When it comes to iconic television, it will be hard pressed for fashion girls to find a show that would set more trends than Mates. The honey-brown shock of hair from Rachel Green was entirely prophetic, as were the faithful Levi jeans from Monica Geller. The series continuously gave rise to hallmark styles, many of which have since gone solid. While some outfits can first come to mind (for example, Rachel’s workwear at Bloomingdales and Ralph Lauren), the best Friends fashion looks are much more diverse than you would imagine, with dozens of trendy ensembles from all three Manhattanites.
It partially originated with Phoebe Buffay ‘s style file for those who have picked up on revived button-up mesh dress fashion. Wearing separate in vivid hues and punchy prints (with hair that was still in a twist-up early seasons) undeniably ahead of its time, the pre-Y2 K look. The same can be said for the space-dyed handbags of Monica, who called for the oversaturated greens and blues that are back in fashion today. No matter which Friends girl suits your personal style, it is worth pilfering inspiration from all their outfits on the show.
Continue ahead for the very best ensembles over the show’s decade-long run:
Monica’s leisurely wardrobe calls for a few types of American heritage — an unfussy down button, white shoes, and classic Levi’s — all prepared for a ride to the East End.
Nothing is more classic than a plaid skirt that invokes a trendy school uniform. Rachel matched hers with a tailored cashmere sweater and a pair of knee high socks that were not pictured.
Monica and Phoebe’s bundled-up outfits included a few bold hats when perusing the magazine stand. Phoebe went with an overdrawn bowler hat, and Monica with a paunchy beret.
Going with the shrunken cardigan’s peak-’90s wave, Rachel layers her magenta look over an embroidered plum-colored shirt, styling it in the episode both buttoned and unbuttoned.
Phoebe wore a mesh dress charged with indigo and grape hues past her metallic jacket and pre-eminent bucket pocket, and fashion girls will totally wear it today.
Rachel’s palm tree-plastered tank dress was the perfect match for their troupe’s beach weekend trip as one of the top prints of summer 2020 (thanks to brands like Staud).
Speaking of resurfacing prints, when sifting through ceiling-high piles of newspapers, Phoebe wore this top, matching her collared button-up.
Phoebe’s corduroy version comes in a double-breasted trench silhouette, which she paires with bright earrings, resembling the Bottega Veneta coat from Rihanna’s Harpers Bazaar cover.
Monica’s space-dyed bag has now taken the form of dresses (Tibi) and sweatshirts (Gauntlett Cheng) some 30 years later, alongside a classic micro-floral cottage outfit.
The perfect date night situation is this ensemble. Rachel’s strapless, shoulder-bearing, delicate embroidery dress has been the ideal compliment to her swept-up hair.
These ensembles, influenced by the 1970s, feature thick roll-necks and cropped, collared jackets — Rachel, opting for a blue denim silhouette signature, and Monica heading in the opposite direction, with patent leather in pink bubblegum.