union jack dress
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.

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ebay collections

I love eBay. Some of my best material finds (from rare vintage designer pieces to affordable and jazzy phone covers) have come from eBay and, though I have no idea how people manage to run shops from eBay, I am more than happy to support small businesses from around the world by heading to eBay as one of my first ports of call for any purchase.

When eBay asked me to get involved with the launch of eBay Collections in the UK, I jumped at the opportunity. 'Collections' are super simple and incredibly helpful: you put the things you love in the groups/boards of your choice. With the ability to create and share Collections alongside your friends, celebrities and eBay users across the planet, the Collections are also a wonderful way to find special items that you may not know you're even looking for. The inspiration potential is endless!

My eBay Collections (for now…):

Loafer Lady: I am not sure when it happened, but I have gradually been swapping a heaving collection of skyscraper heels for the more practical option: loafers. Thankfully, running around town has since become more enjoyable and…well…CUTER! Loafers are flats with attitude, and I have no issue with that (even at 5ft 2).

Don't Blame It On The Sunshine: I have never been one to stick to a single pair of sunnies (when the sun actually arrives…ah, British life). Instead, I prefer to have a pair for my every mood. Be it Hide-my-face Hangover Specs or something to match a date outfit, sunglass superfluity is key.

Pumped Up Kicks: Shoes are to me what honey is to a bee (and I make no apologies for it…but, you know, sorry about the rhyming). With no particular 'style' set for the ends of my legs, I simply enjoy a statement, colour, or small detail that takes something from just a shoe to something special.

This One's For My Homies: Absolutely no-one I know that loves fashion lives in a boring home. Whether it is a small dorm or a sprawling mansion, our living space tends to be an exceptional reflection of ourselves. We might as well coat it in some pretty things, am I right?

A Girl's Best Friend: I'm not exactly sure why Miss Monroe chooned so seductively about DIAMONDS being a girl's best friend. I mean, DIAMONDS? Nothing gets my blood pumping like a gorgeous piece of arm candy. Be it statement or silly (see: unicorn), a good handbag deserves Best Friend status beyond any diamond.

Animalistic: We may not be able to stick LOLcats on our bodies, but we can certainly pay homage to our furry friends by choosing an animalistic item of fashion or two. I mean…cats on your knees and bunnies on your phone? That's a cuteness level I can't compute.

Pretty in Pastel: I am a child at heart. I would, in all honesty, get a My Little Pony tattooed on me if everyone around me didn't already have a bet on it. The safe option? Wear as much pastel as humanly possible (isn't it great when trends bend in your personal favour?)

Pop Ya Collar: Until recently, collars were deemed a little bit too 'kitsch' for adult wear. Cue the age of Jess Day and Mad Men revival action? The world's gone collar crazy. Peter pan collars, bib collars, embroidered, or jewelled – there is an option for every woman's individual style.

Beauty Booty: eBay is, without a doubt, a godsend for beauty buffs and make-up junkies alike. Not only is it the only place I can rely on to find my favourite Korean beauty products (hello, Liole BB cream) but it is also an excellent source for dupes and discounts for some of the world's favourite beauty products.

She's No Wallflower: I know, I know, Emma Watson made us all see the so-called perks of being a wallflower, but hear me out: IT IS FUN TO MAKE SOME VISUAL NOISE. What we wear is an expression of ourselves. Of the beauty and the excitement and the imperfections. It is liberating to be a little bit loud some times.

She Said SWEATSHIRTS!: Though Givenchy and Alexander McQueen have always done sweatshirts a little cooler than anyone else, the jumper/sweatshirt/pullover has experienced a major makeover over the past few years. The more graphic the better (though I have a strict policy against ugly Christmas sweaters).

Just Watch Me: I adore watches. While my go-to is a rather expensive rose gold arm weight, I can't help but dot my collection with more affordable 'fashion' options. As per usual, the quirkier the better. It's whatever-o-clock, babes. Time to rock an arm party.

See them all, here.

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collect+ haul
I spend a fair share of my hard-earned dinero on eBay but had not sold anything on the ‘online marketplace’ until this Summer. The lazy-girl excuse? It gave me a great reason to be charitable with clothes, makeup, et al.

I didn’t realise what I’d been missing out on.

Challenged by Collect+ to revamp my wardrobe using the funds my eBay auctions earned me, I ran through my wardrobe with a shrewd sense of value-picking and chose a handful of items I rarely wore to present to the world wide web…

I earned over £600 in two weeks. What.

The best part? Collect+. The main reservation I had about selling things online before this challenge was the postage part. Having the time/accessibility to get to a post office when I would rather be working? Not appealing. Collect+, however, has thousands of participating retailers all over the country who accept packages at any time of day, making the Big Send rather painless.

Accepting parcels up to 10kg, you simply print your labels at home and turn it in to the shop. For no additional cost, every package also gets a unique code to track it and is automatically insured up to a value of £50. Incredibly foolproof.

When the time came to purchase my new wardrobe, I also used Collect+ to pick up a few of my items (and return a bad fit!). A plethora of massive online retailers – ASOS, Topshop, Monsoon, New Look, Oasis, et al – now offer items to be delivered to Collect+ shops (so you never miss a package!) and returned through the shops for free!

Convert? If it means I can get shopping hauls like the one I have above…I think so.

Items Shown:
Sweatshirt with Bokeh Print
Nicholas Melted Floral Scuba Godet Skirt
Michael Kora Jeslyn Calf-Hair Smoking Slipper
AJ Morgan Cat Eye Sunglasses
Jennifer Zeuner Mini Wishbone Necklace
Kurt Geiger Octane fold over bag

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wedged trainers
If this was an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, it would be “The One Where You Find Out I’m Addicted to eBay“. You smart ones will probably guess why.

Truth be told – as it was told in the best fashion book in the world – I can never bring myself to fork out the big bucks for trends that I know I will wear for a few months or less. Wedged trainers are one of those trends. These fabulous eBay interpretations are my new saving grace. When a surprisingly rare sunshiney day popped out of the blue yesterday, it called for easy breezy beautiful. Channeling MC Hammer in high-tops for next to nothing? An affordable delight.

Dress: Handmade.

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“Run and tell all of the angels,
This could take all night,
Think I need a devil to help me get things right”
– “Learn to Fly“, Foo Fighters

It is simply not warm anymore, hombres. I am obviously trying to hold onto my dresses as long as I possibly can – time to call in the cardigans, sweaters, and other warm friends!

A-line polka-dot dress (with a bow on the front) is handmade, lavender-coloured long cardigan from the archives, hair is in strange stage between brunette and blonde, and dusty pink ruffled platforms from eBay.
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