I spent a solid 10 years of my adolescence as a platform-consumed Ginger Spice wannabe.
(Sorry not sorry for the pun.)
To mark the twentieth anniversary of Spiceworld (which coincides with the double decade anniversary of Geri’s emblematic Union Jack dress) eBay.co.uk has taken a look at our favourite Spice Girl fashion moments of all time. With nearly 10,000 live listings for ‘Spice Girls’ on site, the supergroup’s sartorial legacy shows no sign of saying Goodbye (my friiiieeeend…I’ll stop, I swear).
Much like the digital rendering of the word itself, the iconic and beloved response to our Spice heroines’ former style selections seem impossible to replicate in an age where almost everything a celebrity wears will be broadcast instantly and persistently on social media.
Replicas of Sporty’s trademark tracksuit? eBay.co.uk get 40,000 searches for it a month. Posh’s LBD? Two sold per hour. Baby’s platforms? 20,000 sold. Ginger’s union jack dress? 19 sold each day.
I mean, that dress. Those starless stripes. A tea towel sewn onto a Gucci dress was once able to dominate front pages and hearts alike.
The 1997 Brit Awards show-stealer epitomised ‘iconic’. It became an emblem of an entire decade. – the rise of New Labour, the international acknowledgement of Cool Britannia, and Girl Power (knicker-flashing and all).
As Mel B recalled, ‘That was the first time I realised how brilliant Geri was. She had a real sense of what would catch on in the press.’
It went on to become the most expensive piece of celebrity clothing ever sold at auction (beating both Marilyn Monroe’s white halterneck and Diana’s wedding dress). That Union Jack carried cultural influence in a way our societal overexposure could curb for years to come.
The trip down memory lane called for a little throwback eBay fashion mission of my own, as you can see.
Viva forever, Spice fam.
We’ll let the day-to-night blue dress explosion and Instagram caption speak for themselves…
Happy World Diabetes Day, loved ones!
It’s finally here, mi amigos. The day I get to pop the champagne and announce my brand new partnership with One New Change as their Instagrammer In Residence!
Over the next year, I will be sharing my favourite parts of One New Change through @lelalondon and @onenewchange (so make sure you’re following both!) and holding four exclusive Instagram masterclasses to meet and treat you all at the luxe retail destination.
Their panoramic roof terrace has long been my favourite hidden gem for indulgent London ‘me time’ but their sixty-plus shops (Topshop, Oliver Bonas, et al) and sensational restaurants make this twelve month alliance a genuine dream come true.
Thank you all for your support and stay tuned for much more!
The current consuming insanity of life has left me playing an unintentional game of sartorial apathy almost every morning.
It’s all turned a little “insert dress here” and it has made me feel a little less me.
To combat the unwelcome feels, I took my first night off in over six weeks, dyed my hair green (temporarily!), laid out an outfit that made me feel Lela AF, and popped my favourite jewelry in my bag for my fated morning haze.
This jewelry brain hack has become part of my daily routine since discovering Centime’s coordinates jewelry (you can pop your chosen GPS coordinates – ie your wedding venue – onto their pretty little pieces). Couples options with hidden inside-ring messages and all.
(Shut up! YOU’RE sentimental!)
What clothes or accessories make you feel your you-est?
What I Wore:
Vintage Rolling Stones t-shirt (similar here)
Faux leather skirt (old, similar here)
White leather boots from Office (grey version, here)
Sheer socks from Pull & Bear (similar here)
My ring (as above)
My name necklace
Now that I have mentally burned* the five outfits I spent four months living in, I have rediscovered the long-lost joy of getting dressed in the morning. So much so I set myself a little challenge to only wear clothes from one brand for a full work week.
A week on, I enjoyed this challenge so much I feel I may have to do it more often. This time, however, let me introduce you to my personal micro wardrobe from WearAll…
What I Wore:
(Outfits featured in order of appearance)
1. The Alison Off Shoulder Floral Flared Skater Dress (…which I especially, narcissistically, love for sharing my middle name. This dress received at least one compliment everywhere I visited on the day.)
2. Brooke Plunge Off Shoulder Bardot Jumpsuit and Morgan Oversize Distressed Acid Wash Denim Jacket (The cosiest jumpsuit and jacket in the history of the world).
3. Sophie shirred crop top and Jaden Check Print Cigarette Trousers (I loved this look the most. I actually had back to back meetings this particular day so loved that I could throw a white blazer on when needed and transform something a little revealing to something adorably work-appropriate).
4. Zoey Boyfriend Jeans and Harper Off The Shoulder Gingham Top (I actually loved these pieces individually but couldn’t deal with them together in photographs. Being curvy, each item looks better paired with a tighter or more structured counterpart).
5. Aaliyah Denim Lace-Up Corset 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dress (Hello, new off-duty staple)