The Mayfair dress code

Earlier last week, news broke that One Direction, one of the country’s most popular boy bands, had been turned away from prestigious members club 5 Hertford Street in Mayfair for being too casually dressed. Upon seeing the boys’ relaxed attire, protective doorman Claud Achaume was apparently overheard saying, “They’re going in one direction, and that’s away from here.”

Mayfair is a prestigious district, and if you’re hoping to get access to some of Mayfair’s more exclusive venues, you need to dress to impress, however rich and famous you may be! Here are some fashion tips that we suggest you follow:


While you don’t have to be completely suited and booted for your visit to Mayfair, it’s always a good idea to follow certain guidelines when you’re off on a night out. A shirt with a collar is preferable over scruffier options like t-shirts, and it’s best to opt for smart trousers over jeans. In terms of footwear, it’s usually no trainers allowed, so choose smarter shoes like brogues or loafers in neutral colours.


Women have a bit more scope to be creative than men, but should still adhere to certain rules in order to gain admittance to private members’ clubs in the area. Again, we’d suggest you veer away from denim – a dress, skirt or tailored pair of trousers is a much better bet, and should be teamed with a blouse or stylish jacket rather than a t-shirt dug out from the back of your wardrobe. And while it’s not obligatory to wear heels, shoes should always be neat and well structured – no falling-apart ballet pumps or scuffed moccasins in Mayfair!

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