10 Ways The Spice Girls Influenced your Late 90's Tween Style

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If you were somewhere between the ages of 7 to 13 in in the late nineties, all you really really wanted was to look like a Spice Girl. You probably dragged your parents to the midnight showing of Spice World at your local movie theater. Spelling S-P-I-C-E in Spice Girls Lollipop stickers was your version of winning the scratch-off lottery. Every afternoon you’d tune into TRL, waiting with trepidation to see if "Spice Up Your Life" would continue to maintain its rightful place atop the list of most popular videos of the afternoon. Oh, and your Spice Girls fan magazine was just as important to you as your Leonardo DiCaprio fanbook. Just like Ali Larter with Idris Elba, you were OBSESSED!

And how did you communicate this in its purest form? By following their style cues! These pivotal years of fashion consciousness were especially ripe for the formation of style. Just think about how much time you spent poring over the trendy Juniors clothing in the Limited Too catalogue! As your my Little Ponies became boring and clothing and pop culture became interesting, you turned to those beacons of girl power for aesthetic guidance. Here are the style tidbits that governed your tweenhood, as inspired by the Spices Ginger, Baby, Sporty, Posh and Scary...

1. All you wanted in life were a pair of cinderblock platforms...

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so when Skechers gave you a version, you were like "I'll take it!"

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2. Anything with a Union Jack was immediately too cool for words.

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That is, if it covered your knickers.

3. Exercise pants were also fashionable...

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because they left your legs free for spontaneous roundhouse kicks!

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4. You YEARNED to dye your hair red and highlight your bangs platinum blond...

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But Mom knew better and would NEVER let that happen...

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5. It's a Headband! No, it's Sunglasses! No, it's BOTH!

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6. This slipdress was the pinnacle of sophistication....

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'Cause we all know that genuine class is spelled P-O-S-H.

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7. You were SO into leopard prints and metallics

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They were all over the Limited Too catalogue, for your vivacious, wild side.

8. Matching with your friends proved just how in sync you all were...

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whatever the occasion...

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9. You were never fully dressed without a peace sign gesture...

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The joints of our middle and pointer fingers were locked for the entirety of 1997.

10. Or without your all-encompassing sense of GIRL POWER!!!

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Yay for becoming an early adopter of feminism!