Jennifer Aniston has come a long way since her 1987 role as an uncredited extra in the sci-fi comic movie Mac and Me. She was one of the highest paid actresses in 2018 but what really kickstarted her career was her role as Rachel Green in the decade-long hit television sitcom Friends. It catapulted her to fame in the ’90s — and the big leagues. Remember The Break-Up (2006), Marley & Me (2008) and He's Just Not That into You (2009)?
Jen’s celebrating her big 5-0 on Feb 11. And we’re commemorating this milestone with these four empowering — and timelessly modern — work looks from her character on Friends.
1. The power suit to start your Monday
Clockwise from L to R: Equipment & Tabitha Simmons Prince of Wales checked double breasted blazer, £580 (S$1,030), from Net-a-Porter; Cartier Tank Solo watch, S$3,400; Equipment & Tabitha Simmons Hyperion Prince of Wales checked wide-leg pants, £430 (S$764), from Net-a-Porter; Charles & Keith embossed detail pointed pumps, S$53.90
In an episode on Season 4, Rachel showed up to an interview in a grey power suit that screamed “achieving woman” and “I take my career seriously”. Refresh the power suit: make it wide-legged and go for contemporary Prince of Wales checks, finished with a stylish timepiece and a pair of black court heels.
2. The high-impact dress for the office D&D
Clockwise from L to R: Marchesa Notte crocheted lace-trimmed pleated lamé gown, £875 (S$1,554), from Net-a-Porter; Zara triple hoop earrings, S$29.90; Tohum Design concha puka 22kt gold-plated necklace, S$395, from Mytheresa; Gucci crystal-embellished metallic leather sandals, £875 (S$1,554), from Net-a-Porter
Rachel got dressed to the nines in Season 7, wearing a statement dress for an award ceremony where other Friend Joey Tribbiani (played by Matt LeBlanc) was nominated for a “Soapie” award. Cue this style tip from her: Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd. Be bold and daring in a bright red dress, and pair it with gold accessories for glamorous appeal.
3. The edgy, yet girly black dress to conquer mid-week
Clockwise from L to R: Zara polka dot V-neck dress, S$99.90; Charles & Keith asymmetrical bar clutch, S$69.90; Alexander Wang studded leather ankle boots, £835 (S$1,483), from Net-a-Porter; Alighieri round gold-plated necklace, US$229 (S$311), from Matchesfashion
Ruffles and pleats? Yes, says Rachel, with this feminine, flowy black dress in Season 8 (worn when her character was pregnant). Here, we’d recommend contrasting your girly number with edgier spunk – black studded booties and a geometrical clutch should do the trick.
4. Floral prints for dress-down Fridays
Clockwise from L to R: Lee Mathews, ruffled silk-crepon maxi dress, £680 (S$1,208), from Net-a-Porter; Tiffany & Co. Paloma’s Graffiti X climber earrings, US$625 (S$1,208); Coach Rogue 17 with pyramid eye, S$895; Superga 2750 sneakers in black, S$69.90
It’s was all about understated sophistication when Rachel wore a brocade strapless number in Season 5 on a blind date. Find the outfit too ostentatious for work? Wear yours muted with a pastel yellow maxi dress adorned with crushed flower prints. Style yours with a pair of laid back kicks and a cheery bag.
Photos: Warner Bros. TV