The internet went into a veritable frenzy when Netflix added all ten seasons of Friends to its schedule for the month of January – you’d be hard-pressed to find an Instagram or Twitter feed that didn’t include a ten-second clip of Monica screaming, “I know!” But one thing that really caught our eye whilst rewatching the show for the 10,000th time was how Rachel Green served nothing but lewks, season after season.
From when she first burst onto our screens in that over-the-top wedding dress complete with a bejeweled headpiece, Rachel set the tone for what we were to expect fashionwise over the following ten years: trends, trends, and more trends. Most surprising, however, is just how many of the outfits, details, and colors worn by Rachel during the first three seasons are actually trends that you can expect to see for Spring/Summer 2018. From millennial yellow to a whole lot of athleisure, keep scrolling to discover the eight style tips that we could all take away from the stylish waitress-turned-fashion-girl – all in honor of Jennifer Aniston’s 49th birthday, today.
The ‘90s and ‘00s revival has seen plaid and checks boom for SS18, and Rachel is the perfect style muse when it comes to wearing the this print in a girly way.
Move over millennial pink; buttercup yellow is one of 2018’s most popular colors. Rachel’s date-night dress is exactly how we want to wear this color for summer.
Slip into Summer
Rachel was the master of the simple slipdress and, here, proves why it’s the ideal silhouette for weekend mall runs.
Before Kim Kardashian in Yeezy came Rachel Green in layered athleisure, complete with a backwards baseball cap. Also note the super-chunky sneakers, which wouldn’t look out of place in a Balenciaga store this season.
Not only was sheer amongst the biggest trends on the Spring/Summer 2018 catwalks, but it was also one of Rachel Green’s favorite looks. Now, we probably wouldn’t recommend wearing this one to work like she did, but the fabric is perfect for dinner or date night.
Three's a Trend
It’s hard to keep count of exactly how many trends you can spot in this photo – from the so-noughties crystal choker to the teeny-tiny spaghetti straps and bright red color, Rachel just nailed your next party look.
Leopard Is a Staple
Leopard is a trend that pops up almost every single Fashion Week, and it’s a fabric that is classed as a wardrobe staple by fashion girls everywhere. We wouldn’t suggest an animal-print waistcoat à la Rachel for SS18, but it’s a great use of pattern to break up an all-black ensemble.
Learn to Layer
There’s not a single piece of clothing that cannot be transformed with layering. Whether it’s simply layering long sleeves under spaghetti straps like Rachel in this muted outfit, a long hoodie over a maxi skirt, or a shirt under a strapless dress, layering is a style-conscious girl’s best friend.