10 Under-the-Radar Dress Brands Our Editors Wish They Could Keep a Secret

Under the Radar Dress Brands: Nicole Richie wears a dress from Taller Marmo

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Nicole Richie wears a dress from Taller Marmo. 

Unearthing lesser-known dress brands is something we relish in the challenge of. Of course, that doesn’t mean we completely turn our backs on the labels we already love and have served us well in the past—think Rixo, Self-Portrait, Reformation, and Ghost, to name a few. But when it comes to dress shopping, it often pays to think outside the box, broaden your horizons, and find something that you’re less likely to see everyone else wearing—be it at weddings or on the beach. And that’s where this particular edit comes in. 

Claudia Berresford wears a dress from Voyager. 

We’ve found nine impressive brands that create beautiful dresses which are still miraculously flying under the radar. From fabulous frocks you’ll want to wear back-to-back to all of your summer weddings to the pieces you’ll want to dedicate space to in your holiday suitcase, we’ve found a lesser-known dress brand for every mood (and budget, no less). Scroll on to see them, and you’ll be forgiven for forgetting all about your jeans.

1. SIEDRÉS

An independent brand based in the Mediterranean, Sidrés’ goal is to create fun fashion with “soul.” That soul? It manifests by way of bright colours, statement prints and playful dress silhouettes. 

2. ALEMAIS

Why is it that all of the best new brands that fall into our radar hail from Australia? Effortlessly elegant and summer-ready, Alémais’ dresses are hard to resist. 

The colourful contrast edging really reinvents this otherwise cream midi dress. 

Patchwork is a theme that keeps cropping up on the best dresses this season. 

This tropical fish–print dress was made for holidays. 

3. SELKIE

Whimsical and romantic, Selkie’s size-inclusive dresses have become a honey trap for social media likes. The silhouettes are frothy and the prints are dreamlike, making them the perfect frock option for anyone who ever wanted to be a princess when they grew up. 

These dress? They were absolutely made for twirling in. 

We’d love to see someone get married in this. 

Puff-sleeves and sweetheart necklines are Selkie style signatures. 

4. NA-KD

Okay, so Na-kd might not exactly be an “under the radar” brand, but I don’t think its dress department gets enough props. Although there are plenty of options to choose from on the Scandi site, its edit of minimalist dresses by far look the most expensive. 

Lightweight and fluid, this is the ideal dress to wear in a heatwave. 

I keep seeing the coolest girls wearing this maxi. 

In case you didn’t get the memo, cutouts are in. 

5. ANNA OCTOBER 

Ukrainian designer Anna October has long been on our radar, but her latest collection is one of the most beautiful to date. Featuring her trademark satin and silk fabrications on refined silhouettes, slip on one of these dresses whenever you need to feel your fanciest. 

This delicately rushed dress will work for a multitude of occasions. 

6. GIMAGUAS

Founded by twin sisters Sayana and Claudia. each Gimaguas collection is created in collaboration with global artisans from Jaipur, Madagascar and Mexico, among others, advocating for local craftspeople and supporting social projects in the process.

This throw-on dress also comes in azure blue and chocolate brown. 

Just add platform shoes to complete your Y2K transformation. 

7. LUG VON SIGA 

Lug Von Siga’s collections are designed for women who like to have fun with their clothes. Influenced by founder Gul Agis’ Turkish roots, each style is defined by bold statement prints, romantic ruffles and intricate embroidery. The palette? Expect a lot of fresh blues and whites. 

This will look just as good with trainers and clogs as it will heeled sandals. 

The dress we’d like to live in for the next six months. 

8. VOYAGER

Voyager uses deadstock fabrics to create its collections, in which the dresses are always a highlight. Due to the nature of deadstock being very limited and rarely able to resource, some pieces are even one-of-a-kind. If someone rocks up to a wedding you’re attending in the same dress, we’ll eat our summer straw hats. 

This specific shade of green is so 2022. 

Oversized dresses are still very much a thing this season. 

9. TALLER MARMO

Taller Marmo might still be lesser-known, but we doubt this will remain the case for long. With bold hues, luxurious fabrics, and very extra embellishments, these are dresses to wear when you need a confidence boost. Why? Because you’ll rake in all the compliments. Having already won over editors, influencers, and celebrities, we have a feeling you’ll be next. 

The belt on this dress really adds to its overall premium aesthetic. 

Feathers are a fast-track to feeling fabulous. 

I’ve seen this dress on so many stars, from Nicole Richie to Tracee Ellis Ross. 

10. NOBODY’S CHILD

Chances are you’ll already have heard of sustainably minded fashion brand Nobody’s Child (Holly Willoughby is a fan, after all), but if you’re yet to invest in a dress from the label, you might want to consider doing so this spring, as the designs are incredible. 

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