Why Friends Is Still One Of The Biggest Inspirations For Cool Girl Wardrobes Everywhere

Could the clothes BE any better?

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by Natalie Hammond |
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TheFriendsreunion has only just been announced, but in fashion land, the influence of Rachel, Monica and Phoebe’s wardrobes never really went away. Because seriously, could the clothes BE any better?

kaia gerber
Kaia Gerber ©Getty

Straight-leg jeans, sweatshirts, slip dresses, knee-high boots - all worn with the kind of West Village cool that they brew at Central Perk - are as worthy of an ‘Oh. My. God’ now as they were in 1994.

hailey bieber
Hailey Bieber ©Getty

Today’s fashion plates all look like they’ve been watching Netflix’s reruns religiously. Check out Kaia Gerber in button-down cardigans (ahem, Monica) or Hailey Bieber in varsity sweatshirts (FYI, Rachel got there first). Here are the pieces they’ve bookmarked.

Straight-leg jeans

Just as ‘Joey doesn’t share food!’, Rachel doesn’t wear anything but straight when it comes to jeans. Put down the skinnies and, like Bella Hadid, opt for a shape that sits high on the waist and stops just beneath the ankle like the Levi’s 724s.


The cardigan has finally found its sexy side - and you have Monica to thank. The trend for leaving the bottom half of your buttons undone - nonchalant, no? - has found a fan club in today’s It girls. If your belly button is strictly off-limits until bikini season, be sure to avoid low-slung styles.

Monica friends cardigan

Faux-fur coats

Phoebe was forced to apologise to a squirrel (yes, really) after wearing a mink coat so rest-assured this tangerine chubby is of the faux variety. We have a feeling that, circa 2020, she would buy hers from Shrimps and style it with a black polo neck and knee-high boots.

Slogan sweatshirts

Whether or not you think the Knicks rule, you can still wear the merch for mooching around the house if you’re Rachel. Fast-forward to 2020 and you’ll find Hailey Bieber dressing up her college sweats with sharp-shouldered blazers.

Rachel friends Knicks jumper

Gingham dresses

The gingham shift dress will always be a hit, whether it skims the thigh like Rachel’s or hits that mid-calf sweet spot. The former probably styled hers with chunky mules, but bare legs and two-strap sandals feels right for now.

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cos cardigan1 of 10

COS, Merino-Silk Cardigan, £59

ganni cardigan2 of 10

Ganni, Patch-Pocket Wool Cardigan, £275

topshop jeans3 of 10

Topshop, Ecru Straight Legs, £40

arket jeans4 of 10

Arket, Straight Cropped Jeans, £59

etre cecile hoodie5 of 10

Etre Cecile, No Way Touche Aurelia Hoodie, £120

gucci sweatshirt6 of 10

Gucci, Tennis Logo Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt, £790

shrimps coat7 of 10

Shrimps, Pyrus Coat, £550

stand studio coat8 of 10

Stand Studio, Theresa Camel Faux-Fur Coat, £500

marques almeida dress9 of 10

Marques' Almedia, Gingham Cotton Mini Dress, £395

zara dress10 of 10

Zara, Gingham Check Dress, £29.99

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