Hold Onto Your Knickers, Girls: Our Modern Guide to Dressing Like a Spice Girl

With a Spice Girls themed musical in the works, and the resurgence of all-girl singing groups (thank you K-pop!), not to mention successful careers for many of the original group members, it's clear that the Spice Girls are as relevant today as ever. Approximately 1.5 decades since Geri, Mel B, Mel C, Victoria, and Emma made "girl power" a thing, the most awesome girl group in the world ever seems to be influencing wearable style in a big way - big as in super-crazy-tall platform shoes. Platform boots, platform sandals, platform sneakers... It's almost like every pre-teen girl who spent hours unsuccessfully trying to attach styrofoam blocks to the bottoms of her shoes is finally being rewarded for her extreme efforts. Wait - no one else did that?
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With a Spice Girls themed musical in the works, and the resurgence of all-girl singing groups (thank you K-pop!), not to mention successful careers for many of the original group members, it's clear that the Spice Girls are as relevant today as ever. Approximately 1.5 decades since Geri, Mel B, Mel C, Victoria, and Emma made "girl power" a thing, the most awesome girl group in the world ever seems to be influencing wearable style in a big way - big as in super-crazy-tall platform shoes. Platform boots, platform sandals, platform sneakers... It's almost like every pre-teen girl who spent hours unsuccessfully trying to attach styrofoam blocks to the bottoms of her shoes is finally being rewarded for her extreme efforts. Wait - no one else did that?
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Photo: Getty

With a Spice Girls-themed musical in the works, and the resurgence of all-girl singing groups (thank you K-pop!), not to mention successful careers for many of the original group members, it's clear that the Spice Girls are as relevant today as ever.

Approximately 1.5 decades since Geri, Mel B, Mel C,

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Geri was clearly the best Spice Girl (no bias whatsoever), but she was also the worst because she broke up the world's best-selling girl group of ALL TIME. She was like a buxom, cig-puffing firecracker - burning too brightly, too fast. And she always put on quite a show with her barely-there ensembles. Geri's sig style was all about repping the UK with the Union Jack. Modesty was never Ging's strong suit, but you can make this Union Jack emblazoned bodysuit a little more real-world friendly by adding some glitzy black hot pants. Bright red extensions are necessary for Ginger style in any decade, and these insanely sassy platform boots are everything.

Clockwise from top left: Bodysuit,

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Emma's wardrobe was full of girly babydoll dresses - what else! Her style was a little pedo, a little naughty school girl, and a lot sexy. She complemented her cutesy blonde pigtails (years before Britney, BTW) with pastel sequins and gigantic platform trainers (sneakers) - for playing hopscotch on the playground, obviously. And her mummy was her best friend. Aaaw. You can channel her style with a lacy pink babydoll (extra tiny!), a rhinestone nameplate necklace (always in style), and an unreal knee sock/extra tall sneaker combo. Top the look off with the one accessory Emma never left the Spice Bus without - a super cute Baby-G watch. They still exist.

Clockwise from top left: Dress,

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Long before she was a

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Raaar! Somewhat surprisingly, Mel B's "Scary" signature style has actually turned out to be one of the most on-trend for present day. Her penchant for animal print overload and tough chick combat boots translates nicely through a not-so-scary and actually sexy leopard chiffon maxi dress and

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Though clearly the black sheep in the Spice World, Melanie C never let her "Sporty" (pronounced "Chav") look stand in the way of good style. Well, on second thought... maybe she did. Are those Skechers? Still, her updated look is actually pretty wearable. Unbeknownst to us at the time, young Mel was actually a fashion genius - that sheer top/black bra combo (sadly sans lunar graphic) has become a style mainstay almost 15 years later. Black hidden-wedge sneaks look a bit more polished than clunky tennis shoes, and who knew that the world's most conservative retailer would be hawking shiny Spice pants?

Clockwise from top left: Top, Urban Outfitters; Pants, American Apparel; Ponytail, Wigs.com; Sneakers, ASOS.