11 of the Best Basic T-shirts for Tween Girls

With summer coming, it is an excellent time to stock up on some of the best basic T-shirts for your favorite tween girl. If you are looking for a graphic tee, there are lots of options that you can find at kid’s stores like Old Navy, Children’s Place, Justice, or Target. We aren’t including graphic designs in this post but are instead focusing on children’s short-sleeve T-shirts in single colors or simple tees that can go with anything. We have found the best styles that are soft, breathable, and provide all-day comfort. Read on for our selection of the best tween girls’ T-shirts on the market right now.

Girls’ Short Sleeve T-Shirt – Cat & Jack™

The Girls’ Short Sleeve T-Shirt from Cat & Jack™ is a good quality basic tees at a fantastic price. The fabric is a cotton polyester blend that is midweight, so it is thick enough that you can’t see through it, but not so thick that it is too heavy in warm weather. It is also known for being soft, durable, and keeping its shape without stretching over time. Cat & Jack T-shirts are generally very well regarded for their comfort, fit, and great value. You can use this shirt for layering or everyday use.

Available from Target

Children’s Place Girls Basic Layering Tee

Another inexpensive option that works well as a perfect everyday style is The Children’s Place Girls Basic Layering Tee. This is a slightly thinner option than the Cat& Jack pick listed above, so some of the lighter colors may require an undershirt if your child is wearing this as a regular tee. It is made of  60% cotton and 40% polyester jersey that is soft and comfortable to wear. It comes in a cute palette of colors that make it a great basic choice. Despite being lightweight, it holds up well to washing, and the length is on the longer side, making it easy to pair with leggings or bicycle shorts.

Available from The Children’s Place

H & M 2-pack Cotton T-shirts

H&M is a great place to find basic tees for kids. Their shirts are inexpensive and usually have a stylish modern cute to them (this year’s design has a slightly longer hem at the back), and they come in soft, organic cotton jersey. They don’t have a huge selection of vibrant colors, but you can almost always find basic colors like white, blue, and black, and they are often sold as a multipack. H & M children’s sizing can often be a bit off, so if you are interested in their tees and are ordering online, double-check any measurements that they mention.

Available from H & M

Spotted Zebra Girl’s Toddler & Kids 4-Pack Short-Sleeve T-Shirts

The Spotted Zebra Girl’s Toddler & Kids 4-Pack Short-Sleeve T-Shirts is a fun pack of tees that you can find on Amazon. They offer a good variety of choices of colors, graphics, and fun sayings so you can pick what may suit your child best. The fabric is 100% cotton that is known for being soft and comfy. The length of the design is long, so these make a great option if your child has a longer torso, or if they just love a more extended look.  Some owners of this shirt have found that they shrink a little bit in the wash (they are 100% so not a huge surprise), so you may want to consider sizing up. They are pretty thick, soft, and good quality for the price.

Available from Amazon

Primary Vintage Boardwalk Tee

 

If you are looking for a high-quality tee that will last check out the Vintage Boardwalk Tee from Primary, they have a bit of a different design than your average layering top. This option comes in pretty colors that have a worn-in, slightly distressed look to them, so they look like a comfy vintage shirt. The 100% combed cotton garment-dyed jersey is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified and is made to last.

Available from Primary

Polo Ralph Lauren Girls T-Shirt

Ralph Lauren has a classic crew cut shirt made for girls that feature the signature embroidered pony that lots of people love. It is a fitted style that is a cotton-modal blend. Modal is a fabric that very soft, so that helps add to the overall luxe feel of this design.  Like most Ralph Lauren clothes, it is a little pricey but quite good quality.  If you are interested in this top, be aware that the sizes tend to run small, so you may have to size up if you want your tween to get the most wear out of it.

Available from Macy’s

Athleta Girl Power Up Tee


The Athleta Girl Power Up Tee is a perfect lightweight, athletic shirt that also works well for everyday wear. It is a relatively fitted active design, but it is very stretchy, so it doesn’t feel tight and constricting. The fabric is soft, thin, and is excellent quality, so it holds up well to wash and wear. It comes in a few fun color options that are cute and sporty.

Available from Athleta

Lululemon Rise Shine Repeat Short Sleeve

Lululemon Rise Shine Repeat Short Sleeve is similar to the Athleta style since it is intended to be an active shirt, but a lot of girls love the soft, breathable fabric so much that they end up wearing it as an everyday top. If you are looking for a thin tee shirt in the summer months, for exercise or an average day, this is a versatile choice that will go with almost everything.

Available from Lululemon

PACT Everybody’s Friend Tee

If you are looking for an affordable organic option that comes in a beautiful selection of colors, check out PACT’s Everybody’s Friend Tee. You can get this style in sizes from 12 months all the way up to 12 years. It is a basic design that is excellent quality and super soft.

Available from PACT

 

Gap Kids Ribbed T-Shirt

This Gap Kids Ribbed T-Shirt is a cute, slightly different pick that comes in stripes or solid colors. It is a 100% cotton ribbed knit that has been made to be soft and comfortable. The standout feature is the lettuce trim detail on the sleeves that adds a bit of feminity to an otherwise plain style. It has a longer length designed to hit at the hip, so they are another choice that works well with leggings.

Available from Gap

Old Navy Softest Slub-Knit Tee for Girls

Old Navy Softest Slub-Knit Tee for Girls is a slightly thin, inexpensive shirt that would make a cool and comfy option for the hot days of summer. The fabric is a soft-washed, slub-knit jersey, and the designers have added a pieced trim inside neck and shoulders for added comfort. This has a loose fit that will pair well with almost any pants, shorts, or skirts. Old Navy changes the colors of this shirt quite a bit, but it is usually offered in modern, exciting hues that are a little bit more unique than your standard T-shirt colors.  This top has a longer length in the back if you are looking for a design with more coverage.

Available from Old Navy

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