As an avid dress lover it’s always a joy to discover a new dress brand. There are so many beautiful dress styles out there but I truly believe making the right decision on a dress means it can be something you pull out year after year and still bring happiness and that fuzzy feel good feeling. These are some dress brands I’m currently crushing on, a few I discovered at The Daily Dress Edit Pop Up last month. Yes many of these brands are a bit more on the expensive side but what they are producing are unique styles, made in a slower more ethical way than the fast cheap fashion of the high street. They are styles that are timeless and you will pull out time after time. Plus you are less likely to spot someone in the same dress on you when buying from a smaller brand!
First up is Johanna Sands, a label I discovered via Studio B. She hand makes all her dresses in small limited edition runs (expect a long but worth it wait) in England. Premium linen and gauzy cotton fabrics make up the dresses inspired by holidays on the Amalfi coast in dreamy colours - soft pinks, navy and mint. I’m wearing the Concetta Dress. A loose, oversized midi dress with an elasticated ruffle neckline and bow straps on the shoulders.
Next is Day Dress, a brand that makes hand block printed dresses in hand-woven khadi cotton from the amazing WomenWeave in Maheshwar, India. There is something very nostalgic about their styles plus the fabric is SO SO soft!!
Each dress is printed in the traditional way, by hand in a small workshop in Jaipur, the results are painterly and totally unique. They seem to sell out pretty fast so keep an eye on their Instagram and website for the latest updates. These are the kind of dresses that work on so many levels for so many types of occasions and are classic investment pieces. The hard part is picking which one!
Tallulah & Hope very kindly sent me one of their stunning dresses to try. This is the Electra Maxi Dress and the print and cut are so stunning! They specialise in feminine resortwear such as floaty kaftans and easy fit floaty dresses in original prints.
Pink City Prints create hand embroidered, printed and boho style dresses out of India. This sustainable fashion brand has beautiful colours and prints and the dress shapes are super flattering and feminine. I fell in love with this Botanical Dress that I tried on at the Daily Dress Edit Pop up…
Bailey & Buetow are a new British vintage inspired womenswear brand that mainly do printed styles. Again there are boho vibes and a relaxed spirit in high end fabrics. I fell in love with this Audrey Print Boho Dress they sent me and it will be well used this summer (with sandals) and beyond (with ankle boots).
I’ve been stalking Little Tienda on Instagram for a while now. They are based in Australia and make season-less, ethically made, limited edition pieces - artisan feminine frocks at their finest (yes they do ship to the UK). For me they just look like the most comfy styles in natural fabrics with pretty details.
Lastly is Innika Choo - a brand that is fast becoming a cult favourite on Instagram. Famous for its smocking, scalloping, frills, twirly hems and tiers, these are statement romantic dresses for living out your boho princess fantasy!! They do have UK stockists such as Net a Porter and Selfridges too.