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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 (Getty Images)

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 (Getty Images)

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

Katie Grand attends Burberry's Bond Street store event (Dave Benett)

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

Yasmin Finney, actor

Yasmin Finney (Dave Benett)

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

Ib Kamara at the Mert Alas and Seventy One Gin secret party (Dave Benett)

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

Kenya Hunt, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE UK attends the Know Who We Are MOWAA exhibition (Dave Benett/Getty Images for Christie's)

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

Trino Verkade attends the Sarabande Foundation Fundraiser (Dave Benett)

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

Alexa Chung attends Tory Burch Fall/Winter (Getty Images for Tory Burch)

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 (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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

Sonam Kapoor, actor

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja attends the BoF VOICES 2021 Gala Dinner (Getty Images for BoF VOICES)

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

Rosamund Pike at the Critics Choice Awards (Getty Images for Critics Choice)

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

Bianca Jagger, actor

Bianca Jagger at the ELLE Style Awards 2023 (Mike Marsland/WireImage)

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

Paapa Essiedu at the GQ Men of the Year Awards (Dave Benett)

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

Nicky Haslam, designer

Nicky Haslam at the V&A 2023 Summer Party (Getty Images)

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

Harry Styles, singer

Harry Styles at the 2021 Brit Awards (JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/)

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

Stormzy at The Fashion Awards 2023 (Dave Benett)

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

Skepta at the Burberry fashion show (PA)

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

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

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

Kate Moss attends the Clooney Foundation For Justice's

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

Naomi Campbell attends the Burberry Spring Summer 2024 show (Dave Benett)

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

Adwoa Aboah at the Brit Awards 2023 (Samir Hussein / WireImage)

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

Cora Corré at the Vivienne Westwood Womenswear Fall Winter 2023-2024 show (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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

(Dave Benett/Getty Images for Cosmoss)

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

Kai-Isaiah Jamal, model

Kai-Isaiah Jamal attends the Amiri Menswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025 (Getty Images)

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

Edward Enninful at a party hosted by British Vogue and Chopard (Dave Benett)

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

Natasha Poonawalla at the Mert Alas And Seventy One Gin's secret party (Dave Benett)

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

Roksanda Ilincic attends a Vogue100 and Erdem dinne (Dave Benett)

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

Stella McCartney backstage at the Coronation Concert (Getty Images)

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

Phoebe Philo attends the 2014 Time 100 Gala (WireImage)

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

Daphne Guinness attends the celebration for Fashion Trust Arabia's winners launching into Matches (Dave Benett)

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

George Skeggs attends a private view of A Paul Raymond Show (Dave Benett)

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

Luella Bartley at a fundraising dinner hosted by Sarabande in Decimo (Dave Benett)

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 (Dave Benett)

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

Zadie Smith at the British Vogue And Tiffany & Co. Celebrate Fashion And Film Party (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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

Charles attends the Gucci Cosmos evening Vernissage at 180 The Strand (Dave Benett)

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

Justine Simons at the Mark Fast SS24 show (Dave Benett)

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

Akshata Murthy at the Coronation of King Charles III (Getty Images)

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 (@yungchalobah)

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 (Dave Benett)

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

James Corden attends the Netflix 'Beckham' UK Premiere (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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

Emma Watson, actor

Emma Watson at the 2023 US Open Tennis Championships (GC Images)

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

Louis Theroux at the GQ Men of the Year Awards (Dave Benett)

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 attends the Valentino Spring/Summer 2024 (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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

Jess Glynne, singer

Jess Glynne at the British GQ Men Of The Year afterparty (Getty Images for Condé Nast)

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

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

Tom Daley, diver

Tom Daley at the Rimmel London Summer Fest (Dave Benett)

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

Lewis Hamilton at the Dior Homme Menswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025 show (Getty Images)

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 (Getty Images)

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

Brooklyn Beckham at a Superdry event (Dave Benett/Getty Images for Superdry)

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

Ronan Kemp at the GQ Men of the Year Awards (Dave Benett)

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

Laura Whitmore, presenter

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

Richard Osman at Fitzdares' 'The Sports Quiz You Can't Google (Dave Benett)

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

(Ben Cawthra/REX/Shutterstock)

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

Lottie Moss at a B London event (Dave Benett/Getty Images for B London)

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

James Maddison, footballer

James Maddison wears boohooMAN (@madders)

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

Chloe Kelly, footballer

Chloe Kelly at the GQ Men of the Year Awards (Dave Benett)

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 at the 77th British Academy Film Awards (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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

Ashley Roberts at The Fashion Awards 2023 (Dave Benett)

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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