When Victoria Beckham burst onto the scene with the Spice Girls in the ’90s, her personal style certainly matched her moniker, Posh Spice. And despite the band’s rallying cry to “spice up your life,” Beckham’s early fashion choices represented the best of the decade’s posh minimalism. She had a real penchant for sleek suits, tight minidresses, and dainty stiletto sandals—all in her favorite color, black. In Spice World, Sporty Spice even mocked this recurring wardrobe choice; she poked fun at Posh by saying, “It must be really hard for you, Victoria, trying to decide between the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress, or the little Gucci dress.”
Though Beckham—who will be a speaker at Vogue’s virtual Forces of Fashion summit in November—eventually embraced the wild style of the 2000s and has a much more colorful wardrobe today, there’s something about her pared-back closet from the ’90s that continues to resonate. You could easily slip on one of her leather blazers or neutral, below-the-knee boots, and nobody would be able to spot if they’re vintage or not.
So, in honor of Beckham’s early, timeless style, Vogue is looking back at four distinctive outfits of hers that still feel fresh today. Consider it a lesson in less-is-more dressing, because with Posh Spice, it was always about letting an impeccable fit and strong shapes do all the talking. And that’s something you still want to channel with your style today.
Below, shop four minimal Posh Spice looks.Photo: Getty Images
Saks Potts Charlot leather coat
Alix NYC Emmons draped detail dress
Victoria Beckham Beauty Lid Lustre in mink
Franco Sarto Katherine knee-high bootsPhoto: Getty Images
Dries Van Noten leather platform sandals
Loulou Studio Reao pleated linen pantsPhoto: Getty Images
Patrizia Pepe faux-leather zip-up jacket
Veronica Beard Ward pedal pushers
By Far strappy design sandalsPhoto: Getty Images
Paco Rabanne top in silver mini mesh
Victoria Beckham Beauty Lid Lustre in blonde
Good American side-slit crop jeans
Manolo Blahnik cow-print calf-hair ankle boots
Victoria Beckham is a speaker at Vogue’s 2020 Forces of Fashion conference, taking place November 16 and 17. Learn more and buy tickets here.