To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s is a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
It all started with a comment on Instagram. It made me realize how understated Ross Geller of iconic sitcom Friends really is.
So I guess Ross wasn’t your favorite character on Friends? He sure wasn’t mine. Possessiv, a know-it-all and kind of nerdy in a less charming way. Not really the ingredients for a likable character.
Friends isn’t a show that has aged very well. The fat shaming, the zero representative cast, the womanizing, the way they talk about mental illness. The list is long. That is something that strikes me every time I re-watch it. But still I do re-watch it. For the dialogue? Maybe. For the timing (which you can’t deny is flawless sometimes)? Could be. For the wardrobe? Must be it.
The late 90s and early 00s show has had such an impact of my style unconsciously. Sex and the city is my reference frame for going-out dressing. And Friends is something I always look to for inspiration. And until now Rachel Green has been the one I turn to for sartorial guidance. Until now!!
The look that really made Ross the fashion icon I consider him to be. The combination of high waist leather pants and oversize shirt, classic.
Where it all started. Me copying Ross.
Because guess what, my accidental style icon for this early autumn season is Dr. Ross Geller PHD.
This is not as strange as one may think. Ross is kind of the ultimate anti-fashion late 90s dad. He is dorky, his entire fit is loose and he loves a good leather jacket and oversize shirts. That is pretty much all I ask for at the moment. He also wears high waist leather pants. And so do I.
The leather blazer, yet another FW19 trend Ross mastered.
So why hasn’t Dr. Ross Geller PHD been brought out in the light as the true style icon he is? In the league of Steve Jobs. It’s not a non-styling we are talking about here. Ross did make some statement with his way of dressing. Remember the red tie dye sweater he wore the episode him and Rachel got together and got Emma? The same sweater Tag had? It’s not not in line with Tibi SS20.
Tibi SS20 subtile tie dye trousers.
Ross and Tag in matching red subtile tie dye sweaters.
And the pink shirt that wasn’t pink, but in fact salmon? I remember another famous character telling off yet another loved character that her sweater isn’t just blue, neither is it turquoise or lapis, it’s actually cerulean. And that she’s also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers.
If that’s not an interest in fashion, then what is?
I love this look on Ross. Could be off the street style scene at London Fashion week yesterday.
Trying to give Ross some competition in straight leather jacket, wide chinos and knit.
Getting the look of Ross Geller isn’t very hard. The man liked wide dad chinos, oversized shirts in bright colors and leather. All on my shopping list for this fall and perhaps now on yours? But it wasn’t until I realized how much alike our sidekicks are it got scary.
Fanny Ekstrand is a writer, creative consultant and founder of Hobnob. She says she is the master of vintage shopping and knows all the pasta dishes in the world.