Art of Style

Rachel Green’s best ‘Friends’ fashion moments

It may be 15 years since she almost left for Paris and a job at Louis Vuitton, but Rachel Green has never been more relevant in fashion terms than now. Here are eight style cues to take from your most fashionable Friend. By OLIVE WAKEFIELD

Words Grace CookFashion editor Hannah Cole

The boyfriend jean

Episode: The One Where Ross and Rachel…You Know

Why: Long before Britney and Justin there was Ross and Rachel: a match made in high-waisted, straight-leg jeans heaven. Jeans, shirts, even waistcoats… they dabbled in it all. You don’t need a man to get your hands on the ultimate boyfriend jeans; just swipe right on LA labels Re/Done and Current/Elliott.

The shift dress

Episode: The One with the Thumb

Why: Rachel wore this dress (which reminds us of that other ’90s fashion icon, Kate Moss) for lounging about the apartment, but we’ll be hitting up Roland Mouret for the perfect gray shift and wearing it from desk to dusk.

The shorteralls

Episode: The One with the Breast Milk

Why: Shorteralls – a fleeting but truly wonderful trend. Rachel elevated hers with a navy jacket and classic sneakers. You may have to scour some vintage shops for the shorteralls, but look to Balenciaga for your chunky sneakers and Totême for a classic oversized blazer.

The slip dress

Episode: The One with Ross’ Wedding, Part 1

Why: The ’90s slip dress is now officially a forever piece, but the addition of flip-flops is one we’re happy to announce is big news for this season, with brands including Michael Kors and Molly Goddard getting in on the act. Rachel rocked a few slips in her time, but this bias-cut, floral-print number – finished off with a banana clip hair accessory – is grunge gold. See Bernadette, Marc Jacobs and Faithfull the Brand for modern updates.

The animal-print coat

Episode: The One That Could Have Been, Part 1

Why: Yes, this is a throwback within a throwback, but before we go all Inception, let’s take a moment to appreciate Rachel’s full-length, cow-print number. Proof, in case you needed it, that animal print will stand the test of time. See Stand’s zebra-print marvel or Erdem’s long leopard number for similarly chic forever pieces.

The mini

Episode: The One Where Ross and Rachel…You Know

Why: Rachel recycled her black mini skirt more than any other piece of clothing on Friends. Indeed, this trusty wardrobe staple took her from waitress to Ralph Lauren power player to hot mom. This season, wear it exactly as Rachel did here, with black tights and a form-fitting knit.

The tartan pants

Episode: The One with the Fake Monica

Why: Rachel was way ahead of the sartorial curve in these tartan beauties. This print ruled the runway last season and the trend is still going strong for SS19. Seek out plaid perfection via Altuzarra, A.W.A.K.E. and Veronica Beard.

The power suit

Episode: The One with Ross’ Sandwich

Why: For a look that says ‘don’t mess with me’, you can’t go wrong with a gray two-piece power suit. This is Rachel at the height of her career hustle and she means business. Just look at the fear on Joey’s face.


Episode: The One with Rachel’s Crush

Why: It goes to show that an LBD is pure wardrobe magic no matter what the decade. In this episode, Rachel whipped out a black bodycon getup to impress her crush – and let’s just say, she got results. No wardrobe should be without, so head to Saint Laurent, Rotate or Isabel Marant for the perfect style.

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