The Definitive 'Peaky Blinders' Style Guide

With season 4 almost upon us, it's time to look at how you can be more Tommy Shelby

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To be clear: we do not advocate basing your entire sense of personal style on the wardrobe of a TV show or film. Anyone who bought one of those replica scorpion-embroidered Drive jackets after seeing Ryan Gosling crush skulls and burn rubber in his iconic white satin bomber, for example, looked a little foolish.

But a work of on-screen fiction can serve up enough inspiration and cultural influence that the world of menswear begins to take notice - and therefore, with the caution, so should you. In recent years we had Mad Men and its almost-single-handed reboot of the old school city slicker aesthetic of sharp haircuts, wide lapels and lunchtime affairs (monogamy can be cool, guys!), before 2013 saw the horse-drawn arrival of Tommy Shelby and Peaky Blinders, which saw British men suddenly attempt to revive their own bit of style history.

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A Twenties British military-esque look typified by heavy fabrics, cropped trousers, sturdy boots, and oversized coats (we shouldn't even need to mention the haircut), four years down the line and Cillian Murphy's portrayal of a nattily-dressed ganglord continues to grip style habits both on the high street and across high fashion (Gucci's Alessandro Michele, amongst others, has cited vintage British style as one of his biggest inspirations).

In its entirety - waistcoat, flatcap and all the trimmings - the Peaky Blinders wardrobe is a bit much for the modern man, but with a few tweaks and a bit of restraint there's plenty to be taken from an episode of the cutthroat BBC drama.

Here are the 5 key elements to achieving that subtle Peaky Blinders look.

1 | The Jacket

When it comes to your outerwear, your coat should be long, lapeled and heavy enough to withstand the depths of a Birmingham winter (or at least the walk from the station to your office).

Prince of Wales check, herringbone tweed and other heritage patterns and fabrics are having a moment right now, but you'll do just as well with plain dark shades of charcoal, navy, racing green and black.

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Acne Studios Charles Wool And Cashmere-Blend Overcoat £850, mrporter.com

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COS Tailored Coat, £175, cosstores.com

2 | The Layers

In the show, Tommy Shelby and the boys typically choose to layer their overcoats with matching tweed waistcoats, a combination that's perfectly fine and in-keeping for a British period drama, but on the streets of 2017 may well make it look you're trying just a bit too hard.

Instead, we'd recommend opting for something a bit more versatile; either an unstructured wool flannel blazer, or a twill overshirt in drill cotton or corduroy (very hot right now). There's enough heritage to fit the look as well as act as a warm mid-layer, but not so much you look like you've wandered off a TV set somewhere.

COS Wool Flannel Blazer With Pockets, £135, cosstores.com

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Barbour x Wood Wood Fidra Cord Overshirt, £129 endclothing.com

3 | The Shirt

One of the most instantly recognisable aspects of the Peaky Blinders style is the gang's rotating rail of stylish penny collar shirts. Featuring a smaller, rounder collar than your usual button-up, a penny collar acts as a solid middle-ground between the granddad collar and traditional collar shirt.

Style yours in crisp white, fully-buttoned, for that Cillian look. Or swap in something darker in soft flannel with a few buttons undone for a more casual winter weekend style.

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Officine Generale Ethan Penny-Collar Cotton-Flannel Shirt, £200, mrporter.com

Topman Premium White Penny Collar Smart Shirt, £23.40, topman.com

4 | The Trousers

A trend that we keep harping on about for good reason, your 2017/18 (or 1919) winter trousers should be wide-legged and tapered to a crop at the ankle in materials like wool, tweed or hopsack.

The wide leg will add silhouette and shape to the trousers, while the tapered leg will give them a tailored look that counterbalances the looser fit.

They also pair particularly well with the length and shape of an oversized overcoat.

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Oliver Spencer Cotton-Corduroy Trousers, £150, mrporter.com

COS Relaxed Turn-Up Trousers, £79, cosstores.com

5 | The Boots

An essential element in any even vaguely Blinders-esque look is a pair of solid, stylish and well worn leather boots in dark brown or black leather.

A great pairing with the higher crop of your trousers, give yours a few laps around the Sunday food market (or an underground bare knuckle boxing match in gangland Birmingham) for the full give-a-f*ck effect, which is, of course, vital.

Common Projects Leather Boots, £395, mrporter.com

Cheaney Tweed C Pebble-Grain Leather Wingtip Brogue Boots, £375, mrporter.com