La Femme

Bend It Like Beckham

As a child of the nineties, The Spice Girls weren’t just life but a way of life.

Like many other little girls of my generation the all singing, all dancing girl group that taught us all a little thing called “girl power” had a member we could all identify with. From Baby Spice, to Sporty, Scary, Ginger and Posh they were and remain iconic. For many they assumed Geri aka Ginger Spice would be my main influence, but not all redheads stick together. Instead, it was the ever so stylish and elegant Posh that spoke to who I was or who I hoped to be one day. I would go so far to state that Posh was one of my main influences in developing an interest in fashion.

When Victoria Beckham began branching out into the world of fashion many criticised her as they were quick to limit her to her pop music persona. In spite of criticism and misplaced judgement, she moved forward with vision forging a clothing empire that became iconically British as the former girl group. If that’s not the definition of girl power than I don’t know what is.

I recently attended the Big Fashion Sale here in Sydney in the pursuit of sourcing discounted international designers with a specific focus on contributing to my denim collection. After sifting through J Brand, Frame and other labels which I adore, there she was… a sole pair of Victoria Beckham jeans illuminated in light as if from the heavens. I don’t think I have every moved so fast and wouldn’t be surprised if I get a call from Professor X wanting to nurture my lightning speed talents. As my hands reached my prize I prayed that they were my size and quietly promised that I would invest in multiple pairs of spandex if need be. Alas, they were a size 27, one size too big but a workable problem.

Venturing into the change rooms I ascended to another spiritual realm. I prayed to the fashion gods humbling requesting that what I wanted, what I really really wanted was that the 27 be both passable and flattering for my shape. My sacrifice to permanently give up donuts was well received by the powers that be and it was a night where two became one. Ok I will stop with the Spice Girls references now.

When it comes to fuelling my denim addiction my rules are simple: no wash, cut or design can be the same. Individuality is key and for me these jeans hit every mark. Being cropped this is a style that can be difficult to pull off when you’re on the shorter side of things. However, take a leaf out of Victoria Beckham’s style handbook and always be seen in a flattering heel and pair with a fitted top or blazer for ultimate balance.

Though Victoria Beckham is a brand that is relatively elusive given its entry price point, we can all embody our inner Posh Spice by ardently pursuing our goals regardless of when the world looks to limit us in the name of stereotypes.


Jeans Victoria Beckham, Shoes Billini, Bag Michael Kors, Knit UNIQLO, Watch Armani


Sarah Braden Photography