While there aren’t many retail clothing stores that hire people under 18 years old, there are a few major retail clothing stores that hire teenagers as sales associates, models, or both. Furthermore, if you’re looking for a position as a model, you can apply at one of the top modeling agencies for kids and teens, which may land you a modeling gig with one of these major clothing chains.

All of the stores on this list hire teenagers in some capacity. Though none of the stores will hire anyone younger than 16 to work in a retail store, but some companies hire models younger than 16.

When looking for a job as a teenager, keep in mind that most states typically require minors to obtain a work permit with the help of a legal guardian/parent. The United States Department of Labor lists which states require minors to have a work permit and/or an age certificate. Also, most stores only have a few slots open for young employees while other stores only hire teens as seasonal or part-time employees.

In This Article:

Clothing Stores That Hire at Age 16 (And Age Requirements for the Other Stores)

Abercrombie & Fitch

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Abercrombie & Fitch: 18 (verified by Abercrombie FAQs)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No; instead, Abercrombie and Fitch works with modeling agencies. The minimum age requirement for Abercrombie & Fitch models is 18, while Abercrombie Kids accepts teen models aged 13-17.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Abercrombie & Fitch Careers website

Aeropostale

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Aeropostale: 16 (verified by Aeropostale Careers FAQs)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No, but Aeropostale does work through a modeling agency to find teen models. According to Aeropostale’s Career FAQs, the company uses modeling agencies to fill its modeling needs and does not individually hire models.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Aeropostale Careers website

American Eagle Outfitters

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at American Eagle Outfitters: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the American Eagle Outfitters Jobs website

Charlotte Russe

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Charlotte Russe: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No, but Charlotte Russe, Inc. owns Peek Kids, which is a children’s clothing brand. Children’s modeling jobs may be available with Peek Kids through a modeling agency.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Charlotte Russe Careers website

Forever 21

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Forever 21: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No; instead, Forever 21 uses modeling agencies to hire fit models of all ages including kids and teens.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Forever 21 Careers website

Gap

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Gap: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No, but Gap uses modeling agencies to hire fit models of all ages including babies, toddlers, kids, and teens.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Gap Careers website

GUESS

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at GUESS: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No, but GUESS uses modeling agencies to hire baby and kid fit models.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the GUESS Careers website

H&M

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at H&M: 18 (verified by H&M Careers FAQs)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No, instead, H&M uses international modeling agencies to hire fit models of all ages including babies, toddlers, kids, and teens.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the H&M Careers website

Hollister

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Hollister: 18 (verified by Hollister Co. FAQs)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No, but you can apply through the website. You need to be at least 18 to model for Hollister because the company typically uses store employees as models.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Abercrombie & Fitch Careers website (Hollister is owned by the same company and shares the same job application website)

Hot Topic

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Hot Topic: 16 (verified by Hot Topic FAQs)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No, but you may apply online. Hot Topic models need to be at least 16 years old.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Hot Topic Careers website

Justice

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Justice: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No; you’ll need to work through a modeling agency. According to the Justice FAQs, the company does not currently have its own models and relies on modeling and talent agencies that represent young people. Justice also does not offer agency referrals.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Justice Careers website

Kohl’s

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Kohl’s: 17 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No, but modeling jobs are available for kids aged 12 – 16 as Kohl’s fit models.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Kohl’s Careers website

Levi’s

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Levi’s: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Levi Strauss & Co Careers website

Marshalls

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Marshalls: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the TJX Careers website

Old Navy

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Old Navy: 16 (verified by Gap Inc. Careers FAQs)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No, but Old Navy does use modeling agencies to hire fit models or all ages including babies, toddlers, kids, and teens.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Old Navy Careers website

PacSun

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at PacSun: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the PacSun Careers website

Peek Kids

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Peek Kids: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No; instead, Peek Kids uses modeling agencies to hire baby, toddler, and children models.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Peek Kids Careers website

Ralph Lauren

  • Minimum Age Requirement to Work at Ralph Lauren: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No. Instead, Ralph Lauren uses modeling agencies to hire models of all ages including babies, toddlers, kids, and teens.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Ralph Lauren Careers website

rue21

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 16 (verified by rue21 FAQs)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No, but rue21 often has casting calls for male, female, and plus size female fit models that are at least 16 years old.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the rue21 Careers website

T.J. Maxx

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No, but TJ Maxx often has casting calls looking to feature people of all ages in commercials.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the TJ Maxx Careers website

Tommy Hilfiger

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No; instead, Tommy Hilfiger uses modeling agencies to hire models of all ages including babies, toddlers, children, and teens.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Tommy Hilfiger Careers website

Topshop

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No; instead, Topshop uses modeling agencies to hire teen and young adult models.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Topshop Careers website

Zumiez

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 16 (verified by contacting the company)
  • Do Individual Stores Hire Models? No; instead, Zumiez uses modeling agencies to hire kids and teens as models.
  • Where to Apply: Find available jobs at the Zumiez Jobs website

Modeling Agencies That Hire Kids and Teens

Since several of the companies that hire young teenagers only use modeling agencies to hire models, you’ll want to contact one of the following top modeling agencies that hire teens, children, and babies if you’re looking for a modeling gig.

Tips for Landing a Retail Clothing Job as a Teen

These tips that will help you land your first job in retail. If you’re interested in becoming a model, we recommend that you join a modeling agency, as this is usually the only way for you to become a model for the companies listed above.

  1. Put together a resume. Even if the application doesn’t ask for one, it might be a good idea to write one up even if you don’t have much work experience yet. A resume will help you make a good impression and you’ll be able to use it as a starting point as you gain more work experience. Consider looking at a tutorial the first time you put together a resume as a high school student.
  2. Practice filling out a job application. You’ll want to make sure that your job application is filled out completely and accurately. Since this is probably your first time applying for a job it never hurts to practice filling out a few job applications until you feel satisfied with your answers. Before turning your application in, be sure that there aren’t any grammatical or spelling errors.
  3. Make sure you have the proper paperwork. As we stated above, most states require minors to obtain a work permit and/or an age certificate. If you missed it earlier in the article, the United State Department of Labor website lists which states require a permit.
  4. Gather references. A job will typically ask you to provide 3-4 references. You’ll want your references to come from people who know you well but aren’t your parents. Teachers, coaches, mentors, or any other adult in your life for whom you’ve done some odd jobs for are the best people to ask.
  5. Practice your interview skills. If you can, get your parents or another adult to help you with a mock interview. Keep practicing answering interview questions until you feel confident enough to go through with the real thing.
  6. Put together a few professional outfits. How you look during an interview is just as important as how well you answer the interviewer’s questions. You don’t have to wear formal attire, but you should look clean and put together. This is the one time you’ll want to ask your parents for help picking out an outfit.
  7. Be prepared for rejection. Unfortunately, rejections are a normal part of the job hunting process. Keep in mind that you’re not the only one going after these jobs and sometimes someone else just fits the bill better in an employer’s eyes.
  8. Follow up on your application. Unless a place explicitly tells you not to ask about your application, you should definitely ask about the status of your application. Be sure to wait at least a week before doing a follow-up, the last thing you want to do is come off as annoying. You’ll also want to wait about a week before following up on an interview if you do manage to land one.
  9. Accept the job offer and work hard. If you stick with it, you should get at least one job offer. After you’ve made sure that you actually want the job, accept the offer and make a plan to be the best worker you can be. Do your best to commit to the job after you’ve said yes as this will now become a part of your resume.

In Summary

Several clothing stores offer jobs to teens that are at least 16 years old. Some of these companies even hire teens, kids, and even babies to be models. With our tips, a good attitude, and persistence, you should be able to snag your first clothing store job before you turn 18.