And where to buy their outfits.
Could I have been any more obsessed with the ‘Friends’ reunion? On Thursday, my house sat silently absorbing the emotional interviews, nostalgic old footage and hilarious table reads as David Schwimmer, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow graced our screens, for the last time, all together. In fact, I don’t think we’d been that immersed in a TV show since we witnessed Harry and Meghan unloading all of their trauma and royal secrets onto Oprah’s coffee table. Nonetheless, the gorgeous throwback film from whilst they were filming in the 90’s got me missing ‘the Rachel’, baby tees and oversized shirts with Levi’s. As lovely as it was to catch up with our ‘friends’ as they are now, thriving in their fifties, it made me wonder: if the tv show was set in 2021, what would the gorgeous Monica, Rachel and Phoebe be wearing? In the era of Tik Tok, bodycons and Y2K fashion, where would the 90’s it girls sit in the fashion sphere?
Our loveable, whacky and wonderful friend, Phoebe. As Lady Gaga noted, in the reunion, Phoebe paved the way for showing different people with different backgrounds, on tv. Her unlikely family history, life on the streets and passion for the creative arts made her stand apart from the rest of the group. Known for her chunky jewellery, flowy skirts and *that* Christmas bow, I think Phoebe would thrive in 2021’s fashion scene. With a focus on expression, anyone can be an influencer now, and I think that Phoebe would be at the forefront of this movement. Maybe falling into the cottage-core, tie dye section of your fyp, think less Addison Rae, and more plant-based, wellness vibes. Did someone say sound baths for the soul? Also, let’s not lie to ourselves, our queen Phoebe would be 100% leading the fight against climate change, so let’s say no to fast fashion and yes to thrift shopping and Depop. Here are some sustainable outfits I think she’d love:
(links to all of the products listed are at the bottom of the article - entirely not sponsored)
Ah, Monica. Everyone’s favourite uptight homemaker with a heart of gold. Across the years, Rachel seemed to become Hollywood’s fashion muse, but, personally, I have always thought Monica rocked some of the show’s most iconic looks. From her sleek Nike athleisure to her red slip dresses and classic blue jeans – her style is as trendy today as it was 17 years ago. But, as a fulltime chef with a passion for hosting, what would she be wearing during her nights off? Would she have contributed to the ‘WFH sweatpants’ fad over lockdown? Somehow, I doubt it – I can picture her, with Chandler, watching Tiger King, fully dressed as she is in the midst of her 7th deep clean of the apartment. Nonetheless, I think that she’d be taking a leaf out of Emma Chamberlain and Olivia Neill’s books and going for the effortless, doc martens and 501’s look as she sips her coffee in Central Perk. (Of course, being so health-conscious, she’d have now switched to turmeric lattes and chai teas). Here’s a few ‘fits fit for Ross’ little sister, with a bit of an edge – she was the grungiest, after all:
Did I potentially save the most famous 90’s TV star ‘til last? Maybe. Rachel Green, the spoilt daddy’s girl turned independent and fierce Ralph Lauren buyer, certainly had the biggest narrative arc in the series. However, did her fashion evolve with her? Tights and mini skirts, to that wedding dress and dungarees were only a few of her most memorable outfits. So, what would she be wearing in the era of Instagram and, unfortunately, fast fashion? Her preppy-ness and shopping addiction would stand her in good stead to be walking tall amongst the likes of tennis-skirt donning, Brandy Melville models (with, perhaps, a less basic twist). Stylish to the end, here’s what she’d be strutting down the West Village streets down in 2021:
(The Gucci fur jacket is an ode to Phoebe's mink that Rachel just couldn't bear to be parted with)
Here are the links for the products mentioned:
Monica's phonecase - https://www.casetify.com/en_GB/product/sfiUW_kate-moross--sticker/iphone12-pro-max/impact-case-with-black-camera-ring#/16001566
Monica's Doc Martens - https://www.drmartens.com/uk/en_gb/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwhr2FBhDbARIsACjwLo1lhU0-5STs851pkJw4tktyvpxAVy8RsCqtO0k3J_nQvEM_QGkJT6waAvkHEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Monica wears Levi jeans in 501 style.
Monica's halter neck top - https://withjean.com
Phoebe's Faithfull-the-brand dress - https://faithfullthebrand.com/collections/dresses/products/le-galet-midi-dress-1
Rachel's House of Sunny jacket - https://www.houseofsunny.co.uk/product-page/pacific-peggy
Monica's red Nike sweatshirt - https://www.sportsdirect.com/nike-club-19-crew-fleece-sweater-527056?google&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhr2FBhDbARIsACjwLo1UyBfJUO0r8RRPNzFevgRYSljdrY8SLj_MHxjQpEEAgIPIKhVVkTUaAvbBEALw_wcB#colcode=52705608
Monica's gold hoops - https://uk.missoma.com/products/lucy-williams-chunky-entwine-hoops?storeRedirect=UK¤cy=GBP&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhr2FBhDbARIsACjwLo0GhvVu6SW96W32t81ES38-xutxY07KHifb_kb7UDU2OaARLfvzcMIaAujYEALw_wcB#&gid=1&pid=2
Rachel's tennis skirt - https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/iets-frans-white-pleated-tennis-skirt2?inventoryCountry=GB¤cy=GBP&color=010&size=L&_cclid=Google_CjwKCAjwqcKFBhAhEiwAfEr7zZ7ABfMRic-lrOn9Xe7n5zpltLZvfB1CfVGQpljKYSvhfMtnyDUBShoCFH8QAvD_BwE&utm_campaign=Shopping&utm_term=Generics&utm_content=CjwKCAjwqcKFBhAhEiwAfEr7zZ7ABfMRic-lrOn9Xe7n5zpltLZvfB1CfVGQpljKYSvhfMtnyDUBShoCFH8QAvD_BwE&gclid=CjwKCAjwqcKFBhAhEiwAfEr7zZ7ABfMRic-lrOn9Xe7n5zpltLZvfB1CfVGQpljKYSvhfMtnyDUBShoCFH8QAvD_BwE&type=REGULAR&quantity=1
Rachel's Reformation dress - https://www.thereformation.com/products/kourtney-dress?color=Riso&via=Z2lkOi8vcmVmb3JtYXRpb24td2VibGluYy9Xb3JrYXJlYTo6Q2F0YWxvZzo6Q2F0ZWdvcnkvNWViMDhlODAwODY1YmIzYzkwMjQ4MGNj
Rachel's sweatshirt - https://uk.brandymelville.com/products/erica-niagara-falls-sweatshirt-z19-4s7-2s9-92
Phoebe's headscarf - https://www.etsy.com/listing/995150988/kerchief-bandana-cottagecore-headband?epik=dj0yJnU9LVVGbF9nNkpMMHE3NDJrOEJ3YnlHSGN2enQtU3Q5RHMmcD0wJm49ZVZ2cDdPc1ZhdHBuZjM1S0pYMjQzZyZ0PUFBQUFBR0N3QTE4
Rachel's necklaces - https://uk.missoma.com/products/lucy-williams-square-malachite-necklace#&gid=1&pid=2
Phoebe's jelly shoes - https://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/2/4197335418030?gclid=Cj0KCQjwhr2FBhDbARIsACjwLo1tcA7Z6HTEuyMKtRuh8teyp4WwCAOeN_ZW2ZXWl6PvIwizdzhWbAkaAictEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Rachel's wedge sandals - https://www.anthropologie.com/en-gb/shop/kitty-clogs-aaliyah-wedge-sandals?color=020&countryCode=GB¤cy=GBP&gclid=CjwKCAjwqcKFBhAhEiwAfEr7zdhACTtxfS42KnA2qGTqTlCi-KpcEQZODDolsrEj6Kec4YqbObXR0RoCHQwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&inventoryCountry=GB&quantity=1&type=REGULAR&utm_content=Smart%20-%20Shoes&utm_kxconfid=vx65edeg7&utm_medium=paid_search&utm_source=google&utm_term=