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Fashion Inspiration: The Spice Girls

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Fashion inspiration the spice girls

Ever since catching their performance at the Olympics Closing Ceremony, my love for the Spice Girls has been rekindled tenfold. These ’90s icons not only produced catchy music, starred in a feel-good movie, and helped to popularize the term “girl power,” but they also had fantastic style to boot. Whether you were athletic, girly, edgy, or glam, everyone related to a particular Spice Girl and their unique style.

And who says our elementary school faves can’t be a fantastic source of fashion inspiration? Read on to check out some stylish, budget-friendly and totally wearable outfits inspired by each of the five Spice Girls.

Ginger Spice

The fiery-haired feminist with an attitude to match, Geri rocked her sultry outfits with confidence and ease. Her most recognizable ensemble was the famous Union Jack dress, so I came up with a modern and stylish take on this iconic look.

Start by pairing a Union Jack sweater with a fitted red pencil skirt, which helps play up the bombshell look. Heeled ankle booties add a fashion-forward vibe, while a peace sign bracelet pays homage to her signature pose. Finally, put on some deep red lipstick to complete this sultry outfit with a modern twist.

outfit-inspired-by-ginger-spice-style
Product Info: Top- Forever 21, Lipstick- NARS “Jungle Red”, Bracelet- Topshop, Shoes- Charlotte Russe, Skirt- Charlotte Russe

Sporty Spice

Clad in tracksuits and sneakers, Mel C. arguably had the most comfortable wardrobe in the group and — lucky for us — sportswear-inspired looks have been making a comeback in the fashion world lately.

Channel Mel’s athletic style by pairing blue elastic-cuff trousers with a slinky racerback top. A pair of gray wedge trainers are a much more fashion-forward take on plain old sneakers, while an orange watch adds a nice pop of color. Also, don’t forget to pull your hair up in a messy-yet-chic high ponytail, similar to the one pictured below.

Outfit inspired by Sporty Spice from the Spice Girls
Product Info: Top- Forever 21, Shoes- AX Paris, Pants- ASOS, Watch- Endless | Hair photo- ELLE

Baby Spice

The youngest member of the group, Emma embraced her moniker by dressing in sweet and youthful ensembles.

Babydoll dresses were Emma’s signature, so for this inspired look, I picked out an adorable lacy blue babydoll frock. Over-the-knee socks create a streamlined look, while Mary Jane platform pumps add a trendy touch. Accessorize with a chic ’90s-inspired choker, then add a bit of illuminator to help achieve that youthful glow. (Pigtails are optional.)

outfit-inspired-by-baby-spice-style
Product Info: Illuminator- Benefit “High Beam”, Dress- Wet Seal, Socks- Urban Outfitters, Shoes- Forever 21, Necklace- Dorothy Perkins

Scary Spice

Known for being confident, outgoing, and a bit loud, Mel B.‘s wardrobe matched her personality perfectly.

For a modern look inspired by Scary Spice, start by paring some trendy bronze-colored coated jeans with a strapless bustier tap. Next, add a cardigan which incorporates Mel’s signature leopard print and adds a little more coverage. Black lace-up boots give off a tough girl vibe, while a gold coiled ring is reminiscent of Mel B.’s totally rad “horned” hairstyle.

outfit-inspired-by-scary-spice-style
Product Info: Ring- ASOS, Top- ASOS, Jeans- JCPenney, Cardigan- H&M, Boots- amazon.com

Posh Spice

Before she was Mrs. Beckham, Victoria was showcasing her superb fashion sense as a member of the Spice Girls. Posh kept things simple and classy in short dark-colored dresses and strappy heels, which created a timeless look.

Snag VB’s style with this LBD that features a feminine lace bustier for contrast. Next, accessorize with a pair of chic sandals and glam stud earrings. Paint your nails with a moody shade of polish, then recreate Victoria’s sleek, pin-straight ‘do with the help of some hair product.

outfit-inspired-by-posh-spice-style
Product Info: Hair Product- Got 2b Crazy Sleek Lotion, Dress- Forever 21, Nail Polish- OPI “Lincoln Park After Dark”, Shoes- JCPenney, Earrings- Juicy Couture

What do you think?

Are you a fan of the Spice Girls? What do you think of their style? Who’s your fave Spice Girl? Would you wear any of these outfits? Does this post make you want to watch Spice World? As always, remember to leave a comment below and tell me what you think!

Posted on on September 23, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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14 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: The Spice Girls”

  1. 1
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I love love love the spice girls, great article! Love that the outfits are a modern version of the 90’s so you won’t look like you are going to a costume party.

  2. 2
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Love it.

  3. 3
    September 23rd, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Tell me what you want! What you really really want!…I’ll take Mel B.’s outfit minus the boots in a size 6 please…:)

  4. 4
    September 23rd, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    This brings me back to my elementary/ middle school days. Sporty was always my favorite!

  5. 5
    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I love all the outfits! Posh Spice was always my fav! So good to see them at the London Olympics!

  6. 6
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    LOVE

  7. 7
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    This is happily nostalgic. :]

  8. 8
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I love(d) posh spice! She has a fashion book called That Extra Half Inch. Its fabulous.

  9. 9
    September 23rd, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Love this! I was always obsessed with scary spice but I don’t think I can really pull off the leopard print!!

  10. 10
    September 24th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    nice… love it

  11. 11
    September 26th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Can I tell you how much I love College Fashion even more? I ADORED the Spice Girls as a 6/7 year old! Ginger is my fave! Love the article!

  12. 12
    October 4th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    This is great. I’m curretnly rediscovering the SpiceGirls as a fashion inspiration for myself. They’re great. <3

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