Comfortable and Cute Training Bras for Tweens

How do you know if your tween or child is ready for her first bra? It depends — companies make training bras for girls ages 5 or 6 up to teenage sizes. All girls develop at different rates, and it's up to each girl and her family to decide when it's time to go first-bra shopping. Some good indicators that your girl has reached training bra age is that she's expressing interest in getting one. Beginning with lightly lined bras is an easy way to introduce girls to the basics of dressing as an adult, and it's OK to let her practice (or "train") even if she isn't quite ready for the real thing. Even if your girl hasn't let you know she's in the market for a bra, it might be time to buy her first bra if she's noticeably developing, experiencing pain from lack of support or starting to be active in sports. We've rounded up great training bras for tweens, from sports bras to bralettes, from retailers like Walmart, Target, Justice and Yellowberry.

Abercrombie Kids Pink Lace Racerback Bralette photo

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Best Bralette for Tweens: Abercrombie Kids Lace Racerback Bralette

This sweet and simple lace racerback girl's bralette from Abercrombie Kids is the perfect introduction to grown-up undergarments for girls who are just reaching training bra age. This soft and stretchy bralette pulls on, so there are no fussy clasps or straps that can frustrate first-timers. Choose between bra colors like navy, mint, pink and white. ($11; abercrombie.com)

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Fruit of the Loom Spaghetti Strap Sports Bras in Pink, Grey, White photo

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Best Budget Bra for Tweens: Fruit of the Loom Spaghetti Strap Sports Bra 3-Pack

Going first-bra shopping can be overwhelming — skip the store hopping and stock her up with one click when you buy this three pack of training bras from Walmart. These machine washable spaghetti strap sports bras for tweens have stretchy material that offers light support with room to grow. This three-pack comes in a variety of solid colors, from all nude to colorful combos with shades like mint and pink. ($9; walmart.com)

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Best First Bra for Tweens: Yellowberry Ladybug Bra

Yellowberry is a brand designed around the idea that a girl's first bra should be a big deal. Their bras are specially made for tween girls with comfort, confidence and quality in mind. Yellowberry calls their Ladybug bra the "absolute best first bra" ever made for tweens. The Ladybug has heavily lined cotton for absolute coverage and comfort, adjustable straps, and a wide selection of cool colors to choose from. ($29; yellowberrycompany.com)

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Justice Pink Velour & Foil Sports Bra photo

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Best Sports Bra for Tweens: Justice Velour & Foil Sports Bra

Whether she's playing sports, hanging out at home or heading to class, this cute Justice bra will give her the confidence and comfort tweens need. The velour and foil blocked pattern on this trendy sports bra will be a winner with young fashionistas, and the soft, stretchy fabric will keep her comfortable during hours of activity—or lounging! ($17; shopjustice.com)

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Calvin Klein Seamless Ribbed Racerback Bralette photo

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Best Training Bra for Tweens: Calvin Klein Seamless Ribbed Racerback Bralette

First bras can feel like a tough choice to make, but this Calvin Klein seamless bra for kids is a great choice for newbies. Rib knitting offers stretch and comfort and adjustable straps guarantee she'll get the right fit. This pull-on bra goes on easy and looks great under almost any top. ($16; nordstrom.com)

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Zella Marble Print Achieve Sports Bra photo

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Best Printed Bra for Tweens: Zella Marble Print Achieve Sports Bra

This trendy sports bra for tweens is sure to win your major brownie points with your young lady. The marble print is subtle and stylish and the breathable, moisture-wicking fabric will make sports practice or physical ed classes a breeze. Four-way stretch fabric means your tween will feel so comfortable she'll almost forget she's wearing a bra. ($29; nordstrom.com)

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Jockey Girls Pink Front Closure Cotton Bras photo

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Best Front-Clasp Training Bra: Jockey Girls Front Closure Cotton Bras

Front-clasp training bras are a great way to introduce girls to wearing underwear that requires connecting hooks or clasps. This two-pack of wireless front-closure cotton bras from Jockey comes in cute colors and a polka-dot print that little girls will love. Lightly padded cups and adjustable straps offer shaping and support for growing girls. ($9; amazon.com)

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Tucker + Tate Purple Cosmic Lace Bralette for Girls photo

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Best Lace Bra for Tweens: Tucker + Tate Purple Cosmic Lace Bralette for Girls

This cotton and Spandex bralette for tweens is as comfy as it is cute. Little ladies will love the soft purple color and sweet scalloped edging that adds a fun, feminine touch to their first bra. Lace bralettes are perfect for wearing under T-shirts, sweaters and more, and the thick lace straps are pretty enough that they won't cause embarrassment if shoulders show in wide-necked tops. ($16; nordstrom.com)

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Avia Active Soft Silver Tie-Dye Sports Bra for Little Girls and Big Girls photo

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Most Versatile Bra for Tweens: Avia Active Sports Bra for Little Girls and Big Girls

This compression sports bra for little girls and tweens is a great way to keep her feeling confident and comfortable during sports or other activities. Flat anti-chafe seaming and moisture-wicking fabric will keep her comfortable in any scenario, and the compression fit makes this sports bra for girls disappear under tank tops and T-shirts. Little girls will love the strappy detailing and trendy tie-dye pattern. ($7; walmart.com)

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Old Navy Jersey Cami Bra 2-Pack for Girls in Yellow and Teal photo

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Best First Bra for Little Girls: Old Navy Jersey Cami Bra 2-Pack for Girls

Little girls who are ready for training bras will love the fun, kid-friendly patterns on these jersey cami bras from Old Navy. Soft, lightweight cotton jersey adds modesty to little ones who are starting to develop, without adding the support or shaping that older girls sometimes require. If your elementary-aged girl or young tween is looking for an extra layer, these are the perfect option. ($15; oldnavy.com)

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Best Shaped Bra for Tweens: Maidenform Girls' Pullover Comfort Lace Bra

In most cases, underwire bras for tweens are unnecessary — if she's beginning to develop out of standard sports bras and bralettes, this underwire-free girls' bra from Target will offer her the support she needs. The softly shaped and lightly padded cups offer coverage and modesty, while pullover design makes getting dressed easy. ($9; target.com)

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