Rachel Green will forever be a character I relate to. Whether it be her sensitive personality, or sense of style, I consider her someone I can look up to. Frankly, I think we can be best friends. Saying good bye to this series was almost as difficult for me than when Full House ended (but that’s a whole other post in itself). In seasons 8, 9 and 10 things got more intense with Rachel pregnant, Monica and Chandler being married, Phoebe getting married and the question on everyone’s mind: will Ross and Rachel end up together. Despite all the changes that were happening in the group, Rachel Green’s style definitely progressed while all the while maintained her classic signature look.
Even while pregnant she kept true to her neutral tones selection: black, white, beige and grey. In general she rarely strayed away from these tones and when she did it was hardly anything too flashy. One of my favorite dresses she wore throughout the 10 years is when she was in the Bahamas and had her first kiss with Joey. She wore this multi-colored floral open back dress with a slit in the front and flared at the waist. It was something we hardly ever saw her in. Rachel showed viewers that for the most part, simplicity can go a long way, but every once in a while it is worth sporting something that will make you stand out. Sometimes it’s necessary to go out of your comfort zone.
In season 10 Rachel started toning down her hair color, focusing more on a light brown and started sporting heavy side swept bangs. Whenever I re-watch that season I get the urge to cut my bangs short (no surprise there). She also wore a lot of short skirts with knee high boots which is a feminine and flirty look that I often try to mimic. Without stockings it may be difficult to wear depending on weather conditions, but for the most part this look is appropriate for Spring, Fall and Winter, and can be worn for different occasions.
Many great shows leave a bitter taste in fans mouths during the finale, and shower them with disappointment. However, I am happy to say that Friends did no such thing. Although we were unbelievably sad it ended, it was bittersweet and the Ross and Rachel saga ended on the perfect note. A rumoured reunion is always going around (which gives me false hope every single time) but one thing is for sure, if they do end up coming back, I know my girl Rachel won’t disappoint with her wardrobe selection.
Since Rachel Green played such a pivotal role in fans lives, I deemed it necessary to spend a little time reevaluating her looks over those 10 years that the show aired. As of season 3, a noticeable change happened in Rachel’s look. Although always staying consistent with the simplicity of her style, she started growing her hair out (in which it reached an all-time long for this character) and her outfits started getting slightly sexier. She got the great opportunity to work at Ralph Lauren and she decided to dress the part. Fitted skirt suits and simple shirts was her go-to look as she climbed the corporate ladder over the seasons.
Aside from her suits, her more casual looks consisted of a lot of leather, plaid, simple cuts, and fitted tops. As opposed to the first few seasons. she welcomed more patterns and color in her wardrobe (although more often than not, stayed in the neutral palette). We saw her in cuter colors like soft pinks and peaches, and dresses started appearing in her regular attire. Her hair got progressively lighter over the years while focusing on blond highlights around the face. Whenever I go to the hairdresser I attempt the same look and one time someone actually told me my hair looked like Rachel’s. I felt in that moment I had reached my goal in life (yes-I am that dramatic at times).
The biggest shock of the whole series (other than her being pregnant in season 8 with Ross’ baby) was when in season 7 Rachel cut her beautiful long locks and started sporting the short bob. I absolutely loved this cut on her, despite the actress not being a big fan of it. It was cute and changed her whole look. It showed women that you don’t need to always hide behind your hair, and short hair can be very sexy. Whether she kept it straight, or waved it to made the tips flare out, she always looked sexy while remaining classy. An important aspect of her haircut was that the front was a bit longer than the back. This adds a little edge to the classic bob.
Roughly 2 years ago I got the sudden urge to abandon my long hair and started googling pictures of Rachel’s short hair as inspiration. Although it had been 8 years since she had that hair style, I knew it was timeless and I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself.
Stay tuned for the last post on Friday of Rachel Green’s style evolution of the final seasons where we had to say that heartbreaking good bye.
Rachel Green. A name Jennifer Aniston will never be able to live down. Frankly, I think if I were to ever see Jennifer I would probably scream out “RACHEL!”. From its theme song to its characters, F.R.I.E.N.D.S had a huge impact on many individuals. It ran from 1994 to 2004 but almost 10 years after its final episode people still refer to the show as if it’s still on the air. In terms of style, I would have to say Rachel was the most influential. She’s been the ultimate hairspiration to many out there (as well as to yours truly) and when it came to her style, she forever remained true to herself. I wanted to take the time to explore the head-to-toe style evolution of Rachel Green, because a character so inspirational deserves a little limelight.
With the exception of the very first scene where we are introduced to Rachel in her wedding dress, her style has always been relatively simple from day 1. As opposed to Monica and Phoebe, Rachel was more prone to wearing a simple t-shirt and jeans in the first few seasons. Most of her outfits consisted of two basic pieces and natural makeup (not to mention most of her looks translate even 20 years later). For example, even though so much time has passed, an almost identical version of her denim sleeveless shirt she wore in the first season can be found in so many stores today (Forever 21, Zara, H&M, etc). Tie-fronts are also very popular today and Rachel wore a plaid one in season 1 when she was talking to Ross while doing her laundry. As we all know, Ross was obsessed with her and probably not only because of her vibrant personality. The girl had style, and I remember being in elementary school and wishing I could be her.
As I mentioned, apart from her actual clothes her hair was a true inspiration. Rachel Green had some pull in what’s in and what’s not. It seemed like the second she cut her hair, or styled it a certain way, the whole world wanted to mimic it. The “Rachel haircut” was the first of them all. Short length, blown out with choppy layers was the look to have and unfortunately I was never able to totally perfect it (but trust me, I tried and so did my friends). As popular as it was, ironically enough I recently read an article where Jennifer Aniston admits to having hated that hair style and she couldn’t wait until her layers grew out. Looks like everyone else disagreed with her on that one!
Stay tuned for the second post on Wednesday on Miss.Green’s style evolution of seasons 3 to 8!