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 cut-out 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 first coming across a piece that hasn’t yet made it big—it feels like a secret only for you. 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 cut-outs these items are far from the expected. Keeping reading ahead to check all of them out.