Sportswear has become such a big thing in the past few years and, being Sporty Spice, I’ve really embraced that – but at the Brit awards this year I wanted to take it somewhere else.

This dress is from Fila’s spring/summer 2020 collection – it’s really grownup, beautiful, red-carpet chic, but with a bit of a sporty twist. You would never guess this dress was from a sportswear brand. You know when you put something on and it makes you feel … expensive? I looked in the mirror and I thought: ‘Wow!’

I grew up in the north-west in the 80s – everyone wore sportswear. I went to dance college and I was a bit of a raver in the early 90s, so it was all super-comfy trackie bottoms and stripy tops.

Historically, lots of girl bands have dressed the same or been very coordinated. When the Spice Girls started, we tried a few different looks, but it just wasn’t working for us. One day, we were looking at ourselves in rehearsal and I was in a trackie, Geri was in some crazy outfit from a secondhand shop, and we…

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Melanie C: ‘I spent a few years trying not to be Sporty Spice’ | Fashion
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