STYLE – Why Rachel Green is the 90s’ Most Memorable Style Icon
Bangs, blonde highlights and impeccable style – there’s a reason why Rachel Green’s looks are the most memorable of the 90s. Rachel Green was the character that everyone wanted to be – a great career and a stylish wardrobe that made everyone green with envy. Watching her style evolve over the 10 seasons of Friends was not only fascinating but extremely realistic – we saw the change from preppy daddy’s girl to a dressy businesswoman, and with that, we watched her style mature.
Rachel’s style is also timeless – sportswear, retro-inspired suits and cami dresses are things we still love today. In fact, it’s almost as if our outfits predicted today’s trends. Let’s face it, only Rachel Green could turn up at a wedding in sweatpants and totally work it!
1. The Classic LBD
The little black dress is a must-have for any stylish woman’s wardrobe, and Rachel seems to have understood. This cute wrap dress is perfect for a date night, for a fun night with the girls or could even be dressed down with some sneakers during the day. The wrap front is flattering on all shapes and of course, black goes with everything. Take a leaf out of her book and layer it up, by throwing on a cropped sweater for a more daytime-inspired outfit.
2. Preppy Vibes
We love this look for its cheerleader-meets-Clueless vibes. A pleated tartan skirt is still on trend right now, and with a turtleneck is preppy but sophisticated. Embrace the 90s’ school girl trend with knee-high socks or add a sportswear-twist with your favorite pair of sneakers and an oversized jacket for a hint of 2019. Make Rachel’s look your own!
3. Meaning Business
When Rachel lands the job of her dreams, she steps up, as does her style. This sassy little concoction turned viewers’ heads with the daring lime green sweater and a tartan pencil skirt. Little did they know that almost 20 years on, this would still be an iconic and stylish outfit. Because the best fashion is one that lasts through the ages. This is office fashion done right, and we’re definitely noting it for days when our wardrobe prospects seem bleak.
4. Casual Cool
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Some of her most iconic looks were her most casual. She predicted our obsession with pastel tones and androgynous vibes – oversized work shirt – check, light wash denim – check. The curly hair just adds to that girl-next-door vibe that Rachel rocked throughout the first few seasons of Friends, and that grabbed our hearts. Also, she loves a pair of Mom jeans – just like us, if you love the “Mom picking up the kids from school in the 90s” look just as much as we do, take notes!
5. Crashing The Wedding
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Sportswear was the trend of the 90s and it is in 2019 too. Somehow the laid-back look that Rachel opted for to crash Ross’ wedding in is on-point, even today. Even if you don’t feel ready to embrace head-to-toe sportswear, team with a trusty turtleneck for a more feminine look or transform it to a dressier look with a sheer top. Black high waist sweatpants can be worn casually like Rachel or in a more elegant, tailored manner with heels, so get the best of both worlds!
By Emma Philo - Editor at She Is Rebel