Victoria Beckham: Underrated '00s Style Goddess

Today, Victoria Beckham is known for her polished style sensibility—both in what she wears and in her eponymous clothing line. But if you flash back to her prime Spice Girl years, her signature look was something different. Though when you think back to Y2K, it may be Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan who comes to mind, Beckham is the underrated style icon you’ve been sleeping on. In the late-’90s and early ’00s, Beckham stood out as a style icon who wasn’t afraid to take a risk or two (and we have the photos to prove it).

Below you’ll find a few of our favorite throwback shots of Victoria Beckham, in all her cargo-panted and minidressed glory. And here’s the best part: We included shopping to help you reimagine each of these iconic looks too. Because while there’s no denying that Beckham is an amazing dresser in 2018, she was wearing some of today’s edgier trends 20 years ago. Read on to check it all out.

Believe it or not, a bright pair of low-slung cargo pants were a must-own (especially when they could be styled with a color-coordinated shrunken top.

Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in IT sizes 34 to 42.
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Denim and a sleek leather jacket are a combination that never goes out of style (even if our jeans of choice are slightly higher-waisted these days).
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A matching set and strappy sandals are a combination that would easily fly for date night in 2018 as it would in this shot from 1999.
Available in sizes 0 to 12. 
Available in sizes 12 to 28.
Available in sizes 1 to 3. 
Available in sizes IT 35 to 41. 

Now you’re armed with some major Victoria Beckham inspiration.

Kendall Jenner, Paris Hilton, and yes – Posh spice too know the power of a sparkly, shiny going-out top.

The iconic line may have been about the “little Gucci dress,” but Posh was the pioneer of an entire generation of LBD entusiasts.

We talk a lot about what makes a great airport outfit, and one key Beckham has nailed is a sleek pair of shades for dodging paparazzi photos.

The couple that dresses together stays together, as proven by Victoria and David Beckham’s 19-year union.

A sheer top and a barely there skirt are a combination that may be a bit much for most, but Beckham pulls it off flawlessly. 

A cool sweatshirt is an off-duty staple that spans the decades. Swap cargo pants for leggings and this outfit fit right into 2018.

Come fall, every It girl will want a pair of utility boots in her closet, but bonus points if you pair it with a hair scarf and relaxed pants.