There’s no denying how iconic the show Friends was and is, and the same goes for its characters and their ultra-90s/early 00s attire. Their outfits are instantly recognizable. No one could rock a sweater vest like Chandler or a hippieish maxi dress with a scrunchie like Phoebe. Obviously, the chicest of the friends was Rachel.
The show’s appeal is widespread and well documented, as are that of “The Rachel” haircut and her style. Interestingly enough,
“the show still draws a weekly audience of 16 million in the U.S., a big enough viewership to make it a viable hit on current network TV (and that’s not even including streaming)” – The Vulture.
Over twenty years have passed and the show’s current popularity hasn’t ceased. In fact, legions of new and zealously loyal fans have emerged. Though plenty of other shows have accurately shown the sea of challenges that comes with entering adulthood, twenty something life is somehow more desirable in Friends. Maybe it’s the good lighting or the quirky impossibly large New York apartments.
It’s probably because in today’s media saturated reality it’s easy for millenials to enter the social media frenzy and lose sight of what’s real and what’s filtered. Apparently Friends’ characters are friends to many of us. I know for me, that’s definitely the case. As is the case for many people, Friends got me through some rough nights. (colds, breakups, boredom, you name it)
As a 13 year old with cystic acne going through a very awkward phase, Rachel Green was one of my style icons, and I aspired to flail as cutely as she did. I always rooted for her, and knew she’d figure it all out.
Rachel Green, the slightly spoiled, totally lovable self professed shopping addict, exemplified late 90s to early 00s understated coolness.
Read on for how to cop 5 of her best outfits, since it seems the 90s are never going out of style.
Here are my favorite Rachel outfits:
1. Dress + long sleeved shirt underneath
Layering was key to 90s style. I’m in love with the dress over shirt trend that’s reemerged recently and its so simple to recreate.Topshop
You can literally wear any long sleeved shirt or turtleneck over a plain or simple dress and its like a magic formula for a cute outfit. As shown above, you can mix it up with plaid, a backpack, ans mules to achieve a 90sfied look.
The look was also expertly executed by Phoebe on several occasions:
2. Turtleneck + Plaid Skirt + Knee High Socks
This is the perfect fall look. A cute turtleneck and plaid skirt never will go out of style.
For a look at how one Cosmo writer succesfully copied iconic Rachel Green outfits and wore them in real life read her article. Also, you might cry, and it synthesizes why Friends was so iconic.
3. Chinese style slit dress (Cheongsam or Qipao) + strappy red sandals
I mean…. Could this outfit BE any cuter?…
Those sandals though. ❤❤❤
I am forever in love with brocade anything, cheongsam style dresses, which are actually a real traditional Chinese style dress (thanks Wikipedia), and strappy sandals. Apparently so was Rachel.
With so many awesomely cheap Asian online clothing websites, you have a lot of cheongsams at your fingertips. Rachel would probably buy hers on Ali Express these days. The one above is from the website dresslily.com and is $19.75. I’d recommend going a size or two up as I know clothes from Asian websites run small from experience unless you’re very petite.
This one from Ali Express is only $14.49.
4.The All Black Ensemble + High Low Black Skirt
I’m not really sure if this skirt can be found, but here’s a decent dupe (the only one I found)
This Sass & Bide playsuit is way beyond most our budgets at $343 and sold on netaporter.com. Rachel would go for it. 😄💸
5. Polished yet Sassy Mini Skirt + Sweater + Boots
Rachel somehow weaves elegance even into a mini skirt + boots combo. The black tights and sweater definitely tie the look together. This is the ideal outfit for when you want to look polished yet convey sex appeal.
Any simple fitted black sweater and knee high or over the knee boots will do.
I could go on and on..let me know if you like posts like these and I will do many more! 😍😘👜👠
Thanks for reading! I hope this post gave you a little throwback fashion inspo!