In Character: Rachel Green

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Admit it: A lot of your nineties outfit inspo comes from teenagers, fictional or otherwise (see: Rayanne Graff, Drew Barrymore, Cher Horowitz, Fiona Apple). But if you’re looking for someone who really nails the I’m-trying-to-be-an-adult-ok? thing, Rachel Green’s your girl—especially during season one of Friends, which premiered 20 years ago this week (WHAT). —erica

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A 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater, for snuggling Ross and/or Marcel.

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One last dress—from Rag & Bone—charged to her dad’s credit card.

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A Band of Outsiders button-down that can cappuccino spills from waitressing at Central Perk.

There’s a whole lot more where this came from!

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Weather Vain: Minneapolis, Minnesota - 69 and Clear

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Last week, Claire and I went to Minneapolis. We love ourselves a Midwest work trip—and, somehow, I’d never been to MN. So, my question is, when do I get to go back? —erica

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+ A ring by Kelly Wearstler that makes any outfit, really.

+ A Veda jacket that would be a total hit on the Target campus.

+ A wallet from Eayrslee with the sort of no-nonsense design the crew at The Foundry Home Goods would appreciate.

+ This Dealtry scarf + dinner outside at Borough before nice weather’s a thing of the past = a G.D. perfect night.

+ A Tibi dress that’s as cheery as the (amazing) cloud wallpaper at Marvel Bar.

+ Dream boots, really, from Loeffler Randall.

More of this! Bunches more!

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Go Way Back: Wrap Dresses

So sleek and flattering and comfortable—ahh, the wrap dress. But where did it come from, anyway? Turns out DVF doesn’t deserve all the credit. Read on, read on. —maura brannigan

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The Origin: Contrary to popular belief (i.e. fashion folklore), Diane von Furstenberg did not actually invent the wrap dress in the seventies. She made it her own, for sure, but we gotta give credit to Italian legend Elsa Schiaparelli for developing the style in the thirties. 

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The Evolution: The dress goes mainstream with the help of Claire McCardell, a major design force in the forties who is all about ready-to-wear (unlike Schiaparelli, who isn’t so focused on practicality).

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Let’s fast-forward a couple decades to 1970. Now’s the time to thank Diane von Furstenberg, who shows up in New York with a suitcase packed with 12 jersey dresses. Having just finalized a divorce, DVF reports wanting to create a more liberating dress—one that’s in-sync with the current movement toward sexual freedom. 

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Things take off in a BIG way. By 1976, Diane von Furstenberg sells more than a million (!!!) of her signature dresses, landing her on the cover of both Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. The former awesomely deems her “the most marketable woman since Coco Chanel.”

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While the design is most synonymous with the 1970s women’s-lib movement, it enjoys a resurgence in the late 1990s as a stylish (and again, practical) alternative to the power suit. Carrie Bradshaw, for one, was spotted in a shmancy DVF version several times throughout Sex and the City—as was the resident workaholic, Miranda.

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Two high-profile fans: Michelle Obama, who wears one on the Obama’s first White House holiday card, and Kate Middleton, who can sell pretty much anything she puts on. 

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One of the most iconic looks in American Hustle is a wrap dress worn by Amy Adams to seduce, oh, just about everyone. 

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The Right Now: Happy 40th birthday, DVF’s wrap dress! This means a whole year of tributes—and a blowout exhibit titled “Journey of a Dress” in L.A. But did you do the math? If DVF moved to NYC in 1970, why wasn’t the anniversary back in 2010? Because it took four solid years to get the biz off the ground!

Head this way for the scoop on more wardrobe icons.

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Shaina Mote, how on earth did you make this waistband look so cool?! —erica

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In Character: Valerie Cherish

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I definitely waited too long to watch The Comeback. What was I doing, exactly? And if you don’t yet know Valerie Cherish, washed-up sitcom star with expensive hair, a new catchphrase, and lots of hope, then I don’t know what you’ve been up to, either. —erica

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A Stella McCartney for Adidas jacket that becomes an Aunt Sassy trademark.

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A low-cut Issa dress that is ready to hit the upfronts.

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A Journelle robe—ideal for recording personal video diary entries after a long day on-set.

Click here for sooo much more “In Character.”

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Next Level: Beet

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Cranberry sounds so…early aughts. And maroon has a certain team spirit vibe. But beet? Now that feels right for fall—maybe paired with outwear in a nice goat cheese or sherry vinegar. (I know–ha, ha.) —erica

LEVEL I: One of those perfect sweaters, c/o Isabel Marant, that can do apple-picking or office.

LEVEL II: A so-sleek Alexander Wang purse that would give even your grungiest jeans some polish.

LEVEL III: A dress from Carven that would look almost impossibly put-together with sheer black tights.

LEVEL IV: Opening Ceremony shoes that put a little stomp in your step.

More of this “Next Level” madness!

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Motif of this No.6 dress: the Catskills. —erica

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The twisty-twirly waist and the quilting on those pockets there makes for a real interesting denim dress, by Heinui. —erica

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Don’t you think those red carpets could use some more stripes? ‘Cause Katie Ermilio's with you. —erica

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In Character: Nina Sergeevna

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Question 1: Are you guys watching The Americans? Question 2: If not, why? Nina Sergeevna—an employee at the Soviet embassy played by the sultry-as-what Annet Mahendru—is one of those supporting characters that sucks you right in. And her wardrobe’s pretty baller, too. —erica

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A Band of Outsiders shirtdress down to woo an FBI agent.

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A serious, shrunken blazer from The Row that belies that underwear collection of hers.

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Ursa Major earrings that take a strange turn—just like her story (BOOM).

If you’re looking for an “In Character” fix, here’s your chance.

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