By now it's pretty obvious that I like to shop, but what may not be so apparent is my affinity for under-the-radar, niche brands. There's a time and place for tried-and-true staples, but sometimes you need a bit of the unexpected to break up the monotony of the same old shirt-and-jeans combo. That's where what I like to call "funky fashion" pieces come in, and usually, emerging brands are the ones that create statement-making pieces best: Take Marshall Columbia's unique stretchy cutout top or Tyler McGillivary's swirly neckline vest.
Finding up-and-coming designers to support is probably one of the most rewarding parts of my job, as I love the element of surprise of coming across a piece that hasn't yet made it big—it feels like a secret only for me. But of course, as a fashion editor, I can't keep something this good to myself, so I'm passing along my list of niche fashion items that really bring a cool factor. From whimsical pearl jewelry to revealing cutouts, these items are far from the expected. Keeping reading ahead to check all of them out.