Since its mid-aughts finale, we've been on an unofficial break with Friends. But now, in honor of HBO Max's highly-anticipated Friends reunion—which is bringing together the beloved sixsome on that iconic orange couch for the first time in 17 years—Marie Claire is celebrating, criticizing, and obsessing over the show that was always there for us.
If you grew up on '90s sitcoms like I did, then you started watching Friends before you could really understand what "WE WERE ON A BREAK!" meant. (If this means nothing to you, I recommend watching some episodes, STAT.) Aside from blessing viewers with some of the funniest moments in TV history, Friends has also given us some of the most memorable fashion moments on the small screen—some of which have never seemed more relevant than in 2021. Think crop tops and knitwear and normcore denim, which are still inspiring our wardrobe choices to this day.
Take a stroll down Friends memory lane as we reminisce about all the times Rachel wore the perfect mini skirt and leather boots or that time Monica rocked a red slip dress. Maybe it will inspire you to dig out the forgotten '90s and early-aughts pieces in your closet because mom jeans and scrunchies circa 1998 have never felt more in. Ahead, the most iconic outfits from Friends.
Rachel Green rocked the mini skirt and tights combo better than anyone else in the '90s.
Monica had an effortless and chic wardrobe throughout the entire series and this look was just that. A wrap dress and chic leather boots would be perfect for fall engagement photos even today...we just hope your fiancé knows how to smile.
This orange coat felt like Phoebe in a nutshell: loud, funny, and so cute.
Rachel really could make a paper bag look stunning—she could've gone to Ross's Gala in this crewneck sweatshirt and still rocked it. And, speaking of relevant: The Knicks are finally good again!
This high-waisted jean and knotted crop-top look would not be out of place in today's world.
Phoebe's '60s-inspired pink and white shift dress makes her look like an oh-so-chic retro Barbie.
If my best friends don't sit on my couch wearing wedding dresses and drinking beer, I don't want it.
In the show's early seasons, this classic denim overall look was one of Rachel's go-to's. It will give you the perfect "fashionable running errands" inspo.
Phoebe Buffay walked in this stunning yellow gown, so Kate Hudson (a.k.a. Andy Anderson) could run.
Monica's perfectly fitted denim is a great iteration of the Canadian tuxedo.
The episode should have been titled "The One Where You NEED Rachel's Slip Dress (and whatever else is in her bags)."
If you can get past Monica's eyepatch, notice how good all the girls' boots are! Rachel's miniskirt-and-boots-combo was one of her go-to looks throughout the show, and now also my go-to.
The only thing better than Monica's simple-but-sexy jeans and top combo in this scene is her haircut.
Who knew head-to-toe velvet could actually work in your favor? And let's give a round of applause for Phoebe and the tattoo choker.
I am udderly adoring this cow print coat!
Monica looked stunning in a cowl neck slip dress, which she wore as a bridesmaid in brother Ross's second wedding. (We tracked down a similar dress to shop right now; you're welcome.)
Rachel wore the plush teddy bear coat before any of us knew we had to have it.
Rachel mixing animal print and color and a stethoscope? Yes, please.
Monica is giving us ultimate girl-next-door vibes with her miniskirt and cropped beige sweater that looks straight out of Urban Outfitters.
This embroidered LBD-and-tights outfit makes me want to go dumpster diving and look for all the tights I've thrown out.
Phoebe proved that you really can wear an oversized sweatshirt or sweater with anything and make it look cool.
Monica's Chuck Taylors, jeans, and flannel is an ensemble we'd still wear today. The shoes will always be in style and so is working a little grunge into your 2021 outfits.
Monica reminded us that all we really need is a good pair of Levi's and a knit tank to complete a "night out" look.
When in doubt, go with the classics, no matter the decade. I can guarantee you a white t-shirt and a good pair of denim will never do you wrong.
Am I more confused by this Chandler-Rachel kiss, or by how much I'm loving this purple skirt suit?
Rachel reminds us all that plaid skirts aren't just for the school yard. Here, she wore it with a green sleeveless turtleneck top while flirting with her assistant, Tag, at work.
Let's call this "When Phoebe Found Out that Coachella Was Postponed."
Monica and Joey look like they just stepped out of Grease. I approve of their outfits.
When you're not in the mood to dress up in a ridiculous Halloween costume: Slip on a strapless black dress and say you're channeling Rachel Green from Friends.
This Runaway Bride look should be on display in a fashion exhibition. Rachel's wedding dress—which is a whole lot of extra-ness—embodies precisely the gowns that were in style at the time.
Hawaiian shirts aren't just reserved for dads drinking beers on vacation. Take a fashion tip from Rachel and style yours unbuttoned with a white tank and cargo pants.
The icons of athleisure: Chandler, Rachel, and Ross look like they're ready to film a TikTok.
White jeans and a halter neck top was all I wore in the early 2000s...and all I want to be wearing again this summer.
Alternate title: "The One When Things Were Obviously Blooming for Joey and Rachel." The two matched in florals while sharing a romantic scene—coincidence? I think not.
From the '50s to the '90s to today, polka dots for a wedding will never be a faux pas.
I can't decide what I love more in this shot: the scrunchie, the hair clip, or Phoebe's pirate sleeves.
The slip dress ruled the '90s and are still reigning supreme decades later. I hope Monica held onto this gem when she moved to the 'burbs.
How to layer your turtle neck according to Phoebe: wear underneath a black maxi dress and top with multiple long necklaces.
A.k.a. "The One When Monica Predicted the Color of Fall 2020." Primary colors like this yellow hue popped on the runway in recent seasons and were one of the hottest colors of fall 2020.
Flashback to the early '90s when the oversized blazer (seen here on a pre-Joey roommate) was a hot trend. You can shop practically the same oversized-suit today!