Over at the X-Factor and the style wars have already started. In order to celebrate the prospect of Mel vs. Cheryl, Eevee’s Erin Hushon takes us back to the 90s and critiques some of Mel’s ‘Scarier’ style choices…

It was the announcement we have been waiting for – Mel B has joined the X-Factor panel. A guest judge back in 2012, her Scary Spice edge was evident in her comments to contestants, but will she be as feisty this time? More importantly, will the Scary One outshine Cheryl Cole?
Unfortunately, we’ll probably have to wait until X-Factor is back on our screens to get the answer. Still, let’s get ready for the showdown by having a look at some of Mel B’s famous fashion moments.
Scary Spice, Melanie Brown was well known for her feisty attitude. Embracing 90s fashion, she was able to pull off multiple ‘dodgy’ outfits during her time with the band. With her wild hair and extroverted nature, she was possibly the most versatile bandmate for the styling team.

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Another fashion style which will always be linked to Mel B was her love of the leopard print. This standard print is still heavily featured on the high street and present in most women’s wardrobes. Scary spice definitely pulled the print off in a sophisticated way.
Another moment in the band history was the launch of their West End show, Viva Forever. The show itself may not have been that successful, but this was a moment that all the girls were able to show off their grown-up styles – definitely different to what we saw from them in the 90s!


Speaking of huge moments, I was lucky enough to witness The Spice Girls performance at the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony. The show they put on was incredible – riding in on black cabs and singing their most-loved tracks. However, the best part was the fashion choices they had all made. It was a 21st century version of their original style, and Mel B looked especially stunning,  pulling off an outfit I don’t think the others would have been able to.


Mel’s first stint on the X-Factor showcased what is to come this season. Her beautiful blue dress (which showed off her curvy figure) was stunning and demonstrated her daring. But enough about her past style, what can we expect from her now she’s joined the judging panel permanently? Well, as much as I hate to pit women against each other, in this case, it was always going to be a fashion competition between Cheryl and Mel – a situation made all the more evident when they opted for similar short skirt outfits. In my opinion, Mel had a bit of edge with the recent styling. Not only did she look the part, but I think she’ll also be successful as a judge too. Hopefully, the fashion wars will carry on, and we’ll once again be be rushing out to copy them –  like we did during Spice Fever!