Taylor Swift Double Shot

Posted on January 29, 2013

We think Tay-Tay’s going through a period where she’s trying to dress a little more grownup and sexy, and to that, we can only offer positive reinforcement.

So let’s make a skinny, rich white girl feel better about herself, shall we, kittens?

 

Taylor Swift attends the 2013 NRJ Music Awards in Cannes in an Elie Saab Spring 2013 dress paired with Jimmy Choo sandals.

 

This is largely unremarkable in style, shape, and color, but she does look good in it. She has a serious fixation on white and gold, and while we’d love to shame her into advise her to wear more vibrant colors – because she’s got the looks for it – we’ll accept these babystep moments for now. She looks sexy and confident and that’s good enough for us.

We really sat up and noticed this next look, though:

Taylor Swift attends ’40 Principales Awards’ in Madrid in a Kaufmanfranco Spring 2013 dress paired with Christian Louboutin booties.

It’s far from perfectly styled, but we appreciate this look for having a bit of edge to it; for being a dress that says something more than “I’m a pretty girl.” We think it’d look better more fitted to her, and she definitely needs a punctuation piece of jewelry, but we like that it’s a little different. And we LOVE the shoes. A+ on that front.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Sobaika

    Damn. She looks pretty fierce, especially in the second outfit. Go Taylor!

    • Alyssa

      Yes! I love the shoes in the second outfit! I’m glad she’s veering away from her princess style looks into a new territory…next we’ll work on more color!

      • Jennifer Coleman

        I saw those Louboutins in Vegas this weekend. They are pretty fierce up close. She looks good in both dresses. Wish she would ditch the ‘I have to pee’ stance in the 1st photos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    If you can’t say something nice…

    Okay fine, she does look great, in both dresses. Even the illusion netting in the second dress is done well. HOWEVER, I reserve the right to be annoyed by her.

    • SassieCassy

      we can be annoyed by her and still appreciate her not wearing taffeta or w/e

  • butterflysunita

    No to the second look.  She forgot to put her shirt on.  

    • SassieCassy

      she is wearing her dress tho 

  • kimmeister

    Girl’s got some great gams!

    • Karen Maslowski

       She’s tall and willowy, and wears clothes like a model. I love seeing what she chooses to wear, especially now that she seems to have gotten over the tweeness stage.

  • A. W.

    What is it about Taylor that brings out the tumblr privilege response in us all? She’s not any worse than many other young celebrities but is much more annoying on this count for some reason…

    • SassieCassy

      likely her history of misogynistic and homophobic lyrics, but i am pretty sure its not just her. katy perry and rihanna bring out the same.

      • A. W.

        I had no idea she was either of those! If she’s a homophobe or woman-hater, we shouldn’t pay her attention at all.

        • Sobaika

          She’s not homophobic (in the outward sense) as she’s participated in the No H8 campaign. But her lyrics include something along the lines of ‘Fine, tell your friends I’m obsessive and crazy, I’ll tell mine that you’re gay’ and lots of internalized misogyny.

          • formerlyAnon

            The day we start calling out female entertainers for internalized misogyny is the day we drop dead of exhaustion. ;D

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVLRKVUTPJQ4OW2E26WIGUBCW4 karen

            Better start taking our vitamins then. It needs to be done.

          • http://www.facebook.com/winston.stone Winston Stone

            A-MEN to that.  I personally turn a mental dial over to mute if I cannot change the radio station when one of her “compositions” is playing.  It all sounds the bleedin’ bloody same, and I’m beyond tired of the serial child-boyfriends she keeps around exactly long enough to write a snarky breakup song about them.

          • formerlyAnon

             I reserve my anti-mass cultural influence efforts for work on my daughter and her friends. It’s a full time job and requires much tongue-biting. Results, so far: mixed.

          • ecallaw1977

             Where I grew up in Tennessee, the word gay meant lame, and I thought it was just a homonym, one word with completely different meanings.  Used in that context, I didn’t associate it with being homosexual at all and never thought twice about using the word.  It was no more offensive to me than using the word black to denote evil (e.g, he had a black heart).  It wasn’t until I moved up north that I realized that some people thought any differently, and I stopped using it.   It isn’t necessarily the most sensitive language, but it is likely that she wasn’t internalizing anything and just really didn’t think it was offensive.

          • SassieCassy

            so im just going to say that if a word doesn’t mean something to you it that doesn’t change its actual meaning. and like im pretty sure thats the definition of internalized mysoginy/homophobia/whatever

          • ecallaw1977

            Who defines “actual meaning?”   The actual meaning of the word, even though it was slang, was “lame.”  Perhaps the origin of the slang term was to insult gay people, but I never saw it used in that context.  Every time I saw it used, it had nothing to do with homosexuality–again, it was used to describe something that was lame.   Like I said before, I stopped using that word because I was made aware that some people thought it was insulting to gay people.  I had never realized that at all (again, see the black/evil comparison).  But I can assure you that when I used to use that word, there was absolutely no “internalized misogyny/homophobia.”   LGBT rights are extremely close to my heart, and were even when I lived in the South.  I’m just saying perhaps the same is true for Taylor Swift.

          • Sobaika

            The ‘actual’ meaning of the word gay is happy. Around the 1800s or so, it began to refer homosexuality. I used gay high school too and also used the R word to mean stupid, and I did not believe it was homophobic or offensive. I was wrong. I still cringe at my usage of both and recognize that the roots of those words refer to a group of people and that they became slang specifically because of their connotations.

          • SassieCassy

            that sound we are all hearing is the dropping of some truth bombs

          • ecallaw1977

             I agree.  With everything you said.   I didn’t comment to defend the word (although it probably looks like it), I just know that I’m embarrassed that I used to use it when I just didn’t know any better, and I’m just saying that the same may be true of Taylor.  I do think there’s a distinction between ignorance and “internal misogyny.”  Although I will say that I would feel better about it if she would come out and apologize for it.   If she didn’t know any better then, surely by now she’s heard the comments and could respond to them.  Glad she participated in the no H8 campaign, though.

          • ecallaw1977

             And I appreciate that you can discuss these issues without sarcasm or being obnoxious.  Thanks.

          • Sobaika

            I have a carefully developed ritual involving taking a walk around my office, getting some coffee, and staring at a soul-crushing spreadsheet before answering.

          • Laylalola

            Teens use the phrase “That’s so gay” all the time and many have no sense that the put-down is related in any way to homophobia, but of course the only reason it ever became a successful put-down is because it arose out of homophobia and an effective put-down is to trash someone as gay. “Faggot” also is a word teens tend to use as a putdown, again not all of them remotely connecting the slur with actual homophobia or being gay, but come on. It too of course is.

          • http://womenshealthnews.wordpress.com/ RachelW

             And… “lame” is ableist. Just because you didn’t know or didn’t think about it, doesn’t mean it wasn’t hurtful to gay people hearing it.

          • ecallaw1977

             Noted.  I wish I had realized that at the time because I really would never want to offend anyone like that, but I was truly oblivious. 

          • fursa_saida

            On that front, definitely Katy Perry is at the top of my list for writing “Ur So Gay,” never acknowledging or apologizing for that, and then making a ~GaY eMpOwErMeNt AnThEm~ that was basically just an exercise in bandwagon-jumping. Gross.

        • formerlyAnon

           She’s young-ish and a product of the culture she lives in more than consciously homophobic or misogynistic, is my impression. (I am far from familiar with all of her work.)

          • A. W.

            I’m in the same boat… I only know her fashion, not her work.

          • JANE LANE

             So are we all, that hardly means we should let her (or ourselves) off the hook for it. Changing societal attitudes in small ways is important too. Ignoring that is the reason why people think racism is only about burning crosses and homophobia is only about dudes like Fred Phleps.

          • formerlyAnon

             Didn’t say we should (let her off the hook) but my energies are directed to those nearer and dearer to  me, upon whom I expect to have more effect than I will on Ms. Swift. My remark was meant more in the vein of “I’m not going to attack her for being well within the mainstream, as I see it.” Even if I do think the mainstream needs to be shifted.

  • savicevic

    Looks good. I hate the blue eyeliner (?) or whatever that is in the second set though.

  • Introspective

    dress #1 is good, but expected. dress # 2 makes me think a little, which is surprising from her, and shoes in look #2 can easily cause a brawl between me and her. 

    hair and makeup are not fierce enough in either shot. but overall i agree with uncles TLo- I like where Tay’s going with this…

  • charlotte

    I can’t help it, I want to slap her everytime I see her (and I’m not an aggressive person). The second dress is fierce though.

  • nannypoo

    I’m a big fan of the new, sexy look. I don’t recall that she has ever done much with jewelry. Maybe that will come next.

  • MilaXX

    The first dress looms likes she’s wearing a hand me down from Beyonce. It’s okay. 

    Love the second looks all the way around, but it does make one believe the rumors that she had a boob job. If she did, it’s good work. 

  • http://twitter.com/watchinginkdry Krysta

    I am. . . not sure about those shoes.  They’re a little Miami boardwalk (plastic shoes = no most of the time).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=811053804 Stacy Parker Cole

       At least it’s not silly putty shoes! lol

  • teensmom99

    Lea Michele saw the first picture and said “I want my dress back.”  & shoes #2 are to die for.

    • Megan Sparks

       ahahaha! My first thought for the first look was that she was channeling Lea Michele. Even when it comes to the posing/vamping.

  • Rand Ortega

    I’m going to give TLo credit for this excellent transformation. While I agree she could use some color in her style, both looks are really suited to a real live young woman instead of an illusion. Buh bye Disney princess! Hello confident sexy superstar!

  • thecitysleeps

    Her ex was at those awards of the second outfit.  Maybe it’s because I don’t like her, and I know she’s young and already very successful but her anti-feminism stances annoy me, and I feel she’s all about the men.  Including this outfit.  Yeah, yeah she looks good, whatever.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      So the second outfit was to make an ex look jealous?  Because all I see it highlighting is her sternum and that doesn’t scream “see what you’re missing out on?!” to me.

      • formerlyAnon

         Well, presumably he once found that sternum reasonably attractive.

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

       Which one?

      • thecitysleeps

         Harry from 1D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

    I think that second dress makes her look seriously flat chested.  Not a good look.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/21151157@N00/ rawrgrowlrawr

      What’s wrong with looking flat chested if you are? She isn’t a busty girl.

      • mhleta

        Seriously? She’s got a very respectable rack. 

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/21151157@N00/ rawrgrowlrawr

          Even if she does, flat chested shouldn’t be used as an insult. It is body shaming. 

    • charlotte

       Well thank you.

  • Annabelle Archer

    She’s got the god given stems to pull off those short short dresses, bless her.  It appears that she purchased herself a bit of upper-body confidence, hence the reason it’s been a straight month of under boob, side boob and sternum shots. Hopefully this all a transition into a much less twee/public persona.  I do wish she’d go back to her natural curls just to keep the edge on the looks.
    Overall, I’d have to say well done Ms. Swift. 

    • AthenaJ

      Lol yes its as if she signed an advertising agreement with her doctor show off the enhancements… The legs are probably all natural though, which I’ll admit look damn good.  

  • Maddict

    Dearest Gay Uncles,
    You have your shoes mixed up in the captions.  I love you both!  

  • girliecue

    Are the captious switched on the photos? The first dress looks more Elie Saab to me and the second pair of shoes definitely look more like booties than the first pair. Fashion can be so confusing.

    Snaps to Missy Taylorndor looking great and more age- and station-in-life appropriate!

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Picture #1 makes me think “Aniston.”  It’s one step away from a sequined bath towel, and that’s not good.

  • MzzPants

    Time to do something about that hair.

  • FrayedMachine

    Alright. 99.9% sure she’s an android. She makes essentially the same face and the same pose in every picture. These looks, albeit, are step ups into adult lady land but I … can’t help but feel like she’s actually a doll that someone is playing dress up with. … And I don’t really know if that’s a good thing.

  • formerlyAnon

    Baby is a grown girl now! She’s now thoroughly in the demographic of “entertainer who wants you to know how good her body is” whether that body is the primary product she’s selling or not. Standards of menswear allow the guys to do it more subtly than women, which irritates me, but there it is.

    Dress #2 is going to challenge some of her fan base but thrill more of it.

    I prefer # 2 to # 1 because 1 is a generic “I’m hot – or at least real pretty” dress. Very generic. 

  • bhl_1123

    Though I appreciate this new look (and #2 is a head-turner), I can’t help but think she is sexing it up to land another man-boy for song material.  Also, hate the bangs.

  • subwaycars

    The second look bothers me but I think that’s just because her hair is so awful. Blegh.

  • kayleymaybe

    I feel like I’ve seen a lot of her sternum lately.  Glad for the change, but there are ways to be sexy that don’t involve bony sternum.

  • Little_Olive

    She looks quire fierce I should say. I shouldn’t like those shoes in the second outfit buy dayum. 

    I wish 1) she changed her hair a bit and 2) this edgyness translated into her everyday uberdainty wardrobe.  

  • Jecca2244

    I love these looks. I’d also love to see her without the bangs. and that is coming from someone with a full fringe.

  • B_C_J

    Dress number 1 is pretty and sexy but predictable.  Dress number 2 is much more interesting and fashion oriented. However, I dislike her hair especially in the 2nd look.  It demanded something much more finished. 

  • BrooklynBomber

    I’m getting a bit of a Julie Christie in “Shampoo” vibe (to my surprise).

  • mhleta

    Wow. It’s as if we had that huge argument here about a month ago and all of the sudden she’s looking like she heard us. I’m impressed. I was all set to hate the second look, because I’m beyond sick of white, but the shoes won me over. She’s finally found a way to embrace her womanly hotness without alienating her fan base. Well done. Now about that hair valance on her forehead…

  • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com/ skadi1

     The hair is so ugly though. I just can’t get past the stupid bangs.

  • lehen

    I generally hate illusion netting, but I kind of like how the shoes and the illusion netting go together in the second outfit.  

  • Imasewsure

    Love the first look even if it is not earth-shattering. Like everything but the neckline on the second look – love the shoes for some reason… hate hate that hair style with the passion of 1000 suns however!!

  • llou56

    In the first picture she looks a little like Ginger from gilligan’s island.  If the dress had no sleeves and was long.  Try to imagine a grass hut beside her.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      LOL, you read my mind, I thought the same thing!

  • http://theargiehome.blogspot.com/ Gus Casals

    Girl is learning how to give face, too. Still hate her, but she’s improving.

  • http://twitter.com/AShinyOConnor A Shiny O’Connor

    Those shoes are gorge. ‘Give me a funny feeling in my lady ‘area’.

  • Ceur

    Damn. Her legs look photoshopped. Luckily I hate the hair/eye makeup, so she can stay. 

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    I’m liking how she has changed her look. Now she gets another week of these before I start “of course”ing her for short, tight and shiny. I… do not love the second pair of shoes.

  • http://twitter.com/rmcgrudiva RL McGruder

    She looks good and…standard in the first dress.  Not standard for her, but very typical starlet.

    The second look – I like the shoes, but the plastic piece against her skin perfectly matches her hair.  I can’t unsee that now.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    I’ve been so cranky about her persona in the past, that I really should give credit for her improvement.  But if I never again saw her in white (or with an, ‘ain’t I cute’ look on her face) it would still be far too soon.

  • kolokOlchik

    The bottom look is seriously missing a belt

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    I should hate those shoes, but I do not! 

  • greyhoundgirl

    There is a lot to like about the second look.  Still, when I saw it I thought “bandage”.

  • Judy_J

    So that rectangle shape down the front of the second dress is illusion netting?  I think I’d like that dress better if it had a belt of some sort.

  • stubbornthoughts

    I love the second dress and like the first one. That being said, she looks like a wax figure in the first pictures.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    I’d cut a bitch to look like her in that first dress in spite of my irrational hatred.  She hardly needs us to feel better about herself.

  • bertkeeter

    GORGEOUS!

  • Kristy Evans

    Showing off them new boobs she got! She looks good, I just wish she would close her mouth. Both in photos and in life. Ahem.

  • guest2visits

    Taylor looks good in both; the second is abit more interesting.
    I like the illusion of a cool, 60s style suit with the 2nd; I’m almost disappointed it’s not a skirt and jacket.
    And in the less is more side of things.. I think it would still as beautiful with a skinnier openning at the bodice; it makes me think
    that one little twist and the dress and Tay would be in two different places.

  • Zippypie

    A belt on the second dress would have made it work.  The first is boring.  I applaud her dressing like a woman and ditching the twee but she’s only halfway there – she still has the twee as fuck bangs.  Ditch them.

  • decormaven

    I’d like to have seen some color polish on the nails in the second look. She is rocking both outfits; props for walking in those heels.

  • Jarethee

    Ehhhh…I like the first one more than the second, actually. The second dress’s shape is just…I know its new and innovative, but I think the open reveal in the middle is hideous. Am I insane if I would have preferred a sheer covering there? 

  • CassandraMortmain

    I thought she went completely off the rails with her pursuit of the Kennedy man-child.  Kennedys are best to avoid, dear.  They don’t have a great history of treating women well.  But aside from that, I never quite got the loathing so many people seem to have for her.  She’s talented, writes her own songs, isn’t out smashing up cars or passing out in clubs and hasn’t done anything scandalous.  She’s a bit of a serial dater but if that’s the worst of her sins, big deal.  As for her tweeness, it was age appropriate.  (She’s still really young).  And it was a shrewd style/marketing decision, since she presented herself in a way guaranteed to appeal to her fanbase.  I do think she looks fierce as hell in her new more adult guise but needs to be careful not to stray into Leah Michele territory.  I’d prefer tweeness over the “of course” kind of looks.  But she’s werqing both these looks.  Except for the shoes in the bottom pics.  They look like a weird combination of hooker shoes and Miami Beach grandma shoes.  Shudder.

  • margaret meyers

    Tres chic!  That second look could have used some sophistcated hair.
    Have I said how much I hated that nasty black satin Mark Bouwer from the SAGs?  A man who would design that hates women.

  • lrhg

    Eww. Plastic shoes.

    Uh, other than that, good job Taylor?

  • warnerave

    i dont like her but i think the 1st pic is WERQ worthy

  • Trisha26

    The first look is standard Stepford Taylor. The second reads call girl – it’s those horrible shoes. Just can’t with her at all. Sorry.

  • libraangel

    The young, white, skinny, rich girl is FINALLY getting it on!

  • Laylalola

    Overexposed. I can’t even offer rational comment anymore, she’s too much too everywhere too all the time. 

  • bd73

    #2 is classic gwyneth paltrow. another tall, skinny one. i like the edginess. it feels right for her age.

  • SRQkitten

    Y’think there’s a new stylist involved? One that isn’t fixated on junior looks?

    srq

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Those shoes definitely up the ‘wow’ factor!

  • jw_ny

    she can do no right in my book.

  • barbarienne

    She looks like a Bond Girl in both outfits. Bucking for a role in the next movie, perhaps with the theme song as well?

  • BR777BS

    “Hey girl, can I borrow your entire closet?” – T-Swizzle
    “Of course!” – Lea Michele

  • Frank Lithium

    All in all, girl finally ditched her I’m-a-good-girl-and-a-virgin schtick. And oh, she looks pretty good in both of these outfits.

  • fursa_saida

    Her bangs are killing me. Are they clip-in or something? They look preturnaturally thick–thicker than they used to, I think. (I have very thick hair and used to have booms like that, and they were NEVER this intense.)

  • shnaggi

    Hmm that second outfit is screaming for Platinum Cuffs and properly styled hair I don’t think the wave does the minimalist vibe of the dress justice ..loving the shoes tho…. Much prefer outfit 2 to the first one.

  • http://houseofestrogen.typepad.com/ Ann

    Wow… when she decided to move past the poodle skirts, she really went for it!

  • warontara

    She is firmly at the top of my Celebrity Hate list- BUT she looks pretty fab. I’d steal both dresses in a heartbeat (and maybe accessorize them with some color, but baby steps!!).

  • ccm800

    the hair is effin ugly as hell, color, cut, weight, everything. “Like my builder beige bams?” “no”  

    • Lola67

       It is starting to look like a bad wig. I like the color, but the bangs have got to go.

      • libraangel

        Sorry, I have to disagree. I think the bangs make her look sexier than her little Shirley Temple curls. She looks like a cool mod girl of the 1960′s

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1832126583 Mary Lauer

    If she would only get rid of that hair that looks like one solid piece of polyester with those god awful bangs! They look like my Barbie did when I gave her bangs when I was 8. That was a mistake too …

  • glennethph

    That’s her FU Harry Styles dress(es)…And now, she’s going to write a song called “Wrong Directions” or something.  Maybe, the Ex-Factor. LOL

  • http://profiles.google.com/scaponigro Sarah Caponigro

    For once I hate her because she looks so damn good(jealousy in a loving way) instead of because I find her facial expressions and demure attitude fake and annoying.

  • amaranth16

    I respect the hell out of the second look.  She looks smoking hot in them both, even if the first one is more in her wheelhouse.  Her hair is looking great these days.

  • gg80302

    Love the clothes…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603005248 Jeff Warhurst

    She’s not just pretty, she is gorgeous.  Like supermodel beautiful.