Fashion

The Most Iconic (And Questionable) Outfits From ‘The O.C.’

The good, the bad and the oh-so-Noughties.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that early 2000s TV series The O.C. was a fashion sensation—defining the wardrobes of countless teenagers and birthing Mischa Barton—the ultimate Noughties It-Girl.

Even years after it first aired, revisiting the old series is an enjoyable experience (we suggest a guilty pleasure re-watch this weekend), but be warned: the outfits haven’t aged quite as well as Rachel Bilson.

From Marissa Cooper’s pleated denim mini skirts, three-quarter jeans and rainbow boleros (the horror), to Summer’s penchant for printed gypsy dresses and peasant tops (lest we forget her hippie period at college), The O.C. is a masterclass in Noughties style.

Here, we round-up the most memorable looks—the good, the bad and the Highly Questionable. Prepare for fashion whiplash.

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Summer’s upper-arm bangles.

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This black cut-out number on Marissa.

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Embellished singlets for Summer and Marissa.

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Marissa’s sequins and neutrals.

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Marissa’s surprisingly elegant Debutante Ball look.

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Marissa’s memorable Chanel senior prom dress.

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Marissa’s knitwear and nightie combination.

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Marissa’s vintage band t-shirt and crimped hair.

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Marissa’s cropped tweed jacket and three-quarter-length jeans.

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A crocheted cardigan and side-plait for Marissa.

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This pleated denim mini and rainbow cardigan.

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A skinny scarf.

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This pink satin number.

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A boho coffee run.

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This flapper-style slip dress.

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A cropped peasant top for Summer and cargo pants for Marissa. Shirts over t-shirts for Seth and Ryan.

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Summer’s Debutante Ball look.

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The eternal “cute top” and jeans pairing.

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A khaki mini and military-detail top.

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Marissa’s blue polka dots.

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This frilled white frock on Marissa.

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This floral-and-lace confection on Summer.

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School-friendly attire.

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A serious trench coat and headband moment from Marissa.

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Marissa’s bright green polo top.

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Summer’s wedding dress.

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Low-slung cargo pants and casual blazers.

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A plunging halter top and tiered boho skirt.

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Summer’s decorative belly button sticker and terry towelling shorts.

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