fashion inspiration: the oc

Is it really ten whole years since The OC first graced our screens? Back before Gossip Girl, this was my first glimpse into the fashionable teenage lives of privileged, American society.

Rather than bemoaning the passage of time (“am I really that old?”), it’s time to relive the past and take fashion inspiration from Marissa, Summer and the rest of the gang!

New Year’s: Oh, Marissa. Your character ultimately ran itself off the rails but sometimes you got your fashion oh-so-right. One of my favourites was this gorgeous black cut-out gown which she wore to welcome in 2004.

Marissa Black Dress

Recreate the look 2013-style in this One by Contrarian maxi dress ($425).

One by Contrarian Babs Bib Maxi Dress (Photo: Shopbop)

Prom: Unfortunately Marissa got it all wrong this time. Sure, it was Chanel, but seriously, what was she thinking? I hated it then and I hate it now.

Marissa OC Prom Dress

If you want to recreate this look in a slightly more fashionable and modern way, try the Mark + James by Badgley Mischka Strapless Flower Dress (currently on sale for $171).

Mark + James by Badgley Mischka Strapless Flower Dress

Taylor and Summer got it very much right (and somehow still look somewhat stylish ten years later – not bad!)

Taylor and Summer OC Prom Dress

For a sassy take on Summer’s look, try Milly for BHLDN’s Sparked Daisy Dress (now $480).

Milly for BHLDN Sparked Daisy Dress

And tone down the shine on Taylor’s look with this gown from Laundry by Shelli Segal ($275).

Laundry by Shelli Segal

Chrismukkah: What’s not to love about this look? Best of all, you can make it yourself!


Did you watch The OC? What was your favourite look?

The OC Cast

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