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STYLE LESSONS FROM PEAKY BLINDERS
By Style Feed Staff, 22 August 2019
Peaky Blinders is back in all its sharp-suited, flat-cap-topped glory for a fifth season, kicking off this Sunday. It's not just the drama, the violence and the accents that have us all hooked though; it's all about the threads. Not many shows have had such a radical impact on men's tailoring, so we thought we'd look back over some of the best lessons from every season so far. Turns out we very much do f*** with the Peaky Blinders after all.
Have a signature item
In Peaky Blinders, the gang’s signature style item is a flat cap with razorblades sewn into the peak (all the better to slash their enemies during a dust up). For the record: we don’t advocate any accessory that could get you arrested. But having a signature item is an excellent way of developing a look of your own.
Embrace the air tie
Wearing a suit and shirt without a tie is hardly a bold style choice today – and that’s just the problem. These days it has an unpleasant whiff of politician-trying-to-be-a-regular-guy about it. A cooler, more contemporary way to dress down a suit is the ‘air tie’, which is to say buttoning your shirt up to the top even though you’re not wearing one.
Thomas Shelby generally wears a three-piece suit with an overcoat and one simple accessory that ties the look together beautifully: a pocket watch with a visible brass chain. His brother Arthur, on the other hand, opts for a bow-tie and very subtle pocket square (folded straight, rather peaked or puffed).
The key with accessories, always, is that less is more: attempt all three at once and you would start to look fussy and affected. Take the chap above – he's opted for layered chain necklaces, instantly updating his laid-back printed look.
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Learn to use colour
A colour pop is, unsurprisingly, a pop of colour. Switch up your tailoring game by opting for a more neutral palette. Navy and greys are always cool but the look Michael's gone for above has got winter wedding written all over it. Extra points for the matching gloves and tie combo, too.
Tommy Shelby, for instance, often wears a Bengal-stripe shirt in blue or purple under his three-piece (for Arthur, it’s the aforementioned bow-tie). Talking of tailoring, opt for a neutral tone like the one Michael and the chap above are both rocking, or find some trousers that pick out the highlights in your printed shirt. Matchmaking made easy.
Pick a pattern
Take some peaky pointers in terms of flexing a pattern or two. Whether it's Donegal tweed, Glen checks or houndstooth, there's always room for making a more eye-catching move. Take the guy above – he's even gone and incorporated classic checks into a bonafide street-ready look. Ideal.
Remember the classics are classic for a reason
Peaky Blinders may have revived an interest in narrow-fit tailoring, waistcoats and flat caps but, really, the core of what the gang wear has never gone out of fashion.
Proper suits, long woollen overcoats and sturdy work boots: men have looked the dog’s in this stuff since time immemorial. So while experimenting and trying out trends is all well and good, don’t forget to build a strong rota of the basics. It’s what the Blinders would want.