30 of the coolest kids’ T-shirts for summer

Our pick of the trendiest tees for girls and boys, including plenty of unisex designs

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We have trawled the UK high street as well as quirky independent shops to bring you a fantastic mix of cool T-shirts for kids. We might love their design, their message, or the way they are made – each one is pretty special, and a perfect item to add to your little ones’ summer wardrobe.

Here’s our selection of the coolest kids’ t-shirts for summer:

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1. Uniqlo Kids Pixar Vacation UT Graphic T-Shirt, £7.90

Sizes available: 3 to 11-12 years

Material: 100% cotton 

Machine washable: Yes, cold, gentle cycle

It’s always worth heading over to Uniqlo for its kids’ tees, as they often have super-cool collaborations and graphic designs. Whether it’s a spin on popular children’s series and characters or an ode to the Fender electric guitar, these T-shirts are always eye-catching. We particularly like the quirky, summery Pixar collection.

Available from: Uniqlo

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2. Frugi Sophia Slub T-shirt, £20 (£8 in the summer sale)

Sizes available: 2-3 to 9-10 years

Material: Organic cotton

Machine washable: Yes, inside out on warm

Tumble dry: Yes, medium

Frugi is a fantastic brand that uses organic cotton and produces clothes that are vibrant and fun but designed to last – no throwaway fashion here. Many of the brand’s T-shirts have lovely appliqués, either cute, quirky or cool.

We really like the design of this Sophia Slub T-shirt, with its fresh colours and summery motif. The cut is also lovely and roomy for summer excursions. Best of all, even though the tee is made from organic cotton jersey, you can stick it in your tumble dryer (on medium).

Available from: Frugi

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3. Polarn O Pyret Children’s Stripe T-shirt, £12-16

Sizes available: 1-1.5 to 10-12 years

Material: GOTS organic cotton

Machine washable: Yes

Tumble dry: No

Who doesn’t like a good-quality, simple, stripey T-shirt? This one from Swedish brand Polarn O Pyret is an instant classic, made from the softest of cottons. We love the bold colours (also available in dark blue/orange), which will look good with anything during the summer months.

Available from: John Lewis

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4. H&M Batman reversible sequin T-shirt, £8.99

Sizes available: 3-4 to 8-10 years

Machine washable: Yes, 40 degrees

Material: 100% cotton (except the sequins)

We love that sequins have undergone a bit of a groovy revival lately, with reversible designs popping up in all sorts of applications. And if you’re going to have super hero logos, you might as well have them sparkling on your tee for everyone to marvel at. This Batman/Superman design therefore ticks all the super-cool boxes for us.

Available from: H&M

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5. Next Blue All Over Print Floral T-shirt, £7-12

Sizes available: 3 to 16 years

Material: 100% cotton

Machine washable: Not specified

Bring us a Hawaiian print any day – we do like their colourful exuberance. This floral T-shirt is a particularly lovely version with its nod to sun, sea and summer. It’s an easy-to-wear alternative to a button-up shirt, and also comes in a red version.

Available from: Next

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6. H&M Conscious short top, £3.99

Sizes available: 8-10 to 14+ years

Machine washable: Yes, 40 degrees

Material: Cotton 50%, Modal 50%

The Conscious label from H&M aims to source the most sustainable materials and use recycled fabrics where possible, so it is worth checking out.

The styles are quite understated, with muted colours, but we love the flounce of this top.

Available from: H&M

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7. George Blue Palm Fadeout Print Short Sleeve Polo Shirt, from £5

Sizes available: 4-5 to 13-14 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: yes, 40 degrees

This little beauty really caught our eyes. We love the combination of slightly more formal polo shirt design with the whimsical palm frond print.  The colour is lovely, too.

Available from: George at Asda

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8. Loud + Proud Boy’s Long-sleeved T-shirt, £11.26-£13.06

Sizes available: 110/116cm – 122/128cm

Material: Organic GOTS certified cotton

Machine wash: Yes, cold

This Swiss brand specialises in organic cotton T-shirts for babies, kids and adults, and we think the designs are particularly lovely. Who knew that an army of ants could be this cute?!

Available from: Amazon

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9. Tobias and the Bear The Fox and the Bear Tee, £20

Sizes available: 0-6 months to 5-6 years

Material: Organic jersey cotton

Machine washable:  Yes, at 30 degrees

This is a groovy T-shirt from a fantastic brand. Tobias and the Bear uses wonderfully soft, organic cotton jersey and makes all its products in the UK. The prints use safe, water-based inks, but are sharp and stand out – we love all the animal motifs –beautifully simple, yet distinctive designs.

Available from: Tobias and the Bear

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10. Zara Kids Sequin Print T-shirt, £9.99 (£3.99 in summer sale)

Sizes available: 5 to 13-14 years

Material: 51% cotton, 49% modal

Machine washable: Yes, cold

This print is so gorgeous, sunny and summery that we want one in adult size!

It has appliquéd sequins and a peekaboo back, so it’s the perfect summer tee in our book.

Available from: Zara UK

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11. George Blue Astronaut Cat Sequin Slogan Bubble T-shirt, £4

Sizes available: 1-1.5 to 5-6 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes, cold/delicate wash

Tumble dry: No

For all those little space travellers keen on making history, this is a lovely slogan T-shirt, featuring a great graphic design cat and see-through helmet with some sequins thrown in.

Available from: George at Asda

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12. Sainsbury’s Tu Pale Teal ‘Water is Precious’ T-shirt, from £3.50 (£1.70 in sale)

Sizes available: 3 to 14 years

Material: 60% cotton, 40% polyester, recycled yarn

Machine washable: Yes

Sainsbury’s Drury Lane 150 collection celebrates the retailer’s anniversary with a range of jersey wear for the whole family. It contains recycled yarn and features environmentally friendly graphics, such as this ‘water is precious, like me’ T-shirt.

We like that it’s firmly unisex and features nice pastel colours. The environmental message is also very timely, with kids becoming increasingly interested in preserving our resources – let them wear their heart on their tee!

Available from: Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing

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13. Polarn O Pyret Zebra Fringe Kids Tank Top, £20 (£10 in summer sale)

Sizes available: 1-1.5 to 5-6 years

Material: 95% cotton, 5% elastane

Machine washable: Yes, 40 degrees

Tumble dry: No

Swedish brand Polarn O Pyret is built on an ethos of offering kids’ clothes that allow them to play outside whatever the weather. It aims for superior quality, so that clothes can be handed down to numerous kids, and more than 80% of its clothes are made from organic cotton or recycled materials.

Best of all, the brand is known for its bright, playful and gorgeous designs which are loved by boys and girls – and their parents. We love the current range of safari animals and prints and think the Zebra fringe tank is particularly fun.

Available from: Polarn O Pyret

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14. J. Crew Kids’ Downward Dog T-Shirt, £33 (£10 in summer sale)

Sizes available: 6-7 & 8 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes

We love the fun – and sometimes downright bonkers – kids’ designs from J. Crew. This T-shirt for yoga-loving kids everywhere is a case in point. Look at all those pooches showing off their yoga skills – guaranteed to provide endless giggles for kids and their friends.

Available from: J Crew UK

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15. Mini Boden Girls’ Colourful Tunic Top, £20-22

Sizes available: 2-3 to 11-12 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes, at 40 degrees

Tumble dry: Yes, at low temperature

We love the popping colours of this top, with its quirky camouflage toucan. Sometimes, a tunic is a nice alternative to a simple T-shirt, so this is a great way for kids to stay cool in summer.

Available from: John Lewis 

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16. Animal Boys’ Sharko Print T-Shirt, £12.99-14.99

Sizes available: 5-6 to 15-16 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes, 30 degrees

Tumble dry: No

Sharks are always popular on T-shirts, but this version is from super-cool board sports brand, Animal. You can’t go wrong with their products for their loose fit and super-comfy feel, and your kids will always look on trend.

Available from: John Lewis

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17. Mini Rodini Red Sun Stripe T-shirt, £29

Sizes available: 2-8 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes, 40 degrees

Mini Rodini is a Swedish childrenswear brand that was founded by illustrator Cassandra Rhodin as a tribute to all children, and her playful approach shines through in her quirky and beautifully executed prints.

If you or your kid are into a retro vibe, this Red Sun Stripe T-shirt hits the spot. The combination of colours and cool graphic execution makes it the perfect blend. 

Available from: Liberty of London

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18. babyGap + Pride Graphic T-shirt, £12.95

Sizes available: 12-18m to 5 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes, 30 degrees

Part of Gap’s special collection to celebrate inclusivity, this white T-shirt has accents of rainbow and a lovely, simple illustration.

Available from: Gap and Alex and Alexa

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19. Hugo Loves Tiki Henley Wide Tee Hot Dogs, £36 (£14.40 in Junior Edition sale)

Sizes available: 1 to 9 years

Material: Organic jersey cotton

Established in 2014, the Hugo Loves Tiki brand has proved itself as a good-quality lifestyle brand with bold graphics and child-like drawings. We love these delicious hot dogs.

Available from: Hugo Loves Tiki and Junior Edition

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20. Burberry White Jump Print Cotton T-shirt, £80

Sizes available: 3 to 14 years

Material: Cotton, trim is 97% cotton, 3% elastane

Machine washable: Yes, 30 degrees

If you like to splash out on a bit of British designer gear, head to Burberry which offers a number of quirky T-shirts for children. We thought this one showed off the retro Burberry check nicely… For the most fashion conscious of kids.

Available from: Burberry UK

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21. Twisted Envy Girl’s Rock and Roll Cat Printed Cotton T-shirt, £11.99

Sizes available: 3-4 to 12-14

Material: Cotton

Machine wash: Yes

Twisted Envy produce some lovely cotton T-shirts with eye-catching illustrations – from cute animal prints to funky sports-inspired designs. They use bright colours and their T-shirts are a hit with our style-savvy offspring. 

Available from: Amazon 

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22. Climbing Trees Robot T-shirt, £11 (£8.99 in sale)

Sizes available: 1-2 to 8-9 years

Material: 100% combed and ringspun cotton

Machine washable: Yes

Climbing Trees is a cute little brand, founded by a mum whose daughter couldn’t find the dinosaur T-shirts she wanted in the girls’ aisle.

The company now produces a quirky range of tees, designed by up-and-coming designers and screen-printed in the UK. We love the quirky little robot T-shirt that comes in blue or yellow. Also, 50p from each T-shirt sold goes to the Woodland Trust.

Available from: Climbing Trees Kids

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23. M&S Kids Easy Dressing T-shirt, £8-12

Sizes available: 3-4 to 15-16 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes

Tumble dry: Yes

M&S’s fantastic Easy Dressing range is designed for kids who might need extra help – whether they have feeding tubes or need clothes that are easy to put on.

The graphic T-shirt is funky but has a discreet opening for a feeding tube.

Available from: M&S

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24. M&S Pure Cotton Swim T-shirt, £6-£9 (£3-£6 in the sale)

Sizes available: 3-4 to 15-16 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes

Tumble dry: Yes

These wonderful tees are ideal for any holiday wardrobe, the perfect choice for pool or beach trips.

They are made from pure cotton for extra comfort but can be used for swimming. M&S also supports the Better Cotton Initiative, sourcing more responsibly grown cotton. We think this pale pink shark design is fantastic, whether swimming or not.

Available from: M&S

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25. Little Bird White Appliqué T-shirt, £7.50-8.50

Sizes available: 9-12m to 9-10 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes

Mothercare’s Little Bird range from Jools Oliver is always charming and bright. We love this tee’s detailing, with tiny appliqués and some nice trim around the neck and sleeves.

Available from: Mothercare

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26. Gap Kids Graphic Short Sleeve T-Shirt, £14.95 (£5.99 in sale)

Sizes available: XS to XXL

Material: Cotton jersey knit

Machine washable: Yes

There are quite a few inspirational slogan tees for kids out there, but Gap has got the combination of slogan (“stay sharp”, “team optimism”, “courage”, “use the force”…) and design just right.

We found this khaki/pink combo particularly fetching and also appreciate the sentiment. Certainly a message that will stand out!

Available from: Gap UK

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27. Zara Kids Contrast T-Shirt with Patches, £9.99

Sizes available: 6 to 13-14 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes

Zara Kids has a cool collection of T-shirts this season, many with understated detailing and funky little slogans.

We particularly like this fresh tee, with its brilliant little patches. It really looks different.

Available from: Zara UK

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28. Joules Ray Navy Jellyfish Glow in the Dark T-shirt, from £8.95

Sizes available: 3 to 11-12 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes

Tumble dry: Yes, on low heat

Joules has been going for 30 years, and the brand does a good T-shirt. It has a great mix, from classic Polos to bold designs.

We like the Ray not just because it glows in the dark, but for its super fun jelly fish facts.

Available from: Joules

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29. England Cricket Junior Test Replica Shirt, £40 (£30 in sale)

Sizes available: 8-14 years

Material: Polyester

Machine washable: Yes

Prepare your kids for the cricket Ashes this summer with their very own replica Test Match T-shirt. Not everyone’s cuppa, but if you’re into the willow and ball, then this is a must-have for summer.

Available from: ECB online shop

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30. Sainsbury’s Tu Green Epic Graphic T-shirt, from £5

Sizes available: 3-14 years

Material: Cotton

Machine washable: Yes

We’re not quite sure, but ‘Epic’ seems to be one of the top slogans this summer (lots of brands offer their own take on it).

We particularly like this version, with its chunky lettering and cool colour combination. The funky shoulder stripes are also a nice touch.

Available from: Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing

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