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08/06/2013 08:55 am ET Updated Aug 06, 2013

15 Lessons In Fearless Fashion From Ginger Spice

Ginger Spice was one of our heroes growing up, singing loud and proud about female empowerment -- or, as she put it in the Spice Girls movie, "Strength and courage and a Wonderbra!"

She had the wardrobe to match. As one-fifth of the Spice Girls, Ginger Spice, aka Geri Halliwell, was the sassy redhead powerhouse, the one for whom no dress was too short, no neckline too low and no platform too high to conquer. She might not have had Scary in her moniker, but she was undoubtedly the most fearless dresser on that Spice Girls stage. Who else could turn the Union Jack into a dress so short, it required coordinating underwear?

No one but Ginger. In honor of Geri Halliwell's 41st birthday today (Aug. 6), we're happily revisiting the bright, brash, unapologetic style of the most sartorially gutsy Spice Girl. Here are the lessons we've learned.

Why not match your dress to your hair?

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You can never go wrong with pearls.

There is (almost) no such thing as too much cleavage.

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A short, strapless onesie allows for ease of movement.

Yes, you can wear red lipstick with red hair.

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The bigger the hair, the better.

A monochromatic outfit is always flattering.

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Inject a little color into your outfit with thigh-high boots.

Practice international diplomacy with your wardrobe.

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Even grown women can wear tiaras sometimes.

Forget your purse? Use your waistband to hold your accessories.

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Add a touch of menswear inspiration with a necktie.

Head-to-toe crushed velvet is always a good standby.

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No matter how old you get, never let go of your style signatures.

Show pride in your country through your wardrobe... no matter how short the dress.

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The Spice Girls today:

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Closing Ceremony 2012: The Spice Girls
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Closing Ceremony 2012: The Spice Girls

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