Quick Guide to Getting a 1920s “Peaky Blinders” Look

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you have probably heard of the Peaky Blinders. We have had so many customers coming in to the shop asking for help with the “Peakys” look for events and parties!!
As the latest TV series arrives, will there be another wave of Peaky Parties?


For gents it is relatively easy to achieve the style. Think monochrome, dark colours. Sharp suits, white or pale blue shirt, with small rounded white club collar, small pointed collar, or go collarless. Waistcoat, braces, cap. Longer cut overcoats and jackets look the part.
Don’t overthink it, you have probably got the pieces in your wardrobe, and can just add a pair of braces or a waistcoat to finish off the look. We have a wide range of waistcoats on our website, you may even be able to pick one up at your local charity shop.
You can always ask to raid the wardrobes of older relatives to see if they have anything suitable.
And don’t forget to borrow your Grandad’s pocket watch!


Ladies often come into the shop wanting the typical Roaring 20s “Flapper” look, understandable as this is glitzy and glamorous. This is easily achieved with a sequinned or fringed shift dress, long gloves, long beads and a headband. T-bar or dolly shoes finish this look.
More authentic 1920s and 30s styles were a lot less sparkly, and day dresses of the era would have been a lot duller than the Ritzy look. This is still a very easy look to get, just think dropped waist, not fitted, with gathered or pleated skirts.
Many 1980s dresses are great for this style, and cheaper than going for authentic 1920s garments.
Long coats with a large faux fur collar are perfect for this look. If you don’t have anything like this, a fur scarf or stole can give the right impression.
Team with a cloche hat, gloves and borrow your Gran’s pearl necklace and handbag, and you’re all set!

The cheapest places to shop are charity shops, car boot sales, even jumble sales and table top events at local community centres and churches. You can often pick up bargains on ebay too.
If you want authentic obviously go to your local vintage shop, but don’t be put off thinking it will be too expensive! There may be sale rails, and of course any decent vintage shop will be able to advise what cheaper alternatives from other eras you can go for. Get in touch with us if you need help!

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