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Ginger Spice turns 50: Geri Horner’s style evolution from the 1990s to today

Arriving on the pop scene in 1994 as the fifth of the Spice Girls, Geri Horner (née Halliwell) has been in the spotlight for over 25 years.

Meanwhile, the showbiz star – who turns 50 on August 6 – has been a veritable fashion chameleon, often switching up her style to suit her career and personal life.

To mark this milestone anniversary, we are going back to her clothing evolution.

1990s: Ginger Spice

The Spice Girls at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival (Neil Munns/PA)

Taking the pop world by storm in the mid-1990s – alongside Spice Girls bandmates Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham – Horner was given the nickname “Ginger Spice” in honor of her fiery red hair.

The 20-something pop star was all about attention-grabbing outfits, often sporting the brightest and loudest ensembles of the bunch.

Geri Halliwell aka Ginger Spice performing at the 1997 Brit Awards (Fiona Hanson/PA)

Her most iconic Spice Girls look is undoubtedly the extremely short Union Jack mini dress she donned to perform at the 1997 Brit Awards, paired with bright red platform boots.

To widespread shock, Horner left the phenomenally successful girl group in 1998 and quickly set about reinventing herself.

Geri Halliwell on stage at a royal gala in honor of the Prince of Wales’ 50th birthday (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Showing off a sleek new look later that same year, she sang happy birthday to Prince Charles on his 50th birthday, wearing a stunning midnight blue strapless dress with a huge skirt.

2000s: Solo star

Geri Halliwell performing at Party in the Park 2001 (William Conran/PA)

Embarking on a solo pop career, the singer formerly known as Ginger Spice embraced all the biggest trends of the 2000s, including halter tops, low-rise jeans and mini kilts.

Geri Halliwell braves the rain to greet fans and promote her album Scream If You Wanna Go Faster in 2001 (Haydyn West/PA)

Swapping out her bright red hair for honey blonde streaks, the pop star’s off-duty style was decidedly more demure, and on the red carpet, she favored glamorous, body-hugging dresses.

The Spice Girls during a photocall at the Royal Observatory in 2007 (Joel Ryan/PA)

In 2007, the Spice Girls announced that they would be reforming. Horner, who had given birth to her first child, Bluebell Madonna, the previous year, looked somewhat out of place during the reunion photocall, wearing a flowing white maxi dress – while the other members chose bold black and red outfits.

2010s: Olympic glory

Geri Haliwell at Newbury Racecourse in 2010 (Steve Parsons/PA)

Horner’s style continued to evolve in the 2010s and she experimented with the blonde and bronzed baby look.

Geri Halliwell launched her clothing line with Next in 2011 (Ian West/PA)

The Spice Girls returned to center stage once again with their epic performance at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Ginger Spice recalled her iconic British look in a red mini dress, with the bustle of the Union flag.

Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls performs during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics (Anthony Devlin/PA)

In 2015, she chose British designer Phillipa Lepley to create the lace-trimmed wedding dress for her wedding to Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner.

Spice Girl Geri Halliwell arrives for her wedding to Formula 1 boss Christian Horner (Chris Radburn)

Now: minimalist chic

Geri Horner in the royal box at Wimbledon (Steven Parsons/PA)

These days, Horner will wear any color…as long as it’s white. Or cream. Or ivory. Rarely depicted in anything other than these pale hues, Horner has found her fashion groove, and it’s a far cry from her Spice Girls style.

The mother-of-two (she gave birth to son Montague in 2017) is all about luxe loungewear, flowing blouses, swishy skirts and white jodphurs (the longtime riding enthusiast owns several horses).

Christian Horner and Geri Horner attending the world premiere of No Time To Die (Alamy/PA)

Horner also loves the all-white look on red carpet appearances, often styling a chic column dress with a sleek updo and bold red lip.

Hazel J. Edmonds

The author Hazel J. Edmonds