It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love a good period drama, regardless of whether it’s more romance or action in genre. One of the best things about them, aside from dramatic and exciting storylines, has to be the exceptional wardrobe the characters wear. The crime drama Peaky Blinders is no exception.
Set in the 1920’s, after the First World War in Birmingham, England, the show just aired its 5th season and it was as exciting as ever. It’s no surprise that Peaky Blinders has developed a cult following, leaving audiences glued to their TV screens, eyes trained on the exciting scenes, the infamous men and their impeccable style. Check the styles of Tommy Shelby or Arthur Shelby. All Peaky Blinders characters are following the styles of the 20's.
Best Scenes of Michael Gray - Finn Cole
Think Peaky Blinders and you’re sure to conjure images of no non-sense gangsters in tweed, three-piece suits, overcoats and flat caps amidst a chilly backdrop. Their notoriety is only matched by their uncompromising style and swagger. While you may not find gangsters owning today’s city streets, that’s certainly not the case for their style, which continues to influence modern day menswear fashion.
While Thomas Shelby is the main star of the show, and arguably most viewers’ favorite, he has sure met his match in cousin Michael Gray – and that also goes for their style and panache.
Michael Gray’s Style
While the Peaky Blinder gangsters commonly don tweed suits, this chief accountant’s style isn’t for the common. Michael’s patterned suits are just as fashionable today as they were back in the prohibition era. The dapper pinstripe suit, as worn by Michael, is a perennial favorite for the well-dressed man regardless of era. Take his sartorial lead in a grey striped suit, and pair it with a contrasting brown or camel overcoat.
Another Michael Gray inspired ensemble is the checkered print suit and trousers, worn with a striped button down shirt, a similarly toned jumper and finished off with a bow-tie. This less traditional and less expected gangster look, conveys the character’s softer, intellectual side.
A prerequisite for any and all Peaky Blinder-approved attire is a well-fitted suit. While a tailored suit goes without saying, in the case of Michael Gray, you could say his suits are a cut above the rest. A little less gangster uniform, a little more personal flair. His style evolution has seemingly become more polished and refined, less street thug.
The States-side Style
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While 1920’s men’s fashion usually meant clothing in shades of grey, black and white, that was not the case for Michael Grey at the start of the show’s new season. The beginning of the 5th season found Michael across the pond, in the United States, in a less common, and more striking beige suit. Go for Michael’s State-side style in a beige double-breasted suit and long camel overcoat paired with a white button down shirt and a necktie in a similar shade of brown. In this case, the biggest change to Michael’s style is in his accessory – swapping the Peaky Blinder uniform flat cap for a brown fedora hat. It’s a style statement in and of itself.
The 3-Piece Suit in Tweed Fabric
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No Peaky Blinder wardrobe is complete without a three-piece tweed suit. As opposed to the other characters, Michael’s choice of tweed suits leans towards the medium to lighter grey shades. But like all notorious gangsters, his vest, suit and trousers are all perfectly tailored to fit. Add a gold pocket watch chain, place a white pocket square, throw on a long black overcoat and you’ll be set to rule the city streets.
All Peaky Blinders wearing it - Club Collar Shirts
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Michael Gray’s sense of style isn’t always a departure from the usual Peaky Blinders outfits, as proven by his usual choice of club collar shirts. While not a graduate of Eton, which popularized the rounded club collar, Michael can certainly pull it off without the actual club membership.
Pin Collar Shirts are his Favorite
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The pin collar is another Michael Grey style preference. A number of the show’s episodes will show him in a white shirt with a club collar, worn with a necktie that’s lifted by the collar bar peeking out from below.
Michael’s outfits often reflect the standard colors for menswear from that era, in basic black, grey and white. However, on occasion, there is a slight hint of color that’s added to the austere and common colored outfits. A burgundy tie, a blue necktie and even discreet red stripes on a white shirt set his style apart from the rest of the gang.
While the next Peaky Blinders season can’t come soon enough, you can take inspiration from Michael Gray’s slick style until our favorite gangsters are back in the streets of Birmingham and on your TV screen.
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