If you were to enroll in our (imaginary) Victoria Beckham style school, you'd come out on the other side as an infinitely chicer and noticeably always pulled-together kind of lady. VB's fashion persona is nothing short of impeccable—never a hair out of place or a mismatched accessory to be seen.
Sure, she's powered through many a highly documented fashion phase over the years (we're particularly into her LBD collection), but since establishing a firm place within the industry's top echelons, Victoria Beckham—the designer—has proven time and time again to set trends and the agenda for working women, mums, handbag obsessives, and pretty much anyone with a general interest in looking sophisticated rather than try-hard or grunge-y.
Of late, Victoria Beckham's style has continued to flourish and after collating a batch of her best recent looks, more than a couple of familiar trends and outfit ideas started to present themselves. There is a key lineup of subtle tweaks that the leader adds to her most successful ensembles. They're so tiny you could miss them, so we've brought them into one place…
From the way she tucks her shirts to the accessory rules (we swear) she lives by, keep reading to see Victoria Beckham's style decoded into a handy guide.
In New York in February, ahead of her show, VB fashioned a laid-back suit wearing a crisp white shirt with black baggy trousers and an oversize coat, which she dressed down with Adidas Stan Smith trainers.
In 2017, VB's favorite color has been a bright blue, which is quickly becoming her signature. She has paired it with bright red and orange pieces for maximum impact.
VB surprised us all this summer with these more laid-back, slouchy looks in New York. But take heed: Each of these relaxed items still has a luxe finish—like the slightly oversize sleeve of her shirt or the black-tie belt of her trousers.
Making the most of her chunky knitwear collection, VB knows that a statement neckline looks best with her hair up.
Print-clashing when petite can be a struggle, but Victoria's lengthening technique—two items that are exactly the same print and in proportion—does wonders.
By going sans top with this pinstripe waistcoat and tailored trouser combination, Victoria has instantly upped the sassiness of what could otherwise reference corporate attire.
Temperature dipping but you still want to show off your new look under that old coat? Then take VB's tack and push your outerwear to one side, pop your hand in your pocket and let the show-and-tell commence.
Being someone who designs seriously covetable bags, VB has many opinions on how one can tote a tote. Here she's going for the slouch-and-grab, very S/S 17.
This has become a trusted formula for many a clever girl. A boxy white shirt is indeed the perfect daytime partner to a fancy skirt—you can make this work IRL with flats.
You don't have to look like the man from Del Monte just because you're wearing a white suit. Ground the look with black, polished accessories, night-out makeup, and go.
By keeping the silhouettes extra-simple and pared-back, VB's extravagant color clash works a treat.
Whether a rolled-up sleeve or turn-up jean-leg, VB knows that you can't always just throw something on and leave the house. The little adjustments to make a piece fit properly can make all the difference.
Just because you're wearing a pretty pastel outfit doesn't mean you can't whack on your fave sunnies. VB's been wearing these flattering, geometric frames all year long. And she has a large eyewear collection, so that's saying something.
Victoria Beckham has Manolo Blahnik's Chaos sandals in multiple colors and wears them with entirely different looks each time. The oldies really can be goodies.
It'd be easy to drown in a sea of orange here, but Beckham's cleverly exposed wrists and ankles mean the expanse of color isn't overwhelming.
We often feel that midis are most flattering when cinching in at the waist, but actually, a loose-fit shirt and lower-slung midi can look more modern and just as slimming when paired with heels.
All-black outfits are easy to rely upon, but Tipp-Ex–white shoes do help lift them out of the dark.
When Victoria's into something, she's really into something. For example, the current silk-satin boom—she looks chic for the fact she's boldly doing it head to toe. No regrets.
Next up! How to look chicer every day, according to Olivia Palermo.
Opening Images: Getty/Rex