If there is one TV show that has influenced my life more than any other, it would without a doubt be F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And if there was any one character in the show that influenced the way I dress the most, that would be Rachel Green and her wardrobe. Particularly in season 1 and 2, Rachel’s cool, clean and chic closet of clothes was what got me excited about denim, tartan and stripes. It took a whole lot of watching through episodes, pausing and print-screening (all exhausting feats of labour, clearly), but I’ve narrowed my girl-crush down to 4 iconic outfits. To quote Chandler, could she be any more on point?
1. The Birthday Skirt
It was pretty impossible to forget this one: the birthday skirt Rachel bought herself at the end of season 1 in “The One Where Rachel Finds Out” (and that returns in season 2 – “The One With Ross’s New Girlfriend”, accessorised with an adorable bandaid) is one of my personal favourites.
Also the most difficult one to capture in a screenshot since its magnificence is best seen while moving, here’s an awesome sketch I found on pinterest! In particular, I absolutely love the navy, cropped jacket Rachel throws on before running to the airport to confess her love to Ross – like a prom date’s jacket, it adds a kind of I-just-threw-this-on chicness to the entire thing. A+
2. The Preppy School Girl
This one is a pretty timeless look: from Britney’s “Hit Me Baby One More Time” video clip to “Clueless”, tartan skirts with white knee socks are always adorably cool. But none compare to Rachel Green as she tries to look after (and then lose) a monkey.
Because of this outfit, I am now a huge fan of the crop sweater/short skirt combo – it is perfect for the Australian autumn. In particular, mock turtleneck sweaters add that extra sophistication to an otherwise pre-pubescent outfit – perfect for Uni kids wanting to pretend they are actually super studious. Mix it up with ankle or over-the-knee boots if high socks aren’t quite your thing.