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Marcus Kirby
by Published on October 8, 2019

It’s honestly wild that Friends first graced our screens 25 years ago. I know. (Fans—please note the Monica Geller inflection there). Like many, I’ve been captivated by the show since those early days thanks to the roller-coaster plot lines (“We were on a break!”) and, of course, the characters’ signature styles. In fact, given that ’90s fashion is back, many of Rachel’s, Monica’s, and Phoebe’s iconic looks are just as relevant in 2019 as they were 20-odd years ago. And you know what? French girls are especially fond of them.

In fact, after thumbing through Instagram one afternoon, I noticed a post from Adenorah that featured a throwback-inspired outfit with the caption: “Very into Friends outfits at the moment!” The fit in question featured a cropped white tee and loose jeans—very “Rachel” circa 1995.This really got me thinking. Yes, ’90s fashion is back with fervor, but in general, the Parisian set’s effortless sartorial sensibilities really do mirror that cool sartorial vibe the Friends cast was so famous for.

So then I did some research. Keep scrolling to uncover seven recent French-girl outfits that resemble looks worn by Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe. And because I’m always there for you (wink, wink), I also shopped out my favorite inspired pieces for each ensemble as well.

One of Rachel’s go-to looks in the early days consisted of a classic white T-shirt and straight-leg jeans—like this look from Season 2.

This outfit just feels so Rachel with the cropped tee, loose jeans, and chunky shoes. A slouchy trench complements the fit flawlessly.

It’s no secret that ’90s-inspired slip dresses continue to reign supreme, and the look—as Monica showcases here—was just as forward 25 years ago as well.

A slip dress and heels is basically a no-fail option for any night out. And if it’s chilly, don’t underestimate the power of adding a cardigan or blazer.

Rachel’s sweater game was always on point—especially this fuzzy knit she wore in Central Perk during an episode in Season two.

Teaming a fuzzy knit with a satin skirt is ’90s-esque but also incredibly modern.

Just as they are today, printed midi dresses—similar to this polka-dot silhouette Phoebe wore—were often spotted throughout the series.

The beauty of an eye-catching dress like this polka-dot stunner is that it requires nothing more than a few accessories to make an instant statement.

The entire cast lived in ’90s denim (which is how we refer to the silhouette today). Monica elevated her light-wash jeans with a navy jacket and cool black boots in this shot.

A navy jacket or blazer paired with jeans, a top, and basic black loafers is polished without trying too hard.

A duster jacket complimented Rachel’s trouser-and-tee ensemble just flawlessly during Season 5.

A long trench coat mixed with just about anything underneath makes any ensemble feel so French and polished.

Monica embraced the casual look during season four with a slightly oversize crewneck sweater and trousers. A simple yet ironically cool fit.

When in doubt, toss on a chunkier sweater with your favorite pants for an effortless fall vibe.

Next, check out the basics Jennifer Aniston wears on repeat.

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