Peaky Blinders inspired fashion | Lady K Loves

17th February 2021

How to dress like the Peaky F****** Blinders

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Ok so we may be a little behind the trend here, but lockdown life has us binging on Peaky Blinders & we’re feeling all inspired from the music and soundtrack to the fashion, the classic Peaky Blinder outfit, cars you name it! We’re hooked.

The women look great, and we’re loving their authentic 20s everyday styles with drop-waist dresses, mary janes & oxford shoes, pearls & all things pretty. (Did you know that typically during this era, women had different outfits for different times of the day and for different events. Can you imagine changing multiple your outfit completely multiple times a day? Now that’s a wild thought…)

But what’s really getting us hot under the collar is the men’s style. And no not like that, clean your mind up! What I mean is those episodes where Polly looks perfection in her beautiful walking suit. That’s what we’re loving.
Just because the fashion is menswear doesn’t mean we don’t want in on the action! Maybe it’s just the haircuts, is it just me or does nearly every barbershop up & down the country have a poster of Cillian Murphy in their window right now?

Read on to see what Peaky Blinders outfit has tickled our fancy and how you can recreate the looks yourself!

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How can you recreate the Peaky Blinders look?

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We’ve pulled together some Peaky Blinder outfit ideas, so you can get the Peaky Blinders look. So, whether you want to take the masculine and androgynous approach, or add a more feminine flair – we’ve got you! And the great news is, you can get super creative and have fun with this, plus, you might already have some substitute items in your wardrobe somewhere (or in the wardrobe of one of the men in your life… we won’t tell if you don’t)

Firstly, let’s start with recreating the walking suit (which we talk about this later in the blog post). A classic Peaky Blinder outfit. For a more masculine Peaky Blinders brother look, pair our Rosie trousers in black with our Priscilla or Scarlet top. Top it off with a black blazer + waistcoat if you have one, if you’re really serious about recreating the full ensemble.

If you’re more of a trouser type of gal but still want to add a touch of femininity to the look, substitute the waistcoat for a black under-bust corset over your shirt if you have one. This will give a similar effect that a waistcoat would, but with a bit of a feminine pop.

Our Aurora top paired with our Rosie trousers is the perfect combo for you ladies who prefer a more casual look.

Want a fully-fledged feminine take on the Peaky Blinders outfit look?

Swap out the wide-leg trousers for a wide skirt. Our Katie skirt is perfect for this. Again, paired with our Scarlet or Priscilla top in black, love it!

Psst… we have a little trick for you! Have a spare ribbon or thick string lying around? Tie it around your neck under your collar for the classic bowtie look we talk about Arthur Shelby wearing! This trick is so simple and cheap (actually, free if you have one lying around already) but just adds that extra something to top off your peaky blinders outfit.

As we know, the Shelby’s are infamous for wearing their flat caps with their walking suits. Our Beret’s are a fab substitute, and will just add that sprinkle of 20s badass – without the razor blades in it of course!

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Are Polly’s casual but classy outfits more your style?

Try our V2 skirt in black with either Priscilla or Scarlet, topped off with one of our Turbans. Turbans are a great way to accessorise a more feminine outfit to give off that perfect true-20s vibe. This outfit idea is slightly more low-key, but equally as badass. I mean, Polly looks powerful AF no matter what she’s wearing!

Now, let’s move on to Peaky Blinders fashion throughout the series, why we love it, & some history behind some of the Peaky Blinders outfit.

Why we love the Peaky Blinders look

The Walking Suit

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Let me be honest here… the main reason I adore the peaky blinders look is because it just looks pretty damn slick. I’m sure we can all agree that the peaky blinders just scream powerfulness and badassery by the clothes they wear. I think the walking suits have something to do with that, and they’re sported by both the men and the women in the series.

We’re all about feeling good in what you wear, and your clothes making you feel empowered. Polly Shelby is the perfect example of a powerful and wealthy woman in the 20’s. We see her wearing everyday outfits like the drop-waist dress, but I love it when she goes full badass and wears a suit.

And the best part is, although Peaky Blinders was based in the 1920s (and is about gangsters,) we can still sport this style ourselves today… And quite easily too. Hell, you might already have a full ensemble that’s perfect to recreate the Peaky Blinder outfit tucked away somewhere in your wardrobe!

1920’s colour palette

In this era, we see mostly plaids and pinstripes. In terms of colours though, there are mostly greys, browns, blues and black. And fun fact, actually… kind of gross fact, these colours were popular back then to hide any visible dirt. Yikes. But keeping items low maintenance at a time when clothes washing was high maintenance helped keep clothing look fresh for longer.

Fabrics that creased a lot like cotton and linen were avoided as well. Yeah, we’re noticing a pattern here too… People back then were clearly all about that super low-maintenance life. But this is the main reason why we see mostly wool or knitted items being worn, or things made from a more robust cotton. Patterns that could be created with the knitting or the weave of the fabric won over printed textiles.

The good news here is, now you can take the colour and pattern pallet but stay friends with your washing machine!

(image via Vintage Dancer)

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What clothes do the Peaky Blinders wear? & our favourite Peaky Blinder outfits

Lets start with Polly Shelby….

Polly is the ultimate badass bitch in the Peaky Blinders. Her outfits are insanely classy and sophisticated. In the recent series, she rocks the infamous walking suit that we spoke about earlier, and we love how powerful she looks in it. However, we also see her in the more casual 20’s wear – drop-waist dresses, and two pieces.

Now, lets talk Tommy Shelby

Ah, Cillian Murphy.. the heartthrob! So, we rarely really see him entirely dressed down in casual wear… It’s always the power suits – the full ensemble at that! His outfits feature strong clean lines, shoulder pads, a tie, and a pocket watch chain. And of course, the iconic peaky blinders flat cap which has razor blades in front, hence the name “peaky blinders” (which we absolutely do not recommend… this is for historical purposes only!) Tommy’s suits always consist of darker colours; a more charcoal grey and black colour palette.

Moving on to Arthur Shelby’s outfits

Arthur is Tommy’s brother, who is another strong figure in the series. Similar to Tommy, he often wears the complete walking suit. But unlike Tommy, Arthur doesn’t stick to a set colourscheme in his outfits. He wears a mixture of them all – navy, browns, and lighter greys. Oftentimes we see him wearing pinstripes which were popular back in the 20s. And he often opted for bowties rather than ties.

And finally, Alfie Solomons

Alfie Solomons is played by Tom Hardy. I think we can all agree that the casting crew definitely knew what they were doing with this casting… swoon!

Alfie is almost on the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of fashion, he’s a lot more rugged and less put together. In particular, he still wears the walking suit – but we see him wearing casual outfits more often compared to the others. His wealth is almost quite subtle, but his rings are for sure the tell-tale sign that he is a wealthy man who has power, just like the Shelby brothers – but on a lower scale. And we just know that he knows what he’s doing. And honestly? We love the slightly scruffy look… But then again, I’m sure we can all agree that Tom Hardy can pull off any look and still be fucking gorgeous!

Who is your favourite character in Peaky Blinders?

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