London street style isn’t a new phenomenon—the pavements of our capital city have long been dotted with photographers capturing the fashion zeitgeist, from i-D magazine’s era-defining straight-ups in the 1980s through to documentary snaps of Carnaby Street’s ’60s mods and rockers. You’ll even be able to dig up a Victorian-style snap here and there—even if the focus was probably on the automobiles and industry backdrop, we won’t pass up any chance to see a bustle in action.
Today you may be likely to find less of the extremely diverse underground tribes that this cultural hub has always been famed for, but there are still style factions present (and many that we draw great inspiration from). London’s a place where you can wear your wackiest outfit to breakfast and no one will bat an eyelid. However, it’s also a place where you can be ultra-chic and businesslike one day and trend-led the next. Your style can be whatever it wants to be at any given time. And it’s true—
Brits really do give good outfit inspiration 24/7. Keep reading to see great outfit ideas from the sidewalks—as well as a few guest appearances from our very own team.
Style Notes: It’s only normal that we end up stopping some of London’s blogging community, so here’s one to know now—meet Felicia and her Zara frock of dreams.
Style Notes: Shorts are infamously tricky to navigate, but Maria follows a wise formula of demure blouse (Stradivarius) and chunky flatforms (Marni). Well played.
Style Notes: Byrdie UK’s deputy editor, Shannon, knows a good Zara dress when she sees one—this checked beauty will last summer after summer.
Style Notes: Jo’s a personal shopper, which explains how she’s managed to find the coolest Topshop polka-dot dress and wear it in the most London way going—with sneaks and socks.
Style Notes: Khari is a writer with a wardrobe full of vintage finds—everything she’s wearing here has been thrifted and assembled in a unique fashion.
Style Notes: Who What Wear UK’s associate social media editor, Isabel, knows a great outfit lies in great accessories: her white shoes, retro sunnies and cute pearl clip are a dreamy combination.
Style Notes: Nicole’s head of sales job clearly has led to some sensible purchases of her own—check out that last-forever Givenchy bag, the statement-making Etro robe and stunning Aperlai boots.
Style Notes: Hayley’s a designer for ASOS, so that explains how she got her hands on that ASOS dress before the rest of us then. Cute Ganni boots too.
Style Notes: Who What Wear UK editorial director, Hannah, loves a trouser suit—it was admittedly a bit hot for the day in question, but we all have to ease ourselves in right? This two-piece is from Mango, her bag is from Wandler and her sunnies are from Dior.
Style Notes: How weird is it that we literally just started following Ornella on Instagram and then we photographed her by chance on the streets of London? She’s a co-ord enthusiast, and this one is from Missy Empire.
Style Notes: Hannah is Clique’s senior director in the UK and has the best selection of monochrome pieces that she pulls together in so many different ways—so she basically has the best capsule wardrobe.
Style Notes: Sara’s the founder of London fashion rental company Higher Studio—and yes, her total look is Comme des Garcons.
Style Notes: Byrdie UK’s associate social media editor, Alyss, has also heard the Zara rumor—this brand’s plaid frocks are really something. May we draw your attention to her super-cute Staud bucket bag as well?
Style Notes: Ines Maria is an artist and a student who has the jazziest loose-fitting jeans we’ve ever laid eyes on: Check out the portrait patches on her Katya Dobryakova denim.
Style Notes: Student and blogger Tasmine knows the one way to beat depressing weather: color! Her striped faux-fur Jakke coat is fun as she is, but throw in a red roll-neck, military hat, studded Topshop boots and a Gucci Soho bag, and you’ll really impress us.
Style Notes: Stylist Holly White clearly understands that simpler can often equal better. Her classic Topshop trench, Frame jeans, Céline sunglasses and bag, plus her Adidas Gazelle sneaks are effortlessly cool.
Style Notes: Why wear a black coat when you can wear purple? Kurumi steps into winter with a cheery piece of outerwear to keep all of her monochromatic staples (like her Balenciaga bag and Stella McCartney wedges) fired up.
Style Notes: Stella McCartney’s Elyse Platforms have become something of a modern classic.
Style Notes: Vera’s student style is definitely better than ours ever was. Her hybrid of flamenco MSGM skirt with a biker jacket and Vans is pure genius.
Style Notes: Yes, that’s a Fendi bag you can see there.
Style Notes: Emma Hoff’s hairclip + scrunchie + giant roll-neck combination is just too good to ignore.
Style Notes: Ekabh got the 2020 memo: Purple is going to be big next year.
Style Notes: Carina McCann is an HR advisor who wears the coolest outfits to work—just look at those wintry PJs! A neat Ralph Lauren bag is always a good day-to-day option to carry everything around.
Style Notes: Model and blogger Maddie Close has made us rethink our party-outfit plans. Her velvet Topshop blazer, baggy jeans and satin boots formula isn’t one we’d ever thought of before, but man, it works.
Style Notes: Beauty editor Dominique found her smart peacoat and midi skirt at Zara (of course!) and brings little extra fun to the mix with a badge-embellished Next bag.
Style Notes: Fabienne’s outfit is all about the textures. From smooth leather to patent, ribbed wool to 100-denier tights, this makes a sombre color palette so much more interesting.
Style Notes: Red hair looks great against dark green, don’t you think?
Style Notes: Riku has totally changed the way we feel about wearing citrus brights in the winter—topping and tailing her look with black keeps such summery tones in check for the cooler months. Bravo.
Style Notes: Couldn’t help get a close-up on this fun bag.
Style Notes: Patchwork jeans make a statement on their own, so model Lauren only needs to add staples like an aviator jacket, sweatshirt and black ankle boots to make the look 100% awesome.
Style Notes: You know when women wear men’s piece and make it look so effortless? Well, that’s exactly what this influencer has done: Her shirt and trousers are genuinely menswear.
Style Notes: Props to student Rhoda for handmaking her trousers and finding almost everything else via thrift stores. If you’re already done with head-to-toe red, try adopting yellow.
Style Notes: Georgia may be a social media consultant, but we’d quite like her to consult on our wardrobes. How great is this black boot (Topshop) + checked jacket (Zara) + denim shorts (Levi’s) combo?
Style Notes: Claudia works in fashion marketing at Net-a-Porter, so her killer look makes a great deal of sense. Her monochrome pieces (Ellery blouse, Frame jeans and J.W.Anderson bag) look even more effective when set against hot-pink and red heels from Malone Souliers. Jealous.
Style Notes: Accessories are the magic items that bring museum event co-ordinator Gina’s outfit to life. We can’t decide what we love more: her cat-eye shades, Comme des Garçons sneakers or her vintage earrings.
Style Notes: ModelZavi proves that there’s so much to be taken from her black-on-black ensemble. Namely that jet-black denim Zara jacket and edgy fishnets.
Style Notes: Stylist Barbara has complemented her new-but-retro Gucci sunnies with a host of vintage goodies. Her concise color palette keeps an adventurous look together.
Style Notes: It’s those red Zara boots again. We can’t blame this savvy 27-year-old fashion designer for snapping them up, but we’re particularly impressed by the way she’s color co-ordinated them with her M&S top and Kenzo bag—sandwiching the look with white jeans and a dusty-blue vintage jacket.
Style Notes: Sophia is a 24-year-old student with a truly creative outlook on fashion. Very few of us would think to pair royal-blue socks with tan shoes or a smartly tailored jacket shrugged off to reveal a little shoulder. Also, that Ann Demeulemeester neck scarf is just darling.
Style Notes: The way Vera has added oodles of personality to her Prada blazer and tailored trousers is something to behold. From her Moschino belt (an unexpected way to cinch a double-breasted jacket) to her khaki-green fedora, this look is effortlessly cool.
Style Notes: Robin, a store manager, knows where this of-the-moment outfit’s key focal point is at the back. This Mango jumpsuit and backless shirt from Topshop are an inspirational and easy-to-replicate combination. We approve.
Style Notes: Pattawee, a student, exemplifies the London fashion spirit: a bit of designer action (hello, Gucci bag), a dash of vintage (her trousers are secondhand) and a little sprinkling of a hot, new label (the tee is by Gosha Rubchinskiy).
Style Notes: Now here’s a clever new layering trick. See how Miha’s placed an embroidered tee over a plain white shirt? It proves you can get some extra mileage out of your summer goods even now. Also, props for a successful one-shoulder shrug of her Alexander McQueen jacket.
Style Notes: This fashion director has clearly been looking at the same pictures I’ve been ogling of 1980s singer Sade. Samantha’s accessories are full of wit, so staples like a black velvet blazer and a roll-neck act as the perfect base layer.
Style Notes: Desislava, a journalist, knows a good trend when she sees one. We’re into her double-dose of vinyl. Her trousers (and jacket) are from Acne Studios while the bag is a recognizable number from Christopher Kane. The muted color palette makes this adventurous fabric combination look easy.
Style Notes: Not only has Inês proved it’s a great idea to mix ‘n’ match your frayed denim (Marques’Almeida top and Uniqlo jeans), but she’s also proved that it’s a good idea to invest in this season’s pouch bag trend. The mini grab style adds a certain cuteness to any grunge look.
Style Notes: Sometimes the most random pieces can work beautifully together, as proven by Annabelle, a PR assistant for River Island. How does she ensure the River Island jacket, ASOS jeans, Topshop shoes and 3.1 Phillip Lim bag all work together? It’s down to little highlights of color tying every piece into a unified concept.
Style Notes: Creative director by trade, seriously creative closet by nature! Clodie has taken the skirt-over-trousers formula to its furthest degree with her neon tube skirt and ruffled pants. This wild getup is predominantly vintage and high street, showing once again that you don’t have to spend a fortune to stand out.
Style Notes: It’s Fenn’s concise all-American stars-and-stripes vibe that we dig here. Her Sandro jacket is such a head-turner that really makes the look shine.
Style Notes: Andrea has given us food for thought. With the student’s longline flea market–bought biker jacket and statement frames from Andy Wolf, we’ve got yet another way to wear that pleated midi skirt.
Style Notes: If you’re ever searching for a transitional summer-to-autumn outfit idea, look to communications director Audrey. With her chunky Maiyet sweater set against a leg-baring thigh-slit Céline skirt and knee-high boots from Acne Studios, this ensemble has it going on. Plus, a cognac bag (also from Céline) does a nice job of pepping up the neutrals.
Style Notes: Artist Angela has tapped into one of the year’s coolest microtrends: fishnets. Her Marques’Almeida dress really pops when paired with sneakers.
Style Notes: Ida may be studying maths, but she certainly knows a high-low fashion formula when she sees one. Pairing luxe pieces—like a Céline bag and Rodebjer coat—with high-street basics (like her Zara ankle boots) is a clever way to look chic while mixing price points.
Style Notes: It’s no wonder that as a personal shopper, Camille has a pretty impressive edit in her own wardrobe. Her modern take on bohemia is inspiring. A Saint Laurent fringed suede cape and denim Current/Elliott culottes are so ’70s, but the simple black top, Hermès belt, red Louis Vuitton bag and plain ballet pumps bring the look back to 2018.
Style Notes: The acidic hues of Elis’s Peter Jensen sweater and American Retro jacket don’t look over the top when paired with white sneaks and true-blue jeans. A very clever way to brighten up a dull day indeed.
Style Notes: Now that’s how to make layering look chic. Interior designer Christina Nicholson piles on lightweight, tonal separates to create her look. Shout out to Uniqlo for that excellent puffer.
Style Notes: Eva’s an author, but her fashion choices tell just as much of a story. From her majestic fur-trimmed military-style jacket to her quirky glasses (both Gucci) and satin Prada evening dress she wore in the daytime, this subtle tonal combination walks the English eccentric line with great ease.
Style Notes: Channeling Wes Anderson’s movies is never a bad move, and senior sales manager Charlotte’s yellow Stutterheim anorak certainly does that. We like how she’s given it a modern twist with light-wash jeans and Perspex-heeled boots.
Style Notes: Social media producer Christina shows just how elevated a plain grey coat from Zara can be with the swoosh of a giant scarf, some clompy ankle boots and an It bag from Valentino.
Style Notes: Fashion blogger Hedvig has carefully chosen luxe basics that apart look simple, but when combined together seem powerful and effortless: A Tibi sweater, black trousers, Marni pumps, and Proenza Schouler bag work harmoniously.
Style Notes: Sometimes it’s the simplest tweak that can give a plain outfit power. Take the way Edith, a curator, has twisted her plaid scarf around her neck for example.
Style Notes: PA Gemma knows just how to punctuate an all-black outfit: by matching the motif on her Kenzo sweatshirt to a furry bag charm.
Style Notes: Playing a game of fashion mix-and-match is actress and model Elle in her jazzy Self-Portrait trousers, worn with thick-soled sneakers, layered Zara knitwear and a clashing leather-sleeved coat. Her trinket necklace adds a travelled-around-the-world nonchalance, don’t you think?
Style Notes: Giving athleisure a run for its money, Fangui’s sporty pieces are transformed by heritage-style accessories: a Louis Vuitton satchel and Dr Martens loafers.
Style Notes: What did we tell you about “dad shoes”? Maria uses her Adidas versions to great effect, helping to give her & Other Stories x Rodarte jacket and black trousers a boost of sportiness.
Style Notes: We can’t help but love this golden shade of mustard. It’s big news on the streets right now, and doesn’t designer Meryll wear it well? A velvet Prada bag sitting on her brocade Dries Van Noten coat makes for a textural feast—but she brings the London sensibility with sensible brogues, cutoff jeans and a simple sweater.
Style Notes: One way to instantly up your winter game? A strong pair of sunnies. PR intern Mia Micozzi bought her on-trend pair at Camden market. Very thrifty.
Style Notes: Sophie’s twist on a classic combo (a blazer and jeans) has us reaching for our closets and rejigging the essentials. If you want to pay homage to her natty look, her jacket is Isabel Marant, her jeans are Mother and her shoes are Gucci’s flats. Done.
Style Notes: Punk is still alive and well in the capital. Sarah brings an unexpected a dash of preppy to her vintage ensemble with a striped Banana Republic shirt peeking out from her sweater.
Style Notes: Ah, now here’s a great idea for your summer skirts. Painter Natalia Ocerin bought her gingham number from Zara and has brought it into autumn with a bright biker jacket and sneakers.
Style Notes: Now that’s a scarf. Virginia Burlina quite clearly knows the impact of an excellent accessory and has livened up her black jeans with a host of them: Her giant wrap is from Dries Van Noten and her bag is Prada. Proof of investment pieces if we ever saw it. This article was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.