How the Spice Girls are still spicing up lives in 2019

If you were alive from 1990 onwards then there is a very large chance that you, at the very least, know who the Spice Girls are.

If you have only been alive for a month or have lived out the majority of your life in the jungles of Papa New Guinea then you may have missed them. Even then I wouldn’t be surprised if Spice fever had infiltrated even the most remote corners of the planet. During the 90s they were a force to be reckoned with.

As many of you may have realised, the fashion choices that encapsulate the 1990s have made a roaring comeback; if you thought tube tops and chokers were a recent style innovation then I’m sorry you had to find out this way. Ginger, Sporty, Scary and Baby announced that their reunion tour will be taking place this year (Posh is rich enough to not have to do it), which has prompted a fresh wave of Spice Girl enthusiasm to grip the nation, myself included. Upon this information, I have been voluntarily submerged in Spice Girls documentaries and constant one man listening parties of their smash debut album, Spice.

During this wonderful time, I have been overcome with a wave of déjà vu, and not just because I’m reliving the heart break of finding out it was Ginger who split up the group… No, it struck me that every iconic look sported by the 5 piece has miraculously regained relevance at the same time. Fate you work in mysterious ways.

Below is a list of classic Spice Girls fashion which are giving us everything in 2019.

Ginger 

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Okay, as previously mentioned, my favourite member of the 5 headed pop monster is Ginger. This is essentially because I too, am ginger and aside from the Little Mermaid there were very few redheaded icons when I was growing up, so when you found one you clung to them. Ginger is known for a few style choices; that Union Jack dress for example but don’t worry I’m not about to start campaigning for flag chic anytime soon.

Geri was admittedly the shortest member of the group and thus always relied on a platform shoe to get her past Vicky B’s hips. Not only are platform shoes huge again (seriously no pun intended) but they are so in nearly every variety shoes can come in. Heels, Flats, Trainers, Sandals, you name it, we are probably elevating it a couple of inches at the minute. As if this wasn’t enough the actual brand shoe that the copper goddess used to don, Buffalo, are being stocked again in Urban Outfitters. I rest my highly stacked case.

Sporty 

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Two words my friends; Active Wear. Its back and we have spent ridiculous amounts of money on it. In classic Spice Girls ‘less is more’ fashion, sports bras are now acceptable equivalents for T shirts and the 90s midriff is seeing some sun again. Alongside this, tracksuits are not just in fashion but kind of fashion themselves. Brands you would expect such as Nike, Adidas and Lacoste are capitalising on the trend but even big ‘fashion’ names like Yeezy, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger are getting involved. Comfort is in, and I’m loving it.

 

 

Baby

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Remember a couple of posts ago when I said Pastel hair has been popular lately, well so is pastel everything else a la Baby Spice. The ‘baby’ equivalent of nearly every colour has been splashed across the racks in shops recently and its prompting major nostalgia. The only way we could add to the Baby Spice look would be to make things shiny/iridescent too but come one that would just be too mu…Oh wait, that’s exactly what we have been doing. Fabulous.

 

Scary

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I would argue that Scary had the most eye catching garb of the girl gang. Lots and lots of co-ords in a neon pattern or leopard print is what she could most commonly be found in. co-ords have been popular for a few years so it would be a  bit of a stretch to let her claim responsibility for that, but leopard print especially is back in a big way. Neon has also been very popular again this past year, especially in the world of hair. I have seen so many leopard print items being sold on Topshop and Urban Outfitter’s websites it is actually getting ridiculous. Even fashionista herself Victoria Beckham features more than one item of the leopard variety in her clothing line. When two (Spice Girl’s fashion choices) become one indeed, it’s like inception.

Poshspice posh

Okay, well, posh just always wore a little black dress and some strappy shoes, that’s never gone out of style for it to come back so she has just been a permanent fixture. Then again for some absurd reason she isn’t going on the tour so I’ve decided she doesn’t count.

So thus ends my list. Let me know If I have missed anything/ if there is a trend you wish would come back but just hasn’t yet. We all have one…

J

The Difference in a Decade: 2009-2019

2009, I think, was an underrated year. I am also aware, that not many people agree with me on this topic. The word ‘iconic’ is thrown around far too liberally nowadays, but in this case I am tempted to use it. I’m not sure why it holds such a special place in my heart, 2004 and 2007 were also great years but I think they just fall short of 2009 based on one simple fact. At the time, everything about it felt so cool but there is nothing like hindsight, and the Facebook ‘On This Day’ feature, to show you that we were of course not cool in the slightest.

Below are a list of 5 quintessential aspects which help to sum up 2009:

Flip Phones of all varieties

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Okay so if you were a teenager in 2009 you were probably the proud owner of a sliding/flipping/twisting mobile phone. From the sleek but virtually unusable LG Chocolate to the achingly cool (but as we have established definitely not cool) twisting Sony Ericcson, if there was a process to opening it, we went mad for it.

2009 was when this mobile design was at its all-time high before touchscreen technology came and saved us with its minimalism. The IPod Touch paved the way for the phone layout we all know and love but there is some nostalgia to be had in the mobiles of 10 years ago. And, was there really anything as satisfying as hanging up on someone and angrily flipping your phone shut?! No, there was not.

Shaved hair/bobs

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Victoria Beckham, Rihanna, Pink, Robyn. What did all these women flying high in 2009 have in common? Yes, the sub title gave it away; their hair. There are some years that bring with them a stand out hair style. In 2010 it was the bright red Rihanna hair that 1 in every 10 girls seemed to sport. In 2013 ombre hair was all the range. 2016 had everyone going mad for pastel shades, the list goes on, but before all of these trends 2009 brought with it the shaved side of the head and a bob. At least one person you knew was rocking this look and you even considered it at one point. The awkward growing back of one side of your hair though is enough to make you thankful you never went through with it.

Punk fashion

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Another quintessential aspect of 2009 was the style, or maybe lack of it. Were you even ready to go out of your door without a couple of bows in your hair to match your graphic T-shirt and ripped jeans meticulously held together with pins?! Punk inspired fashion had a revival but without bringing along any of the edge that it was born with. Instead we had a sort of pop/punk hybrid popularised by the bands of the time (think Hayley Williams, Pink again, Fallout Boy etc.)

‘Scene Kids’ were the local leaders of style, a bright and edgy alternative to the Emos and Goths we were used to, and with them brought another punk trend: brightly coloured, big hair. This particular look was one that I definitely fell prey to, I am still guilty of indulging in big hair, but as a red head I never bothered with the dying part.

Ed Hardy

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Fellas, this one is for you. I think we all remember Ed Hardy T-shirts, I personally am still waiting to regain fully functioning vision after gazing one too many times at a bedazzled chest. Commonly adorned with tigers, a rose and possible 100 studs, wearing one of these masterpieces undoubtedly made you feel like one.

However, as is the case with all of these trends, I’m sure you have already deleted or untagged yourself from any evidence of partaking in the ocular offence. I don’t blame you. Admittedly my boyfriend at the time was a wearer of these monstrosities, but that isn’t the point.

Electronically enhanced music

Last but certainly not least on this list, 2009 was the year where autotune really became popularised. I know you remember Jason Derulo’s smash hit ‘Whatcha Say’ and you have thus since been afflicted with involuntarily singing his name in your head every time you hear it! (Yeah like that)

Rappers like Lil’ Wayne were using autotune in their songs as well as the electronic sound being a staple in the world of Pop too. Artists such as La Roux, The Black Eyed Peas and David Guetta were all employing the electronic sound to much success, helping to create a sound that can easily be pinpointed to this wonderful year.

I would also like to give a special mention to the makeup choices we made during this year, I am sure we will all be punished appropriately in the future.

In many ways, 2009 feels longer than a decade ago. The examples listed above serve to date the year pretty effectively, I can safely say that none of those trends need reviving any time soon, their current replacements feeling futuristic in comparison. But, horrendous style choices aside, it was the time that I look back on fondly. If nothing else, it makes me feel a lot cooler now than I was, but it also makes me wonder what choices I will be scoffing at in 2029.

I’m sure I won’t think I was cool in 2019 either.

Let me know if I missed anything. Do you have any favourite memories of the year?

J