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How to dress like Thomas Shelby

With 5 seasons of the Bafta Award winning Peaky Blinders now aired and devoured by fans, we’re taking a look at the changing style of its most iconic and revered character, Thomas Shelby and how to dress in Peaky Blinders clothing.

The Official Peaky Blinders Menswear Brand from Steven Knight can provide you with a classic tweed ensemble from our original Made in Britain range along with all the accessories required to imitate the gang leader Thomas Shelby we all know from Season 1.

However, if Thomas Shelby the MP from the end of the decade is more your style, we now have our Union Cut range, from which we can provide just the right combination to reflect the change in style we have seen from Peaky Blinders Season 5.

How To Dress Like Thomas Shelby in 1919

When Thomas Shelby first appeared on our screens, he was head to toe in tweed and rarely without his peaked News Boy Peaky Blinders Cap.  The leader of his gang and with gypsy heritage, an ambitious Tommy carries off this iconic look with ease and Garrison Tailors has everything you need to do the same.

It will come as no surprise that we start with our Made in Britain Thomas Tweed Suit Suit cut from 100% wool, grey in colour with a blue paisley lining.  The premium quality finish on this tweed suit makes it perfect for both day and evening wear.  Of course, the Thomas Shelby look wouldn’t be complete without the Shelby Tweed Waistcoat: this smart dark grey tweed piece goes perfectly with the suit and with its striking red paisley back and lining adds an extra feel of luxury to the outfit.

Now you are dressed in full tweed, to fully pull off the Thomas Shelby look, there are a few accessories you must not forget. A tweed waistcoat is rarely seen without the addition of a pocket watch chain and our Double Albert T-bar Pocket Watch Chain available in silver or gold, is just what you need. Engraved with the Garrison Tailors “G” logo and supplied in a red velvet pouch and box with wax seal, this item will make you feel as if you are right back in 1919 and channeling your inner Thomas Shelby.

Garrison Tailors stocks two shirt styles, the Union Cut Penny Collar and the Union Cut Newmarket Tab collar.  For the true Thomas Shelby look, the Newmarket Tab Collar is perfect and is available in white or pale blue.  The French Cuff means you can complete the look with our new Union Cut Birmingham Cufflinks.  Being confident and irreverent, Thomas Shelby didn’t always wear a tie with his suit and shirt but if he did, our Union Cut Thomas Knitted Tie creates the perfect statement.

Finally, to really dress like the Thomas Shelby of 1919 you will need a Tweed Cap. To go with the Thomas Tweed Suit and Shelby Tweed waistcoat you can choose between Garrison Tailors’ Thomas Tweed or Shelby Tweed News Boy Caps.

Dressing Like Thomas Shelby In 1929

As Thomas Shelby gets used to his new position in society, we can see a different style develop.  Still seeing himself as successful and respected, Tommy continues to dress in a dapper fashion. Garrison Tailors can now fulfill this new style with our Navy Union Cut Digbeth 3 Piece Suit.  Designed in Britain and made from 100% wool, this suit is both classic and stylish, while conveying a modern edge.

Keep the Newmarket Tab Collar shirt, this time maybe in blue and add a Union Cut Thomas Spotted Navy & White Tie, neatly knotted in a half Windsor.  Or for a more formal evening look, dress this suit with a bow tie.

The accessories are still the important finishing touches.  Transfer your Silver Pocket Watch Chain from the Shelby Tweed Waistcoat to this Digbeth 3 Piece and this time add the Union Cut Eden Cufflinks with their two tone shotgun cartridge effect and the brand new matching Eden Tie Pin.

If you feel you can’t let go of your iconic Tweed Cap, our 1919 Navy News Boy Cap is a brand new addition to the range to perfectly complement the Digbeth suit and the 1919 Overcoat. A true statement piece to add gentlemanly style to this up to date Tommy look, the Union Cut 1919 Overcoat is an absolute must.

So, whether you wish to epitomise Thomas Shelby or discover how to dress like Arthur Shelby, you can, with Garrison Tailors.  Visit the our Peaky Blinders Clothing shop to browse the ranges and find your Peaky Blinders look.

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