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Known for her polished look, minimal accessories and clever knack for showing how to style her eponymous fashion line at every opportunity, there's no doubt that Victoria Beckham is a modern style icon from whom we can all take a few sartorial notes. In fact, if you've been lusting after a white handbag or become brave about colour-blocking then the designer formerly known as Posh Spice is already influencing your wardrobe.
From her chic-yet-shaggy bob and tailoring obsession to her love of slouchy fits and pleated skirts, here are 45 style tips to adopt courtesy of VB as she celebrates her 45th birthday today...
1. Always have sunglasses handy
Whether indoors or out, summer or winter, Beckham is rarely seen without her signature D-frame sunglasses. As well as of course protecting your eyes- vital when you've just come off a transatlantic flight but still need to do your airport catwalk- they lend a chic touch to even the most minimal outfits.
2. Use accessories to smarten up utilitarian jumpsuit
To stop a jumpsuit or boilersuit looking too off-duty, add smart accessories. Victoria's pointy boots and structured leather bag look like they mean business.
3. Colour blocking isn't as daunting as it sounds
Recently Beckham's typically dark wardrobe has had a colour makeover- and we approve wholeheartedly. Here, the fashion designer pairs a yellow dress with turquoise high-cut shoes for a stylish, spring-ready look. Not so keen on bright colours? Start by colour blocking burgundy, navy and khaki then ease into brights.
4. Don't be afraid of statement red
Red is big news this season, and if you're not brave enough to opt in for a full-look, why not dip your toes in the trend via a slingback shoe or with an elegant top handle bag? Beckham's knitted dress is flattering and perfect for day-to-night. Note the contrasting shirt underneath, too.
5. A choppy bob is ideal for easy styling
If you're looking to switch up your look for spring and are considering going from long to short, take notes from VB's choppy bob. The suits-all cut is ideal for easy styling and is long enough to tie up in a ponytail. Wear it in loose waves a la Victoria, who sent Instagram into a meltdown when she unveiled her new length last year.
6. Swap wintry black accessories for bright white ones
Not only is the cut of Beckham's new favourite shoe flattering and leg-elongating, the white hue makes them seem spring-ready without baring your whole foot. Her matching bag further cements this look as one which offers excellent style impct without looking too try-hard.
7. Try a new bag shape: the half-moon
Not quite ready to embrace the micro bag? Beckham makes the case for a slightly roomier, but super sleek, semi circle shape that adds interest to a simple look. Hers is of course from her eponymous brand and costs upwards of £1,000, but other cool bag labels, Mansur Gavriel and A.P.C, also offer this shape at more affordable price points.
8. Denim doesn't have to mean casual
A slim fit knit and nude heels will instantly elevate denim into evening status. The key to this is to ensure there are more dressy elements to your outfit than casual; pair with a small clutch rather than a large tote, and keep makeup and hair sleek to lend to your pulled-together vibe.
9. Wear a roll neck under summery dresses
Extend the life of your summer wardrobe by teaming a silky dress with a roll neck in colder months. Stick with winter accessories in darker hues such as forest greens and ox-blood reds to keep it from looking too out of season.
10. A camel suit is an investment you won't regret
Masculine tailoring is big news for this season as well as next, but of course, Beckham is already in on the act. Although there are a plethora of pastel blue and blush pink options on the high street, for longevity and to see you through to winter, camel and grey are timeless options.
11. Leather trousers add an edge to a simple look
Imagine if the trousers in this look were plain black and tailored; although it would be a perfectly smart outfit, it's worth noting the edgy vibe Beckham's leather trousers offer. Pair with a heel rather than a trainer, and a blazer over a bomber for a grown-up take on the leather skinny.
12. Heritage checks will ease you into prints
Beckham's coveted slouchy trousers are smart and classic, perfectly offsetting her sharp suede heels. If you're not one to try a pattern, consider a check which is as easy to wear as a stripe. Keep other elements of your outfit simple to allow the heritage print to take centre stage.
13. Head-to-toe print makes for easy occasion dressing
This geometric co-ord works just as well with kitten heels and a tote for work, as it does with Converse and a crossbody bag for brunch in the sun. For summer event dressing, wear with metallic sandals and jazzy statement earrings.
14. Fresh white trainers are a wardrobe essential
This fashion desk were left stunned when we spotted Victoria Beckham in Adidas Stan Smiths as she appeared after her catwalk show in New York last year. Previously a 'heels-only' advocate, Beckham has proven the power of a box-fresh white trainer - it goes with everything and lends a sporty vibe to the most formal of outfits.
15. Pair brights with neutrals to tone them down
If you're not ready for a full yellow look (don't worry, neither are we), look to your most loved grey or navy trousers to tone down a bright blouse. Equally, a bright skirt or trouser can be worn with a grey T-shirt or denim shirt to make them more wearable.
16. Monochrome is perfect for off-duty days
For those days when you need to look pulled together but have five minutes to get ready, a classic white shirt and navy wide-leg trousers will give you a smart but effortless look. Pair with a messy ponytail and those all-important dark sunnies for off-duty cool.
17. Embrace zebra print
Leopard isn't the only animal print to love this season - Beckham was way ahead of the curve in her printed mini dress, pictured here in 2007. For its moment in the spotlight this time round, the zebra stripe in shoe boot form with a kitten heel is high on our lust list.
18. It's all about a slogan tee
Where we've recently seen a shift towards feminist t-shirts (courtesy of Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior and Prabal Gurung) there's a lot to be said for a simple t-shirt with a fun slogan, particularly when paired with something more formal, like a trouser suit. Our favourites are by Ganni and Gucci.
19. Co-ords make for easy dressing
There's nothing we love more than cutting down our getting ready time, and co-ords are the easiest way around that. No more faffing with the what-top-to-wear-with-this-skirt drama, these are a ready made outfit, and if you opt for a printed pair, you can easily forgo jewellery, too. It's little wonder then that VB has now been seen twice in this Calla lily print look from her Target collection.
20. Shirts and trousers needn't be boring
On paper, a loose-fit shirt and tailored trousers sounds simple enough, but if said pieces are in bright, block-coloured hues and have the perfect slouchy cut, your look could never be deemed boring. Beckham's look is perfect for spring; she's covered up in case there's a chill in the air, but her bright ensemble is still suitably cheery (in a grown-up way).
21. Knitted dresses can be evening-appropriate
Your go-to winter dresses will still be perfect for cooler spring evenings. Choose a fitted or belted one and wear with black knee-high boots and a smart coat for evening glam. They'll also look great over jeans and with slingback flats for day.
22. It's ok to do matchy-matchy looks
Beckham's pepto-bismol pink look may be from a more glamorous, overtly feminine era in her style evolution, but it's worth noting how fabulous a matchy-matchy look is for summer events, such as Ascot and the Polo. If you are keen to mix it up a bit, go for a completely contrasting colour or a print that picks up your chosen shade.
23. Coloured trousers are easier to wear than you may think
Pink trousers in particular can work with a plethora of tops and footwear you're likely to already own. A grey crew neck knit and white trainers make for an effortless weekend look, and a white shirt and black loafers or printed kitten heels make them work-appropriate.
24. An LRD should be in your arsenal
A Little Red Dress makes for a statement alternative to the humble LBD. Add one to your mix (keep it below the knee or with a high neck and sleeves to ensure it looks elegant) and it will be your go-to for last-minute Saturday night plans.
25. Stripes aren't just for tops
Beckham is regularly spotted in a pleated skirt with her signature strappy heels and masculine shirt, but this skirt in particular features leg-lengthening go-faster stripes. They'll look just as good with trainers as they do sliders and heeled sandals but more inventive than your standard Breton.
26. Slouchy roomy bags are great for day-to-day
Beckham is rarely seen without a small tote from her own line, but this slouchy modern Mary Poppins number really caught our eye. It's large enough for all of the everyday essentials (and then some!) and adds a touch of casual luxe to any outfit. It's time to put down the micro bag.
27. Tweed needn't be twee
Although associated with thick wool blazers and twinsets, when worn in slick dress form with a slit on the leg and thin straps, tweed is transformed. The lesson here? Don't rule it out.
28. Loose tailoring is great for an effortless vibe
This just-thrown-on-but-still-looks-fabulous vibe is typical of Beckham, who looks polished even in jeans. Mimic her look with linen trousers and a classic loose-fit shirt. Note how her black accessories are a point of contrast to pull her look together.
29. A jumpsuit = instant glamour
Much like co-ords, a jumpsuit is a winner for getting dressed quickly, and always looks stylish when in a tailored fit and block colour. A sleeveless number is ideal for all-weather wear - just pop a fine knit underneath. Go for a cropped leg to show off a great shoe.
30. An evening suit needn't be black
Navy is a chic alternative to black, and is still as subtle and classic. Beckham's silky trouser suit is the perfect evening ensemble, and note how she's opted for striking white courts.
31. Yellow is an ideal outfit updater
It's always a good idea to add a bit of colour to an all-black ensemble. Here, Beckham throws on a sleeveless buttercup number - the perfect bright partner for all of your spring looks.
32. Checks work well for evening, too
This strapless dress was a hero piece from Beckham's AW16 collection. The casual print is given an evening update with an asymmetric hem and strapless cut. All it needed was a sleek hair 'do and simple court heels.
33. Pair long hemlines with knee-high boots on chilly days
A pair of boots and a longline knit allow your favourite summery dress or skirt to work for cooler days. Keep the prints and textures light so you won't look out of place if the weather warms up unexpectedly.
34. A belted cardigan makes for a chic coverup
When a long coat will only mask your great outfit but it's not warm enough to go without a cover-up, a cardigan could be your spring saviour. Belt it at the waist so it's flatters your figure and leave it open so as not to look too twee.
35. Culottes and a sleeveless polo neck are transitional heroes
For this in-between weather, your staples should be a sleeveless knit which can be worn with a cardigan on top, or with a crisp shirt underneath, and culottes. They're cropped enough to show off a flash of skin but not so short that you'll be left with cold legs.
36. A great nude shoe is a wise investment
Rather than stealing the limelight, a nude heel should blend seamlessly - the best ones mimic your skin and elongate your legs. They're ideal for patterned outfits or pastel colours where a black heel would look harsh.
37. Invest in a trench coat with a twist
As much as we love our timeless camel trench coats, there's a lot to be said for the trench coat 2.0: they're embellished, printed, embroidered or brightly coloured. Opt for one with a modern update and you'll wear it for years to come.
38. Never underestimate the power of the LBD
If you like to keep evening looks chic and simple, you'll already be partial to a Little Black Dress. In her heyday, Beckham (aka Posh Spice) was well-known for her LBD collection. Ideal for when you want to look like you've made an effort, but not too much. Pair with strappy heels and statement earrings.
39. It's always worth investing in classics
Beckham knows the power of great classics - if her long locks hadn't given the game away that this was an older image, it could easily have been taken yesterday. It's worth investing in the pieces you know you'll wear all the time and for years to come. A great camel coat, leopard shoes and well-fitting blue jeans should be on your list.
40. A blazer is key to stylish flying
A fitted blazer adds a formal element to the most casual outfits. Beckham paired hers with blue jeans and a white T-shirt for a long-haul flight. She can stow the jacket away then throw on when she lands, and stays comfy for the flight. Genius.
41. Tonal dressing is always chic
Ever looked at your wardrobe with five minutes to get ready and though that you had nothing to wear? Us too. Tonal dressing is another strategy worth considering - grab your navy trousers and look for a jumper, shirt or blouse in a similar shade for an outfit that looks thought through.
42. Try wearing your locks on swept to one side
Before she went for the chop, Beckham regularly wore her long hair over one shoulder, particularly for evening. If you're wearing a strapless dress, as she is here, it puts less skin on show and keeps hair in check.
43. A neck tie makes for an eye-catching detail
A chic neck tie will add an interesting detail to a simple all-black look in need of an accent. Our favourites are from M&S and Uniqlo. Wear with a crew neck T-shirt or knit rather than a shirt or pussybow blouse to keep your look clean and stylish.
44. Dress down with a T-shirt
It's no good having separate day-to-night wardrobes that confine your most exciting buys to past-8pm. Pair an embellished or printed skirt with a simple tee to make it appropriate for work. Keen to further dress down your look for weekend plans? Wear with box-fresh white sneakers and a cross body bag.
45. A smokey eye can be subtle
It's rare we see Beckham with a bright lip, instead she prefers a subtle smokey eye. If you're heading out for the evening but don't want to look too 'done', VB's method could be for you. Go for browns and golds which flatter all eye colours.