Sharpen up your winter wardrobe with inspiration from BBC2 drama Peaky Blinders

A dash of tweed and a dabble of menace is the perfect combination as we head into the winter months. Let Kim Atkins show you how to get Thomas Shelby’s 1920’s style...

Hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders is mostly known for its gruesome violence and hard-hitting storylines. However, what may have been overlooked amongst all the blood and gore is that Thomas Shelby is also a fast-growing screen style icon. With his staple Herringbone tweed three-piece and classic accessories, Shelby’s fashion is perfect fodder for your winter wardrobe.


This classic 1920’s look is all about the fabrics, textures and shapes created. The three-piece suit needs to be in a classic Herringbone pattern – I would update the style of the trouser to a more fitted option to keep the look modern. An ankle swinger is welcome.

The shirts worn in this era had a detachable, stiff collar – you can see on Shelby above that this would have been attached with a gold pin. Luckily gents, you are not expected to wear one shirt all week and simply change the collar anymore, so match the style instead with a contrasting collar and pinstripe shirt.

Your overcoat will also need a contrast collar, this time in a velvet material. This style of coat is currently flying off the shelves but avoid anything too fitted. It’s meant to be oversized and even over your three-piece suit it should feel spacious. Finish your look off with a pair of leather utility boots and flat cap to match your tweet suit. 

Slim Fit Three-Piece Herringbone Suit, Jacket £84, Trousers £40, Waistcoat £32, ASOS, Rotary Gents Pocket Watch, £169.15 Bonds Jewellers, Best of British Pure Wool Velvet Collar Single Breasted coat, £349 Marks and Spencer, Pure Wool Herringbone Flat cap with Stormwear, £25 Marks and Spencer, Poste Athlete Lace up Boot in Black Leather, £120 Office, Burton Premium Dogtooth Cotton Shirt, £15 House of Fraser.

This suit from ASOS is a great option. Most importantly it has that essential Herringbone pattern which really makes this look work. I like the slim fitting of the trouser and if you substitute lace-up boots for the model’s tan shoes, you can see just how this would work as a complete outfit.

Marks & Spencer have come out on top again this winter, after a lacklustre summer in the modern fashion department. This overcoat is a classic and will see you through not only this style, but also many more. Team this with your matching Herringbone flat cap and you are almost good to go. The final touches include a contrast collar shirt – this one is currently in the sale so make sure you get in there quick. 

If you’re feeling particularly dapper then why not slip a pocket watch into your front pocket? Classy, practical and oh so suave – a perfect finish.


Peaky Blinders continues Thursdays on BBC2 at 9pm.