On-screen fiction can spawn some interesting influences on fashion. Every so often, an example of film or television comes along which attracts the attention of the male fashionwear.
Over recent years, the arrival of Tommy Shelby and his gang of Peaky Blinders to our screens has captured the gaze of men across the UK who have bravely attempted to revive that ‘look’: the side-shaded, sharp-collared style enforced by leather works boots, heavy materials and the classic cloth cap. When it comes to emulating the look of your favourite characters, exercise caution – you don’t want to overdo this one. Check out Cuba Clothing’s guide to nailing that Tommy Shelby look.
Heavy, warm and rich in wool, the classic oversized coat is a must-have for those wanting an elegant and sophisticated finish. Like Tommy Shelby, you can match the coat with a three-piece suit – of course, you can always opt for keeping it more relaxed with a subtly-coloured jumper and some denim. Herringbone, check and other heritage patterns can add that much-desired air of authenticity to your outfit. If you can’t get your hands on these fabrics, muted, dull colours will work: think shades of black, green and charcoal.
When it comes to nailing that Brummie gangster look without raising eyebrows, it’s all about the layers. Cillian Murphy and the gentlemen of the Peaky Blinders typically layer the classic overcoat with a matching tweed waistcoat. Of course, going for the full three piece may make your style look exaggerated and posed. For a street-friendly alternative, opt for a flannel blazer, or invest in some corduroy. The key here is to keep it classic – balance the heritage granted by wool flannel and corduroy with contemporary trends. Looking good in as a 2018 Peaky Blinder requires more discretion.