How To Get Classic Americana Style Inspired By Badlands

The 1973 cult classic Badlands has all the makings of a thrilling Bonnie and Clyde-type story (think: criminal couple on a cross-country killing spree) combined with the fashion sensibilities of Rebel Without A Cause (a.k.a. classic denim, ‘50s-inspired full skirts, and loafers). In short: it’s amazing, and the perfect subject for this month’s Currently Channeling.

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    PHOTO: Everett Collection

    Keep reading to see how you can easily mimic the film's on-point look for the new season.

     

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    PHOTO: DKNY, Chloe

    The Terrence Malick-directed flick takes place in the late ‘50s and follows Holly (Sissy Spacek), a teenager living in South Dakota, who meets and falls in love with a young rebel named Kit (Martin Sheen). Blind to Kit’s sociopath ways, Holly joins him on his rampant murdering spree across the country. Like Holly’s signature style—a mix of James-Dean inspired denim and crisp button-ups—the F/W 13 runways were filled with plenty of boy-meets-girl appeal, including DKNY’s Spray Indigo Cotton Oversize Cropped Boxy Denim Jacket ($188, 800.231.0884) and Chloe’s button-front, ruffle dress.

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    Crosley

    AV Room Portable USB Turntable ($160)

    Our favorite Badlands moment, you ask? When Kit and Holly dance out infront of their treehouse in the woods. For all of the spontaneous dance moments in your life, this portable record player is a must.  

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    Gap

    New Tailored Chambray Shirt ($50)

    If we’re going to go the tomboy route, we’re taking cues from Holly and pairing this chambray shirt with dark-wash jeans for denim-on-denim perfection. 

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    A.P.C.

    Boy Jeans ($235)

    True blue denim played a big supporting role in the film, with both Holly and Kit sporting their own versions of the straight-leg jean. A.P.C.’s Boy Jeans make a stellar of-the-moment substitute. 

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    Red Valentino

    Ruffle-Front Organza Blouse ($495)

    It’s not all oxford shirts and blue jeans for Holly. The teen had her fair share of girly moments too, which is why we imagine she’d appreciate this ruffle-front organza blouse by Red Valentino. 

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    Lands’ End

    Women’s Solid Cotton Blend Anklet Sock (3-pack) ($16)

    Thanks to Holly, the white sock is making a comeback—or at least becoming our favorite new thing to wear with penny loafers!

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    Madewell

    The Jean Jacket ($118) in Storm Cloud Wash

    This denim jacket is our nod to Kit’s bad boy style, and also happens to be our favorite transitional layering piece too.

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    Levi’s

    Paisley Bandana ($16)

    Tie this paisley bandana as a headscarf a la Holly or wear it as a neckerchief; either way, the results will be noteworthy. 

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    Zara

    Pique Shorts ($40)

    Tailored white shorts, like the pair Holly wore while twirling a baton in her front yard, ring of preppy summer style. Wear them now with a bright tee, then swap in a fitted navy sweater after Labor Day. 

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    Bass

    Wayfarer Penny Loafer ($99)

    Your Badlands-inspired look—and fall wardrobe!—is not complete without a pair of menswear-inspired loafers. We’ve got our eye on Bass’ classic and affordable style in Brown Leather. 

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    Skot

    Yellow Gingham Skirt ($195)

    Not only does this circle skirt look almost identical to the one Holly wore while strolling the river bank with Kit, the gingham print is also right on trend for the season. Two reasons we have to have it immediately. 

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Ruffle-Front Organza Blouse

Ruffle-Front Organza Blouse

Red Valentino, $495
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Boy Jeans

Boy Jeans

A.P.C., $235
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Yellow Gingham Skirt

Yellow Gingham Skirt

Skot, $195
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Paisley Bandana

Paisley Bandana

Levi’s, $16
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Women's Solid Cotton Blend Anklet Sock

Women's Solid Cotton Blend Anklet Sock

Lands’ End, $16
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Pique Shorts

Pique Shorts

Zara, $40
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Wayfarer Penny Loafer

Wayfarer Penny Loafer

Bass, $99
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The Jean Jacket In Storm Cloud Wash

The Jean Jacket In Storm Cloud Wash

Madewell, $118
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AV Room Portable USB Turntable

AV Room Portable USB Turntable

Crosley, $160
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New Tailored Chambray Shirt

New Tailored Chambray Shirt

Gap, $50
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