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In 1967 the Beatles sang about Penny Lane in our ears and in our hearts. Now, Penny Lane is becoming a part of our winter outfits.
That Penny Lane was, of course, a street. But the moniker took on a second life in the 2000 film Almost Famous, in which Kate Hudson plays a groupie with the same name. The film has remained a cult classic—and Penny’s style has been added to countless inspiration boards since.
So it should come as no surprise that so-called Penny Lane coats—that is, midi-length silhouettes featuring shearling on the collar and cuffs—are suddenly popping up everywhere in street style and social media.
However, the trend didn’t appear in a vacuum. In 2022, Almost Famous was back in the spotlight thanks to a Broadway musical based on the film. And last year a different fictional character, Daisy Jones (played by Riley Keough), wore similar outerwear in Daisy Jones & the Six, reigniting the style’s popularity.
Still, it’s Hudson’s Penny Lane whose name is now being associated with the coat. And the style is quickly becoming one of winter’s biggest fashion trends.
“Penny Lane coats are both stylish and warm, plus they have that cool It-girl factor to them,” says Nichole Sesti, owner of The Niche Shop, a vintage store with two locations in NYC. She attributes the overall rise to “the popularity of shows this year like Daisy Jones and the resurgence and continued interest in ’70s style.”
Vintage pieces come from that decade, or even from the early ’00s, when, Sesti notes, the look had a revival. As for materials, “they really can be made from a wide range of materials, from leathers, suede, with real fur accents to synthetic, poly/acrylic blends,” she explains. “One of my favorites that we had at The Niche Shop—that I actually kept for myself—is a gorgeous camel tan leather with a huge fluffy sherpa collar.”
Understated Leather Moon Glow Coat
$498.00, Free People
Penny Lane Coat
$228.00, Marine Layer
Show Me Your Mumu Penny Lane Coat
Avec Les Filles Faux Suede Wrap Coat With Faux Fur Trim
There are plenty of brand-new styles in stores (see above for our faves), but if you’re looking for an authentic ’70s-era coat, there are amazing vintage resources online. Sesti recommends using eBay, Poshmark, TikTok, and Instagram to discover smaller vendors.
“Gem app brings all online vintage and secondhand into one search and is a great and easy resource to use when online shopping for secondhand,” she explains.
And of course, there are treasure-filled vintage shops in every town—you just have to look. (For the New Yorkers, she recommends NYC Vintage Map, which “does a great job at breaking them down by neighborhood.”)
Originally Appeared on Glamour