My Roman Empire: We Dont Talk About Monica Gellers Style Enough

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Jennifer Anistons Rachel Green is the obligatory style icon from the beloved ‘90s sitcom “Friends.” But look past her buyer positions at Bloomingdale’s and Ralph Lauren and consider Monica Geller’s wardrobe—which is certainly not far off. Monica, played by Courteney Cox, pulled off just as many miniskirts, printed slip dresses, and straight-leg jeans. And since she leaned towards a more muted palette of neutrals, her tailored basics gave off the quiet luxury vibes that would be considered even more chic today. Of course, many of the ‘90s trends Monica wore remain relevant—from heeled loafers to cargo pants—making it notably easy to recreate some of her best looks. In fact, all seven of the outfits we’ve gathered are not only reflective of Monica’s refined taste, they also run the gamut from relaxed athleisure (who could forget her Nikes and sweats for Thanksgiving day football?) to sophisticated workwear that would invite plenty of compliments.Keep reading for seven Monica Geller outfits that belong in your closet—along with the pieces to make it happen.

Preppy Chic


While an argyle pattern adds a timeless touch of prep, Monica wore her collared cardigan open, drawing attention to the high-rise, straight-leg silhouette of her jeans. Choose a mom jean in a similar wash and follow Monica’s lead with a black leather boot. This sleek, ankle-rise height can be layered seamlessly under your denim.

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Light Academia


A heeled loafer like Monica’s is a must-have for fall. Showing a slip of skin with a cropped cardigan and leggy miniskirt feels flirty, but the neutral tones keep this look polished. Finish the outfit with everyday gold jewelry, and slip on a pair of sheer tights in colder weather.

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Playful Colorblock


The crystal hair clip in Monica’s bob provides a touch of quirk, but it’s also right in line with popular ‘90s hair accessories that are enjoying a resurgence today. Double-layering tops in two different shades was a decade-appropriate style move that helped Monica effectively achieve the colorblock. Add a low-waist trouser with pockets and your casual, yet considered daytime look is complete.

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Polished Cargos


This combination is a look we can easily picture on Olivia Rodrigo, an avid lover of all things ‘90s. Start with a bootcut carpenter pant that isn’t overly baggy, and make sure your button-down is slim and fitted (rather than oversize). Leaving the cuffs of your shirt undone at the wrists helps to establish the same distinctive ‘90s shape Monica had going on. Everlane’s platform Puffa clog will ground the look and provide height in just the same way.

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Silence + Noise

Pull & Bear


Day-Off Athleisure


Forget co-ord yoga sets; Monica makes vintage sweats feel like the cooler option in a lived-in crewneck graphic sweatshirt, heather-gray joggers, and Nike sneakers. Repurposing an old vintage hoodie would help you master the aesthetic, but if you’re a football fan, Abercrombie’s NFL collaboration is highly appealing. The Geller-approved Giants just happens to be one of the prints still available.

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Printed Slip Dress


An iconic symbol of the ‘90s, the easy-on, easy-off slip dress can be the foundation of so many looks. Wear a printed version like Monica with a leather heeled mule and a pendant-adorned beaded choker, and you’ll have mastered one of the most recognizable trends of the decade worn by both Rachel Green and Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), too.

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Decadent Luxury


Opt for a monochrome color palette in a sophisticated shade like chocolate brown or bordeaux and style a sheer turtleneck, A-line skirt, and knee-high boots. While your midi skirt can feature a non-distracting print or texture, it should definitely allow for a peek of your stiletto heel as you walk. This is workwear at its most stylish and elegant—both in the ‘90s, and today.

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