Clothes mean everything when you're a teenager. Luckily, there are tons of great options for teens today. Many popular stores cater specifically to a younger demographic or have departments for teens making it easy to find clothes to fit any budget and style.
These stores win big time with teens, offering time-honored fashions that are casual, bright and fun. Prices are reasonable to fit a budget-challenged teen and the clothing is classic.
American Apparel is known the world over for their huge selection of basics and on-trend, seasonal pieces in a wide range of colors. Their leggings and hoodies are among the brands' most popular items. Their clothes are typically bright and form-fitting and come in basic sizes from XS-XL. If you buy any three of the same style, you get 10% off. Prices for most items range from $20-$70. In the warmer months, you'll find shorts, skirts summer dresses and crop tops. In the winter, focus on jeans and long-sleeved tops. American Apparel offers casual dresses and accessories. You'll also find some interesting pieces by the designer Kesh. Many of her designs offer geometric patterns in simple black and white combos. Older teens in particular will appreciate the sophistication of Kesh's line.
Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie & Fitch was established over 100 years ago as a men's outdoor shop, Abercrombie & Fitch has become the place to go for casual preppy cool. Jeans in particular, are a favorite among customers. They also sell everything from t-shirts to gauzy peasant tops and flirty sundresses. They offer standard sizes only; prices run from $30-$80 for most items.
Go Jane offers an urban chic style that is popular with teens and young adults. They offer tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, accessories and formals. They offer a robust clearance and sale section on their website where you can search by price. You'll find everything from a maxi dress to unique designer style jeans for as much as 75% off the regular retail price. For great ideas for the latest trends, they offer a page of trending items. You'll find faux-leather looks or floral collections. Go Jane also offers a look book for different styles. Choose from Urban Escape, or Forever Young, to name a couple.
Hollister offers California casual styles that are perfect for school clothing, assuming you don't wear a uniform. The looks are dubbed "southern California" in style, so think LA chic. Prices are a bit higher than stores with similar styles, but Hollister often runs end of season sales. Expect to pay between $25-$60 for most pieces. The website offers a #HCOSTYLE page that will give you ideas on how others pair their clothing for a complete look. The store does offer T-shirts starting at around $10 with the Hollister label in a prominent position.
Madewell is the little sister to J Crew, and it offers the same level of quality and versatility with a focus on a more youthful, fresh look that teens can't get enough of. They sell an in-house line and feature select designers like Something Else by Natalie Wood and Chimala. Clothes are available in standard sizing, and most items cost anywhere from $50 all the way up to over $500. For teens who are unsure what items to pair together, the website features a Looks We Love section that shows what tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories to wear together. The looks are trendy, fresh and young and can help teens put together the perfect back-to-school or casual after the game party look.
Old Navy offers a casual, sport vibe for teens at reasonable prices. Old Navy has clothing in both standard and plus sizes. They are known for their seasonal sales, such as $1 flip flops, and also for $5 T-shirts to celebrate most holidays, from Fourth of July to St. Patrick's Day. Old Navy stores are under the same company as Banana Republic and Gap, which is also popular with teens. Regular coupons and sales mean that clothing items can run anywhere from $1 to around $40. To get ideas for outfits to put together, check out their Outfits We Love section for unique pairings.
PacSun is the place to shop for laid-back California fashions. They carry surfer-chic labels like Roxy and brands like Insight, which is known for their cool street style. Clothes are available in sizes XS-XL and prices range from roughly $20-$200. Roxy carries summer pieces like swimwear, tanks and shorts. In the winter, purchase jeans and T-shirts. The overall look is California bohemian. Each season, PacSun puts out an online Look Book that offers ideas for creating a complete look.
Do you have a teen that loves to be wearing the latest, even if it won't be in next year? If so, one of these stores just might fit the bill.
A boho-chic vibe is at the heart of Free People's clothing line. Breezy, floral dresses and lace give their clothes a sweet, feminine feel. They also carry trendy labels like Shakuhachi. They offer regular sizing only; prices start around $50 and go up to $300. In the Trends category, Free People offers look books, catalogs and a sneak peek at what upcoming fashion trends are gaining popularity. Many of the pieces have a high-fashion look, so this is a good place to shopping for special occasion clothes.
Hot Topic & Torrid
Hot Topic features clothing such as band T-shirts and unique pieces like neon skirts and pop culture items. Prices range between $20-$50. Check out their huge selection of band tees from groups such as Nirvana, Black Veil Brides and Paramore. Torrid is Hot Topic's plus size counterpart. If you enjoy the alternative, unique look of Hot Topic fashions, then Torrid is the store for you. You'll also find some plus size band tees on this site. Prices range between $25-$70.
British retailer Topshop sells everything from retro-chic to special occasion to street style inspired clothing. They make a wide range of reasonably-priced pieces to suit every taste. In addition to their in-house line, they collaborate with fashion icons like Kate Moss and famed stores like Opening Ceremony. Sizes 2-12 are available in most items, and prices start around $30 and go up to around $300. The retailer offers a blog where they watch fashion trends of celebrities and offer fashion styling ideas.
Urban Outfitters takes its cues straight from the runways. They carry popular labels like Dolce Vita, and Wood Wood and offer several collaborations with street-savvy designers including The Reformation. Most prices are between $40-$250, and clothing is available in standard sizes. The look is casual chic. BDG jeans are perfect for the teen who wants to make a fashion statement yet still wear something comfortable enough to go from classroom to evening basketball game. Urban Outfitters also offers a blog that features a "look of the week."
Zara is a popular Spanish chain store that sells on-trend, high quality clothing without the designer price tag. Known for their stylish, European sophistication, Zara is for teens going after a more serious, fashion-forward look. Prices are generally $50-$200, and only standard sizes are available. This look isn't for every teen. It is a bit more sophisticated and reminiscent of days gone by. However, if you are a teen that loves vintage clothing, then Zara offers a modern take on vintage styles. Zara also offers an online Look Book to help you get started with a new wardrobe.
With these stores, teens don't have to sacrifice style to stay within their budgets. Each offers staples like jeans and t-shirts, as well as choices for the more fashion-conscious. Best of all, prices are generally well under $100.
Aeropostale is popular with teens because of the inexpensive casual collection of dresses, tees and jeans. In the past, their clothing sizes ran small, which turned off girls who might be between standard clothing sizes and plus sizes. However, the company recently changed their sizes and they seem to be running closer to what one would expect from a standard size. The store often features sales that allow customers to save as much as 50% or more and get even more bang for the buck. Most prices range between $5-$30. The store also offers trendy uniform pieces for those who have to wear a uniform to school.
American Eagle Outfitters
American Eagle Outfitters is a go-to for teens with a casual, easy style. It's a great place to pick up affordable, well-made basics like jeans and tees. You can also find a selection of simple dresses that can easily be dressed up or down. They offer sizing from XXS-XXL and keep most prices between $20-$40. The site features complete outfits that model a diverse range of styles from grunge to comfortable chic.
Charlotte Russe offers a wide selection of affordable teen clothing inspired by current trends. It's a great place to shop for casual day-to-day wear and dresses for a night out. Prices stay low at $20-$40 for most items. Sizes XS-XL are available. Check out their latest clothing in the New category, where you'll find dresses casual enough to wear day to day or fancy enough for an informal dance or graduation. You'll also discover which items are well-liked by others who have visited the site. One neat feature of the Charlotte Russ site is the "Who's Shopping What?" box in the left sidebar. This shows shoppers who have recently purchased and commented on items. You can learn a lot about how comfortable a pair of shoes are or the exact color of a blouse by browsing through this section.
Deb Shops offers inexpensive, teen styles and features a special plus-size section in their stores. In addition to everyday fashions, such as jeans and tops, you'll find a nice selection of prom dresses when they are in season. Many of the dresses come in standard or plus size, so if you find something you love in Deb's standard sizes, ask if it can be ordered in plus size. Sizes in the plus section run between 14 and 24. Prices are between $10-$40 with frequent sales and specials. Be sure to check out the latest trends to get ideas for looks to put together.
Forever 21 is a go-to for young fashionistas on a budget. The store offers trendy clothes at affordable prices.They offer a range of styles from vintage inspired to sexy to classic. In addition, a rare find in teen stores, they have a plus size line. Prices are between $15-$30. One of the reasons teens love Forever 21 is because of the sheer range of clothing styles. You'll find everything from crop tops to long dresses. It is also one of the most inexpensive stores that still offers a high-end designer look. Forever 21 even offers plus size clothing to 3X.
H & M
Swedish chain H & M is beloved for their European chic style at super low prices. In addition to their line, they regularly collaborate with high-end designers like Versace and Marni. Their clothes are elegant and on-trend. They also offer plus sizes, up to a size 24, in addition to standard sizes. Prices run between $15-$50 with a few higher-priced pieces, such as leather biker jackets. H & M offers a 15% student discount.
High-End Designer Stores
These well-known names also have teen sections that offer high-end, high-quality clothing.
Barney's sell designers with a fresh feel like Etoile Isabel Marant, J Brand, and Rag & Bone, among others. The COOP sells young labels for young people. They offer standard sizing only. Prices start at around $100 and go up to well over $1000.
Bergdorf Goodman 5F
Bergdorf Goodman 5F is the contemporary department in Bergdorf Goodman. They sell luxury labels targeted for a younger crowd. 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rebecca Taylor, and Gryphon are among those featured at 5F. Only standard designer sizing is available at 5F, and prices run anywhere from $150 to over $1000.
The contemporary department at Bloomingdale's carries designer lines that are popular with young people like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Free People, and Alice + Olivia. The price range is broader than most department stores with some items starting under $100. The Contemporary department only offers standard sizing.
Revolve Clothing is an online store with a huge selection of young, on-trend designers like Joie, T by Alexander Wang, and Yumi Kim among others. The labels they feature have a young, fun look that is great for teens. Revolve only sells clothing in standard sizing and prices start around $100 and go up to over $500.
Find Your Style
Being a teen is a great time to explore different styles and figure out what you want your personal look to be. The stores above are the perfect places to start looking! Need more ideas on where to shop for sizes over 14? Read about finding plus size clothing stores for teens. Mix high-end and low-end, trendy and classic, whatever feels right for you. Happy shopping!