Finally, something both parents and temperamental tweens can agree on.
What you’ll find: Everything you remember from your own days as an Abercrombie & Fitch shopper, minus the overpowering wafts of cologne. While their basics (tees, polos, leggings) are on point, denim is still what they do best. Look for their kid-friendly, soft and stretchy jeans in washes and cuts sophisticated enough to induce wardrobe envy even from adults.
What you’ll pay: Fashion tops for girls start at around $15, denim for boys and girls between $50 and $60.
To buy: Boys’ straight jeans, $50; abercrombiekids.com.
What you’ll find: P.S. Kids stocks the same classics-with-a-twist staples for littler guys and gals as the big-sibling brand, including extended sizes like slim and plus, uniform-friendly items (polos, long- and short-sleeve button-front shirts, jumpers, and khakis), and even training bras with coordinating underwear.
What you’ll pay: Graphic tees start at around $15, sweaters and dresses around $35.
To buy: Kids’ Floral Godet Skater Dress, $40; aeropostale.com.
What you’ll find: A privately-owned boutique website operated by a mother-tween-daughter duo, with a selection of clothing, accessories, and even an introductory skin-care line, aimed at helping girls develop their own sense of (non-mass-market) style.
What you’ll pay: Jewelry starts at $8, a few specialty items (like a faux fur vest) stretch toward $50.
To buy: PREP Starter Kit, $38; shopbetwixtboutique.com.
What you’ll find: Super trendy pieces in cuts and colors cool enough that they’ll want to hang on to a few through their teen years. A bourgeoning section of crop tops and mini skirts is balanced by more practical pieces that you’ll both be happy to agree on, like well-fitting tees, cozy sweaters, and cute jackets.
What you’ll pay: Tees and loungewear (like bralettes and soft shorts) start around $15, outwear goes up to around $55.
To buy: Amara Darling Jacket, $45; brandymelvilleusa.com.
What you’ll find: Another blast from the past, this once-ubiquitous catalog continues to live on(line). The company still very much has their finger on the tween-culture pulse, so alongside wardrobe basics like jeans and graphic tees, you’ll find serious of-the-moment scores (like mix-and-match pins and patches).
What you’ll pay: Tees start at $15, jeans are all $30 (and often on sale for $19).
To buy: Pizza enamel pin, and donut enamel pin, $15 for 2; delias.com.
What you’ll find: Head straight for the “kids” section, where you’ll find tons of great styles for girls and boys that aren’t so young that they offend your tween’s growing sense of style.
What you’ll pay: Stock up on essentials, like a $4 3-pack of patterned socks, and pick up a few more substantial pieces too—girls’ dresses are around $15, boys’ jackets around $23.
To buy: Boys’ camo print jacket, $23; forever21.com.
What you’ll find: Once a brick and mortar store in NYC’s Soho (featuring the same neon pink wallpaper now on their website), there’s not a fruit-shaped earring or bedazzled pair of sunglasses you won’t be able to find at this accessories emporium—and for dirt cheap.
What you’ll pay: Something in every accessories category starting at $3.
To buy: Wayfarer-style sunglasses with mirrored lenses, $7; girlprops.com.
What you’ll find: On-trend pieces for little guys and gals at unbeatable prices. You’ll find everything from pretty chiffon blouses to quirky graphic tees, packs of socks, tights, and undies at bargain bin prices, and the occasional branded collection (think Star Wars and The Simpsons).
What you’ll pay: 3-packs of boxers for $10, winter coats for around $50.
To buy: Girls’ patterned shirt, $15; hm.com.
What you’ll find: J.Crew’s mini-me girls’ and boys’ lines bring the same style sensibilities of their grown-up clothes to smaller sizes. Look for fashion-forward pieces for tween girls, like sequined sweaters and leopard-print leggings, as well as for boys, like desert boots in a rainbow of hues and sweatpants in fun prints.
What you’ll pay: Tees and polos ring in around $30, with specialty pieces (like cashmere) rocketing well over $100—keep an eye out for frequent 30 percent off sales.
To buy: Kids’ suede Macalister boots, $88; jcrew.com.
What you’ll find: If it’s a tween-girl trend, it will be here. Patchwork denim, customizable initial pieces, emoji flare, tween beauty products like lip gloss and nail polish, and even uniform-friendly styles.
What you’ll pay: Items in Justice’s uniform shop are around $25, a sparkly eye shadow palette will set you back $6.
To buy: Just Shine makeup palette, $15; shopjustice.com.
What you’ll find: It’s entirely possible that Old Navy’s selection of kids’ and tween clothes surpasses what they have on hand for adults. You’ll find a wide range of everything from basic tees to comfortable jeans to silly graphic tees to cozy sweaters.
What you’ll pay: Shirts start at as little as $10, but both the website and the store seem to have frequent sales.
To buy: Boys’ raglan-sleeve baseball tee, $13; oldnavy.com.
What you’ll find: On-trend items for both boys and girls that read cool kid (think patterned bomber jackets, edgy boots, and even cute activewear).
What you’ll pay: Most items fall between $15 and $50.
To buy: Girl’s animal print ankle boots, $50; riverisland.com.
What you’ll find: The same super-chic kinds of options you expect from the men’s and women’s lines, scaled down slightly and with fun, younger twists like patches and fun phrases.
What you’ll pay: Prices are similarly scaled down from the store’s adult offerings, with outwear mostly coming in under $60, and basics as low as $6.
To buy: Girl’s leather crossbody bag with tassel, $26; zara.com.