Just last week, after endless speculation, the Friends reunion was confirmed as becoming a reality. Really soon, too. Combined with sightings of ‘Bennifer’ (the moniker for Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s 2001 love affair which might, or might not, have been rekindled), scrunchies, chokers, slips and mules, and you’d be forgiven for feeling like lockdown was really a time warp. Regardless, as everything is now open again, why not take it to the streets. There are actually some very good, very convincing styles beckoning for a nostalgic night out.
So, we now know the the entire Friends cast will be gathering for a special on HBO’s streaming service, HBO Max, to honour the iconic sitcom’s 25th anniversary. And while they continue to tease us with video clips of the cast in situ – “The One Where They Get Back Together” – we’ve been busy pinning Rachel’s style hits to a moodboard summing up our SS21 wardrobe goals. In case you don’t remember, the first ever show was in 1994! So naturally there have been some memorable fashion moments over the years. What you might not have realised, though, is quite how much of the crew’s style back then, we’re channelling this season. Even Chandler and Joey’s bowling shirts are back in.
Yep, alongside the Friends special, fashion has been experiencing its own special reunion with the ’90s. Of course you’d be forgiven for looking back at some trends with mixed feelings and trepidation, but the decade did provide us with some classics, too. Scrunchies have well and truly re-established themselves, halter-neck tops are making a welcome comeback for spring and slip dresses have subtly crept back into favour of late. Plus, chokers bucket hats and terry towelling. It seems nineties everything is having a Renaissance.
All the Insta-stars are already on board and ahead of the curve. Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber (pictured below) and co have wasted no time in perfecting several modern iterations of the trend. Think tinted frames, rib cage jeans and cropped, ribbed tops. There’s plenty online and in stores to get inspired by, too.
So, if you want to capitalise on your Friends obsession, or you’re simply in the mood for ‘90s nostalgia, then keep scrolling. Whether it’s Monica’s denim or Rachel’s slip dresses, there’s plenty to fill your shopping basket with.
Here, we’ve picked the ’90s trends worth remembering and reinstating.
P.S. “The One Where They Get Back Together,” starts streaming on HBO Max (on Thursday, May 27).
The choker has been quietly reemerging for a few years now. We’re moving beyond the typical ’90s look and into new, more delicate territory. Think about layering dainty gold chains, or opting for a fine floral number, like Mango’s (below).
2. Slip Dresses
In the sartorial history book of slip dresses, there are many iconic moments. Yes, Rachel in Friends had a few, but Kate Moss had many, many more. Kate’s waif-esque natural beauty was a perfect fit for the clean elegance of effortless silky slips. Fast forward another decade (or two) and everyone from The Reformation, to Ghost has tapped into the trend. It oozes elegance as well as ease. Pair it with flats and a prim cardigan by day, and strappy mules and a choker for the ultimate ’90s fashion throwback.
Sofia Dress, £198 at www.reformation.com
3. Strappy Mules
With their minimalist silhouette and super comfy mid-heels, these strappy mules have all the makings of a perfect summer shoe. There is no better footwear to elevate your off-duty look.
4. Halterneck Tops
After a lengthily hiatus from our wardrobes, halter tops are back and set to be the going out top of the summer. They are ridiculously easy to wear with anything, from jeans and tailored trousers to shorts and skirts – here’s our haul of the best.
5. High-Waisted Denim
From Rachel and Monica’s light stone-washed styles to Hailey Bieber and squad, ’90s mom jeans are here to stay. More specifically – stonewashed, high-waisted and with a button-fly. The leg tends to be loose and tapered legs and the denim, sans stretch. Of course, there are so many versions to choose from now – thankfully, some with stretch. If you’re looking for further proof that this has staying power in the modern world, @haileybieber is dishing it out in spades.
6. Bucket Hats
It might have all started with Kangol, but more recently everyone from Prada to Burberry and Marks & Spencer to H&M have spring summer offerings. They come in every fabric, too. From beach-worthy cotton and linen, to shower-proof nylons, right through to cashmere, a bucket hat could be the affordable update you’re looking for. Whether you need some stylish protection from the sun, or the perfect cover-up for bad hair days and beyond, this is it.
7. Terry Towelling
Yes, clothes made out of towelling fabric are being reimagined for life beyond the bathroom. It’s basically the equivalent to athleisure, but for carefree beach days. There’s something playful, relaxed and comforting about it — and that’s exactly what we need right now.