How to Dress Like a Peaky Blinder

Wondering how to dress like Tommy, Arthur and the rest of the Shelby family? Then by the order of the Peaky Blinders, you must read our handy fashion guide.

Here at Percy Stride, we love a bit of Peaky Blinders. While the epic BBC/Netflix series may follow the violent actions of a gangster family set in 1919 Birmingham, there’s also a lot to be admired about their fashion sense too.

With David Beckham recently collaborating with Kent & Curwen to launch their own take on Peaky Blinders’ apparel, there’s no time like the present to get the look.

From vintage tweed suits to penny collar shirts, the style not only makes you feel like the real deal, but it’s truly timeless.  

Whether you’ve been invited to a fancy dress party, a summer wedding or just a drink down the pub with your mates, here’s everything you need to know about how to dress like the guys from Peaky Blinders.

The Peaky Blinders suit

Peaky Blinders suit

There are various different looks Tommy and Arthur Shelby adopt throughout the first four series – one of the more notable being the Peaky Blinders suit.  

To recreate this look, you’re best off choosing a vintage tweed suit, checked suit or a three-piece suit. All of which should have slim lapels, narrow cut shoulders and should be paired with slim fit trousers.

For an extra accurate portrayal, you should avoid light weighted fabric and go for a more sophisticated drape.

In terms of colour, blue and navy blue (with pinstripes) are better options for weddings, while the classic tweed grey and browns are more suited for parties and general stylish wear.

The finer details also make a huge difference here too. For instance, a pocket watch and tie clip add an extra element of class to the look, while the shoes really help apply the finishing touches. In this particular case, a pair of our Percy Stride Oxford shoes are absolutely ideal for this timeless style.

Your best bet is to acquire the assistance of a trusted British tailor.

The Peaky Blinders penny collar shirts

Wearing a penny collar shirt from Peaky Blinders is probably the best way to help make you stand out from the crowd. They are usually white and feature single cuffs and white detachable collars.

The key to pulling off this look is to get your measurements right. Your Peaky Blinders penny collar shirt must fit like a glove.

For something slightly jazzier, you may want to swap the solid colours for a striped design. Either way, this is an absolute must in every gentleman’s wardrobe.

The Peaky Blinders overcoat

Peaky Blinders Overcoat

The Peaky Blinders overcoat has the ability to elevate your outfit to new levels of class. While this isn’t the smartest choice during the summer months, it sure does look great in the winter.

In the TV series, Tommy Shelby usually wears a black single-breasted overcoat which is tailored from heavy wool cloth, peaked lapels and black velvet collars.

As this coat is so versatile, you can use it to go with a Peaky-esc tweed suit or just pair it with smart skinny jeans and a nicely fitted t-shirt for more casual occasions.

The Peaky Blinders waistcoat

When Tommy, Arthur and the rest of the gang aren’t causing mayhem, they can usually be found sipping a glass of whiskey while sporting a smart waistcoat.

Wearing a nicely fitted waistcoat can help bridge the gap between smart and smart/casual. Just make sure that it matches your trousers.

The Peaky Blinders hat

Peaky Blinders Hat

The most important element to recreating the Peaky Blinders look is the working-class caps. Traditionally, these wide and floppy 8-panel caps are made of wool or tweed and were the most affordable option for men doing manual labour.

The best colours to choose are medium grey to dark grey or brown, depending on what other clothing you’re wearing.

So there you have it! If you need any extra help with your Peaky Blinders outfit or want to know what Percy Stride shoes go with each element, get in touch today.