I should probably start this with a disclaimer: I grew up watching Friends religiously. I struggle to remember a time where more than a month has passed where I haven't watched at least one episode over the past 20-odd years. I’m not sure if it’s because I grew up with Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe and Joey on my TV, and nostalgia keeps drawing me back in, or if it’s the life lessons (like what not to do when you’re wearing leather pants) and outfits that still keep me entertained. Regardless, whenever my boyfriend suggests we re-watch the series from start to finish, I fall in love all over again (with him, and my Friends).
Which brings me to why we’re here today. Fashion has reached peak ’90s and early-’00s revival, and on my most recent Friends binge, I realised that Rachel Green (played by Jennifer Aniston) predicted all of 2017’s biggest trends. From obvious ’90s pieces like slip dresses and mom-jeans, to more unexpected trends like flared sleeves and printed pants, Rachel Green is proving to still be the ultimate style inspo.
Keep scrolling to see some of Rachel Green's looks that we'd wear today.
Mom-jeans and a white tee? What the '90s (and 2017) were all about.
Rachel Green spent a lot of time in turtlenecks. And guess what? We can't stop wearing them either.
Oh hello there, normcore.
If your weekend uniform is a slip dress and sandals (ignore Rachel's rubber thongs), then you're doing 2017 the right way.
Trust me, maxi skirts will be big news this summer.
Rachel mixed a vintage tee with printed pants way before Kendall and Gigi.
Have you been wearing knee high boots this winter? The answer is probably yes. Even better with a turtleneck and mini skirt.
Fashion girls are obsessed with the colour pink, and it's probably because Rachel did it first.
Chloé brought back the tracksuit this year, but remember when Rachel did it first with a brown turtleneck?
A slinky black slip dress is all you need for eveningwear.
With her white sneakers and denim, Rachel looks like she could be a fashion blogger in 2017.
Off-duty-models are obsessed with slogan tees. RG started the trend, and this year, we can't stop wearing them.
Crop tops? Okay Rachel, you win.
Rachel's been making sheer work for work since the early '00s.
While we all started wearing flared sleeves this year, Rachel Green wore them first.
Rachel once again proves, that turtlenecks are basically the only top you need.
This athleisure look is exactly what we wear all weekend.
Slip dresses over long sleeve tees? It's been our winter uniform.
My prediction? You're about to see the return of the boob tube. Watch this space.
Where would we be without turtlenecks, opaques, and mini skirts?
Believe it or not, but you can dress these up with the right blazer and heels.
Wear it at night for special events, or in the day over a tee with sneakers.
What is your favourite Friends moment? Share in the comments below!
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