The Essential Peaky Blinders Fashion Guide

 

It’s the cult television show that’s back for another series and sure to have us glued to our screens in the run up to Christmas. Where else can we gain our appreciation for the undercut hairstyle and classic 1920’s style?  But how do you get the Peaky Blinders look? Read on to find out. 

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Since Peaky Blinders first hit our screens in 2013, it has cultivated an unmissable reputation and has been a highpoint in original, addictive British drama. Offering more than compelling characters and a unique look at the unsung city of Birmingham, Peaky Blinders has also had a great influence on menswear.

Ever since we caught glimpses of actors Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy filming the series in the Manchester’s Northern Quarter earlier this year, we’ve been highly anticipating its return to our TV’s.

The look of the unique characters is sharp but not stuffy and it lends itself naturally to a modern reworking. To emulate this kind of historical-hip doesn’t require a full, three-piece herringbone suit (in the style of Thomas Shelby), but rather an emphasis on the details.

The outfits are made up of a number of key components which needn’t be worn all together in order to doff a cap to the genre. With this in mind, take a look at our guide to a few ways you can incorporate the Peaky Blinders style into your wardrobe.

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The style can be simple and kept to one colour palette
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Dr. Martens – Shoe £174

The Cap

The flat cap is a clear staple of the show. A pretty timeless accessory, this hat seems to have been popular with one tribe or another for the last century and can add a hint of heritage to an otherwise ‘modern’ outfit. We’re not saying wearing it with your joggers and trainers, but a cap matched with a slim fit denim jacket and a pair of chinos will effortlessly bridge the gap between preppy and alternative without looking overdone or out of place.

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The flat cap is a staple piece
PHOTO CREDIT: Peaky Blinders

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Barbour – Cap £31.95
Barbour – Cap £31.95

The Shirt

Of course, there is also the round collar (club collar) shirt, which is such a sharp and focal part of this look. In the actual period (and pictured here) the collar was detachable and buttoned into collarless shirts. These days your club collar comes attached to your shirt and adds a wicked vintage aesthetic to any jacket.

It automatically gives a softer look to your outfit with its rounded collar, so is great for adding some dimension to a slim fit, and otherwise ordinary suit. Adding a tie to the mix will help draw attention to the unique collar, and will fit neatly between the two, yet wearing it without is still a statement enough and will add some interest to your look.

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The round collar
PHOTO CREDIT: Peaky Blinders

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YMC – Shirt £119
Levis Vintage – Shirt £159
Farah – Shirt £64

The Trousers

Next, the generously cut, cropped trouser – these trousers, rather than your chilly-ankle inducing turn-ups, are worn with durable, work boots, the hem falling neatly to the top of the boot. You won’t be able to show off those socks you got for Christmas but then you’re probably okay with that.

There are plenty of contemporary takes on this style too with slimmer-cut, twill trousers doing a pretty similar job. You can pair these with a classic oxford shirt for a twist on the formal look, or go more extreme and add a waistcoat or vest. For a preppy, casual look, throw out the boots and match these trousers with flat brogues, (making sure to ban the socks) and pair with a button-up shirt or simple crew neck T-shirt.

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A long overcoat is the perfect winter warmer
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The Work Boots

The cropped trousers wouldn’t be complete without the thick soled, industrial looking work boots. Used for stamping through cobbled streets and keeping your rivals in line, these boots are hardy yet elegant and can be worn a number of ways to complete an outfit.

Matching them with a pair of black skinnies is an easy combination, and the look can be grunged up with a leather biker jacket thrown over the top. The versatility of these boots means you can also mix them with more formal attire, so slipping them on with slim fit suit will perfectly balance the look, keeping it smart yet not overdone.

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Keep your boots chunky and wear wiith some slim trousers
PHOTO CREDIT: ModShoes.co.uk

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The Coat

The long, streaming, peak lapel coat instantly finishes off the look, adding a touch of elegant drama to the outfit. This is a coat that’s made to be seen, so think about complimenting it with your outfit rather than the other way around. Of course, like in the show, it matches perfectly with a full suit, but you can keep it casual with a plain jumper and jeans. Keeping the tones muted is a good idea however, as bright colours aren’t necessarily going to go with the sleek, sophisticated finish.

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A Peaky Blinders coat is the best accessory
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YMC – Overcoat £449
The Idle Man – Overcoat £70
Wax London – Jacket £170

The Details

We’re now left with all the extra little details (very important to remember) – from pockets squares to braces, these criminals knew how to accessorise. The smart accessories add so much character to the outfits in the series, from the glint of a pocket watch chain across a woollen waistcoat to the braces and bow tie normally associated with an entirely more charming vintage style – they are toughened up here for a completely new aesthetic.

There’s so much more to the Edwardian-style popularised by the show that hasn’t even been touched on here: pocket squares and Tom Hardy’s top-hat being two of them. The popularity of the eras fashion is still growing and will no doubt creep further into the high street when the third series comes out.

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The right accessories complete the outfit
PHOTO CREDIT: Pinterest

The Hair

Of course, one of the main distinctive looks of the Peaky Blinders look is the hair. Closely shaved at the sides and with the top carefully kept in place with a generous amount of pomade, this hairstyle immediately adds personality to an outfit. Ask your barber for an undercut to achieve the look, but if you want something similar, but not as extreme, try out the modern pompadour, where the sides aren’t shaved quite as short as the full on under-cut. Just make sure you’re keeping your hair looking its best with high-quality products.

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The right hair cut and you’re good to go
PHOTO CREDIT: Esquire

Triumph & Disaster – Pomade £20
Baxter & California – Pomade Clay £22
Mr Natty – Paste £17

How to Get The Peaky Blinders Look

  1. A flat cap can bridge the gap between preppy and alternative without going overboard.
  2. Club collar shirts are one of the focal points of this look. Adding a tie will draw more attention to it although wearing it without is a statement in itself.
  3. Generously cropped trousers are worn to show off those leather work boots. Mix up with an oxford shirt or even add a matching tweed waistcoat for a more authentic look.
  4. A long overcoat will finish off the outfit as it matches perfectly with a suit. However, can also be dressed down with sweats as long as the colours are kept neutral.
  5. The little details can make or break this look. Adding a gold pocket watch and braces will add give that Edwardian edge.

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The Peaky Blinders guys and their signature look
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Garrison Tailors

A worthy mention must be given to Garrison Tailors, the Birmingham-based company has just launched its website selling luxury menswear. It’s partly owned by Steven Knight, the creator of the hit BBC gangster drama.

He wanted to produce clothes which let men dress stylishly like the 1920s gangsters but with a modern edge, so it doesn’t look like fancy dress.

Garrison Tailors, named after the pub the Shelbys own, hopes to open a shop in Birmingham and offers perfect Christmas presents for Peaky fans.

The site features suits, shirts and caps all based on characters clothing from the series, with references to all throughout the product names including the Thomas, Shelby and an Arthur cap, to name a few.

Garrison Tailors – www.garrisontailors.com

On That Note

By cleverly incorporating a few key elements of the looks above, you should be repping the Peaky Blinders aesthetic in no time. Remember, it’s not about throwing on every vintage-inspired piece you’ve got in your wardrobe and grabbing the first top hat you can lay your hands on – slowly, and subtly, inject elements of the classic British menswear into your outfits and you’ll be giving Cillian Murphy a run for his money in no time!

(Sources: Idle Man)

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