If you were to enrol in our (imaginary) Victoria Beckham style school, you'd come out on the other side as an infinitely more chic 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.
Of late, 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's 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.
Style Notes: 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 oversized coat, which she dressed down with Adidas Stan Smith trainers.
Style Notes: In 2017, VB's favourite colour was a bright blue. Here, she's paired it with bright red pieces for maximum impact.
Style Notes: 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 oversized sleeve of her shirt or the black-tie belt of her trousers.
Style Notes: Making the most of her chunky knitwear collection, VB knows that a statement neckline looks best with her hair up.
Style Notes: 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.
Style Notes: 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.
Style Notes: Temperature dipping but you still want to show off your new look under that old coat? Take VB's tack and push your outerwear to one side, pop your hand in your pocket and let the show-and-tell commence.
Style Notes: Being someone who designs seriously covetable bags, it's no great surprise that VB has many opinions on how one can tote a tote. Here she's going for the slouch-and-grab—very S/S 17.
Style Notes: 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.
Style Notes: You don't have to look like the "man from Del Monte" just because you're wearing a white suit. Ground with polished black accessories and night-out makeup, and go.
Style Notes: By keeping the silhouettes extra-simple and pared-back, VB's extravagant colour clash works a treat.
Style Notes: Whether a rolled-up sleeve or turn-up jean-leg, VB knows 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.
Style Notes: 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 as someone with a large eyewear collection, that's saying something.
Style Notes: Victoria Beckham has Manolo Blahnik's Chaos sandals in multiple colours and wears them with entirely different looks each time. The oldies really can be goodies.
Style Notes: It'd be easy to drown in a sea of orange here, but Beckham's cleverly exposed wrists and ankles mean the expanse of colour isn't overwhelming.
Style Notes: 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.
Style Notes: All-black outfits are easy to rely upon, but Tipp-Ex–white shoes do help lift them out of the dark.
Style Notes: 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 from head to toe. No regrets.
Style Notes: It's a classic for a reason—the camel coat makes everything in your wardrobe look polished and chic.
Style Notes: It's not a usual look from VB, but here's proof that it's not just hipsters wearing plaid shirts who can do the buttoned-up look.
Style Notes: High-waisted jeans flatter every shape and give you a great posterior.
Style Notes: In case you didn't already know, Victoria is rather keen on wearing sunglasses—she's rarely seen without a pair from her own collection.
Style Notes: Now we're finally heading into spring, it's time to embrace the all-white outfit. If it's a bit chilly for you, layer a roll-neck underneath, and pair with black accessories to make the white pop.
Style Notes: The big news, in terms of colour, for this spring/summer 2018 is pastels are making a comeback—especially in the form of purples and greens.
Style Notes: The latest silhouette VB is championing? The Drouser (that's a dress/trouser hybrid to me and you).
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Elinor Block.