10 Reasons Why The O.C.’s Marissa Cooper Was TV’s Most Stylish Character Ever

The Bizarre Belts

It's true that Marissa embraced some pretty daring trends during the series' second and third seasons—bow-bedecked newsboy cap, anyone?!—but in my humble opinion, it was her array of odd belts that really took the cake. Remember those fringed macramé hippie cinchers everyone wore in the early 2000s? Marissa's were just like those, except preppier and infinitely pricier.

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Today’s TV shows are packed with chic leading ladies—Mad Men’s Megan Draper, Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary, Game of Thrones’ resident platinum-haired ass-kicker Daenerys. But for those who came of age in the early aughts, few onscreen characters compared to the utter fabulousness of The O.C.'s Marissa Cooper (may she rest in peace).

Played by Mischa Barton, the impeccably-coiffed high schooler had a designer-label-packed wardrobe that totally masked her turbulent mood swings and hard-partying ways. Even when she was passing out in a Tijuana alleyway or being almost-molested by her on-again-off-again boyfriend’s brother (why you gotta cause so much trouble, Trey?!), the troubled teen always looked flawlessly styled. So in honor of the fact that 11 years—yes, 11—have passed since the series’ premiere, I’ve rounded up a handful of reasons why Coop was the chicest teen to ever grace the small screen.


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