January was made for TV binges. Whether you’re off the booze for a month, so skint even your overdraft has an overdraft or you just can’t face going out in minus temps and howling winds, it’s a safe bet that you and your sofa are inseparable for the next few months. Praise be then for Netflix ,who in an act straight from the gods of hangovers, put every single series of Friends on their site on the 1st January.
Relive the quick wit, in-jokes and will they/won’t they story lines that and take a look at how over its 10 year run, Friends had a huge impact on how the women of Britain looked.
From the ‘Rachel’ hair-do to a revived love of denim shirts and dungarees - Rachel Green, Phoebe Buffay and Monica Geller became style icons for a generation of young women.
Granted, there were some dodgy fashion moments in there. But watching old re-runs of the programme is a reminder of just how influential the show’s styling was in trends at the time.
Here, we give you the 50 most iconic fashion and beauty moments in Friends. Don’t deny it - there’s a look or two in here you re-created at home. We promise you’re not alone!
In the beginning, there were three
The first episode of Friends aired in 1994, introducing Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courtney Cox as Monica Geller and Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay to our screens
There was 'Girl next door' Rachel
Whose love of a sleeveless denim shirt set hearts aflutter
'Mother of the group', Monica
Whose style was classic and elegant
And their 'quirky' friend Phoebe
Who loved mismatching prints and plenty of colour
Rachel's love of denim wasn't limited to shirts
And this sweet look, in which she pared a classic dungaree with a fitted white t-shirt, created a classic all-American sweetheart look
But why would you ever stop wearing them when you look THAT good in them?
While here she throws a fitted jacket over the top, and pairs with white sneakers, to pull of the classic Rachel look. And yes we did spend hours in our bedrooms trying to cut out dungarees off like this, and we bet you did too
Monica's style took a little more time to develop
Though her glossy, heavy fringed, layered bob sparked many a imitation
While Phoebe's waistcoast worship contributed to her being dubbed 'the kooky one'
But her eclectic taste in fashion felt right on trend in the early 90s
Rachel's sleek bob was another hairstyle that set off a worldwide trend. But fans also loved her classic style which often saw her pair vintage - unfitted - pieces, like this sweater, with a more feminine skirt or dress
Seriously, that girl really knew how to work a sweater...
Style queen Rachel even rocked an apron
Note the 15 denier tights, another late 90's trend (though one we'd rather forget)
While Monica reminded us of the power of a great cardi!
Monica (and Rachel) loved to wear a fitted cardigan over most outfits, be that a strapless dress or a jean and t pairing. Cue teenage girls rocking the 'glam cardi' (as opposed to the gran cardi!) across the throughout summer of 98.
More cardi love
Even Phoebe got in on the action
Cardi meets cutesy
The perfect Phoebe outfit
Practical Monica also loved a good scarf
Thin, long scarves - a bit like ties - remember them? You can thank Monica Geller for that particular trend too - she wore a LOT of them, no matter the time of year
See, she LOVED them
Another scarf/tie affair - this time matchy matchy!
Could she BE any cuter?
Monica gave great jumper, here she manages to make a turtleneck look fashion forward - no doubt giving knitwear sales at M&S a massive boost
Monica's statement hair
And once she ditched the fringe, Monica's hair became as coveted as Rachel's
A fashion pioneer
Thanks to her ever-changing hairstyles during the early series and her love of colour, Phoebe was a fashion inspiration for many a bold palette loving teen girl
Spot the statement jewellery
Long before Beyonce was rocking statement jewellery, there was Phoebe Buffay
She loved it!
And her classic half-updo was another look copied by many a teen girl
Then there were the fashion disasters...
This hideous pink affair was forced upon Rachel when her best friend married her ex-fiancé Barry and the lucky girl got the be bridesmaid!
Oh what a night!
We will put this monstrous fashion choice down to the hormones of youth, and the questionable influence of 80's fashion
But there's no excuse for this one
We shall move swiftly on
Then there was THAT hair disaster
Poor Monica was forced into a bad cornrow experience after her hair responded very badly to humidity while on holiday
The before shot
For those who needed reminding (or just a good laugh)
Not strictly a fashion or beauty moment, we couldn't deny you this awesome shot of Monica mid dance-off with brother Ross (Ed's note: seriously go and watch the whole thing NOW)
The one where Monica wore a LOT of polyester
This flashback shot, to Monica's young and more substantial years, gave us a glimpse of a young Miss Gellar in all her glory
Rachel's plaid shirt
This mid cropped plaid shirt, that Rachel works in the launderette before later sharing her first kiss with Ross, was another staple look for the character
Phoebe gets in check
While Phoebe's fashion went a bit leftfield in a scene where she her ex-husband reveals he was no longer gay (she'd married him when she thought he was gay. It's complicated)
The arrival of the quilt
While there's one frontrunner in terms of 90's on screen appearances of the kilt (hello Cher Horowitz) this scene also helped confirm a cute, short kilt was THE fashion item of the decade
Obviously Phoebe sleeps in a massive striped onesie, while Monica dons a simple, black silk two piece PJ set. Note, Phoebe's awesome top knot
The Wedding looks
Before Kate Middleton and before Kate Moss, there were three wedding looks that the world cared about
Rachel never did say the big 'I do' but she did make it to the aisle in a very big white dress. This is the first time we see her on the show, resplendent in white having run away from fiancé Barry because of pre-wedding jitters
Monica's big day
Monica attempted to get her dress from a knock-off store but had to relinquish the gown after another woman who wanted it blackmails her by booking her wedding band. Regardless, she looked stunning in her second choice white dress.
Phoebe in white
Phoebe, too, stunned and surprised by opting for a simple and elegant white gown and veil
The pigtail years
While Rachel's famous bob was the real trendsetter, this look was also much copied
Monica kept her pigtails loose and soft
While Phoebe's sweet tails were also all the rage
The girls didn't mind a bit of dress up
Here's Monica in a sexy all-in-one catsuit
Rachel as Princess Leia
Making many a teenage boys fantasy a reality
Phoebe's brilliant impression of Leia
Not quite as sexy but just as amusing
Phoebe's starring moment
One of Phoebe's best sartorial moments, in the video for her single 'Smelly Cat'. Seriously, forget Lady Gaga, this is how music videos should be
And Phoebe in full seduction mode
After being challenged to seduce Chandler to make him finally admit to his relationship with Monica
Monica's big moment
And who can forgot Monica's stint as a waitress at the Moondance Diner where she has to wear a wig, rollerskates and fake breasts
Rachel's seduction routine
'Dressing up', in the adult sense of the term, here's Rachel in full sex kitten mode after heading for a night of passion with Josh only to be met at the house by his parents
Here ends our iconic moments
As every fashion loving woman knows, the most important accessory of all is a great set of friends. Here's Rachel, Monica and Phoebe celebrating just that fact