"The year was 2003, a little teen soap called The O.C
. had just hit the airwaves, and as a high schooler in the early aughts, Marc by Marc Jacobs was the ultimate aspirational label. So when I stumbled across the perfect pale blue, polka-dotted halter dress from Marc's younger brand while browsing the racks at my local South Florida mall one weekend, you better believe I fell head over heels in love. Even on sale, however, the dress was still pretty pricey—and since I wasn't sure where I'd even wear it (my school had uniforms, and I didn't get invited to many parties—sadface!), I decided to hold off. Cut to two weeks later, and The O.C.
's leading lady Mischa Barton—my personal style hero at the time—is wearing my exact dress in one of the show's early episodes (it's the leftmost dress in this photo
). Distraught, I headed back to the mall the very next day to snap up the piece—only to find it sold out in every single size. I scoured eBay and multiple other sites with no luck before finally giving up—but I know that had I managed to track down the party dress of my dreams, I'd likely still be wearing it today. DAMN YOU, MARISSA COOPER!! *shakes fists*" - Elana Fishman, senior digital editor