Victoria Beckham Wore the Unforgiving '00s Trend That's Worse Than Low-Rise Jeans

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Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham. Photo: James Devaney/GC Images

Leave it to Posh to resurface the '00s trend we swore we'd never look back at. Leaving her hotel in New York City where she's been staying for the last few days, Victoria Beckham emerged in a form-fitting brick-red dress, matching Manolo Blahnik heels, and a chain-strap Bottega Veneta bag, signaling the return of the bodycon.

To the initiated, the style is enough to trigger shuddering flashbacks of itchy, constricting homecoming dances and ill-advised first-job holiday party attire. The unforgiving silhouette is the corset of our times, serving as a torture device for women — an iron maiden with an Herve Leger label. But even as the dark memories (worse than low-rise jeans) flashed before our eyes, we had to admit: Beckham looked good.

Her unsurmountable physique has something to do with it, that's for sure. But if memory serves us, even a little more curvature benefitted from the once-ubiquitous bandage dress, able to nip in at the waist and lift at the bust.

Beckham's contemporary styling, too, aids in bringing the bodycon into 2021. Her Bottega Veneta bag is peak zeitgeist and could make even a peasant frock look cutting edge — it's so right now, in fact, that it's nearly impossible to find on sale. One place that defies that rule, however, is Italist, the site selling designer goods at European boutique prices (whose sales are a little earlier and deeper than American ones).

Lots to digest here! But in the meantime, while we're trying to figure out whether we're repulsed or attracted by the notorious style, we're giving bodycons a shot at redemption with styles at toe-dipping prices on Amazon and finally welcoming a Bottega bag into our lives after so much lusting. Shop Victoria Beckham's decade-blending look below.

Get the look:

Grace Karin Women Off Shoulder Batwing Cape Slim Midi Dress
Shop now: $32;

Mokoru Women's Casual Basic Pencil Dress Sexy Long Sleeve Bodycon Midi Club Dress
Shop now: $17;

Beagimeg Women's Sexy Tank Top Bodycon Ruched Sleeveless Basic Midi Party Dress
Shop now: $20;

Bottega Veneta Chain Cassette Shoulder Bag
Shop now: $3,043 (Originally $3,377);

Bottega Veneta Leather Handbag
Shop now: $1,542 (Originally $$2,543);

Bottega Veneta The Pouch Braided Bag
Shop now: $2,293 (Originally $2,543);

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