12 of the Best Shorts for Tween Girls

With summer just around the corner, it is a great time to find the perfect shorts for your tween girl.

From easy elastic waist pull-on to modest mid-length, along with a few sporty styles, and a couple of Bermuda options, we have found lots of popular designs in all colors of the rainbow that are perfect for stylish and active kids.

These are the cutest and comfiest girls’ shorts that will keep your tween feeling cool, confident, and comfortable on those warm days out in the sun.

Old Navy Pull-On Chambray Shorts for Girls

Old Navy has lots of excellent designs for tweens, including the Pull-On Chambray Shorts for Girls. These are an effortless design that is cute and comfy to wear.

They have an elastic waistband and a decorative non-functional drawstring tie that adds a pretty detail. The hems are cuffed in place so you won’t be able to roll them down, but they give the shorts a slightly dressier look.

The material is a beautiful and soft cotton twill that has a little bit of stretch and is durable enough to survive what most children will put it through. They are loved for being very comfy, cute, and good quality.

Available from Old Navy


Athleta Girl All Play

The Athleta Girl All Play 3″ Short is an active style that many girls love to wear for sports or for everyday wear. They are light and airy and comfortable to move in.

The inseam is 3″ so they are relatively short and are designed to be semi-fitted.

A few notable features include a quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant, and UPF 50+ rated fabric and side zip pockets as well as an inside hidden pocket.

Available from Athleta

H & M Twill Shorts

H & M is usually a pretty good place to find children’s basics at a great price, although their sizing can be a little different than other brands.

Their Twill design is a nice, somewhat smaller inseam length that comes in a few adorable colors. The smaller sizes come with an adjustable waistband that is a great feature to make sure your child can get the best fit.

Available from H & M

Amazon Essentials Girl’s 2-Pack Pull-on Woven Shorts

These Amazon Essentials Girl’s 2-Pack Pull-on Woven Shorts are an inexpensive 100% cotton option that is great for every day.

They are a relatively simple pull-on design with side pockets and an elasticized waist with a self-tie drawstring. The drawstring is nonfunctional, so it isn’t adjustable, but the elastic seems to fit well enough for most kids.

The price point is pretty low, so if you are looking for an inexpensive, cute, and durable style, this may be a good choice.

Available from Amazon

Gap Kids Pull-On Shorts

Olive green girls shorts

Gap Kids Pull-On Shorts are a classic choice that is a simple comfy style. The twill is smooth, soft, and breathable for the long hot summer days.

The design features drawstring ties and deep cargo pockets on the front and two quite large pockets in the back. The loose fit will make them a comfy option for girls who are looking for an alternative to tighter-fitting styles.

Available from Gap

Primary Field Short

Primary’s Field Short is a high-quality 100% cotton choice that is made for fun and comfort, They are easy on and off, and they come in a rainbow of colors.

The fabric is OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certified, and like all of Primary’s clothes, they are made to last, so they make great hand-me-downs that you can pass along to friends and family.

Available from Primary

Tucker + Tate Ruffle Shorts

The Tucker + Tate Ruffle knit shorts are as comfy as they are cute. This Tucker + Tate design comes with an ultra-comfy waistband and is made from soft cotton that is smooth to the touch.

The ruffle detailing means that you can dress them up for a fancier occasion or down for everyday wear. The fit is quite loose and a little bit big, but that helps to add to the comfort level.

Available from Nordstrom

Boden Heart Pocket Shorts

Boden Heart Pocket Shorts are an adorable and fun style that is easy for kids to get on and off with the flexible and comfy elasticized waist.

The standout feature is obviously the cute heart pockets that elevate the design from your average plain pair of shorts.  The fabric is soft, lightweight cotton that has a little bit of stretch, and the loose fit will keep your child comfortable as they make the most of their summer days.

Available from Boden

Cat & Jack™ Girls’ Knit Shorts

The Cat & Jack™ Girls’ Knit Shorts from Target are a simple, inexpensive style that you can find at Target. Kids love these shorts because of the breathable fabric that is cool and comfy, while parents love them because of the low price.

The elastic waistband has an adjustable drawstring that is helpful to make sure you are getting the very best fit. This style comes in plain colors that are easy to pair with any type of top.

Available from Target

Children’s Place Rolled Cuff Skimmer

The Children’s Place is a great place to find kids’ shorts, especially boys’ styles. They also have some great options for girls. If you like a longer length, one design that they offer that has a longer inseam is the Rolled Cuff Skimmer. It is made from stretchy cotton fabric and has the classic five-pocket look that you usually find on jeans.

It is available in a few attractive color options that are great for the summer. This design does have belt loops, and it also has the inner adjustable waist tabs that are always such a great feature on any pants made for children so you can get a good fit without having to wear a belt.

The length is mid-length, so they aren’t quite as long as a Bermuda, but they still offer a good amount of coverage compared to many of the girl’s summer options available these days.

Available from Children’s Place

Ruffle Pull-On French Terry Shorts

Osh Kosh’s Ruffle Pull-On French Terry Shorts are a comfy choice that comes in a few fun colors. These are an easy style that has cute ruffle detailing on the pockets that make them a little bit more appealing to younger kids.

French terry cotton is a very soft and lightweight, almost sweatpant type of fabric that is perfect for the summertime. This design has an elastic waistband, but be aware that the drawstring is just for show, and it doesn’t work to tightening the waistband.

Available from Osh Kosh

Justice Knit Bermuda Shorts

If you are having trouble finding Bermuda or longer lengths for your tween, you could try Justice. They usually have a decent amount of longer-length styles, often in denim. Denim can sometimes be a little hot for the summer, so a good alternative is Justice’s Knit Bermuda Shorts.

They are made from a slightly thick material, but it is comfy and easy to move around in. They come in a few color options in a cotton polyester blend.

Available from Justice

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