Driven by stylish period dramas such as Peaky Blinders, tweed suits for weddings are becoming an increasingly popular choice for couples big day. The tweed suit, once the fabric of choice for country gentlemen and geography teachers has become a common sight in designer collections and the catwalks of London, Paris and Milan.
If you are looking to add a dash of Peaky Blinders style to your suit, read on for our advice on how to style tweed suits for weddings without looking like a villain!
The key thing to remember is Peaky Blinders is set in 1920’s Britain in the aftermath of the First World War. The characters and their costumes are designed to reflect an era of depression, deflation and decline, a look which we feel needs tweaking for a wedding day. Here’s our tips on how to soften the Peaky Blinders suit look:
Be careful of obvious accessories like flat caps!
A flat cap, worn for a little escapism on a Saturday night out or around town is great but be careful about capturing this look in your wedding pictures. You will be sharing and looking at those pictures for many years to come. In 5 to 10 years’ time you may not want to be known as ‘that Peaky Blinders wedding’! Instead of flat caps we’d suggest choosing subtler accessories of that era like a pocket watch, tie clip, arm bands and stag lapel pin.
Brighten up the colours
To add to the sense of a crime and drama the costume designers will have used dark muted grey, brown and green tweed suits. These colours work well against a 1920’s backdrop but for your wedding suit we’d suggest brightening these colours. Tweed suits for weddings in bolder blues, burgundy and green will ensure all eyes are on you!
Introduce a tweed waistcoat
The Peaky Blinders suits were worn as 3 piece matching fabrics. Whilst this is a classic look we’d suggest that the groom wears a contrasting tweed waistcoat in a bolder colour so that you and your groomsmen standout from your guests.
If you’d like to steal the limelight why not put your groomsmen in the matching 3 piece suit and keep the tweed suit for yourself.
Opt for a lower opening waistcoat
The Peaky Blinders wore a high fastening 6 button waistcoat, popular at a time when there was no central heating, designed to keep the wearer warm. A more modern approach is to wear a lower cut V, or horseshoe waistcoat, exposing more shirt and tie.
A Peaky Blinders tweed suit offers a great inspiration for a groom’s suit, but the key here is to add subtle elements, adapting the style so that you don’t look like you’re in fancy dress or a costume drama! Why not take a look at our tweed suit Pinterest board for some inspiration?
Whether you decide to use our suit hire or tailored suit services, at Whitfield & Ward our personal stylist and tailors will be on hand to advise and create a look like no other for your wedding day. If you’d like to book an appointment to discuss your style options give us a call on 01625 536545 and we’ll handle the rest.