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Ranking The 200 Best Sweaters In "Friends" History

Just in time for fall.

A couple notes on this definitive ranking:

1. This is the definitive ranking. All other rankings of Friends sweaters are illegitimate.

2. This ranking is completely arbitrary please don't argue with me.

3. There are no sweatshirts included here. There are a lot of great sweatshirts on Friends, but that's another post.

4. If I couldn't conclude whether a top was a sweater or just a shirt, I did not include the top.

5. Gunther never wore a sweater.

Okay, let's go.

200. Rachel's Ralph Lauren co-worker's chunky knit cardigan.

Actually a great sweater but this lady smokes like a chimney. That sweater def smells terrible. Sorry!
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Actually a great sweater but this lady smokes like a chimney. That sweater def smells terrible. Sorry!

199. Joey's turtleneck with rectangles.

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198. Ross's drab, greyish v-neck.

Plenty more where that came from.
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Plenty more where that came from.

197. Chandler's charcoal-grey sweater vest.

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196. Monica's multicolor turtleneck.

A fine, normal sweater.
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A fine, normal sweater.

195. Ross's white ribbed crewneck.

Boy band vibes.
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Boy band vibes.

194. Phoebe's mishmash sweater vest.

Not your best Phoebs.
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Not your best Phoebs.

193. Monica's blue grid.

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192. Ross's gross green v-neck.

Pukey.
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Pukey.

191. Monica's pink gradient.

This is when you knew the show had moved firmly into the 2000s.
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This is when you knew the show had moved firmly into the 2000s.

190. Rachel's right angle.

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189. Monica's short-sleeve cardi.

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188. Joey's stripey-sleeve mini v-neck.

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187. Monica's bedazzled cardigan.

A lot going on here.
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A lot going on here.

186. Monica's purple stripes.

Classic Monica.
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Classic Monica.

185. Phoebe's cardigan with leaves.

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184. Ross's powder blue crewneck.

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183. Phoebe's semi-scoop neck with strings.

Meh.
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Meh.

182. Ross's burnt sienna v-neck.

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181. Monica's big star.

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180. Joey's aubergine wooly boi.

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179. Monica's bright green boatneck with two circles.

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178. Ross's teachin' v-neck.

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177. Joey's baggy stripes.

Lotta striped sweaters on this show. They can't all be winners.
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Lotta striped sweaters on this show. They can't all be winners.

176. Ross's plain, grey, seemingly-wool v-neck.

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175. Ross's baggy ribbed sweater.

Myself and every other person who shopped at Gap in 1998 had this sweater.
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Myself and every other person who shopped at Gap in 1998 had this sweater.

174. Ditto.

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173. Rachel's sleeveless cable knit turt.

Such a thick sweater makes no sense without sleeves!
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Such a thick sweater makes no sense without sleeves!

172. Monica's green turtleneck.

It's fine.
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It's fine.

171. Paul Rudd's vertical stripes.

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170. Phoebe's cozy looking wide v-neck.

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169. Rachel's grey cardigan.

Plain as it gets, Rach.
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Plain as it gets, Rach.

168. Phoebe's Umbridge sweater.

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167. Ross's wide rib sweater.

Those ribs are too wide!
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Those ribs are too wide!

166. Ross's collegiate looking v-neck cable knit.

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165. Phoebe's sea foam green.

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164. Monica's fuzzy deep-v.

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163. Ross's bold blue stripeys.

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162. Phoebe's lavender v-neck with squiglies

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161. Monica's simple red jumper.

That's right I said jumper. Gotta mix it up, lotta sweaters here.
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That's right I said jumper. Gotta mix it up, lotta sweaters here.

160. Joey's thin stripes.

It's just blah.
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It's just blah.

159. Rachel's grey cardigan.

Your high school crush may have worn something like this.
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Your high school crush may have worn something like this.

158. Phoebe's red and blue cardi.

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157. Monica's burnt sienna v-neck.

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156. Phoebe's lavender cardigan .

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155. Joey's one stripe.

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154. Monica's sheer waffle knit.

Okay we're starting to get into the legitimately cute stuff.
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Okay we're starting to get into the legitimately cute stuff.

153. Phoebe's weird portrait sweater.

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152. Monica's periwinkle turt.

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151. Joey's Special Blend sweater.

Joey is one of the few characters who wears branded clothes. Here he's wearing a sweater by snowboard apparel brand Special Blend, which is kind of strange. More on this later...
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Joey is one of the few characters who wears branded clothes. Here he's wearing a sweater by snowboard apparel brand Special Blend, which is kind of strange. More on this later...

150. Rachel's sage turt.

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149. Joey's cafe job sweater.

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148. Monica's green, brown and orange sweater.

Not sure if this is great or terrible.
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Not sure if this is great or terrible.

147. Rachel's marbled grey turtleneck.

These people love their turts.
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These people love their turts.

146. Reese Witherspoon's brown turtleneck.

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145. Rachel's turt with pink arm thingies.

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144. Joey's deep purple turt.

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143. Joey's ribbed grey turt.

The essential Joey sweater.
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The essential Joey sweater.

142. Monica's sage cardigan.

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141. Rachel's sweater with some weird square object in the middle.

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140. Phoebe's see-through cardigan that looks like a blanket I used to have.

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139. Monica's medic sweater.

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138. Phoebe's colorific keyhole sweater.

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137. Rachel's bright crewneck with pink rectangles on the sleeves.

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136. Ross's nearly-sheer cable knit.

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135. Phoebe's red cardi with dogs.

This should be higher tbh.
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This should be higher tbh.

134. Phoebe's shawl-collar stoner sweater.

Somewhere around season six Phoebe trades out the hippie sweaters of the early seasons for skimpier Rachel/Monica type sweaters. We must cherish the old Phoebe.
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Somewhere around season six Phoebe trades out the hippie sweaters of the early seasons for skimpier Rachel/Monica type sweaters. We must cherish the old Phoebe.

133. Chandler's simple great crewneck.

Just a regular 'ol sweater.
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Just a regular 'ol sweater.

132. Joey's ugly striped crewneck with napkin.

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131. Phoebe's thick sweater with large buttons.

I had trouble telling if this was a sweater or a coat but I checked multiple angles and I'm 99% sure it's a sweater.
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I had trouble telling if this was a sweater or a coat but I checked multiple angles and I'm 99% sure it's a sweater.

130. Rachel's doily-lookin'-ass cardigan.

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129. Chandler's fuchsia sweater vest.

Not his best vest.
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Not his best vest.

128. Monica's "this barely qualifies as a sweater" sweater.

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127. Another red sweater for Monica.

Girl mix it up a bit.
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Girl mix it up a bit.

126. Jon Favreau's drab stripes.

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125. Phoebe's loooong greeny.

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124. Phoebe's purple cardigurple.

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123. Monica's collared green thingy.

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122. Rachel's pink cardi.

Again, if you were age 11-19 in the 2000s you are familiar with this look.
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Again, if you were age 11-19 in the 2000s you are familiar with this look.

121. Monica's 'lil v-neck.

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120. Chandler's simple blue v-neck.

Ninety percent chance he took this out of Ross's closet.
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Ninety percent chance he took this out of Ross's closet.

119. Phoebe's pink cardigan with pastoral scene.

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118. Phoebe's tight cardigan.

See the difference between this and old Phoebe???
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See the difference between this and old Phoebe???

117. Dizzy from Starship Troopers' elegant white cardigan with pearls.

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116. Rachel's "hanging out at the mall in 2005" sweater.

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115. Joey's deep red v-neck.

Everybody's got one!
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Everybody's got one!

114. Joey's "I'm on a real boat not in front of a green screen" sweater.

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113. Chandler's sweater that is different than his other grey sweater vest because if you look closely it has a subtle pattern in there.

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112. Monica's nice 'n stripey boi.

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111. Monica's sweater that your mom definitely had.

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110. The bad guy from Hackers's deep-v.

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109. Monica's color-blocked turtleneck.

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108. Ross's burnt orange with something weird happening at the shoulders.

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107. Chandler's ribbed grey sweater vest.

Why is it so long?
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Why is it so long?

106. Monica's fuzzy periwinkle.

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105. Rachel's scalloped maroon turtleneck.

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104. Ross's lavender v-neck.

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103. Monica's big 'ol cozy boi.

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102. Rachel's boatneck cable knit.

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101. Phoebe's powerful shouldered emerald number.

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100. Chandler's thin stripeys.

Nice variety of stripe shape and size, good sweater.
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Nice variety of stripe shape and size, good sweater.

99. Rachel's futuristic cardigan.

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98. Phoebe's pastel stripes.

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97. Joey's classic black turtleneck.

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96. Joey's Foursquare sweater.

Okay so now Joey is wearing Foursquare, another snowboard-adjacent brand. Was is ever established that Joey is a snowboarder or is this just how they thought a "cool guy" would dress?
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Okay so now Joey is wearing Foursquare, another snowboard-adjacent brand. Was is ever established that Joey is a snowboarder or is this just how they thought a "cool guy" would dress?

95. Ross's only good sweater.

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94. Janice's orange sweater with purple fringe.

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93. Rachel's orange turt.

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92. Monica's orange turt.

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91. Joey's tight sweater that looks like a rug.

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90. Monica's sweater that is definitely also from the Gap.

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89. Ross's chunkkkkky knit.

Like a bowl of Campbell's Chunky soup, but in sweater form.
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Like a bowl of Campbell's Chunky soup, but in sweater form.

88. Ross's other big 'ol chunky fisherman sweater.

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87. Brad Pitt's good fit.

Seriously this may have been the first appearance of a men's sweater fitting well on the show.
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Seriously this may have been the first appearance of a men's sweater fitting well on the show.

86. Hank Azaria's warm-ass-lookin' sweater.

This is actually the best men's sweater to appear on the televisions how Friends.
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This is actually the best men's sweater to appear on the televisions how Friends.

85. Ross's R&B singer turtleneck.

It's at least three sizes too big but I love it.
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It's at least three sizes too big but I love it.

84. Phoebe's baggy v-neck with a green square with a heart in it.

The essential Phoebe sweater.
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The essential Phoebe sweater.

83. Joey's velvety turt.

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82. Janice's pink cardigan with several necklaces.

Real talk Janice stayed serving looks.
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Real talk Janice stayed serving looks.

81. Joey's Diesel sweater.

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80. Monica's orange fuzzy boi.

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79. Chandler's blue sweater vest.

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78. Rachel's white ribbed v-neck.

Peak Rachel.
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Peak Rachel.

77. Ross's "got a nice sweater for the school dance" sweater.

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76. Jimmy Cooper's "for some reason Rachel is attracted to Jimmy Cooper" sweater.

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75. Phoebe's "hmm maybe new Phoebe can actually work" cardigan.

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74. Chandler's argyle sweater vest.

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73. Monica's turtleneck with a lot going on.

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72. Monica's ceiling thumpin' sweater.

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71. Rachel's pre-nose-job pinky with shoulder pads.

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70. Phoebe's cardigan with danglies.

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69. Monica's flashback sweater.

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68. Monica's ribbed, orange sweater with some weird design in the middle.

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67. Joey's black and blue fuzzy boi with a subtle diagonal stripe.

Looking like a Backstreet Boys album.
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Looking like a Backstreet Boys album.

66. Rachel's cozy lookin' turtleneck.

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65. Joey wearing several sweaters so this makes up for any accidental duplicates.

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64. Ross's "I haven't seen this episode so I don't know the context of this but wow" sweater.

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63. Phoebe's sweater with multicolored striped sleeves.

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62. Christina Applegate's asymmetrical "can I speak to the manager?" sweater.

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61. Ross's argyle sweater with a collar.

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60. Monica's "yep we're definitely in the 2000s" sweater.

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59. Paul Rudd's Freddy Krueger sweater.

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58. Monica's in another periwinkle sweater, another turtleneck.

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57. Ross's green sweater with a stripe.

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56. Ross's bright orange v-neck.

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55. Joey's really long cable knit.

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54. Rachel's "wow I wonder if the producers see breasts as a major selling point of this show" sweater.

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53. Chandler's really wide cardigan.

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52. Monica's blue ribbed turt.

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51. Ross's grey sweater with the stripe.

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50. This old dude's cowichan.

Not a regular, just some guy chilling in the background with a great sweater.
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Not a regular, just some guy chilling in the background with a great sweater.

49. Phoebe's fuzzy diamond patterned cardigan.

Want to touch.
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Want to touch.

48. Phoebe's sweater with the moose.

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47. Monica's librarian cardigan.

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46. Chandler's oatmeal-y sweater vest.

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45. Monica's Harley Quinn cardigan.

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44. Phoebe's cardigan with poodles.

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43. Chandler's striped cardigan.

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42. Ross oatmeal and raspberries.

IDK guys I'm losing it here.
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IDK guys I'm losing it here.

41. Rachel's cropped, fuzzy white.

I would spill coffee on this within 10 minutes of putting it on.
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I would spill coffee on this within 10 minutes of putting it on.

40. Chandler's nubby grey.

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39. Phoebe's other sweater with a moose.

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38. Monica's beige sweater with geometric sleeve designs.

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37. Phoebe's oversized, banana pepper colored sweater.

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36. Rachel's white sleeveless turtleneck.

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35. Monica's seasonal crewneck.

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34. Phoebe's sweater with smiley faces (!!!)

Can't believe she only wore it once.
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Can't believe she only wore it once.

33. Chandler's sweater vest with horizontal stripes.

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32. Joey's other orange sweater.

Normal people: probably don't have one orange sweater. Friends characters: own multiple orange sweaters.
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Normal people: probably don't have one orange sweater. Friends characters: own multiple orange sweaters.

31. Phoebe's cardigan with flora.

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30. Monica's velvety maroon turt.

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29. Jojo's deep navy sweater with earth tone cuffs.

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28. Ross's beige boi.

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27. Rachel wearing the same sweater as above.

This counts as two different sweaters don't argue with me.
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This counts as two different sweaters don't argue with me.

26. Phoebe's trippy green thingy.

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25. Paul Rudd's maroon turtleneck did I already do this one IDK my eyes have glazed over.

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24. Ross's blue v-neck feat. Denise Richards.

Another Starship Troopers alum.
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Another Starship Troopers alum.

23. Chandler's Slytherin sweater vest.

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22. Ross's quarter-zip.

A different look for the R-man!
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A different look for the R-man!

21. Joseph's deep purple turtleneck but it's different than his other deep purple turtleneck because it's ribbed.

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20. Ross's sand colored v-neck.

The essential Ross.
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The essential Ross.

19. Rachel's monkey-babysittin' sweater.

This is the exact outfit I would wear to babysit a monkey.
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This is the exact outfit I would wear to babysit a monkey.

18. Phoebe's "how do sweaters work?" sweater.

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17. Monica's seriously very trendy in 2017 cardigan.

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16. Joey's sweater that looks like a pile of mulch, whatever that is.

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15. Monica's deep-pink with some hippie design.

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14. Joey's classic blue sweater that looks like a luxurious towel.

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13. Monica's fuzzy boi with a light blue stripe.

I'll admit I was swayed by the accessorization here.
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I'll admit I was swayed by the accessorization here.

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11. Ross's keyboardin' sweater.

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10. Monica's diner sweater with fake boobs.

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9. Monica's "is that a sweater vest is that a (spoiler alert) foreshadowing of your eventual relationship with Chandler?" sweater.

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8. Ross's speckly boi.

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7. Chandler's straight up black sweater vest.

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6. Monica's Slytherin cardigan.

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5. Joey's creamy v-neck.

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4. Phoebe's chunky stoner sweater.

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3. Joey's orange, ribbed turtleneck.

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2. Rachel's Speedracer-y Diesel sweater.

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1. The sweater Rachel puts on her great, not-mean cat that she was totally mean to!

Justice for this cat! Justice for sweaters!
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Justice for this cat! Justice for sweaters!

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