Mischa Barton says people think her fashion sense is "nuts".

The former 'O.C.' actress loves taking risks with her outfits, but admits her efforts are not always well-received.

She said: "A few years ago people thought I was nuts for wearing headbands and fringing, but things I have been into have kind of become more popular recently.

"I grew up with pictures of Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg on my wall, they have always been my style. I am a weird replica of the 70s! But it is cool to see that it is back on trend."

Mischa - who was born in London before her parents moved to the US when she was five - enjoys spending time in the UK because people are more accepting of what she chooses to wear.

She explained: "What is nice about fashion in Britain is that you get to be more eccentric and a bit more yourself. In the States they don't like it when you look too different."

The 23-year-old star has also urged women to discover their own personal style.

Mischa said: "It is about experimenting by mixing and matching to develop your own look. You should try to wear something that embodies your sense of style. I think it is bad to wear head to toe all one look."