Best Clothes for Toddler Girls

by Amy Hogan

Best Clothes for Toddler Girls
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Congratulations! You’ve survived the first year of parenthood. Now what? Chances are your little girl and her wardrobe are getting ready to graduate from a uniform of onesies and sleep and play outfits. That means now is the perfect time to work on building your toddler’s wardrobe.



Best Short-Sleeve Shirts For Toddlers:




Best Long-Sleeve Shirts For Toddlers:




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The good news is that you don’t need a million pieces of clothing. You can build a fashionable and functional girls clothing collection just by focusing on a few key pieces. You’ll want to have enough pants and shirts — both short-sleeve and long-sleeve — to survive a couple of days of meal mishaps and explosive stomach flu fiascos.

Toddler girls are on the move and busy exploring the world around them, so you should focus on fashions that are comfortable and flexible, and not restrictive or harsh against their still tender skin. While jeans and overalls have been the choice for parents for decades, lately leggings have become a great way to keep girls warm and in style no matter the situation.


Types of Clothes for Toddler Girls


        • Short-sleeve shirts


These are the basic building blocks of a toddler wardrobe. They can be crew, scoop or V-neck and are available in solid colors as well as prints. They’re a summer essential.


        • Long-sleeve shirts


The perfect layering item. They work under short-sleeve shirts and sweaters, as well as on their own. And, of course, they’ll keep kids warm all winter.


        • Jeans


The classic denim is forever in fashion and tough enough to stand up to toddlers’ busy lifestyles.


        • Leggings


Stretchy and slim fitting, leggings can be worn as pants or under dresses and skirts. They come in a variety of colors, patterns, fabrics and lengths, including capri and cropped.


        • Dresses


It’s important to have a couple of dresses in your toddler girl’s wardrobe because they’re perfect for play dates or special occasions.


What to Look for When Buying Toddler Girl Clothes

When shopping for toddler girl clothes, you’ll want to check out the sizing chart — and when in doubt, size up, because they’re only going to keep growing bigger. It’s also good to note that dresses and leggings are a lot more forgiving than jeans and button-up shirts when it comes to sizing. If organic and environmentally friendly clothing is important to you and your family, you’ll want to check out the items that have been certified 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified, like most offerings from Burt’s Bees.

When shopping for little girls, have fun and embrace the whimsy that’s currently totally on trend for the toddler scene. But it’s never a bad idea to grab some basics like plain black leggings and T-shirts. Little girls need to be comfortable while they perfect their walking and talking and playing skills.


To help you sort through all of the options out there, we’ve gone ahead and found the best fashions for toddler girls.

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Best Short-Sleeve Shirts for Toddlers

Peek Aren’t You Curious Happy Sequin Tee


Who says fashion can’t be fun too? Toddler girls will have a blast playing with the magical shimmering sequins emblazoned across the chest of this super soft T-shirt. Swipe the sequins one way and it reads “Happy”; swipe it the other way and it changes to “Smile”? We wish they made this in mommy’s size!

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Peek Aren’t You Curious Raelyn Embroidered Top


We can’t get enough of this sunny yellow color! The embroidered bloom details are adorable, too. She’ll brighten up anybody’s day in this off-the-shoulder style, which is a unique twist on the short-sleeve shirt and adds a touch of playful pizzazz to a trendy toddler girl. We think this is the perfect top for summer.

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Spotted Zebra Girls’ 5-Pack Short-Sleeve T-Shirts


If you want to bulk up your toddler’s short-sleeve shirt collection, look no further than the Spotted Zebra five pack. The mix of solid-color, soft cotton shirts and graphics are a great addition to the basics that you need after she’s outgrown the baby clothes. These are great for layering and wash up nicely.

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Gerber Change the World & Be Happy T-Shirts


It’s never too soon to empower little girls. That’s what we love about this pair of Gerber T-shirts that deliver the messages “Change the World Being You” and “Be Happy Every Day.” One is basic black with knotted sleeves while the other is pink-and-white stripes and ties at the tummy. They’re a stylish way to add some motivation to a little lady’s wardrobe.

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Gap 3D Graphic Peplum T-Shirt


It ain’t just for Easter! Any bunny will be hoppy to get this foil-accented T-shirt, which is made of a super soft knit with shirring at the shoulders and short sleeves. The spring pink-colored crew neck and peplum hem make it one of the sweetest shirts you can get for a little girl.

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Best Long-Sleeve Shirts for Toddlers

Gap Floral Ruffle Top


This coral and floral long-sleeve top is like a breath of fresh air for a toddler’s wardrobe. It’s sweet and feminine, thanks to the ruffles at the neckline and long raglan sleeves with elasticized cuffs. It’s also machine washable but looks like a dry clean only item from a fancy baby boutique. Shhh, we won’t tell.

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Gap 1969 Light Chambray Shirt


Every toddler wardrobe would benefit from a few timeless pieces like this chambray shirt from Gap. The light indigo wash on the premium denim is universally flattering, and the long sleeves have button cuffs that can be rolled up. We like that this shirt looks just as great buttoned as it does open, almost like a cool take on the cardigan.

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The Children’s Place Long Sleeve Crossback Knit Top


Sequins and glitter make the coolest unicorn on the front of this awesome toddler shirt. But then it’s got a cool crisscross cutout in the back. This magical top is sure to cast a spell on even the trendiest toddler. Just be sure to machine wash it in cold water to keep its magical sparkle hanging around all season long.

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Burt’s Bees Crew Neck Tees


If organic is important to you, then these Burt’s Bees 100% organic GOTS-certified cotton long-sleeve T-shirts are exactly what you want. They’re great for layering, but the contrast stitching and raw-edge details make them pretty enough to be worn alone. Parents also appreciate that the rib neckband enhances the durability of these shirts.

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Spotted Zebra Girls’ Long-Sleeve T-Shirts


The fastest way to give your toddler’s long-sleeve shirt wardrobe a boost is with this five-pack from Spotted Zebra. The bright colors and bold graphics are totally on trend. And the quality fabrics hold up to repeated washings. These are super soft and great to wear alone or under a coordinating short-sleeve shirt.

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Best Jeans for Toddlers

Jordache Knit Waistband Skinny Jeans


The pink knit waistband on these Jordache jeans is exactly what picky dressers need, especially any kids with sensory issues or who are uncomfortable in a lot of clothing. It’s super soft and feels much more gentle against toddler tummies than most other types of denim. The skinny cut features spandex so the jeans are easy to get on and off and comfortable enough to wear for a full day of play.

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Jordache Bootcut Toddler Jeans


Everything you love about adult-size Jordache jeans have been shrunk down for the preschool set. The dark denim and contrasting white stitching make for a darling pair of jeans. The bootcut jeans style is a timeless addition to every toddler wardrobe.

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Gap Rip and Repair Girlfriend Jeans


Trendy toddlers will want to wear these light-wash, slightly distressed jeans everywhere they go. Parents love the relaxed fit and easy-to-use, concealed adjustable waist inside the pants. They are a mid rise with tapered leg opening and buttery soft against youngsters’ sensitive skin.

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Gap Superdenim Side-Star Skinny Jeans with Fantastiflex


A best clothes for toddler girls list would need to include these Gap jeans because of the concealed adjustable waist, which makes them much more comfortable for even the skinniest toddler to keep up where they belong. These indigo blue-wash jeans feature a galaxy of red stars up the sides and are skinny through the hip and thigh so they don’t overwhelm a toddling girl.

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Kidscool Elastic Waist Ripped Denim


These tiny, ripped jeans are the ultimate hip toddler clothes. The reinforced knees are already ripped up but surprisingly comfortable for crawlers. The elastic waist keeps them up no matter how hard toddlers squirm and climb around. And the total mess message speaks the truth.

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Best Leggings for Toddlers

Garanimals Solid & Printed Capri Leggings


The best way to boost your toddler girl’s leggings wardrobe is with this set of three different capri-length leggings. They’re perfect to pair with tops but definitely pull double-duty when worn under skirts and dresses to add a cute pop of color. You can’t beat the quality for this price.

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Hope & Henry Girls Ponte Riding Pants


If you’re on the hunt for sophisticated toddler clothes, look no further than these organic, equestrian-inspired leggings. They’re comfortable and soft and feature faux suede trim details, which look so high end. This is one pair of pants that younger sibs will be happy to have as a hand me down.

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Mermaid Fish Stretch Leggings


Meet the perfect pants for Little Mermaid lovers. These shiny, polyester and spandex mermaid-scale leggings are comfortable and breathable, and are sure to make a splash with the hip toddler set.

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Cat & Jack Black Leggings


Just as every woman needs a little black dress for any occasion, black leggings are a necessity in a toddler’s wardrobe. They pretty much go with every single item she owns. Even better? They hide the majority of messes that your kiddo gets into while crawling and walking and falling all over the place.

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Old Navy Printed Leggings


There’s so much to love about these leggings from Old Navy. They’re cheap enough to stock up on all the colors and patterns. But the hearts-on-knees pair is the one we love most on our darling daughters. The sturdy fabric of these leggings holds up to lots of repeated washings.

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Best Dresses for Toddlers

IBTOM Mythical Princess Birthday Dress


We’ve found the ultimate dress for every little girl in your life. This unicorn bodice dress with gossamer ruffles is everything that toddler girls love: shiny, sparkly, whimsical and pretty as a princess. It’s tops for parties, play dates and rainy days stuck inside playing dress up. Plus, it comes in a wide array of colors and styles to perfectly reflect the personalities of your little ones.

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Crewcuts by J.Crew Kate Ruffle Seersucker Dress


This candy striper-inspired frock is so sweet that it’s giving us a toothache. The lightweight, rainbow-colored seersucker fabric is a summer staple for good reason: It’s the most breathable cotton fabric for little girls to wear on sweltering summer days. Plus the fluttery, ruffled sleeves are the cherry on top of this sensationally stylish sundae.

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Tucker + Tate Embroidered Tassel Dress


Tucker + Tate has created an elegant yet playful dress that’s perfect for toddler girls. The trendy tassels embellish the yoke of the delicate short-sleeve dress, which is taken to the next level thanks to delicate crochet details and a ruffled hem. The dusty blue color is a welcome contrast to the girly accents.

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OshKosh Sea Creature A-Line Dress


The off-white background is the perfect way to display the adorable ocean creatures that inhabit this 100% cotton frock, which buttons up the back. The bow accent on the collar and flutter sleeves with matching ribbon detail are a sweet finishing touch to this sea scene design.

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Gap Gingham Puff Sleeve Dress


Navy blue and white are everything that is right about this gorgeous gingham weave dress. The crew neck and buttons at the back are a timeless touch. The short puff sleeves are too precious. This is the perfect dress for preschool pictures, Easter Sunday or dressed down with leggings and a cardigan.