When we think back to our 18-year-old selves, visions of questionable fashion choices and embarrassing moments come to mind almost instantly. And surprisingly, Victoria Beckham experienced the same adolescent awkwardness that comes with the teenage year synonymous with freedom and adulthood. The stylish designer penned a letter to her 18-year-old self in British Vogue, and her advice is empowering to women of all ages.
"If you don’t join the Spice Girls, you might always be that insecure person in that little shell, and you will never become who you truly are," she writes. "With this in mind, be kind, be polite, be considerate of others’ feelings." Of course, with humble life advice come VB-approved fashion notes. "You are going to have so much fun with your clothes—PVC catsuits; chokers that say absurd things; weird spiky blonde hair," she says of her famous bold fashion moments from her Spice Girls days. "It will never occur to you that you appear ridiculous. You will turn up at awards ceremonies resembling a drag queen. But I look back at you and smile."
While we love how she doesn't look back in regret and chooses to embrace a fashion faux pas, the chic 42-year-old also adds that sensible style choices come with time. "You will learn, as you mature, to swap heels for Stan Smith trainers, minidresses for crisp white shirts," she explains. But the key to transforming a look is a pair of signature shades. "Wear sunglasses a lot. Even inside. Especially at airports. They turn a nothing-outfit into something quite pulled together and cool," she adds. "You are going to really like Aviators. (Then one day you will develop your own!)."
Head over to British Vogue to read the rest of the adorable letter by Beckham, and shop outfits inspired by her style below.
Style Icon: Victoria Beckham
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