Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Lauren Conrad may be considered a style-setter now, but it wasn't always this way. The 26-year-old Hills alum tells Lucky that her flip flop-wearing OC beach bum days are long gone: "I try to never look back at how I dressed in the first few seasons of Laguna Beach because it was pretty bad ? head-to-toe bad [...] This past summer, MTV replayed every episode and I would always see it and be like, 'Ahh, no!' I wore these capri denim pants a lot and they were so bad." [People; Previously]