Teens are picky — we know because we’ve been one (sorry mom and dad!). Unlike the teens these days, who seem to be magically skipping over the awkward phase of life, we had slim pickings when it came to the stores we could shop at the mall—especially affordable picks our parents would actually go for. One line we wish we could’ve shopped is undoubtedly Gap’s GapTeen, and the newest spring line definitely smells like Teen Spirit, complete with a sustainable edge.
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Gap announced its foray into teen clothing last April, and it’s changed the teen fast-fashion industry for good. Not only are the pieces cool and affordable (all under $100), but they’re eco-friendly, too. And this time around, it includes pieces for teen boys. Think tie-dye loungewear and elevated basics, like distressed T-shirts with a nod to the early aughts. MTV’s old-school logo is back (much to the amusement of parents). And best of all, the collection is already on sale.
Teens have to think about and act on so many adult issues like climate change, which we didn’t think we had to take quite so seriously when we were young (though we definitely should have). So, it’s not surprising teens are making more conscious purchasing decisions to align with their lifestyles, and these pieces align with their sustainable practices without sacrificing comfort or spunk.
This collection’s campaign, NXT GEN GAP, is equally impressive — it includes a diverse lineup of youth activists, including Rebekah Bruesehoff, 13, a transgender youth activist, and Jahkil Jackson, 13, a homeless advocate.
Ahead, check out the must-have picks from GapTeen’s eco-friendly spring line. Warning: Your teen will want everything.
From Stranger Things and MTV to Gameboy, there’s a distressed tee for every teen’s interests. Made with 45 percent recycled polyester.
Perfect for learning at home, changing the world, or ya know, filming TikTok videos. Get them the matching crop hoodie for extra cool-parent points.
Black History Year-Round
They can show their support for and pride in Black History Month (and the Black community year round) with this collection of artistic tees for guys. Available in four designs.
No teen’s wardrobe is complete without a few pairs of comfy, versatile leggings. These ones stay put no matter where the day takes them and boast a front pocket to carry their phone if they don’t want to wear a backpack.
Getting your first denim jacket from the Gap is basically a rite of passage into adulthood. This oversize version comfortably fits a hoodie underneath — or they can throw it over a dress in the summer for an on-trend OOTD.
While you’re at it, make sure to stock up on a few of these teen-approved face masks: