For the ten-year span that Friends was on air, it became the most popular show on TV at the time, and redefined the sitcom for years to come. But the glorious years from 1994 to 2004 that Chandler, Joey, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross were on screen, the Friends cast also represented what was going on in the sartorial world with their ’90s style.
The baby tees, the T-shirts layered under slip dresses, mini (and maxi) skirts, cardigans galore, oversized denim and – of course – the “Rachel” haircut, were both inspired by and also inspired the general public, creating a ripple effect of '90s fashion. Between Monica, Phoebe, and Rachel, the Friends cast seemed to have every '90s fashion trend covered.
Phoebe was on the bohemian end, Monica aced the mini skirts and baby tees style, and Ralph Lauren employee Rachel took the reins when it came to nailing office sophistication. But all three meddled in other '90s styles too. Grungy slip dresses? Done. Mom jeans? Check. Maxi silhouettes? Tick.
With the Friends Reunion special finally released this year, it isn’t the only trip down memory lane, '90s fashion is having a renaissance too, and the girls from Friends '90s outfits are still pretty influential today. Read on for a stylish trip down memory lane for some peak '90s looks from Friends that you can still wear today, using 2021 pieces.
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Phoebe’s Floral Summer Dress
Phoebe’s love for a pattern makes a lot of her outfits decidedly ‘90s no matter how you look at them. But one pattern that never seems to go out of style? Floral, of course. Pair with plenty of jewellery and you’re set.
Monica’s Relaxed Double Denim
The so-called Canadian Tuxedo goes in and out of style depending on shapes and shades, but one things for sure: it always comes back. Make sure to choose different shades of denim to keep it contemporary.
Rachel’s Sporty ‘Fit
If Rachel Green lived through the coronavirus pandemic, this is what I imagine she’d be wearing throughout her lockdown. Tracksuit bottoms and a loose-fitting vintage-style top for all of those wfh days. Sure, if she was still at Ralph Lauren the tracksuit would be a slightly more luxurious version, but I imagine her love for loungewear would still hold true.
Monica’s “Routine” Outfit
What Friends fan could forget ‘The One With The Routine’? Courteney Cox even recreated the dance recently with friend Ed Sheeran for Instagram. The “jeans-and-a-nice-top” trope was perfect for an extravagant New Year’s dance with Ross and a going-out go-to for a lot of women in the ‘90s. But it's stood the test of time, making a comeback of late.
Phoebe’s “The One That Could Have Been” Brown Suit
Whilst it's not the most “Phoebe” outfit in the series, her brown suit in ‘The One That Could Have Been’ episode deserves an honourable mention. Not only is it gloriously ‘90s in style but make the blazer loose-fitting, and swap the skirt out for wide-leg trousers and you’re all set with one of the top 2021 trends. Add strappy heeled sandals and a cropped top for a summer wedding, or keep it modest with a collarless shirt for the office.