Why Was '90s TV Fashion Just The Worst?!

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We are in a golden age of TV: Scandal, Orange Is the New Black, PLL...Netflix and chill, anyone? It's also safe to say we are in a golden age of TV fashion. You can build your closet around entire TV wardrobes, and you can't go on the Internet without seeing a "How To Dress Like Olivia Pope" guide or "The Best Looks from Empire" listicle. Ever since our beloved Gossip Girl (Blair and Chuck forever!) became the most coveted style guide on television ever, all the shows we love today have really stepped up their fashion game.Blair and Serena in Gossip GirlWhen we think about the shows we used to watch as a tween (OG bae= Nathan Scott), we began to wonder: Why on earth was the fashion just. so. bad?
One Tree HillWere costume designers just really far behind on the trends? Did "trends" even exist in the early-aughts, and not just "I-wish-I-never-wore-those" looks? The most influential and epically dramatic teen shows from that early decade like The O.C., Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill are still some of our faves to this day. The drama! The romance! The fist fights! But we will never get behind the layered spaghetti strap tanks and band tees, girls.

And when we look at what Marissa Cooper and Summer Roberts wore in Season 2 of The O.C.? We can't help but shield our eyes.The O.C.We're really not sure what's going on in this outfit. The rainbow stripes? The awkward, brownish-colored shoulder bag? The pleated denim mini?! All we can say is:
Even the more low-key outfits from the best mother-daughter duo out there raise a few questions. We don't care if you went to Harvard, Rory; there is absolutely no logical reason to wear that scarf!
Gilmore GirlsAll we can say is, we're thankful the TV shows we binge-watch now have much, much more bearable clothes to look at. So who's ready for Netflix now?

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