What is Peaky Blinders?In case this is your first time hearing about Peaky Blinders, let me explain what it is. Produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions, Peaky Blinders is a British TV series centering around the infamous gang of the same name. The gang, the Peaky Blinders, conducted their operations in England following the First World War. This was a period characterized by hardship and uncertainly, as many British residents of this era were still suffering from the effects of the war. The Peaky Blinders gang exploited this fact through blackmail, kidnapping, robberies and other illegal activities. The show stars Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, Sam Neil as a hard-nosed detective, Helen McCrory as the Peaky Blinders' treasurer, and many other big names. Earlier this year, BBC announced that it had ordered a fourth and fifth season, although it's unknown when exactly the next season will air.
Why the Peaky Blinders Look?
Now that you know a little bit about the Peaky Blinders TV show, you might be wondering why you should mimic the look. If you've ever watched this show before, you may recall its dark and gritty atmosphere -- something that's unique and not found in other TV shows. Some viewers compare HBO's hit TV show Boardwalk Empire to Peaky Blinders, simply because they take place in a similar period. But Boardwalk Empire takes place in New Jersey (hence the name), whereas Peaky Blinders take place on the other side of the pond in the UK. And over in the UK, the atmosphere was different. It was dark and gritty, which is reflected in the Peaky Blinders choice of clothing. In the Peaky Blinders universe, few people are seen wearing colorful or otherwise vibrant clothing. Their outfits are just the opposite: dark and neutrals colors that embrace this time period. There's certainly nothing wrong with this style. On the contrary, neutral colors of tweet and flannel suits are a classic look that most people find attractive. And best of all, it's easy to achieve this look, assuming you buy the right suit and accessories.
How to Dress Like a Peaky Blinder
Dressing like a Peaky Blinder is actually easier than it sounds. See the above photo for an example of what the actors wear when filming this show. Going a little further into the style, you'll notice that each character has his or her own unique look. Arthur Shelby, played by Paul Anderson, for instance is the only character in the show to wear a bow tie. One of the show's main star, Thomas Shelby, on the other hand, is almost always seen wearing a newboy-style hat. For the sake of simplicity, though, we should focus on Thomas, who typically wears a 3-piece herringbone tweed suit, or a grey pinstripe suit. In terms of cut, Thomas' suit is lean through the legs, chest and shoulders, offering a contemporary look that compliments his body shape. Keep in mind that the actual Peaky Blinders gang wore bell bottoms. Being that few people today wear bell bottoms, it's best to skip this historical fact and instead stick with traditional, fitted trousers. Doing so offers a traditional Peaky Blinders look with a touch of modern and contemporary style.
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