Victoria Beckham: ‘It was a sign of insecurity’ that I used to wear tight clothes

Victoria Beckham seen at Jimmy Kimmel Live! on November 19, 2019 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Victoria Beckham recently did a Q&A session with fashion students all around the UK. She’s apparently a patron of “Graduate Fashion Week,” which I guess means that she went out of her way to make videos and send best wishes to fashion-academy graduates this year. Victoria ended up chatting about her own personal style, her fashion regrets and whether you’ll ever catch her in elastic-waistband sweatpants and sneakers. Some highlights:

On her Spice Girls style, which involved corsets & bodycon clothes: “When I was in the Spice Girls there were stylists who dressed the group, but in my personal life, I have never worked with a stylist. I used to wear lots of structured dresses with corsetry, and I do still have some of those dresses, but my personal style has become more relaxed. Looking back, I guess it was a sign of insecurity that I would always wear clothes that were very tight, very fitted.”

She’s wears sneakers often: “I just can’t run around the studio doing everything in high heels. I’m juggling a lot: being a mom, being a wife, being in the studio every day. I remember one time at a show in New York where I wore a pair of masculine trousers and trainers, and everyone went crazy, ‘Oh my God, she’s wearing trainers!’ ”

Advice to younger people, what she would tell herself at that age: “I always say I can handle mistakes that were made by me, but not mistakes that were made against my instinct. Trust that gut – it’s there for a reason.”

The future of fashion: “I’m looking forward to the future in this industry, actually. I feel like we can all come out of this better, personally and professionally… The generation coming into adulthood now will have experienced something that none of the rest of us have. I feel like this has taught all of us a lot about how to work together as teams, both in our home lives and professionally. This crisis will have expanded the horizons of all of us, in a way.”

No elastic waists… yet: “I still get up early and exercise every day, then I dress for work and for comfort. A pair of old jeans, a T-shirt or a jumper. I’m not quite at the elasticated waistband stage yet – I still want to feel good about myself. We’ve been going out on country walks every day, so the only shoes I wear are an old pair of trainers. It’s so nice just to do things with the family and not think too much about getting dressed. So, definitely no heels.”

[From People]

I’m about to say something harsh but true: people who have spent the past three months quarantining in HARD PANTS are the crazy ones. I’ve bought clothes in quarantine, and all of them have been much-needed loose-fitting shorts & sweatpants/lounge pants. It’s not a f–king crime to want to wear comfortable clothes with some elastic in the waist while we’re stuck at home, God! As for wearing tight clothes and that somehow equaling “insecurity,” I can’t really tell if she was speaking generally or about herself in particular. If she wore tight things because she was insecure, so be it and I’m glad she changed up her style. But some women just like to wear tight clothes or revealing clothes or short skirts and it has nothing to do with insecurity.

David and Victoria Beckham arrive at Victoria's Reebok party in New York

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid.

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  1. DS9 says:

    I took it as her speaking about herself because we she was very insecure for years. She seems far more comfortable with herself in the last ten years.

    I feel like she really settled into herself finally probably about a year before she had Harper.

    I’ve really enjoyed watching her grow.

    • M says:

      Agreed, she doesn’t suggest anything about anyone else. This is why it would be miserable to be a celebrity – people are often going to consider a poor angle of everything you say no matter what. Nothing can be taken just at face value.

  2. ThEHufflepuffLizLemon says:

    I read it as she was insecure and needed that look-it didn’t read as a criticism of the style in general, just a comment on where her headspace was at.

    I’ve been wearing jeans or pants most days because I’m on camera all day and I fear having to stand up for some terrible reason and not having at least moderately appropriate attire on my lower half. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  3. Manda says:

    Super skinny people don’t find “hard pants” uncomfortable, though. There’s nothing there that gets dug into

    • Paz says:

      I dont understand this, I think if you buy the rigt size then it shouldn’t be that uncomfortable, I’ve fallen asleep in my jeans and it was completely fine 🤷🏽‍♀️

      • Sof says:

        Yes, I don’t get why people wear uncomfortable clothes either. I get that for some jeans to be comfy you have to size up and maybe they don’t look as flattering at the back, but c’mon.

      • Emma33 says:

        Some people have proportions that’s don’t fit into one size of jean. I find jeans almost impossible to buy, and I’m a size 12 (or medium). I’m fairly slim, but I have hips that really stick out and throw my proportions off – it makes jeans hard to buy and also a bit uncomfortable to wear. I also don’t like bands around my waist that I can feel, it’s a sensory thing I think, so jeans don’t feel comfortable for lounging in.

  4. Sarah says:

    I honestly don’t understand the hate for elastic waistbands/confortable clothes. Sure if you’re in a downward spiral due to depression or other issues it’s a red flag that you’re not taking care of yourself but otherwise enjoy the comfort! Whether that’s one day a month or every day. If you just don’t like the style that cool but it seems to have become symbolic of more than it actual is. 2020 is exhausting.

  5. Milly says:

    That’s funny – I just finished reading an article about a study of low self-esteem which is correlated ( not in all cases) to people getting more than three tattoos. David Beckham was on the cover.

  6. Ohpioneer says:

    My yoga pants and I resent the implication that we don’t feel good about ourselves.

  7. Charfromdarock says:

    I read that as speaking about herself, not tight clothes in general.

    I haven’t worn hard pants or jeans in years. Life is hard enough without being uncomfortable.

  8. Marion says:

    I read as well that she was talking about herself. She propbably felt more confident with those clothes and the way that she keeps some of them outdated corseted dresses tells a lot…
    As for hard pants! I love them, even during quarantine! Maybe I’m a VB at heart because I feel more confident when everything is “fitted”, I don’t feel good/attractive wearing loose-fitting clothes in general (although I’m not to the point of wearing Kardashianesque corsets…!)

  9. Noki says:

    Just how does she manage to keep her brand going,i was shocked to read that it has NEVER turned a profit(though i understand sometimes it takes time for a business to do so)..I would feel so deflated.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      @ Noki : I have read that her husband keeps pouring money into it but he is getting tired of it because, as you point out, it has never turned a profit. There was a recent rumour that she is trying to get her future daughter-in-law to come in as a creative partner. I can see why she has never made money. If you look at the dress above, you can see that most of her stuff is ugly. I like Victoria Beckham but I wouldn’t be caught dead in her designs (even if I could afford them).

  10. Bibi says:

    I think what she’s saying is that at a young age there was a lack of self esteem and for her, she wore very tight clothes to feel valuable through her looks.
    I think we should just wear what we like/what we feel is appropriate for an occasion. It’s too much ovethinking – I cant analyze everything i wore in the 90’s. I’d believe i was the coolest thing walking around LOL

    • april says:

      I totally agree with you regarding her lack of self esteem and wearing tight clothes when she was young. I really like Victoria. She’s very beautiful. Seems like she and David are doing well.

  11. cisne says:

    but i rhink she right…even if she us speaking in general or oy herself.

  12. Bettyrose says:

    I joined Fabletics during quarantine and am.happily building my new work at home wardrobe.

    • Jules says:

      How’s the quality? I looked into it a while ago and the reviews were not good at that time.

      • Bettyrose says:

        I’ve been impressed. They’re very comfy and the pockets are amazing. I can fit phone, wallet, keys, and spare mask and they don’t snag. They’ve held up through several washes so far. The bras are good too for running & comfy lounge wear. Can’t comment on their exercise support for larger than b cup, tho. But the shirts I’ve tried so far aren’t as good quality. So I’m not ordering any more tops. The shipping is slow right now of course but they ship in biodegradable packaging.

      • Jules says:

        Oh thanks, glad it worked out for you. I have lots of bottoms but I need more tops to change with all the zoom calls lol.

  13. Florence says:

    I vividly remember magazines pushing her “pre-flight eating habits” (Ie nothing and green tea) and whatever other orthorexic rubbish. Just because you had body issues Vicky, doesn’t mean we all have and doesn’t mean we’re riveted by yours.

    PS she couldn’t sing and never deserved to become the most successful Spice Girl.

  14. Ennie says:

    To be fair, she didn’t say that all women who wear tight Clothes are insecure, she talked about herself.
    It’s been apparent throughout the years that she feels this way about her smile and other aspects of her appearance. She seems to have slowly come into her own, ditching the implants, for example.

  15. McMom says:

    I’m not sure how you can get offended by what she said? She’s clearly talking about herself regarding tight clothes. As for not wearing elastic waists – I’m with her on that. I haven’t worn leggings since the pandemic began because I need to get dressed for my work day in order to be productive. I wear jeans every day; it not only keeps me in work mode, but it also helps me assess whether I need to lay off the Covid chocolate cake baking without requiring me to step on a scale.

  16. yinyang says:

    The older I get the the more onfident I get, the looser the clothes. There are days I go out without makeup, this coming from someone that couldn’t fathom the idea. It’s pretty great, finding yourself.

  17. shanaynay says:

    I would think if she was that insecure when she was younger that she would have worn loose fitting clothing. Tight clothes to me would make me even more insecure, because I wouldn’t like all the attention it brings.

  18. Meg says:

    I remember being around judgemental people making comments I was only wearing loose fitting clothing because I was fat, they were asking me to prove my body shape to then otherwise they’d keep criticizing me. I wonder if that’s part of the thinking behind Victoria’s behavior.
    I wonder that about social media sometimes too ‘i need to prove how great my life is’ if people don’t know the great things I’ve done they’ll assume it didn’t happen. All based in insecurity because once you pander to those people you start living your life for them and they’re clearly looking for an excuse to criticize out of their own insecurity

  19. Atti says:

    She was 100% speaking about herself with the tight clothes being signs of insecurity. She was SO obsessed with being skinny. «Looking fat» was her nightmare, she had to constantly prove how skinny she was.

  20. Natasha says:

    She was insecure about her teeth. So she distracted by focusing attention on her body instead

  21. Pugglebum says:

    Just wanted to say that I love your comment @livealot

  22. detritus says:

    I find it kind of ironic that a woman who is so high maintenance about everything with her looks (plastic surgery, extreme diet and exercise, full face makeup always, perfect hair) says the only piece that comes from insecurity was her tight dresses.

    She’s so close to good social commentary on the pressures women face, yet so far.