Rachel Green is officially TV's ultimate style icon

Libby-Jane Charleston

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When you consider that Rachel Green from Friends (Jennifer Aniston's character) has a haircut named after her, it’s no surprise to see that she has taken the top spot in a study as being the television character that inspires our wardrobe the most, even after all these years.

According to a study by Money.co.uk, there has been nearly half a million people searching for tips on how to dress like Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green. Friends also ranks the second most influential TV show for our wardrobes, with 694,000 annual searches. 

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Money.co.uk also analysed Google search data from the last twelve months to find out which TV programs encouraged us to switch up our style; and you'll be pleased many are available on online streaming platforms.

As for the TV characters who have influenced our wardrobes, it was always going to be Rachel Green, but let's take a look at the other female characters considered to be style icons.

1. Rachel Green - Friends

Considering she has a haircut named after her, it’s perhaps no surprise to see that Rachel from Friends took the top spot as the character that inspires our wardrobe the most, even after all these years.

And given that she eventually went on to work for the likes of Bloomingdales and Ralph Lauren, it’s safe to say that Rachel knew a thing or two about fashion.

2. Maddy Perez - Euphoria

We’ve already seen just how influential Euphoria has been when it comes to fashion, and it seems that the character of Maddy Perez, in particular, is giving us the most inspo.

Played by Alexa Demie, Maddy is the show’s clear standout style icon, with over 347,000 people searching for how to emulate her look in the last year.

3. Blair Waldorf - Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl was almost as well known for its clothes as its drama, and the character that inspired the most outfits of all was Blair Waldorf.

Portrayed by Leighton Meester, Blair was known for her chic preppy outfits often featuring bright colours and even kickstarted real-life trends including patterned tights and elaborate headbands.

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Whether it's a modern sitcom, a period show or a teen drama, the television has always been a rich source of fashion inspiration, catering to a wide range of style tastes. Let's take a look at the programs that influenced our wardrobes the most in the last year.

1. Euphoria

After its first season aired in 2019, followed by two special episodes in recent months, Euphoria has quickly established itself as the coolest show on TV, following Rue (played by Zendaya) and friends through high school.

It’s received particular attention for the outfits, with each of the Gen Z cast members having their own distinct style. Accurately depicting teenage life and fashion is notoriously difficult to do on TV, but from the sheer amount of people searching for inspiration here, it seems that Euphoria has nailed it.

2. Friends

From a show on the cutting edge of fashion to one which aired its last episode 17 years ago, Friends is still as relevant as ever, especially as the world goes through a period of ‘90s nostalgia.

In particular, just under half a million people last year searched for tips on how to dress like Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green, the quintessential ‘90s ‘it-girl’.

3. Gossip Girl

Despite finishing around eight years ago, it’s clear that the teen drama series Gossip Girl still has a special place in our hearts, with over 360,000 annual searches for tips on how to recreate the looks of the likes of Blair Waldorf (played by Leighton Meester) and Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively).

And, with a sequel series set to air later this year, there’s sure to be a wave of 2021s fashion inspo yet to come in future from the Upper East Side!

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I'm a journalist and author writing across a wide range of topics, including tech, travel, history, business/startups, relationships, beauty & fashion, British royal history, & local stories concerning Charleston, S.C (where I have a long family history on my father's side: hence my surname! ) Former HuffPost Assoc Ed, ABC TV, ATV Beijing correspondent and many more. Author of "Fatal Females." Mother of three boys: I will love them until the Statue of Liberty sits down.


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