The 40 best dressed Londoners of 2024 (and the 20 worst)

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The 40 best dressed Londoners of 2024 (and the 20 worst)

We might be biased, but London really is the best dressed city in the world. To celebrate the finale of London Fashion Week’s fabulous 40th birthday we’ve rounded up our favourite style setters from the capital. The ones who make us rethink our party dresses, the ones who inspire us to try just a little bit harder in the morning, and those who we could happily stare at all day, such is their skill with a colour combination and jaunty shoe choice.

We may not have the financial might of New York, Milan and Paris but London has always punched above its weight when it comes to creative talent and stylish panache; Fashion Week’s 40 years is complete testament to that. Style is, of course, entirely subjective. But in our subjective opinion, these are the purveyors of the best looks in town.

Michaela Coel, actor

Michaela Cole at the Met Gala

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Her public appearances might be rare, but she never misses with her clever command of the avant garde, from Schiaparelli couture to supporting fledgling British talent. Also, does a gold naked dress better than anyone.

Emma Corrin, actor

Emma Corrin at The Crown premiere

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This Miu Miu muse has carved out a singular style. Knickers on the red carpet? Sure! Corrin has a knack for turning the bizarre into the best dressed.

Katie Grand, editor

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Katie Grand attends Burberry’s Bond Street store event

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The woman with the wardrobe — bursting with archive Prada — every fashion editor is desperate for. She is the epitome of cool.

Yasmin Finney, actor

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Yasmin Finney

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Nude knit meshes and huge fur coats are staples — the Heartstopper star is a Gen-Z style icon. Always brings a look to Pride march, too. Last year, it was 16Arlington. Ncuti Gatwa, actor One of the best dressed men in the capital, the new Doctor Who Harry Styles’s tailored moments are really quite remarkable. When he adds a Gucci corsage, it’s magic

Ib Kamara, editor

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Ib Kamara at the Mert Alas and Seventy One Gin secret party

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The Dazed magazine editor has not lost his Central Saint Martins edge since climbing the industry ladder. Halter neck tops, jeans, beaded braids? What more could you want?

Kenya Hunt, editor

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Kenya Hunt, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE UK attends the Know Who We Are MOWAA exhibition

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The American in London is the editor-in-chief of Elle, and knows a great frock — but does a mongolian lamb coat and Nike Jordans particularly well too. We’ve never seen her not look polished.

Trino Verkade, fashion executive

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Trino Verkade attends the Sarabande Foundation Fundraiser

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She was Alexander McQueen’s first ever hire, and now continues his legacy with the Sarabande Foundation supporting young designers — go figure, then, her wardrobe is all exceptional McQueen.

Alexa Chung, influencer

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Alexa Chung attends Tory Burch Fall/Winter

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She would look great in anything, but it doesn’t stop her putting the best new Loewe, Huishan Zhang and Nensi Dojaka frocks to the test. Also does a great flared suit.

Sienna Miller, actor

Sienna Miller attends Vogue World: London 2023 at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on September 14, 2023 in London

Sienna Miller attends Vogue World

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We’ve forgiven her for her Noughties coin belt patronage. Hell, she even makes M&S look good.

Sonam Kapoor, actor

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Sonam Kapoor Ahuja attends the BoF VOICES 2021 Gala Dinner

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The Bollywood sensation is a Notting Hill girl and international fixture of the couture circuit — not to mention one of Dior and Valentino’s top clients.

Rosamund Pike, actor

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Rosamund Pike at the Critics Choice Awards

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Our red carpet Mother. Veiled archive Dior at the Golden Globes? Heroic.

Bianca Jagger, actor

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Bianca Jagger at the ELLE Style Awards 2023

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An unlikely titan of London’s party scene (at 78), Jagger has swapped white horses for ivory silk Dior pyjamas, gloves and a cane for public appearances. Impossibly chic.

Paapa Essiedu, actor

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Paapa Essiedu at the GQ Men of the Year Awards

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Total heartthrob. Wears cummerbunds with tracksuit tops — enough said.

Nicky Haslam, designer

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Nicky Haslam at the V&A 2023 Summer Party

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Arbiter of taste, emperor of a cream, aran knit turtleneck — anything but common.

Harry Styles, singer

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Harry Styles at the 2021 Brit Awards

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Single-handedly brought back the feather boa (not the selling point) — however, his tailored moments are really quite remarkable. When he adds a Gucci corsage, magic happens.

Stormzy, rapper

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Stormzy at The Fashion Awards 2023

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Undisputed King of London. Does an Issey Miyake Pleats Please very well in the day, but is most dashing when sporting a Ferragamo tuxedo with white sash. Also great shirtless.

Skepta, rapper

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Skepta at the Burberry fashion show

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Rapper turned designer, Skepta mixes sportswear with a tie and shirt with ease. But the secret ingredient is young milliner Benny Andallo’s hats.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, royal

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The Princess of Wales arrives at the Shaping Us National Symposium at the Design Museum in London

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Love or hate it, the Princess of Wales’s attention to detail when it comes to public dressing is astounding. Taylor Swift is even copying her now…

Kate Moss, model

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Kate Moss attends the Clooney Foundation For Justice’s “The Albies”

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Her archive is so great, she has to house it in her Cotswolds “party barn”. She invented the naked dress, then brought it back 30 years later — there’s a good reason she still reigns over every designer mood board.

Naomi Campbell, model

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Naomi Campbell attends the Burberry Spring Summer 2024 show

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The Boss. Only Ms Campbell could whip up a collection made for germ-phobics. She’s made a sharply cut suit (usually McQueen) her staple.

Adwoa Aboah, model

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Adwoa Aboah at the Brit Awards 2023

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Impossibly cool uniform of baggy blue denim and vintage blazer by day, and every brand wants to dress her by night — her favourites are London labels 16Arlington, Molly Goddard and Conner Ives, though.

Cora Corré, model

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Cora Corré at the Vivienne Westwood Womenswear Fall Winter 2023-2024 show

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It helps that her grandmother was Vivienne Westwood but the model certainly wears the archive better than most.

Fat Tony, DJ and Evening Standard columnist

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He’s had a front box view of every fashion party since the Nineties — and it’s paid off.

Kai-Isaiah Jamal, model

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Kai-Isaiah Jamal attends the Amiri Menswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025

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Jamal’s fluctuating gender presentation allows them to switch between masc and femme looks on a daily basis — Wales Bonner tuxedos and skimpy, white crochet dresses both fly. And do so very well.

Edward Enninful, editor

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Edward Enninful at a party hosted by British Vogue and Chopard

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The outgoing editor of British Vogue is a stickler for uniform, rarely seen out of a smart black suit. His Fashion Awards custom beige suit (Phoebe Philio’s first menswear design) last December proved his stellar contacts count.

Natasha Poonawalla, business person

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Natasha Poonawalla at the Mert Alas And Seventy One Gin’s secret party

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The Poonawallas bought London’s most expensive house in 2023 (Aberconway House, £138 million). Read: Natasha has the funds to invest in some pretty astounding “wearable art,” as she calls it, including emerging designers like Harris Reed and Chen Peng Studio.

Roksanda Ilinčić, designer

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Roksanda Ilincic attends a Vogue100 and Erdem dinne

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The Serbian designer is one of London’s best current women making clothes for women — and is no wallflower when it comes to wearing the vivid splashed gowns herself.

Stella McCartney, designer

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Stella McCartney backstage at the Coronation Concert

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Devoted to a blazer dress, tights and stacked stilettos. Never seen in real leather — and looks fantastic for it. Ozwald Boateng, designer One of Savile Row’s most fashionable assets, you’ll most likely find Boateng has dressed his 6ft 4in stature in his loud-printed three-piece-suits.

Phoebe Philo, designer

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Phoebe Philo attends the 2014 Time 100 Gala

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Often spotted pottering around Notting Hill in an old Celine mac, and now of course, her own eponymous line. Carries a perfectly lived-in tote.

Daphne Guinness, socialite and musician

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Daphne Guinness attends the celebration for Fashion Trust Arabia’s winners launching into Matches

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A true aristo-eccentric and a muse by nature. Guinness trots across town in custom-made, heel-less platforms (which she doesn’t mind falling over in) and McQueen archive looks.

George Skeggs, Soho George, personality

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George Skeggs attends a private view of A Paul Raymond Show

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The ever so dapper Mr Soho George arrived in the city in 1959 — one of those characters that makes this city tick. Keep up the braces and boaters.

Luella Bartley, artist

Sarabande Fundraising Dinner in Decimo at The Standard, London

Luella Bartley at a fundraising dinner hosted by Sarabande in Decimo

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The fashion designer turned artist has that London-girl knack for looking cool. Small details count — a perfectly slouchy jean, a lightly turned-up collar, just the right amount of scuff on a trainer.

Maria Balshaw, director of the Tate

Maria Balshaw attends the launch of new exhibition Filling In The Pieces In Black

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It’s Frieze-fashion on steroids — Balshaw is a master of almighty clashing. Continued from Page 15 She was radiant at the Burberry Harrods party this month, sporting an egg yellow trench with a pattern-clashing panelled silk shirt.

Zadie Smith, author

British Vogue And Tiffany & Co. Celebrate Fashion And Film Party 2023 At Annabel's

Zadie Smith at the British Vogue And Tiffany & Co. Celebrate Fashion And Film Party

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London’s literary hero flits between block-shade frocks and splashy, silver sequin numbers — her array of pastel-shade headscarves brings an out-out look together like nothing else.

Charles, singer and Laylow front of house

Gucci Cosmos Evening Vernissage

Charles attends the Gucci Cosmos evening Vernissage at 180 The Strand

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The voice of an angel, the stature of a giant — and a bang-on dress sense. Charles is the full-London package. Find him front of house at Laylow or at Gucci parties in full look, yes, Gucci.

Justine Simons, London’s Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries

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Justine Simons at the Mark Fast SS24 show

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She’s an Erdem girl — and the best dressed person in City Hall. Simons actually knows her designers.

Akshata Murty, businessperson and wife of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

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Akshata Murthy at the Coronation of King Charles III

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The UK’s first lady started timid when the couple entered 10 Downing Street in October 2022 — since, we’ve borne witness to a fabulous transformation: cue neon green slacks, the odd Rixo dress and those JW Anderson slippers.

Trevoh Chalobah, footballer

Trevoh Chalobah wears Chopova Lowena and Charles Jeffery Loverboy

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Find the Chelsea footballer in actually cool clothes by the likes of London brands Chopova Lowena and Charles Jeffery Loverboy. Pray his teammates take note.

And our badly-dressed gongs go to…

Barry Keoghan, actor

Barry Keoghan at Masters of the Air UK premiere

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It’s nice to see a man in something other than a black tux on the red carpet, sure — but bare arms.

James Corden, presenter

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James Corden attends the Netflix ‘Beckham’ UK Premiere

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The power blue blazer and shiny tracksuits are not what we covet.

Emma Watson, actor

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Emma Watson at the 2023 US Open Tennis Championships

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Having left acting and embarked on a gin-making career, Watson’s designer gowns have been replaced by a French farmer aesthetic — floral midis and wistful stares across Chablis vineyards.

Louis Theroux, journalist

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Louis Theroux at the GQ Men of the Year Awards

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We’re sure it’s all part of the intricate, “ironic” image, but Theroux’s incessant desire to have a skew tie at all times is irking.

Andrew Garfield, actor

Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield attends the Valentino Spring/Summer 2024

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We just can’t get on board with SpiderMan’s penchant for skinny-fit purple suits. We’ve tried.

Jess Glynne, singer

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Jess Glynne at the British GQ Men Of The Year afterparty

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In a 2020 highlight, the singer screamed “discrimination” at Mayfair haunt Sexy Fish, when they refused her entry for wearing a tracksuit. She might have worked on improving a little more since.

Liam Payne, singer

Liam Payne at the “Ron’s Gone Wrong” World Premiere

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Skinny ties plus skinny jeans is a combination nobody asked for.

Tom Daley, diver

Rimmel London Celebrates New Product Launch at Exclusive Summer Fest Party in London Hosted by Global Brand Ambassador Maya Jama

Tom Daley at the Rimmel London Summer Fest

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We adore Daley and appreciate out-of-the box thinking — it’s just the eye-watering bright block colours can lean into the quirky.

Lewis Hamilton, racing driver

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Lewis Hamilton at the Dior Homme Menswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025 show

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Just because you can afford to buy everything in the private shopping suite, does not mean you have to. Nor need you wear it all at once.

Penny Mordaunt, MP

Penny Mordaunt, Lord President of the Council

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London’s resident sword-bearer provided a jolly Halloween costume with her air hostess Coronation look — unfortunately, costume is not going to cut it.

Brooklyn Beckham, chef

Superdry Celebrate The Opening Of Their New Flagship Store On Oxford Street With Brooklyn Beckham

Brooklyn Beckham at a Superdry event

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These days, Becks Jr solely wears black slacks and a white shirt, though. At least Mark Zuckerburg can justify his uniform with a busy work day ahead…

Roman Kemp, radio host

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Ronan Kemp at the GQ Men of the Year Awards

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A jazzy suit offender. At its worst when the trouser leg is actually tighter than the loosely threaded derby shoes.

Laura Whitmore, presenter

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Laura Whitmore attends the Global Premiere of the Apple Original Film Argylle

Dave Benett

The presenter does a Vivienne Westwood gown well, but could do with steadying up on all things floral or gingham for the next month or two.

Richard Osman, author

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Richard Osman at Fitzdares’ ‘The Sports Quiz You Can’t Google

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His very literal interpretation of smart casual — banker shirt and jacket on top, too-tight, washed out jeans on the bottom — is a tough pill to swallow.

Liam Booth-Smith, Downing Street Chief of Staff

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Anyone who has earned the moniker Treasury Travolta raises eyebrows. His go-to leather jackets would have put him in the top 50 most stylish, had this list been published in 2004.

Lottie Moss, model

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Lottie Moss at a B London event

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The face tattoo. Disaster. This much she has admitted. But a telling lapse of judgement nonetheless.

James Maddison, footballer

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The Tottenham midfielder — face of Boohoo and lover of all things beige or extremely largely branded.

Chloe Kelly, footballer

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Chloe Kelly at the GQ Men of the Year Awards

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Huge fans of Kelly and Lionesses as a whole, of course. Also not staunchly against a naked dress. But does every red carpet call for one?

Meg Bellamy, actor

Meg Bellamy

Meg Bellamy at the 77th British Academy Film Awards

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Playing Kate Mid in The Crown was always going to be a harsh task. The shoes are sometimes too big to fill.

Ashley Roberts, singer

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Ashley Roberts at The Fashion Awards 2023

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The former Pussycat Doll’s catwalk to Heart FM is extraordinary. Orange snake print skirts and a stacked heel to the office? Effort overload.

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