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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

Fashion

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.

  • RE/DONE
    Originals Stovepipe high-rise straight-leg jeans
  • Goldsign
    The Benefit high-rise straight-leg jeans
  • Current/Elliott
    The Vintage cropped distressed high-rise slim-leg jeans
  • AGOLDE
    '90s mid-rise straight-leg jeans
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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.

  • Roland Mouret
    Grosgrain-trimmed checked wool-blend midi dress
  • Chloé
    Stretch-jersey mini dress
  • Gucci
    Grosgrain-trimmed cady tunic
  • Miu Miu
    Sequined open-back wool and silk-blend cady mini dress

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.

  • Valentino
    Embellished denim halterneck playsuit
  • Ninety Percent
    Jenna organic cotton-jersey T-shirt
  • Totême
    Loreo oversized double-breasted cady blazer
  • Balenciaga
    Triple S logo-embroidered leather, nubuck and mesh sneakers

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.

  • Faithfull The Brand
    Gizele cutout polka-dot crepe midi dress
  • Vince
    Hammered-satin midi dress
  • Marc Jacobs
    Checked washed-silk midi dress
  • BERNADETTE
    Floral-print silk crepe de chine midi dress

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.

  • Erdem
    Sorayah embellished leopard-print faux fur coat
  • STAND
    Tasia snake-effect coated-cady coat
  • Mother of Pearl
    Felix faux pearl-embellished jacquard coat
  • Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini
    Snake-print coated-shell trench coat

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.

  • Veronica Beard
    Fraser checked cotton-blend flared pants
  • Altuzarra
    Gavi gingham wool-blend twill wide-leg pants
  • A.W.A.K.E.
    Checked cotton-blend twill flared pants
  • GANNI
    Hewitt checked cady straight-leg pants

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.

  • Tibi
    Tablier belted woven blazer
  • James Perse
    The Daily ribbed stretch-Supima cotton-jersey tank
  • BY FAR
    Rachel leather-trimmed silk-satin shoulder bag
  • Tibi
    Pleated crepe tapered pants

The LBD

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.

  • ROTATE
    Gathered satin mini dress
  • Isabel Marant
    Ziane crystal-embellished velvet mini dress
  • Attico
    Satin-jacquard mini wrap dress
  • Saint Laurent
    One-shoulder crepe mini dress

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