Do you have tweens and teens that are wondering what to wear in 2020? Teen fashion trends are fickle, and many tweens are just getting interested in style and want to follow the trends, but need some help.
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In 2020, Brandy Melville continues to be a popular brand for tweens, setting many tween fashion trends. Brandy Melville is a California-based brand that has a relaxed, beachy vibe. The clothes there aren’t fancy – they are mostly pretty laid-back and simple. Many tween girls are dying to make a pilgrimage to Brandy Melville and get themselves a new stylish outfit.
Unfortunately, Brandy Melville has one VERY BIG flaw. They only have one size.
Yes – that’s right – one size. I was a bit shocked when my daughter first explained this to me. Each item is only available in one size. The sizes of different items vary a bit, so one shirt might fit one person better and another shirt might fit another person.
But I bet you have an idea which size is the most common. TINY. Most of the clothes in the shop are appropriate for an XS or size 0-2.
So imagine being a typical middle-school girl walking into this store. Your body is growing and changing, you just recently started wearing a bra, your thighs are a little bigger than they were last year…and the hippest store in the world has racks of clothes that only come in sizes that are too small.
Brandy Melville does feature some oversize sweatshirts and tops, but not a lot. And all of their bottoms such as pants and skirts are small.
To be honest – this makes me pretty angry. Our girls are under enough stress as tweens. They don’t need to be made to feel “not good enough” when they are trying to develop their sense of style.
So. Rant over. Here’s my solution!
Brandy Melville Look-Alikes
I’ve been on the look-out for clothes that are similar to the style of Brandy Melville but are available in a range of sizes. And not only that, but I want to find ones that are low-priced, too, because heaven knows your daughter could get tired of this look ANY SECOND.
Most of the clothes I am linking to are marked with women’s sizes. I chose to do that rather than girl’s sizes because many tweens are growing and are starting to look like little women. If your tween is smaller, no problem – all of these items include a tiny sizes such as XS.
So read on to find out the best choice for tween clothing in 2020 – written by a thoughtful mom, approved by my picky, and very fashion-conscious tween.
Shein clothes for stylish tweens
One good source for some Brandy Melville-similar styles is Shein. Their clothes are very low-priced and they have tons of choices. They don’t have the casual t-shirts, but they have a lot of the other tween style trends found at Brandy Melville such as lettuce-edged tops, striped tops, checkered skirts, and button-front sweaters.
You do need to be choosy with Shein – not everything they have is appropriate for tweens. Some of it is way too sexy for middle schoolers! But you can definitely find some cute current tween trends mixed in with the older stuff for REALLY good prices.
Shein has a terrific return policy. It’s super-easy like Amazon. If you don’t like something, you just print out the return label, tape it to the original packaging, and drop it in the mail.
Keep in mind that Shein’s sizes run small. Luckily, they are pretty open about their sizing and have lots of easy-to-access sizing guides. They also have a “curve + plus” section so that more girls can be included.Free Express Shipping on orders over US$99.00 – Limited Time Offer at SHEIN.com
Popular tween trends on Amazon
Not surprisingly, Amazon has tons of choices when it comes to the top tween fashion trends. My daughter and I have spent quite a while trying to find the best choices for you!
When buying clothes on Amazon, please take a minute to read the size charts. Also, it’s smart to read the product details to get information such as fabric type.
Stylish Tops and Tees for Tweens:
Boxy tees, either cropped or oversized, are a common choice for tweens right now.
We bought one of these for my daughter on Amazon, and it was a different fabric than we had expected. It’s not cotton but is polyester. So it is a softer, clingier fabric. But it’s a very cute shirt. Be aware of the difference, and order up a size:
These shirts are very low-priced so you can try several! The same brand also comes in other styles such as these:
It’s really popular to wear shirts that have the names of fun destinations on them, whether or not you’ve actually been there. Brandy Melville carries lots of stuff like that. Here’s an Amazon version:
For this one, you’ll notice that you can choose the men’s style or the women’s style. Get the men-styled one – that is what is trendy for tweens -boxy. Cute beach styles like this are perfect:
Tops with lettuce-trim edges are popular this year. Here are a few choices:
Striped tops are also really trendy right now for tweens:
Sweaters and Sweatshirts
Chunky-knit cropped sweaters are a current tween trend:
Pants and shorts
Lululemon still reigns supreme among teen girls. The Lululemon Align Pant (as in, leggings) is the most popular for tweens. They are really expensive, but they also are great quality and last a long time. My daughter has had her pair for a year and a half and they still fit and look great after being worn many, many times. Since they are stretchy, girls won’t grow out of them as fast as they do other clothes. Pro tip: hang them to dry even though they say they’re dryer-safe. They’ll last longer.
Lululemon shorts are also still a top tween trend. There are two main styles that the tweens are into. The first is called the “Speed-up short.” They come in two lengths, 2 1/2″ and 4″. Pictured here is the 2 1/2 inch length, which you can see is really short. My daughter has the 4″ length. Both are popular.
The other Lululemon short that you see a lot is the “Hotty hot.” Yeah, I know. No one wants to buy their tween daughter something called hotty hot. I’m just reporting the facts, you do as you want with them. You can get them at the Lululemon store, of course. There aren’t currently many of them available on Amazon, but here is how they look:
As you can see, the waist is a bit lower than on the speed-ups and the waist looks more elasticized. They also have a small sheer panel on the side at the top of the thigh. This pair is black camouflage, but they come in lots of other colors, too.
If Lululemon seems too expensive for you, try buying it used. My daughter and I sell her old clothes on Mercari and then use the money we earn to buy new things! You can also do the same thing on Facebook Marketplace.
Jeans and Denim
Distressed denim is a super popular trend for tweens. Most girls want them to be high-waisted, too. Acid-washed jeans are also back.
This pair is the same idea but comes in girls sizes:
Checkered skirts are really popular this year. Brandy Melville carries them, but it only one size (?!?). Here’s one from Shein that comes in more sizes.
I have to admit, I am really enjoying the resurgence of some of the most popular brands from the 80s and 90s! The whole skater/surfer culture that was big when I was a kid in California is big again. Both tween girls and tween boys are into this look.
Santa Cruz is an iconic beach style brand and fits in perfectly to surfer or skater style.
Both classic Vans and newer options are popular for tweens:
I remember Roxy being a super-cool brand when I was a teen, and it still is. Roxy is sold on Amazon and they have lots of cute styles. Their clothes definitely have that beachy, relaxed vibe that is such a trend in tween clothing right now.
*Disclaimer: My daughter read over my article for me to make sure I had my facts right…and she didn’t like the Roxy stuff. So I may be wrong – but I’m leaving it in because I think it’s cute. Otherwise, I’m good to go and my Tween Expert status remains…for what it’s worth as a mom.
The Nike Air Force 1s are the shoe of the moment if you’re looking for current tween fashion trends. I’m not gonna lie…they are TOO EXPENSIVE! I haven’t caved on these yet. But if you win the lottery or it’s her birthday or whatever…this is probably what your tween wants:
And now that spring and summer are on the horizon, Birkenstocks are trendy! I am telling the truth again, here…I hate Birkenstocks. They were for old hippies when I was a kid. I think it’s nuts that the kids like them. But I’m not here to tell you what actually looks good, I’m here to tell you what the tween fashion trends are. So…
Real Birkenstocks are very expensive. You might be able to get away with cheaper ones, but definitely get permission from your picky tween, first. These awful things will only set you back about $25:
And while you’re shopping for ugly sandals…don’t forget Crocs! Your tween will be thrilled to get these:
Trendy Tween Accessories
Brandy Melville is also known for their accessories. Here is the type of thing that they have:
Dainty Necklaces and Chokers
We got our daughter one exactly like this at Brandy Melville for Christmas:
Here’s are some other similar necklaces:
Puka Shell Necklaces
Puka shell chokers are still popular with tweens. This cute set comes with a matching bracelet and is adjustable:
Now scrunchies are something you might actually want to buy at Brandy Melville because the one-size issue doesn’t matter for scrunchies and they are pretty cheap. But if you’d rather just order them off Amazon with everything else, what you see at Brandy Melville are styles that are plaid, floral, and striped like these:
I hope you found something you like in this list of tween girl clothing trends! Did I miss anything? If so, comment below!
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