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

The Polo Shirts

There are two women out there—two—who can convincingly rock a Lacoste polo along with a thousand-dollar bag and sensible flats and avoid looking like a country clubber: Marissa Cooper and Margot Tenenbaum. We hope to someday be as cool as either one of them.

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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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