Six Must-have Essentials in Every Teenage Girl's Wardrobe
March 03, 2021
We've all done it. Stood there in front of our wardrobes, staring at the clothes hanging in our wardrobe (or, if you're a teen, you're possibly staring at the pile of clothes sitting on your bedroom floordrobe). The problem of having "nothing to wear" is universal. And it's not that you actually have nothing to wear, it's that you can't work out which pieces to put together to create an outfit that works.
Now for some, wearing a mix and match of eclectic clothes with pattern on pattern and a combo of bright colours, is their thing. And it really puts a smile on their face. But for others, myself included, we prefer a much more subdued look - something that doesn't draw too much attention from others but is comfortable and looks good.
In these last few years, I've also become much more aware of environmental burden and unethical practices within the fashion industry and try as much as possible, to only choose pieces that have been made through an ethical and sustainable supply chain. Along with this, I also now choose items that I know can easily co-ordinate with the rest of my wardrobe. You really do grow older and wiser! :)
Nothing makes dressing easier than having a wardrobe with the right essential basics that can carry you throughout a season, or better still, an entire year. Whilst some girls prefer to wear subtle neutrals, others enjoy a blast of pattern or an injection of colour in their wardrobe. Either way, having a good set of essential basics in your wardrobe will prepare you for any occasion, whether it's a weekend adventure, a casual long lunch with friends, hanging out at the beach or catching a movie.
Here's our list of the top 5 must-have essentials in every teen girl's wardrobe:
The basic white tee is the first and most important essential on our list, even though somewhat 'boring'. This wardrobe staple will pretty much pair nicely with anything whether it be jeans or shorts or a skirt. Dress it up with a jacket and accessories or keep it casual with shorts and sneakers. Because it works in so many ways, it's a good idea to invest in a good quality basic tee that you can wear over and over again.
Of course, our favourite t-shirt is from our own TTA collection because it's made with a high quality, super soft, breathable cotton modal fabric.
Nothing says summer more than a pair of shorts. You want something comfortable, made using breathable fabrics to keep cool on hot summer days and at a length that allows your daughter to get on with any activity - and not have to worry about what can be seen when she decides to do random cartwheel. This is what we love most about shorts from The Teen Age. Their elastic waist means they are comfortable but they are also stylish and age appropriate.
Shorts can easily be dressed up or down simply by swapping over sneakers with espadrilles or strappy sandals. Pair it with a top, add some accessories like a headband, and a small leopard print clutch, and you're set to head out to lunch.
The Teen Age's summer dress is one of our most popular designs because of it's understated style which suits all body shapes. It also scores big points on comfort and, like our entire collection, sustainability.
When looking for a summer dress, find one that you can mix + match with other pieces in your wardrobe, whether it's adding a denim jacket for cooler evenings out or a sweater and leggings for the cooler months. Because who said you can't wear a summer dress all year round?
4. Denim Jacket
Whether you're a teen or a mum, the denim jacket will carry you throughout all seasons. Perfect to throw on a chill evening in Autumn or Spring, or to layer on in the winter season, the denim jacket is just as versatile as it is stylish.
Pullover. Jumper. Sweater. And if you are a true blue Aussie, you might know it as a Sloppy Joe. Whatever you call it, the sweater is an essential in any teen's wardrobe. Wear it with shorts. Wear it with jeans. Wear it with skirts. Wear it over a dress. Wear it with leggings. Wear it around your waist. Wear it as your pyjamas. Ask any teen. It's essential. (psst...we've got a sweater coming out soon!)
Teens usually fall into two camps - Jean-lovers or Jean-haters (aka as Legging-lovers). They either love one or the other, though there are some who love both. Nothing can go past the classic style of a simple straight leg jean and nothing compares to the comfort of a pair of leggings. Both are essential teen wear for sure.
Do your teen girls have these items in their wardrobes? What are their favourites? What is their go-to outfit and how good are they at mixing and matching their clothes?
On the Journal today, we take you back behind the scenes of our latest photoshoot as we capture our new collection. You get a glimpse of the ins and outs of what happens in one of the final stages of the process before our clothes are available online.
A look into the effects of media and the fashion industry on our girls as well as how we as adults and parents can educate and communicate with our children about who they are and how to deal with societal pressures.