The Australian Fast-Fashion Brand That Needs to Be on Your Radar

Meet your new favorite low-budget retailer with a charitable edge, right this way.

Brand Spotlight: Cotton On
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Two summers ago, I had the pleasure of studying abroad in Australia, and from a fashion-standpoint, the Aussies are ahead of the curve. Everything I saw in the Sydney boutiques and on girls around town was effortlessly cool and unique. Flash forward to a few months later after returning to the US and the same pieces I saw Down Under were coming into fashion in America. 

Without a Forever 21 in the country (shocking—I know), they have other fast-fashion retailers that run the game. As a student living in one of the world's most expensive cities, I quickly became a fan of Cotton On, a mall staple with lots of on-trend looks at incredibly reasonable prices.

Cotton On Essi Longsleeve Top, $20; Deluxe Sporty Jean, $40; Soft Luxe Hooded Cardi, $40; at Cotton On
Cotton On Essi Longsleeve Top, $20; Deluxe Sporty Jean, $40; Soft Luxe Hooded Cardi, $40; at Cotton On
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My love affair with the store didn't end when my stint in Sydney was up. Since its start in 1991, the growing company is now in 17 countries and counting. As a certified shopaholic, what keeps me going back again and again are the amazing discounts the brand offers. Head over to the sale section on the e-commerce site and you'll always find a great selection of tops, bottoms, accessories and outerwear for as little as $5. With free shipping starting at $45, I can always stock up on new threads without forcing my bank account to take a hit. (True story: I scored two winter coats for $20 each in December. Best. Deal. Ever.) 

Besides making women's, men's and children's clothing, plus an awesome range of gifts and stationery, the company has a charitable side. All of the profits made on items purchased through the Cotton On Foundation help to fund projects that will aid a struggling community. As of last month, the philanthropic effort has raised more than $1 million to build 500 new educational centers in Southern Uganda. It continues to partner with like-minded organizations such as the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Caring4Girls to bring education and opportunity to children all over the globe.

Cotton On Foundation Cotton Charming Bracelet, $1; Strong Man Tote, $2; Change Bracelet, $2; at Cotton On
Cotton On Foundation Cotton Charming Bracelet, $1; Strong Man Tote, $2; Change Bracelet, $2; at Cotton On
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If you're a fan of H&M and Forever 21, you'll love what Cotton On has to offer. Check out your new favorite retailer, here

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