Friends ended its 10-year run in 2004, and yet we’re still taking style cues and stealing outfit ideas from the ’90s sitcom. What goes around comes around, and that is never more true than in the fashion world.
Currently, we’re in ’90s style nostalgia, and Friends is the perfect reference point. I have been a fan from the beginning and now, thanks to Netflix, I am able to binge the series. And binge, I do.
Lately, I have noticed that the fashion on the show—particularly the women’s fashion—is fantastically similar to what we are finding in stores today. Just a few examples are “mom jeans”, denim shirts, slip dresses, crop tops and mules.
This is for the old fans and the new ones who are just discovering the show and its fashion greatness. Check out the style cues we’re definitely still taking from Friends.
1. Denim. All the denim
Denim jackets, skirts, shirts, and vests. Denim reigned supreme in the ’90s and the wardrobe on Friends depicted the denim of our dreams in every way imaginable.
2. Mules, sneakers, and boots—oh my!
The “friends” were normcore; normal people with normal lives, jobs, and wardrobes. No stilettos and crazy designer shoewear. The girls wore enviable, but attainable shoes.
3. Dress for success
Slip dresses, minis, maxis, and midis; the style of dresses and skirts the girls wore are still seen on the street style stars of today.
4. Crop tops and high-waist combos
And thus began our love affair of the classic pairing of crop tops and high waists.
5. Normcore + unapologetic prints and colors
The girls incorporated normcore and monochromatic looks into their wardrobe and, at the same time, they rocked floral, plaid, and bright colors proudly and often.
6. Statement Accessories
Statement necklaces and bracelets—including the currently trending ’90s staple, the choker—were used to showcase each character’s individuality.