Peaky Blinders has made quite the impact on Netflix with fans patiently waiting for season after season. The show, set in the 1920’s, has opened our eyes to British living during this time, educated us on gangs and entertained us as we clung to the edge of our seats. However, something we all can’t deny is how the fashion from the 1920’s still has an influence on today’s fashion and the show does not fail to showcase the exquisite outfits worn during those times.
The garments worn by the characters on the show undeniably reflect their personality. Sharp cut suits that drape past the knee to waistcoats showing how elegantly people dressed daily while also showing how polished people portrayed themselves. The character we all adore and love that uses his sense of style to aid convey these traits through their character is no other than our favourite Thomas Shelby.
Tommy Shelby’s Style
The key to getting Tommy Shelby suit and look is making sure your suit is tailored perfectly to you. His suits are always well fitted and show attention in the way he dresses and how particular he is, in the way he carries himself including the Thomas Shebly hat.
In this era, the colour pallet they tended to stick to was mainly white, grey and black to give a classic and smart look. These colours are worn by many of the Peaky Blinders cast on the show, in the traditional colour schemes, which will never go out of style and can be worn to a lot more occasions. Attire for winter activities quite often require wearing an overcoat, usually in black or charcoal, a timeless piece that can be paired with a tailored suit or dressed down a little with a shirt and patterned trousers. As you can see below, Tommy Shelby can pull of both!
Tommy Shelby’s Club Collar Shirt
The white striped shirt that Tommy Shelby features in multiple times throughout the show has become a staple piece in many men’s wardrobes, this season especially. The shirt has been an iconic piece in men and women’s fashion throughout the ages and is highly unlikely to never go out of style. Effortlessly paired with almost any trousers, this look becomes an individual and adapted outfit altered to your preference. The striped shirt may be versatile but require immaculate pairing up to create your look. Here are a few examples of how Thomas Shelby wore this style in the show.
The most characteristic shirt that Tommy Shelby wears on the show is the club collar shirt. The collar became popular in the first few decades of the twentieth century but has recently gained popularity after the TV show, Mad Men and now, Peaky Blinders.
Usually buttoned upright to the top and with its rounded off collar, the club collar shirt is a popular choice in current fashion. Shelby can be caught wearing the shirt as a single tone piece, quite often layered with a waistcoat or on its own, detailed with a duotone contrast colour scheme; the main part of the shirt sometimes being decorated with stripes. He tends to wear this shirt in scenes that are a little more casual, more of day to day attire. A crisp shirt can look amazing paired with the right suit or even tailored trousers but Tommy makes sure to switch it up and try’s out many looks with this one staple item.
The club collar is extremely versatile with just a slight change in the collar of a shirt makes it exchangeable in any situation you would wear a shirt. From weddings to business meetings and shows an eye for detail and a fore fashion mentality.
Copy Tommy Shelby's Shirt Style
|White Shirt||White Club Collar Shirt||White Striped Shirt|
Tommy Shelby’s Suits
Suits come in many different materials but Tommy Shelby tends to wear lighter fabrics compared to his brother and other characters on the show that compliments his charismatic and charming personality. Tweed and corduroy tends to be the material that Thomas Shelby favours however you might rarely catch him in the middle of a shootout wearing a wool waistcoat looking dapper as always.
The 3 piece suit is ideal for weddings and parties of the sort. This classy ensemble may look complex but is cleverly designed to complement each piece accordingly. Tommy Shelby looks sharp and stylish quite often wearing a 3 piece casually like they did back then. The suit allows simplicity if you’re not wanting to put together an outfit that can take time. This leaves tailoring the suit for your body the only thing you would need to worry about. Although we see Tommy Shelby wearing this outfit many times in different colours and patterns in the everyday, in the modern world this looks tends to be reserved for more elegant events when you want to look your absolute best. The ensemble is perfect for black tie events especially if you want to stand out from the crowd while looking pieced together and immaculate as Mr Shelby does.
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|Dark Blue Tweed Suit||Brown Tweed Suit|
|Grey Tweed Suit||Brown Corduroy Suit|
Tommy Shelby’s Waistcoat
A versatile piece that Tommy Shelby wears often is the waistcoat which he wears over a shirt coloured up with no tie. A waistcoat, I will definitely say, is an item of clothing that is majorly lacking in many men’s wardrobes as many are unsure how to incorporate them into an outfit. This crucial element of a well put together ensemble has no sleeves or collar and has to sit fittingly over usually a linen shirt, however, there is no rule to it! A beautifully crafted waistcoat can make all the difference when it comes to looking sophisticated. Make sure to measure up to your waistcoat as it is important your waistcoat is not too tight or too loose.
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|Dark Blue Checkered Waistcoat||Brown Tweed Waistcoat||Dark Blue Tweed Waistcoat|
|Checkered Tweed Waistcoat||Grey Tweed Waistcoat||Grey Checkered Waistcoat|
Tommy Shelby’s Coats
You can spot Tommy wearing long and thick coats and overcoats. Combined with his Tweed Suit the colors of the coat ranges from dark blue, over grey to black. A thick wool coat in those colors create the Peaky Blinders Look. The vintage and rustic style comes with less details and light colors. This basic look fits everybody and can be worn on every occasion in fall and winter.
Copy Tommy Shelby's Coat Style
|Long Blue Coat||Long Black Coat||Long Grey Coat|
The world of Tommy Shelby’s wardrobe is something we could explore for hours. His sophisticated look matched with his wit and charm makes him look powerful and handsome. Setting the bar high, I hope this post has given you some helpful tips so even you could dress like a modern day Peaky Blinder.
Do you need more Vintage Style inspirations? Read more in our blog post about the style of Peaky Blinders: How to Dress like a Peaky Blinder