NBC’s friends became an epoch-defining phenomenon due to a variety of factors, and the characters’ sense of style was one of them. The beloved six friends dressed in a way that embodied their personality and expressed who they were.
Each character’s sense of style has been curated to fit their storylines. They had different approaches to fashion, and with the re-emergence of late ’90s and 2000’s clothing aesthetics, some of those outfits are more relevant now than ever. friends is a treasure trove of cultural reference points, and with that in mind, it’s hard not to marvel at the lead cast’s first and last outfits in the 1994 pilot and 2004 finale.
First Outfit: Off-the-shoulder wedding dress
Last Outfit: Printed tank top and flared jeans
Rachel made a conspicuous entry in The One Where It All Began. She wore a strapless wedding dress with a tulle veil that gave her an angelic, fashionable Long Island princess vibe. The dress is one of Rachel’s top 5 outfits in friends.
Rachel wore a printed brown and pink tank top which she paired with flared jeans and black boots. Her first and last outfits prove that she was the show’s fashionista. Rachel’s bridal look was perfect for its time, as was this casual outfit from the last episode in 2004.
First Outfit: White t-shirt, pale yellow jacket and khaki pants
Final Outfit: Denim jacket over a flowy black dress
Monica has some of the best outfits in friends and her very first is a tribute to the many fashion trends that have stood the test of time. She wore a white cotton t-shirt with the uber versatile khaki suspender pants. Her clothes exuded the quintessential ’90s, less glamorous, more casual, working-class vibe. She donned a pale yellow jacket over her t-shirt, accessorized with a statement watch and finished the look with white sneakers.
In The Last One, Monica paired a denim jacket with a flowy black dress and chose black boots to complete her look. In fact, Courteney Cox, who played her, was pregnant during the show’s final season. Accordingly, Cox was spotted in baggy clothes that strategically covered her stomach. The show’s finale conveyed that Monica was having her new mom-style moment. She looked effortless thanks to those beachy waves on her short hair and minimal makeup.
First outfit: Printed dress, oversized distressed denim vest and black tights
Last Outfit: Printed dress and suede blazer
Phoebe’s sense of style is unique and the adjectives – vibrant, chic, colorful and experimental – are associated with it. Her attire symbolizes her quirky spirit, energetic personality, and nonconformist attitude.
She debuted on friends in an oversized distressed denim vest, printed dress and black tights. She styled her long hair in two ponytails and completed the look with statement earrings and multiple rings. Phoebe stayed true to her fashion choices to the very end. Her casual-chic aesthetic was evident in her most recent outfit as well. She wore a brown suede blazer over a printed dress and effortlessly completed the look with tan boots and purple tights.
First outfit: color block t-shirt and blue jeans
Last outfit: red sweater, blue t-shirt and blue jeans
Chandler’s attire was a curated mix of formal pieces and comfortable attire. He worked a 9-5 job and was often spotted in smart work clothes. When he dressed smartly, like in the pilot, he made sure his outfit matched. His debut look has to be counted among the fan favorite outfits friends that are still in fashion today.
Chandler wore a relaxed-fit t-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers in the first episode, and finished the series with a red zip-top sweater and blue jeans. His last outfit emphasized his charm as a new father. Chandler knew how to mix different colors and proved he was the fashionable one friends.
First Outfit: Classic leather jacket, black t-shirt and blue jeans
Last Outfit: Black collared shirt and jeans
Joey’s debut outfit on friends won’t go out of fashion anytime soon. He paired a versatile black leather jacket with a black tee, blue jeans and cowboy boots. The overall look was character accurate, to say the least. Joey dressed like the aspiring actor he was at the beginning of the show. He always wore casual, chic ensembles, and his deep side parting ranks among the best hairstyles in Maine friends Characters.
Joey ended the series in a stripped down version of his debut outfit. He was wearing a black collared shirt, jeans and sneakers. Most conspicuously he kept his outward appearance i.e. his hairstyle short. Fans also observed that Joey liked to invest in timeless pieces like turtlenecks, shirts and jackets and was well dressed throughout.
First Outfit: Oversized navy blue jacket, red button down shirt and khaki pants
Last Outfit: Brown zip sweater and tan pants
Ross Geller was going through his first divorce in the pilot, so dressing well wasn’t his top priority at the time. He entered Central Perk in a rather shabby outfit consisting of a blue t-shirt under a baggy red shirt. He completed this layered outfit with an oversized navy jacket, rumpled khaki pants and black boots.
Ross’ last outfit friends was a modest brown zip-up sweater with tan pants and black shoes. He retained the classic professor image even after joining New York University. He consistently began dressing in understated, elegant and decent outfits, leaving many style lessons for fans.
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