if u look in the juniors section… any ways thanx for making great websites like this!!!

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  16. HELLO! This shop has many great tween and teen accessories; Plus amazingly unbeatable prices. They sell a modern line of jewelry ,
    although I wouldn’t wear thier earrings. Also a large variety of everything 1D. Go online or to a mall to shop there!

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  17. I liked almost everything that you said. However, when referring to tweens not wanting to shop at places like Children’s Place…and that their sizing goes up to 14, you missed a “beat” here. In my experience, unless you are a very petite 14 year old, you do NOT wear size 14 in these stores that go up to that size. They are simply for “larger” girls that are not tweens yet!!!! Our society is producing much fatter kids, but also there are taller kids…thus, the sizes going larger in “children’s” clothing stores. I for one, am not dressing my little girls in teenager clothing just because they are tall and do not fit in traditional little girl clothing.

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  18. I had no idea where to shop and now you’ve givin me tons of choices! This blog is veery useful and interesting and you’re doing a good job. You even put the worst so now I know what to stay away from! Just to suggest, you could also put Gymboree as one of the worst. They go up to uuuuuummmmmmm……. I think size 12. Keep writing!

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  19. Target has been doing better for tweens (like me) in the past year or 2, though. They have been getting a lot better, not just some cheesy and corny clothing like before in their older times.

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  20. Just a comment on what you said about The Children’s place and sizes. You mentioned that it goes up to a size 14 but you also need to remember that some girls are just big! While my 9 year old is still wearing an 8, my neighbor’s 2nd grader is already past a 14. Her biggest complaint was finding age appropriate clothing for her daughter.

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  21. Ok, this is kinda cool. But when you said “MATCHING mom and daughter clothes? Ewww!” That kinda hurt my feelings cuz I do that sometimes. Being a tween does not mean you can’t wear matching clothes with your mother!

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  22. Umm… I would have to disagree on target… most tweens aren’t shallow enough to care where their clothes come from, as long as they’re cute, or their style.

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  23. I liked some of the companies you listed as “good”, but I thought labeling what you dislike was somewhat strange because you didnt seem to care what the clothes looked like, just how “cool” they were. I l LOVE your blog! But this is a bit superficial dont you think?

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  24. Old navy is fine in fact a lot of girls in my grade wear it (I’m in middle school) otherwise pretty good list

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  25. hi some of your posts I agree with but stores like hanna Anderson, the children place and a few others are for little kids why else would they call it CHILDREN’s place and some younger children are tall and need a size fourteen, im 12 and wear a womens size 1/2 because i’m tall and a shoe size 8 to 8 1/2 but overall good job on some of the stores on the list and most people get clothes from target such as myself because we need to budget and not blow our parnets money

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  26. I disagree with most of the “Worst” First off, The Children’s Place, has sizes to 14 because some girls/boys are a little bit bigger, and need bigger sizes. Second off, being a Tween, isn’t about having expensive clothing. Old navy is perfect. A lot of tweens love to shop there, because it’s not that expensive all of the time. Unlike, Hollister, and Ambercrombie. Target, is perfectly fine. Some people don’t like going to the mall, and like that store instead. Finally, CWD kids, is like Children’s place. Some kids need larger sizes. Some actually DO wear sizes up to 14 even if they’re kids.

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    • The reason most kids do not want to wear clothes from old navy is because the styles are outdated (for tweens)

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  27. Hey There. I discovered your blog the use of msn.
    That is an extremely neatly written article.
    I will be sure to bookmark it and return to learn more of your helpful information.
    Thank you for the post. I will certainly comeback.

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  28. I like this post but it almost school time and I found a wonderful outfit from target (pink shirt, grey skinny jeans)

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    • I have to admit, Target kinda does have cute clothes! I have this really cute tunic and it has like this aztec print. But the womens section is HIDEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean it’s nothing but tee shirts and yoga pants. YUCK!!!

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  29. Old Navy is fine but does not have much selection for the tween’s. Target also does more for younger kids- Gap too. I have no problem with those stores and if you hunt you can find items for your tween. I just find it hard to find clothes in general for this age range. My daughter is very slim with long legs- very hard to find jeans!!

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  30. I like the information, though a little snobby. Old Navy and Target have great prices and cute clothes that will surely be outgrown or out of style well before they wear out.

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  31. I like this site and all the stores and I do agree with what you said about the bad and the good stores this a great site and it is neatly written!!!

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  32. Hey I wear clothes from old navy,childrens place,and target and i love the clothes those 3 are not bad clothing stores(Justice is mass produced not target!!!)

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  33. I’M 12 and justice is great it’s for girls 12-14 I love that place claires is nice to they do that store for babies kids teens and tweens I have never been to children’s place soo I don’t know much about it but I think if you’re tween is 13 target gas some really nice pajamas but sexy ones but not to sexy 😏

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  34. Thanks sooooooo much for posting this you helped me so much i used to shop at like macys YUCK there cloths were horrible saggy jeans ugh but thax going to forever 21 from know on lol

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  35. Soooooo, all the cool Moms WANT their daughters to look like Hanna Montanta??? No, thanks, I don’t want any knocked up 14 year olds!!!

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  36. Love your post. Justice and forever are great! Another site I have shopped at that has really cool trendy girl clothing is frostingsbyvenee.com. U should definitely check them out. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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