We chart VB's style evolution and how she morphed from a pop-star into a style hero
Victoria Beckham rose to fame in 1994 as one-fifth of the all-female pop group the Spice Girls. She was soon gifted the nickname of 'Posh Spice' by Top and the Pops, and when she married footballer David Beckham (with whom she has four children) they were internationally known as 'Posh and Becks' (nicknames that have stuck). Since the 90s Victoria has trialled a short-lived solo career, reunited with (and then broke apart from) the Spice Girls, lead a parade of stylish WAGs through the mid-noughties and then made a successful foray into the fashion world as a well-respected and well-connected designer. We look back at her style evolution from 1994 to present day, and pinpoint when exactly she made the transformation from Spice Girl-WAG to a powerful influencer of the fashion world.
Victoria Beckham's Spice Girls Style
Like with every pop group, style was everything to the Spice Girls. Each band member famously had their own persona with a distinctive style to match. Victoria, as 'Posh Spice', could be counted upon to wear mini dresses with the skimpiest hemlines or tight catsuits.
Victoria had poker straight hair in the early years of the Spice Girls, but cut it into a short pixie crop in 1998 after announcing that she was pregnant with her first son, Brooklyn. The short hair became a staple for Posh.
Retro Posh and Becks
Posh and Becks were the 'It' couple; the fashion inspiration for men and women everywhere, fashion which was, looking back, very of its time. Short spikey hair, leather, his and hers ensembles and skimpy tops were staples for Victoria in the early years of their relationship.
In 1999, after dating for two years, the couple wed in Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland, and Brooklyn, then four-months-old, was the ring bearer.
As the wife of the captain of the England football team, Victoria lead the gaggle of WAGs (wives and girlfriends) through the noughties - the years when 'the WAG' was in its zenith. The gang included Cheryl Cole who was then dating left-back Ashley Cole; Coleen Rooney, the girlfriend of Wayne Rooney; Abbey Clancy, who was beginnning to date Peter Crouch and Alex Curran, the girlfriend of Steven Gerrard.
Victoria Beckham with Cheryl Cole (and Coleen Rooney) at the World Cup in 2006
VB's WAG style set trends in the noughties. Her signature pieces were her oversized sunglasses - a look she is still identified with - oversized handbags, lip gloss and long hair. This look was the style of the times and was shared by other WAGs and celebrities in Britain such as Katie Price.
In 2007 when the Beckhams moved to L.A., following David being signed to L.A. Galaxy football club, Victoria's protégé Cheryl Cole became the unnoficial chief commander of the WAGs. Eventually, following the split between Cheryl and Ashley, the WAG age burned out altogether. Meanwhile, Victoria was onto bigger things.
In 2006 when the Beckhams uprouted their life and moved to the other side of the pond, Posh decided to debut a more chic look to coincide with her new life. Her long graduated bob quickly became known as the 'Pob' and is the look she is most recognised by (worn with big sunnies, of course).
Victoria Beckham and Kanye West
Foray Into The Fashion World
When in L.A., the Beckhams quickly became hot property within the Hollywood A-list crowd. There were countless dinners and parties thrown in their honour to welcome them to the States, and in 2007 Victoria even appeared as herself in an episode of ABC's TV series Ugly Betty.
With her new-found American socialite status, Victoria began to show interest in the high-stakes territory of the fashion world. She attended all the major fashion shows from 2007 onwards, sitting front row and attending after parties with the likes of Roberto Cavalli and Marc Jacobs. In 2008 she launched her first eponymous label at a low-key presentation, which by 2011, following great success and a positive reception from big names in the industry, had become a fixture at New York Fashion Week.
Victoria at Fashion Week in 2007 and 2008
The luxury brand was famous for its dresses initially, but as it grew it sold handbags, seperates, fragrances and sunglasses. In 2011 she won Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. It was at this stage that VB's reputation as a style influencer was cemented and her days as Posh Spice were behind her.
Becoming A Style Icon And Influencer
Victoria is widely acknowledged as having one of the most successful style transformations ever known, and has also been recognised as someone who has done great things with her power and influence. She has been praised for her charity work, her dissent against the fur industry and her work for animal rights, as well as being a positive influence and role model for young girls. In 2017 she was made OBE for her services to the fashion industry, and her net worth is estimated at $300 million.
Victoria is less likely to be referred to as Posh nowadays - a name synonymous with her novelty Spice Girls style. Her look in recent years has stayed steady, but can be characterised as being chic and glamorous but simplistic, with an emphasis on sharp tailoring and some oversized styles. She opts for trousers more often than dresses, too, but can still be caught with her signature sunglasses.
See all of VB's best looks, from 1994 to present day, in the gallery below