If you have never seen Almost Famous then stop right now, find a copy, watch it, then return to this post. I must say it is one of my favourite films at the moment, mainly because it is set in the 70s. It has an amazing soundtrack, fantastic characters that are based on legendary people and the clothes they wear are to die for.
One of the main characters is Penny Lane… and I have been heavily inspired by her wardrobe. She is a free spirited, yet tortured groupie (or should I say ‘Band-Aid’) who is completely in love with the music scene and is going on tour with a band named Stillwater. Her character is portrayed by Kate Hudson and it has been said the part was written around the socialite and famous groupie Pamela Des Barres’ memoirs.
If you have seen the film you will understand how you instantly fall in love with her. She is extremely groovy, has great fashion and reflects the 70s how everyone seems to perceive it (I hope it was as good as it seemed!)
After studying the film and watching it countless times for one of my assignments, I think I have the Penny Lane requirements down to a T.
- You need curly messy hair.
- You must have circular sunglasses – preferably with a purple tinge.
- You most certainly need an afghan style coat.
- Your make up has to be minimalistic, but still there.
- A bra is not required and you cannot forget your suede skirt.
If you consider all five of these points, then you are well on your way to pulling off this look.
Here are a couple of photos of myself trying out the 1970s, Penny Lane look. (Do forgive the photo quality – I’m now back at university and the lighting in my room is terrible!)
Let me know what you make of the film in the comments section below, and whether or not you think I did a good job.