Summary Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel on Friends, still wears the red loafers she took from the show's set 19 years ago. Aniston credits Friends for teaching her everything and reveals her love for a pair of square-toed loafers from Joan and David. The fashion from Friends, including Rachel's iconic looks and hairstyles, continues to inspire and influence popular culture today, especially among the younger generation.
Friends alum Jennifer Aniston shared the one item she kept from Rachel's closet and continues to wear today. Aniston famously portrayed Rachel Green in the hit sitcom for ten years. As one of the primary six characters, Rachel was notably a fashion icon in the mid-1990s, even having an eponymous hairstyle named after her. With hundreds of Pinterest boards dedicated to Rachel's A-line skirts and turtlenecks, Aniston likely had a heap of 90s staples to sort through when choosing which piece to carry home after Friends concluded in 2004.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Aniston adopted Rachel's red loafers 19 years ago and still wears them today. This was revealed as she spoke about Friends' impact on her career and gained a business insight, saying, "It taught us everything." She previously described the shoe in a 2019 Bustle interview, stating, "I also have a wonderful pair of square-toed loafers from Joan and David that I took from my closet."
While the high-fashion brand filed for bankruptcy in 2000, Joan and David merged comfort and style in their shoe designs throughout the 90s, fitting for Rachel's casual-meets-formal looks. Aniston, however, could not resist dipping further into the Friends costume design. Even now, she wears one of Monica's dresses originally sported by Courteney Cox. She is not the only Friends star to seek memorabilia, as other cast members shared what props they stole from the Friends set. Lisa Kudrow, for instance, admitted that she took a couple of Phoebe's rings.
Friends fashion remains a staple of popular culture even decades after the show's series finale. Rachel's layered, full cut in season 1 and season 2 achieved such popularity on social media that it was deemed "The Rachel" and led to subsequent TikTok hair trends such as the Butterfly Haircut. The mint green slit gown Rachel wears in season 3's "The One Where No One's Ready" continues to be discussed in 90s fashion analysis.
When Friends enjoyed a popularity boost among the youngest generation during the initial COVID lockdown, it led to questions as to why the sitcom still prevails. While the comfort aspect of watching a group of friends navigating life cannot be denied, Gen-Z likely appreciates the show's catalog of 90s classics — styles they incorporate into their own fashion today.
Source: Wall Street Journal, Bustle