What a time to be alive. To see the rein, demise and revival of spaghetti strap tops fueled in no small part by the sudden nostalgic appreciation of The O.C. is to truly feel like some sort of pop culture veteran.
From the strappy numbers seemingly made for Marissa Cooper’s mile-long torso to the saccharine sets worn by Summer, spaghetti strap tops practically held a starring role in the iconic series—and that’s not even mentioning po-faced Ryan’s unforgettable contributions to the canon of these always al dente tops.
An extremely popular series and an extremely popular trend—together they succintly encapsulate the aesthetic of the 2000s, which probably for the first time (since enough time has passed) can be viewed with the rosy-tinted aviators of nostalgia. Sixteen years since The O.C. first aired—and with the resurgence of teen dramas a la Euphoria and Riverdale—it seems fitting that fans of the show and the genre would rewatch the series with a heightened appreciation for the details.
Whether you’re looking for outfit inspo from Orange County or confidence (Cohen!)—we select our pick of the best tops from the best show.
Stripes and carb-loaded spaghetti straps, yes please!
You can bet on Summer Roberts
Put this is in Louvre
Spaghetti straps but make it conceptual
Big 2005 energy