How to Dress Like the Spice Girls for Halloween

By Lori A. Selke

The Spice Girls formed in 1994 in Britain as a pop music group famous both for their girl-power songs and splashy fashion. Each member had her own signature persona and crafted a public image to match. Although the Spice Girls officially disbanded in 2001, they have made several reunion appearances and never really left the tabloid scene -- and they remain an instantly recognizable group costume for any five friends. Look to their movie "Spice World" or their live performances for inspiration.

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The classic Spice Girls line-up: Sporty, Ginger, Posh, Scary and Baby.

Ginger Spice

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Ginger Spice, second from left, in her flag bustier.

Ginger Spice, a.k.a. Geri Halliwell, was known for her cheeky, over-the-top style. In particular, she wore a Union Jack mini-dress for the 1997 BRIT Awards and an American flag bustier for the MTV Video Music Awards that same year. Either outfit plus a red wig or hair color would capture this Spice Girl's look perfectly. Wear red, white or blue go-go boots to complete the outfit. Feel free to add a fur or feather boa, too.

Sporty Spice

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Sporty Spice goes extra-sporty for a charity racing event.

Sporty Spice, whose real name is Melanie Chisolm, was known for her casual style. To reproduce her look as a costume, pull your hair back into a high, slick ponytail and don a sports bra and shiny track pants. If you want more coverage, choose an English soccer jersey instead. Add a pair of fashionable athletic shoes -- preferably Adidas or Reebok brand -- and you're set.

Posh Spice

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A little black dress and large black sunglasses equals a classic Posh look.

Posh Spice is perhaps better known now as Victoria Beckham, the wife of English soccer star David Beckham and a tabloid fixture well-known for her cutting-edge style. A pageboy wig, an oversized pair of sunglasses and a black strapless minidress will convey the right attitude for Posh. As for accessories, choose strappy, glittery heels -- the highest you can stand -- and a gold tennis bracelet. Most importantly: Never smile.

Scary Spice

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Scary Spice, second from right, in animal print and trousers.

Mel B, a.k.a. Scary Spice, favored trousers, preferably low-cut flares, over dresses or skirts whenever possible. She also often wore a cropped top, exposing her abdomen to the world. Camo and animal prints were a common occurrence in her wardrobe. She was also known for having a head full of corkscrew curls, sometimes memorably bound up in twine to form horns. Be sensitive when dressing as Scary Spice; don't use blackface or a clown wig to capture her look, as these choices will come off as offensive.

Baby Spice

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Baby Spice with a topknot pigtail.

Emma Bunton -- Baby Spice -- was best known for her boots, specifically Buffalo brand platforms. She also favored a pastel palette and sometimes opted for the slipdress look. For costume purposes, then, a pastel slip or babydoll dress and a pair of platform sneakers will capture the Baby Spice image. You can add a long duster or even a pastel blazer for coverage and warmth if you like. Wear a big smile, hunch your shoulders and knock your knees whenever possible. Blond hair done up in pigtails is also a must.