Among my friends it’s well known that I am a little bit obsessed with Taylor Swift. Not only does her music resonate with me but I genuinely believe she is a good human. Understandably my love for Taylor could be perceived as crazy (seeing as how I only know the marketed version of her and not necessarily the “real her”) but I truly believe Taylor Swift is human sunshine. Music career aside, I often turn to Taylor Swift for style inspiration.
If 2015 was the year of Taylor Swift, the starlet doesn’t seem to be loosing momentum as she graces magazine covers and tabloid headlines in 2016. Initially known for her long curly blonde hair and prom-like stage style, Taylor Swift’s personal style has evolved along with her music. Both on the stage and on the streets of New York Swift can be found in her signature crop top and mini skirt helping to popularize the trend among teens and twenty-somethings.
Accentuating her natural beauty Swift often opts for natural looking makeup with a simple cat-eye and red lipstick that pops. Taylor’s red lips have become a trademark in her signature style and the singer has even been caught by paparazzi wearing her red lipstick jogging in central park. Taylor herself has likened her taste in beauty to classic hollywood stars of the 1920s and 1930s. The glamorous beauty look transcends from stage to street and Taylor is more often caught with a swipe of red lipstick than without.
Taylor’s day to day street wear includes skater skirts in every color and texture, matching crop tops and sweaters, neutral heels and structured handbags. Seen in attainable pieces from Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville and Free People, Taylor markets herself as an ordinary girl that has overcome adversity like bullying and “mean girls”. Don’t be mistaken though, like Taylor Swift’s reputation, her wardrobe is that of a superstar too! She’s often seen with the latest from Jimmy Choo, Louboutin, Ellie Saab and Oscar De La Renta. Though Taylor is quoted saying she “wouldn’t describe herself as a style icon” it’s easy to see why women would attempt to emulate her looks for their own playful and feminine day to day wear. Taylor’s style has been described as both sweet and flirty, it’s no wonder her taste has influenced more than just her 72 million plus fans!
As Taylor has progressed from teenage country singer to international pop star she’s started taking more fashion risks on stage as well as on the red carpet. Sporting a Balmain white jumpsuit with sexy side cut outs to the 2015 Billboard music awards, Nastygal reportedly sold out of a similar jumpsuit after Taylor appeared in the Balmain piece. For the 2015 Video Music Awards Taylor chose a glittery urban inspired look with a matching crop and pant set by Ashish. A tasteful glimpse of skin has never intimidated Swift as demonstrated in her recent orange and hot pink gown seen at the Grammy Awards. The full magenta skirt featured thigh high slits showcasing Taylor’s long legs and fabulous taste in shoes. The bandeau top felt sexy enough for a pop singer but mature enough for a seasoned pro that has received as many accolades as Swift has over her career. Bonus points for standing up to Kanye a real life Hollywood bully!
On the stage for her 1989 world tour Taylor dawns sparkling mini skirts and coordinated jackets, a fringed bodysuit, and a sheer full bodysuit. Though these glamorous stage looks scream “international pop star” though it’s easy to see the influence of her toned down personal style through her over the top stage apparel. From street to stage Taylor Swift has proven herself not just as a musician but as an international pop culture style icon.
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