The Easy Summer Brand Every Fashion Person Is Wearing Right Now


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Karina Marriott wears a beautiful floral maxi dress from Matteau. 

If you asked any fashion person what designer they’d choose if they could only wear one brand all summer, I think I know what they’d say. And no, it’s not something flashy like Valentino or Chanel—I’m thinking the answer would be a little more low-key.

After all, Matteau is the independent Australian brand so many editors, influencers and celebrities are straight-up obsessed with right now. So much so that it’s difficult to scroll through my fashionable Insta feed at any given time without coming across the brand’s signature pieces. Not that you’d even realise it. Matteau’s appeal is in its understated luxury. Starting off as a minimalist swimwear brand known for simple square necklines and strappy bikinis, the collection is now full of beautiful, easy-to-wear dresses and chic separates characterised by a mix of floaty fabrics, muted colour tones and pretty ruching. And since the sun has come out, it’s all I want to wear (and I know I’m not alone).


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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore a white Matteau dress poolside on holiday. 

You may already be familiar with the brand thanks to that cult silk shirt that stole the hearts of so many of us last summer and that’s back again in a number of different prints this year too. But it’s Matteau’s focus on creating timeless and versatile pieces that last way beyond one season that has me thinking this is a brand we’ll be talking about for many years to come. 

The airy dresses are perfect for styling not only alongside bare feet on the sand but also on hot days in the city—the key to a true summer wardrobe hero. And although most of the pieces are simple enough to throw on for casual occasions, they also feel special in their design, whether that’s thanks to a billowy silhouette, intricate stitching or dainty florals. This means they can also be dressed up for dinner dates and even weddings with the easy addition of strappy heels. 


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Jessica Skye wears one of the brand's shirred dresses in Lake Como.

Seriously, even Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has fallen under Matteau’s minimalist spell. The queen of polished dressing wore one of the brand’s white dresses and a delicious chocolate-brown co-ord on her most recent holiday and looked positively chic. 

Scroll down to shop the most-wanted Matteau pieces for the summer ahead (before they inevitably sell out). You’ll thank us later…


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Monikh wears a tiered green maxi dress. 

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Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.