Free Spirited and Almost Famous

Penny Lane (played by Kate Hudson) is the blonde, spiral-haired free spirit in Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical 2000 film, “Almost Famous.” She was also a real person. She is pure 70’s groupie — excuse me, “band-aid.” Her style is both a product of the decade and something altogether her own. Despite spending most of her life on the road, she is always immaculately put together… or wearing nothing at all. 

She’s almost not quite human. She’s the wild child rock star we at once want to be and yet pity. She’s feminine-hippie-chic: white, flowy, sheer blouses, lace accents, and fur trim— pieces she carries confidently with her characteristic hard exterior, which is ultimately masking a vulnerable interior.

I found some pieces that are close to Penny’s style, but with more of a modern update. Who knows? Maybe she’d be wearing these looks if she was a “band-aid” of some of our current rock bands.

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Penny’s fur-lined coat is iconic and totally 70’s. I found a similar jacket, also fur-lined, but a shorter adaptation. Suede never goes out of style. Just try not to get it wet. From Etsy.
Penny’s fur-lined coat is iconic and totally 70’s. I found a similar jacket, also fur-lined, but a shorter adaptation. Suede never goes out of style. Just try not to get it wet. From Etsy.

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I love the sheer blouse Penny wears in this poignant scene from “Almost Famous.” It reveals a softness to her, both inside and out. I found a more modern update on OASAP, which still maintains a sweetness and girliness.
I love the sheer blouse Penny wears in this poignant scene from “Almost Famous.” It reveals a softness to her, both inside and out. I found a more modern update on OASAP, which still maintains a sweetness and girliness.

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Penny was all about the crop tops which, happily, are in style right now. This pretty flower-printed one is from Bloomingdales.
Penny was all about the crop tops which, happily, are all the rage right now. This pretty flower-printed one is from Bloomingdales.

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A really sad scene. A really cute dress. I found this gorgeous version on Polyvore. The sleeves are longer, but it still maintains that 70’s vibe Penny so perfectly incapsulated.
A really sad scene. A really cute dress. I found this gorgeous version on Polyvore. The sleeves are longer, but it still maintains that 70’s vibe Penny so perfectly incapsulated.

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Purple shades. Feminine and quirky. From Goggles and Glasse.
Purple shades. Feminine and quirky. From Goggles and Glasse.

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More sheer! Penny was never one to shy away from showing off her body. Should you desire a less exposed rendition, just throw on a white or beige tank under this floral top from Artfire.
More sheer! Penny was never one to shy away from showing off her body. Should you desire a less exposed rendition, just throw on a white or beige tank under this floral top from Artfire.

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