Saying you’re a fan of Friends is like saying you’re a fan of pizza — it’s implied for every living, breathing human this side of the equator.
But not all Friends fans are created equal, and I’d like to think I fall somewhere around the 99th percentile — last summer I won a high-stakes trivia game for the question How many roses did Ross send Emily? (72), I’ve watched my favorite episode more times than I care to think about (“The One with the Prom Video”), and there hasn’t been a time I wasn’t glad to hear the glorious opening notes of the theme song.
All of the characters have qualities that can be admired — Joey is fiercely loyal, Chandler has an endless ability to laugh at himself, Monica is unapologetically herself. But Rachel? Rachel is the one everyone wanted to dress like — by any measure, the girl had it goin’ on.
Even 20 years after the final episode, Rachel’s outfits are a kind of effortless, New-York chic that I can only dream of achieving — but that doesn’t mean I can’t try. While some of her outfits could be worn proudly today (the ’90s are alive and well, people), I set out to adjust her most recognizable ones to incorporate the 2019 equivalents — out with the cargo capris, in with the wide-leg pants.
This is how you can rock the 2019 version of her most iconic looks.
1. The Shorteralls and Sneakers
2. The Upgraded Tee and Sweats
3. The Slip Dress
4. The Athleisure Look
5. The Iconic USA Top
6. The Army Green Capris
7. The Gingham Dress