9 Style Lessons We Learned From The O.C.’s Marissa Cooper

Mischa Barton’s star is on the rise again in the US and it got us thinking; wasn’t her The O.C. alter-ego, Marissa Cooper, just the sassiest?

Mischa Barton’s star is on the rise again in the US and it got us thinking; wasn’t her The O.C. alter-ego, Marissa Cooper, just the sassiest?

She was spoiled, she was bratty. She was super-narcissistic before selfies were even invented. In short, she was a pretty awful person (with extra emphasis on the pretty) and oh wow, we wanted to be her.

Here are nine 00s trends she put on our radar…


The Boob Tube

Before Marissa worked the look (at school, at the country club, lounging around in Orange County mansions…) we hadn’t even considered the boob tube as a viable fashion option. With its super-sheath powers, however, every one of us could now dress like a sexy 00s sausage.

Clear Lip Gloss
With added extra ultra shine. Preferably bubblegum scented.

Butterfly Clips
May no bad words ever be said about butterfly clips. Any good 00s hair ‘do featured a swarm.

The Bolero Jacket
Is there anything this boho cardigan doesn’t go with? The sartorial challenge was on to work a teeny tiny sparkly knit into our every single look.

Graduation Goals
Because every successful undergraduate cements their professionalism in a floral garland, right?

Over-Accessorising
Layered necklaces, bag charms, stackable bangles – Marissa wore them all at once and she wore them well.

The Corsage Dress
Is it a giant corsage, is it a dress? We don’t care, we just want one for the prom.

The Polo Top
Preppy sportswear vibes were the goal, Sports World was the UK reality.

The Shark Tooth Necklace
We can’t even… those Cali surfer vibes did not read well in the land-locked town of Romford.

All hail Marissa Cooper, original TV brat and muse for our 00s wardrobes.

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