The O.C. was known for its fashion back in the early 2000s. Fans aspired to dress like Marissa Cooper or Summer Roberts, and those same fans probably wanted to dress like Blair Waldorf a few years later. But looking back at it now, some of the outfits from The O.C. have become so dated, it almost hurts to look at them.
Obviously, a show about teenagers in the early 2000s isn't going to be filled with timeless, classic pieces. As a hip, trendy show, they had to style the characters in hip, trendy outfits, which meant a lot of hip huggers and polos. Let's all cross our fingers that those trends never come back.
Some of the outfits in The O.C. have stood the test of time (well, maybe not the test of time, but the test of the last decade) and have managed to stay somewhat stylish, like Summer's crocheted bikini or Marissa's lace-up crop top, but others, like Marissa's bolero jackets and knee length skirts, have definitely not. If you're stumped at how you ever thought any of those items were truly stylish, worry not — it's almost guaranteed the youths of today will be regretting their unicorn hair and rainbow everything when they're in their 20s.
Here are 19 outfits from The O.C. that are incredibly outdated.
1. This Tie Neck Top
Maybe she was trying to look like Sailor Moon?
2. Marissa's Printed Sweater
It's actually printed with The Clash, which makes it so much more ridiculous.
3. This Graphic Tee
Even the font is circa 2003.
4. Marissa's Headband (And Bangle... And Polo)
I can't believe we used to wear bangles like that. Omg.
5. Summer's Bandana
Glad this trend is over.
6. Marissa's Bolero Jacket
What is the point of a bolero jacket? To keep only your shoulders warm?
7. Marissa's Sparkly Bolero Sweater
Why was she so into bolero jackets?
8. Anna's Hat And Layers
Why so many layers? It's not even cold in the O.C.!
9. Everything About Summer Right Here
That hairstyle has seen better days.
10. Marissa's Polo/Skirt Combo
I'm still recovering from all of the polos of the early 2000s.
11. Anna's Tube Top
Tube tops were a whole thing on their own, but this is extra 2000s with the black long sleeve tee underneath.
12. Julie's Bucket Hat
Bucket hats tried to make a comeback recently, but let's face it, these are about as dated as it gets.
13. This Entire Outfit
Let's all agree we'd be pretty happy if these trends never make a comeback.
14. Alex's Ribbed Tank Top And Pompadour
That hair though.
15. Summer's Headband And Crimped Ponytail
It's so bad, it's good.
16. Alex's Graphic Tee And Long Sleeve Tee
I hope it was one shirt that was supposed to look like two.
17. Julie's Tube Top
Why did she style this top with trousers?
18. Marissa's Rainbow Jacket And Pleated Jean Skirt
Pleated denim skirts were all the rage back in the day, but boy do they look ancient now.
19. Marissa's Drop Waist Dress
She's got the millennial pink shade down, at least!