When shopping for your tween, look for underpants that meet the following criteria:
Be sure that underwear will fit well, especially with clothes your girl wears often.
Some high-waisted panties come up to the chest on small-framed girls. Other styles may have narrow leg openings that constrict fuller body types. Sagging can bunch uncomfortably.
- Suited to Her Style
Does she want to don polka dots right down to the undies? Like playful socks, sometimes a cheery print underneath adds to the fun of getting dressed.
Other girls might prioritize the minimization of visible panty lines, which can draw attention to areas they'd rather not highlight. In that case, look for seamless styles and cuts that work with your girls' clothes. Boy shorts often blend well.
Breathable, natural fibers are best for health reasons.
- Dark or Patterned
Newly menstruating girls are often surprised by unpredictable periods. A little camouflage can make accidents less distressing.
Tween Girls' Underwear Styles to Consider:
- Hanna Andersson Seven Days Of Hipster Unders In Organic Cotton
Features: bright polka dots and fully encased elastic that never touches the skin
Playground Pals Mini Shorts
Features: additional length for modesty and protection under skirts and dresses, in playful prints she'll want to wear
- p.s. from Aeropostalé Kids Underwear
Features: stretchy fit boy shorts and stay-put briefs in an array of punchy patterns
- Stella McCartney Kids' Peonie Set
Features: classically feminine organic cotton 'Days of the Week' flower embroidered underwear set
Undershirt Styles to Consider:Thin tops provide an extra layer of modesty for girls concerned about shirts riding up or pants creeping down. They are also great for girls who don't yet need a bra but do want more concealment.
Try a few different styles to see which best suits your girl's shape and needs.
Allover Embellished Cami
Features: built in shelf bra for modesty and adjustable straps for comfort
- Joe Boxer Girl's Camisole
Features: simply sweet styling with delicate trim and a small bow
- Gap Kids' Girls' Basic Camisole
Features: high neckline, shelf bra, and shorter length
Tween Bra ConsiderationsBras can be awkward and take some getting used to. Consider easing the transition by giving your daughter a couple of training bras before they are really necessary. The added layer can provide modesty now, as well as camouflage and protection when it’s needed.
When the time comes for more support, let your daughter try on a few different styles to determine which suits her lifestyle and clothing preferences and makes her the most comfortable.
Best Bras for Tween Priorities:
- Minimize Bra Lines: nude bralette
- Minimize Nipple Irritation: cotton soft cup bra
- Reduce Bounce: sports bra
- Minimize Appearance of Asymmetrical Development: adjustable straps and removable pads
- Resemble a Camisole: half cami or scoop neck bralette
- Act as an Accessory: colorful bralette or sports bra
- Reduce Nipple Protrusion: soft cup bra or lightly padded bra
Regardless of style, be sure to shop for the right fit. Teach your daughter how to measure herself for a bra, and remind her that a well-fitting bra should stay comfortably in place. Most beginners have an easier time with pull-on bras.
Bra Styles to Consider:
- Aeropostalé p.s. Kids' Solid Soft Cup Bra
Features: triangle cups, adjustable straps, and light padding
- Gap Kids' Basic Bra
Features: cami top, double thick front, and adjustable straps
- Tucker + Tate Nude Seamless Bralette
Features: seamless nude - less conspicuous under light shirts
- Aeropostalé p.s. Kids' Colorblock Bra
Features: neon colorblock, adjustable shoulder straps, and striped elastic, sports bra fit
- Capelli Tweens Polka Dot Convertible Underwire Demi Bra
Features: polka dots in bright colors, convertible straps, underwire demi bra