Taylor Swift in Gorman

Posted on April 26, 2012

We will have to sheepishly admit, after years of making fun of her for looking too precious, that Taylor here looks precious, but also chic as hell. Sometimes a gal has to go with what works for her.

Taylor Swift shopping in Beverly Hills in a Gorman dress. Lauren Merkin satchel. Frye Maya cut slingback pumps. Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer sunglasses.

Gorman Ipanema Jersey Dress

Lauren Merkin Stevie Satchel

And this dress is certainly working for Tay. We’ve teased her for Disney-princess tendencies, but there’s not much we can disagree with here. It’s all sharp and classically stylish in a low-key, “street” (as in, getting your picture taken on one) kind of way. Well done. Princess Swift.

Oh, who are we kidding? Yes, there is something we can disagree with and we can’t keep our mouths shut in an attempt to be polite. We can’t, okay? It’s the shoes. There’s nothing wrong with them on their own, but everything’s going great in the outfit – cute purse, sassy shades, a dress in the process of being rocked – and then you get to the shoes and you realize she not only matched them to her purse, but to her lipstick as well and we don’t give a shit what you think, that is a thing up with which we will not put. Practically any other color of flat would have made us happier. We’re sorry. We can’t be anything other than how God made us, darlings.

But overall, she looks really great. In a Disney princess kind of way.


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews, gormanshop.com, piperlime.com, endless.com]

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  • those shoes are granny sandals.

    • YourLibrarian

      Exactly. I don’t dislike the shoes because they are matchy; I dislike them because they’re hiddy.

    • kimmeister

      Yes!  I don’t care at all that they are red and thus match too much, they are belong on some bridge-playing biddies in Boca Raton!

      • Judih1

        I agree, those shoes are for old ladies, not for a young lady like her. There are other flats she could have chosen that are age appropriate and comfortable

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I think it is refreshing to see a celeb out walking around and shopping in shoes you could actually, you know, walk around and shop in.

    • guest2visits

      Hey; that was my thought.

    • The shoes remind me of those hideous jelly sandals but I adore the rest of the outfit.

    • The dress is also granny style,  If you google ” vintage vouge pattern”, you will find the same style with green & white stripes.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Exactly. Red ballet slippers would have been perfect because she is so tall.

  • erinbinek

    I agree with you about the shoes, but I also have a slight issue with the front of that skirt.  Somehow I wish it wasn’t wonky right over her lady-parts.

    • I thought the same damned thing, because the stripes are fine, and the illusion of a peplum is really appealling, but the skirt looks like it has a sad, wilting center panel, directly over her lady-parts.

    • buildmeatower

       This, so much. The top part is fine and quite lovely on her, and then the skirt looks like it needs to be yanked straight. Putting that detail anywhere else would have worked so much better.
      a kitten who is particularly bitter today

  • MilaXX

    I like it and can overlook the matching lip

  • Anathema_Device

    Agree with the over-matchiness of the lipstick and accessories, but it doesn’t ruin the look or anything. Just dialing back the lipstick would have been good. I’ve come around to Ms. Swift in the past 6 months.I love the way she is maturing (professionally and style-wise). She is a smart cookie.

  • Totally abstract patriotic Disney princess, but she looks good. Love the hair here. 

  • Oh my God, I love and want that dress. But it’s out of stock and I probably couldn’t afford it anyway. BOO.

    • MissAnnieRN

      me too!  But my torso is too long, that waist line would hit me somewhere in the lower rib cage area.  

      • I have a really long torso too and thus usually avoid dresses with waists (at least, that I can’t try on first), but Taylor here is the same height as me. So I’m thinking maybe this dress would work!

  • “That is a thing up with which we will not put!”
    Lordy, how I love you two.

    • alyce1213

      I like that (probably misattributed) Churchill quote.

      •  I love the language we share.  English is such an amazing amalgam of things, and so profoundly expressive in its variety and nuance.

      • HengRu

        Me too, even though I always attributed it to Rebecca Howe!

    • JMB_edits

      Yup!  Loved that too!

  • dress_up_doll

    Hate the shoes! They look like she wore them out in the rain and left them out on the porch to dry. Hence, the runover shaplessness of them. Cute dress and purse though.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Yeah, those shoes look rode hard and put away wet. Like she just fished them out of the back of the closet where she had forgotten she had shoved them three years ago after the thunder storm.

  • SneakyKitty

    Sorry, fellas, but I just can’t get past the front of that skirt.  Especially in that first photo, it just looks limp and weird hanging off of her like that.

  • I love the idea of this dress but the way the stripes are lined up in the front makes me think maternity. As for the matchy reds… ugh.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I do understand why matchy reds irritate people, but…it’s such a fun retro thing to do…I just can’t bring myself to hate. Am I wrong?

      • mshesterp

        Nah–I match my shoes to my purse all the time, and think it looks cute as long as you have other things going on in the outfit.  And it’s red! Red is fun.  I support you originallulu!

      • It seems because it’s not trending right now.  In the next few years I’m sure everything matching will swing back around.  

      •  In some other contexts I think the matching shoes, purse AND lipstick comes off as boring, too safe or sometimes plain ugly (if the shade is wrong for skin tone, for example). But I’m with you that here, the retro vibe makes it appealing. (I might have subtracted the matchy shoe, but basically like the look.)

        • TheOriginalLulu

          Completely agree. I’m normally NOT into the whole matchy thing, but here it’s so retro and fun and she looks so cute. The shoes are hideous, but I think she was right to do the red shoes. Just not those, lol.

          • I just cannot get over the big toes sticking out. Looks like a weird fit to me. (I admit having a larger issue with toes and feet- mostly my own, no judging others’- but still!)

  • I have to  disagree–and it’s more with the dress itself.  The gathers and the stripes in the center make her look pregnant.  (Unless she IS pregnant in which case she looks awesome. “Hi little baby in the tummy!”)

    • 1blogless

      Yes, even the picture of the dress looks pregnant.

  • Patricia Gillett

    Other than the way the curve of the stripes on the dress frames her lady region, this is not a bad look. It works on her. I don’t think it would on anyone else. 

  • Katie Armstrong

    yeah, i think that dress hangs weird. It makes her front look very poochy.

  • SpcilK

    I like it. Don’t love the shoes, but she looks cute.

  • Lilak

    Don’t understand why this is “precious,” exactly … and I have a different issue with the shoes:  mostly because they look like a pair she grabbed from a pile on the floor of her closet.

    The totally matched reds weren’t the best choice, I’ll grant you, but hey … she looks fresh and crisp-but-natural (i.e., not the OCD camera-ready look that, say, Miss Rossum usually leaves the house with).

  • EEKstl

    Meh, if it were July 4th I’d be more enthused; as it is the dress and purse look great, wouldn’t like the shoes in any color.

  • Maria Rosenfire

    Damnit, why is that dress in the, “Well, if I hacked off a limb and promised them my firstborn I might actually have the money to buy that”  price range? It’s okay when something costs $3,000 and I think, “No thanks, I’ll buy a couple decent used cars instead,” but the ones that seem almost attainable are infinitely worse. Darn you, TLo! I need that money for practical things!

    Yes, yes, she looks very cute, ease up on the matching, that bag’s a little bit fugly, etc.

    • Right? If I did nothing else but stay in watching Netflix/doing my on-the-side freelance work for a month I could afford it! But then I wouldn’t have anywhere to wear it. Whatever, I could sit around in my apartment looking pretty and it’d be awesome.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      That’s why I don’t even look at the prices. Too disappointing.

    • where did you see the price?  I found this http://www.gormanshop.com.au/clothing/dresses/oui-non-dress.html stripey navy and white shift, and it’s more than I’d pay for Jersey knit, but it’s not out of this world expensive or anything.

  • Don’t like the shoes at all, not just because of the color either. A classic flat in gold or light brown would have worked better

  • Beth G

    Yellow shoes

    • janetjb

       Yes!, if I had that dress and yellow shoes I’d wear them together.

  • janetjb

    Her shoes look like something she actually owns and not something her stylist brought over hoping they fit.

    She looks cute.

  • granddelusion

    Only in this fashion culture would 2-inch heels be considered”flats”!

  • Well, you can’t really go wrong with red accents on a blue and white outfit. It’s more the style of the shoes I have a problem with than it is the colour. They look like someone got creative in basketweaving class.

  • I would wear that outfit in a HEARTBEAT! I love it. And while its not the most clever styling choice, I don’t mind the matchy accessories. They look retro, and I’m a sucker for retro.

    • Gabriella Soza

      Just yesterday I wore a blue and white striped dress with a similar silhouette and seaming that had a slim red patent belt, so you bet I rocked my red patent pumps and a red lip.

  • She looks great – wish that skirt was in a price-point us  working folk could afford – LOVE IT!

  • IAmJ

    Something about this dress reads a little maternity to me.

  • Lina_bee

    Ack, no. The cut of the skirt just reminds me of unappealing maternity wear designed to highlight the bump. She looks fine from the waist up, but the rest is terrible.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I love the whole look, right down to the messy pony-tail, the Risky Business shades and the red lipstick.
    The shoes are a little fug, but they do work with the casual feel she’s going for. 

  • OH she looks great hush all of you

  • AlexisPayne

    Rocking the ponytail, lips, and shades makes me think of the original Barbie

  • She looks great, and I love, love, LOVE her lip color.  

  • Kayceed

    I would have matched my manicure and pedicure as well. (Am imagining TLo collectively developing a twitch in one eye at the thought…sorry darlings!) 

  • butterflysunita

    I don’t like the look at all but won’t say anymore.  After all, it’s not a red carpet pic and the dress looks comfortable.  

  • alyce1213

    I don’t like the shoes (ew), but I do like the heel height; she must like being able to walk.  Otherwise, no complaints, no nitpicking –  she looks fine.

    I wonder – Who’s the cute guy in the first picture?

  • sashaychante

    Not a fan of stripes overall, but this whole look is cute on Taylor.  I like the matchy shoes, purse and lipstick here.  Reminds me of the ’80s.

  • enchanted216

    The shoes are hiddy!


  • poggi

    This is a very good look for her.  Not too prissy but prissy enough to be believable. 

  • Rebecca Johnson

    The location of her boob shadows and the first downward sloping panel give the illusion of a gaping, unhappy maw on her torso. I can’t unsee it.

  • “A thing up with which we will not put,” like ending sentences in prepositions?  I applaud you, TLo.

  • You two may not have liked the color, but I give her major snaps for running around town in a modest heel. 

  • SewingSiren

    She looks like she’s headed to the 4th of July parade on Main Street USA in 1946.

  • Jellybish

    50s Barbie is a big upgrade from Disney princess.

  • kim i

    yellow shoes would have killed.

    • Lisa

      Oohhh, yes!

  • I want to love this dress, but the multiple angles of the stripes on the skirts is driving me crazy.  I love the top of it and the way it fits.  Overall, she knows what works for her and I think she looks adorable, as usual.

  • “that is a thing up with which we will not put.”


  • Looks like she has a baby bump. Or beer gut. Or a giant flaccid… you know.

  • guest2visits

    I love that dress on her; it’s perfect. The color of the bag is ok, – but I still don’t like the bag. Or the shoes.
    They may very well be expensive; but they kinda look not.

  • marilyn

    I don’t like the dress at all.  Those lines are designed to focus attention on the crotch area.  She is a cute girl, and I understand that she is trying to wear something trendy.  But, it is an ugly trend.  Not a biggie-she will move on to other clothes.

  • “…up with which we will not put…”

    Be my gay uncles.  Please.

  • Lisa

    Yup, sometimes you just have to let her go with what works for her, and this kind of “1950s Barbie” look absolutely works for her.  She looks great!

  • giiiirrrr

    I love the nautical stripes trend.  This is adorable.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I wonder if this dress wouldn’t be aided by a thin belt.

  • meowing

    I’ve come to terms with the redux of all things matchy.  Hell, that’s how I grew up (I recall during high school, every night I’d change purses so I’d match my shoes and outfit  for the next day).  Plus, I’m terminally tired of the word “pop” as in a pop of color different from the main outfit items.  Just my worthless and peon 2 cents.

  • mjude

    its why we love you tlo!

  • Carla_Charlton

    Disagree about the dress — I don’t like way the stripes change around her belly.  The dress is unflattering on her and even in the sample photo it looks unflattering.

    • tsid2012

      Totally agree!  That “roundy moundy” effect is just focus pulling and odd….

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    ah, but she has to be the way she was made too, yes? & she was made to match her shoes to her purse to her lipstick.
    otoh, the dress would be wonderful if they hadnt made it to look as if someone’s head were perpetually stuck under it.

  • peachy16

    There is buzz on some gossip blogs that her newest accessories (above the waist and below the neck) are on display in this very cute dress.  What do you all think?

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      that she’s really young & they grow.

  • SapphoPoet

    I like it the outfit. In her matchy defense, I can totally see how if you had that lipstick, bag, and shoes it would take an almost inhuman effort not to wear them all together, particularly with that dress. At least she didn’t have red shades. 

  • Sophie Collier

    The stripes are so weird on the skirt.  It’s like her abdomen is frowning at us.  But I totally love the cut of it and the idea of a striped dress.  

  • nannypoo

    I think she looks great except for the shoes. My gripe about the shoes, though, is not their color but their apparent cheapness, sloppiness and overall crappiness.

  • rowsella

    I’m hearing some Killing Joke “80’s” in my head.

  • MoreShoes

    I love the whole outfit, I wish I had it. She looks young, fresh and yeah for the red lipstick.

  • jw_ny

    I don’t mind the red shoe with the red bag, but the lipstick is what seems out of place to me…that’s not a casual day time lipstick color.  I actually like the shade…just not with this.  The dress is cute enough I guess..kind of bugs me how over gathered the front is.  

  • Toto Maya

    I have a similar dress, but I prefer mine because it doesn’t constantly point to my crotch.

    • tsid2012

      I agree!  The way those stripes are cute and seamed is just a little off putting to my eye.  Not only is all pointing at her crotch but then they sort of make a roundy moundy look right there.  Odd….

  • PaulaBerman

    I think my mom had those shoes in 1978. She wore them to the grocery store.

  • this is a cute dress & look but I’m just realizing she really dresses like a granny and omg, she’s wearing granny shoes…and I wear granny shoes, I would never wear those fug shoes!

  • Bozhi

    Cute.  Love the dress, purse and sunglasses.  The shoes are okay, but do not match.

    My 19 year old nephew on facebook the other day asked his friend, “on a scale of 1 to Adele, how bad was your breakup?”

    His friend answered, “Taylor Swift.”

  • TieDye64

    Cute as hell. Not digging the shoes, not because they’re red, but because they’re kind of ugly and they look like something Seinfeld’s mom would wear in Boca Raton.

  • tsid2012

    She does look very cute although I’m not completely sold on the way the stripes on the skirt round out her “lady area”.  It’s a little odd looking to me and i am sure on any woman over a size 4 it would be not flattering at all.  The shoes are just a no….

  • anasmomma

    Oyeeee, the strips over the hips, makes her look huge…and the shoes, ouch!

  • Kristy Evans

    I wish she had worn yellow shoes; I love a navy with a golden rod shoe.

  • K

    I have a blue and white striped dress. Im going to haul it out, slap on some red shoes and red lips and put my hair in a pony tail. 

  • PrunellaV

    I’m embracing the matchy-matchy because it seems to be heralding the passing of the putty pumps.

  • Just went out and bought this dress. TLo, I wish you could be my personal shoppers… thank you!