2018 Trends Marissa Cooper Was Wearing in 2003


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The time is 2003, it's a Thursday night—quick, what were you doing? If you're anything like me, you were settling in to watch what was arguably the best show to ever grace a television screen, The O.C. Each week my friends and I would rotate houses hosting O.C. viewing parties to see what Seth, Ryan, Marissa, and Summer were up to. Though it was the plot line (and my major crush on Seth Cohen) that initially drew me in, what kept me coming back week after week was the wild fashion of the early aughts—specifically that of quintessential California-girl Marissa Cooper.

As much as I hate to admit this, I dressed exactly like this in high school—low slung jeans, Juicy sweatsuits, ruffled skirts, and all. Marissa Cooper was definitely my style icon at that time, though there were a few subtle differences between our wardrobes, like she wore Chanel Haute Couture to her senior prom, while I wore BCBG (I'm sure I'm not the only one?). 

So as you can see, I was basically born to pen this story and my entire life has led up to this moment. Melodramatic? Yes. True? Also yes. Kidding (kind of), but in all seriousness, Marissa Cooper was a fashion icon of her time and, as we know, fashion is cyclical. So with many early 2000s trends bubbling back up as of late, these 6 Marissa Cooper fashion moments couldn't be more relevant. From her going-out tops to her kitten heels, elements of her cool-girl style are as buzzy as ever. Let's take a look back and see the trends MC was wearing then, and shop the 2018 iterations of each. 

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