How The Spice Girls Spiced Up Our Life From Buffalo Boots To Victoria Beckham's Catsuit

26 June 2012 by

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It's been 14 years, but the Spice Girls still have a hold on our teenage hearts. Can you believe it was way back in 1996 when five sassy ladies whooshed to No 1 with Wannabe? Sporty, Scary, Baby, Ginger and Posh quickly became a Pop World phenomenon with infectious giggles, naughty booty-shaking, platform boots and a LOT of zig-a-zig-ah.

Now that [a href="/conversation/archive/2012/06/26/excited-for-the-spice-girls-musical--viva-forever-re-live-some-of-their-best-mom.htm">the band is back together[/a] (and in our fair capital!) for West End musical 'Viva Forever', us Graziettes can.not.stop. reminiscing about Spice Style back in the day. From igniting our leopard print love to VB's saucy catsuit, take a trip down memory lane with our wistful Girl Power gallery above... 

Leopard print love

Being a big Mel B fan, I relied upon New Look’s 9-15 range to fulfil all of my coloured leopard print needs. I had a grey leopard matchy-matchy ensemble of a very viscose mini skirt and crop top – and Emma Bunton’s bubble shoes from Faith that disgusted my Mum, but made my life complete.

[a href="/author/hannahalmassi">- Hannah Almassi, Deputy Fashion News and Features Editor[/a]

Suede boots

My favourite Spice style moment is the genius pairing of suede and an autumnal palette in the 2 Become 1 music video. Aside from guiding us through the finer points of safe sex (‘put it on’ indeed) Geri and Baby worked emerald and purple suede knee high boots while VB was pretty much head to toe in chocolate suede. I’d pretty much say my suede obsession found its roots right there. Sad, but true.

[a href="/author/KatherineOrmerod">- Katherine Ormerod, Senior Fashion News & Features Editor[/a]

VB's PVC catsuit

It’s got to be the ‘Say You'll Be There’ music video from 1996. If anyone could pull off black PVC in the er, desert, it was The Spice Girls. Just look at Victoria Beckham in that cat suit! Amazing.

[a href="/author/DelphineChui">- Delphine Chui, Entertainment Assistant[/a]

Platform shoes

I genuinely believed that the world would cease to exist if I didn’t own those platform trainers aged 11. I never owned them thanks to my mum, and admittedly the world kept turning. But, I can tell you - it was a darker place.
[a href="/author/ZoeBeaty"> 
- Zoe Beaty, Features Writer

Matchy-matchy suits

I'll never forget the Spice Girls arriving at the premiere of SPICE WORLD - THE MOVIE all dressed in mannish suits and bras! Accessorised with canes, Al Pacino style!

[a href="/author/CatherineNieto">- Catherine Nieto, Fashion Editor[/a]

Co-ordinated Colour Blocking

Even in 4-inch platforms, Baby Spice was barely taller than a 13-year-old Prince Harry! ANYWAY, would you look at that expert colour-blocking? Ginger in layers of red, Scary in silver snakeskin, Baby in cutsey green, Posh in a white Joan Collins-tastic suit and Sporty in blue trackies. What co-ordinated PROS! Prince Chuck looks hugely impressed.

[a href="/author/jessicavince">- Jessica Vince, Digital Editor[/a]

THAT dress

I could have gone Posh. I probably could have got away with Sporty. But no. For my year 8 school disco, I went all out in a Union Jack dress. Needless to say, I didn’t get a slow dance at the end of the night.

[a href="/author/JoOliver">- Jo Oliver, Editorial Assistant[/a]

I remember at least once every week performing '2 Become 1' for my friend’s parents in their living room after hours of rehearsals upstairs. My line was Posh Spice’s “Wanna make love to ya baby”. Obviously I had no idea what I was saying!

[a href="/author/CarolineFerry">- Caroline Ferry, Fashion Assistant[/a]


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