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

For my list of The Top 10 Best Tween Shopping Sites of 2010-2011, 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. 

New Bonus Brands:

Zaful  – Super CUTE clothes and inexpensive!  I’m really loving their selection of Tees, swimwear and dresses! Mostly for Juniors, but could be great for young mommies, too!

Oasap – Trendy, cute (and cheap!) Tops, Tees and Dresses!

The Buckle – Awesome clothing selection for Tweens, Girls and Teens!

1. Forever21 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!

2. Justice for Girls ( 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 ( ) 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. Aeropostale ( 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 doesn’t love that?

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

1. The BUCKLE!  What an awesome assortment of GIRLS clothing they have!

2. Berry Jane: (  ) 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. Zulily 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. Great shopping site for Moms, girls, teen, tween and baby clothing!

4. dELiA*s ( 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!  (This online store is now CLOSED)  but it looks like it’s coming back in Fall 2015!)

Other notable mentions: Plato’s Closet (Sorry, this is a brick and mortar store only), Kitson Kids, Lisa Kline Kids, Billabong and Guess? and Isabee Tweens for the variety of brands at this online boutique. 

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 girl or tween who is unique and fashionable.

1. Hannah Andersson ( 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 ( 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. WALMART or Target   Walmart doesn’t even need much of a statement or introduction.  I personally won’t buy any clothing from Wal-Mart.

Target.. Hello Mossimo!  It’s no big secret, Target has done an amazing job at transforming 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  ( 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.
I’m not sure any middle-school aged girl, is going to do ANY kind of shopping at a store called
“The Children’s Place”.

5. CWD Kids ( Whoever 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.

(For the most UPDATED Top 10 Tween Shopping Sites List, go to:  The TOP 10 BEST TWEEN SHOPPING SITES OF 2013)

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79 thoughts on “The Top 10 BEST Tween Shopping Sites – Plus the 5 WORST!

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  4. Krazie Daisy says:

    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.


  5. Elbee says:

    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.


  6. iamfashion says:

    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!


  7. Valerie says:

    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


  8. corene says:

    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


    • Nikki says:

      I agree, I don’t see anything wrong with Old Navy, we are buying clothes for girls that are still growing and Im not going into justice and buying a skirt that is 49.90 just to have my daughter not be able to squeeze into it the next season. Most working parents with other bills and not getting paid to blog can not afford to feel bad about going to O.N and Target for quality clothes.


      • Girls! Tween Fashion says:

        Hi Niki, Thank you for your comments! I shop at a lot of thrift stores! I love to find amazing bargains there. In fact, I have been an avid thrift store shopper since I was a kid in the 5th grade! :) I don’t get paid to blog, but I sure wish I did! I’m a freelance designer by trade, blogging is something I do for hobby. Paying $49 for a skirt that: A) is made in China and costs the company $2 to make is ridiculous, I agree. and B.) for a skirt that she may outgrow a year later is understandable. Again, this is why I love bargain shopping. Raising awareness for all of the different styles and brands is what I’m doing here, not assuming that everyone makes a ton of $$$ to shop wherever they want and spend however much they want. It’s all about seeing the big picture. I personally love made in USA and supporting independent designers, and of course, second hand and thrift.


  9. Caitlin says:

    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


  10. Valerie says:

    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.


  11. Crystal says:

    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!!!


  12. PERSON says:

    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!!!


  13. Reina says:

    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!


  14. Momof 2boystwingirls says:

    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.


  15. Aashna says:

    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!


  16. bubblegumfairy223 says:

    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.


  17. Jennifer says:

    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.


  18. Claire says:

    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!


  19. Jenny Miller says:

    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.


  20. anonymous says:

    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?


  21. Abbi says:

    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


  22. Chloe says:

    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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    • Hannah says:

      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!!!


  24. Sally says:

    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!!


  25. Shelley says:

    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.


  26. livie says:

    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!!!


  27. Reblious!! says:

    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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  28. toni says:

    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 😏


  29. Susan says:

    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


  30. Darcy says:

    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!!!


  31. Stephanie Lendora says:

    I actually have seen some clothes while passing by Target. They were actually pretty cute. But just remember to stick to the ones that are not too girly, but not too tomboy. Forever and rue 21 are really good. They have good quality and different unique styles. Justice is a little on the girly side, so if I went their, I’d pair it up with with a pair of jeans, skirts, capris, leggings etc. from other places like Aero and A&F. Overall, I think your list was really helpful


  32. ThatGirl says:

    I’m… Never EVER wear things from Justice. I’m 13 and I know that if you wear things from Justice, you will look stupid. Instead, of Justice, put in Aritzia. Everyone my age shops there now. Oh and everything that wasn’t in the top 5 or worst 5, I hqvent even heard of. I wouldn’t suggest shopping there


  33. Lauren says:

    If your 11 Can you shop at places like hollister because I’m 11 and i consider myself a tween and i don’t know if any of the stuff at some of these stores will fit me?


  34. Anna says:

    I have to disagree that Target and Old Navy are the a few of the Worst places to shop at for tween girls. My daughter who is 13 and has many friends that arils 13, love to go shop at Old Navy and especially Target! I also would not consider Justice for Tweens!!!!!


    • Girls! Tween Fashion says:

      Ok, Anna, you have to realize that this article was written FEBRUARY 12, 2010 A LOT has changed since then. A lot. At the time, Old Navy and Target were not offering decent collections. Much has changed in almost 5 years. Much. Thanks for your comments and excessive use of exclamation points, however!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  35. Kami says:

    I’m not disputing your opinion here, just your tone. Not every child wearing a size 14 is actually 14 years of age. Clothing stopped coordinating with age for my daughter at about 18 months. She currently is 9 and is about 4 inches shorter than I am. She wears a 14 and quickly going into 16. So keep an open mind when condemning a brand based only on the size of clothing offered. Frankly it’s hard enough to dress her in age appropriate clothing as it is, i don’t need brands discontinuing what few lines there are based on size bias.


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