Taylor Swift in Elie Saab at The Staples Center Press Event

Posted on August 21, 2013

God, the things the entertainment complex comes up with in order to keep us all talking. We actually spent precious moments of our morning trying to figure out exactly what was being celebrated here only to find out it was nothing more than Tay-Tay breaking Brit-Brit’s record for number of sold out shows at LA’s Staples Center (Brit had 8, Tay has 11), but not breaking the record overall, since she’s tied with Latin pop group Mana, who also sold out 11 shows at the arena but probably didn’t get this kind of press attention for it because it’s more important when a blonde white girl breaks some other blonde white girl’s totally arbitrary record.

Are we all on the same page? Let’s talk clothes.


Taylor Swift attends a press event for breaking The Staples Center’s record of most sold-out shows for a solo artist held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

It’s cute. We suppose this type of event presents its own styling issues, because you want to look good for pictures, but you don’t want to look like you’re rubbing your success in people’s faces. Personally, we probably would have found it hilarious if she’d shown up in one of her extravagant princess gowns (with a big sash that spelled out “SUCK IT”) and proceeded to slay everyone in the room with epic bitchface, but that’s just how we roll. We can’t expect Tay to play out our bitchy gay fantasies. This is fine. It’s workman-like. Recognizably Swiftian, but modest enough to not make her look like she’s showing off. Obviously, being us, we think there are more stylish ways to work a look and an event like this, but Tay’s never really gonna be a fashion diva (barring a radical change in approach or plummet in sales, whichever comes first), so we’re inclined to be accepting. If this was a red carpet or some other, less ridiculous kind of public appearance we’d have higher standards.


[Photo Credit: Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

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  • Chipster

    It is a cute outfit but I hate the hair and those lips are just a little too red.

    • marlie

      I JUST deleted my comment about hating her hair because I thought it was too mean. 😛 But I agree with you 100%.

    • Sobaika

      Her hair style is fine, I think… It just looks fried.

      • StellaZafella

        The hair styling here (along with the way she’s smiling) puts me in mind of Mary Traverse of Peter, Paul and Mary.

    • Rhonda Shore

      she’s one who looks better w/a softer more natural lip.

    • kmk05

      I actually quite like her lips! I prefer this deeper red to the more red ones she favours. Or maybe it just looks better because of the gloss…

      Let’s not talk about that hair.

  • marlie

    It’s cute enough.

  • warontara

    She actually looks like a grown woman- so it gets a thumbs-up from me.

  • Latin Buddy

    Please go away.

  • crash1212

    What’s she done to her hair? It’s not good.

  • ushoda

    ENOUGH WITH ELIE SAAB Tay-Tay! is not fun anymore… It never was fun if you ask me

  • SophiaPehawkins

    I hate her hair so much. The lipstick isn’t doing her any favors. Her face is too crowded. It looks like it needs to breathe.

  • gabbilevy

    Whoever thought this event was necessary/a good idea needs to die a thousand painful fiery deaths. Seriously. Tay is fine, for Tay.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    I hate her lipstick!!! change it please. Also, I hate Maná!!!

    • MilaXX

      I have a CD of theirs from many years back. I kinda like them.

      • Monzerrat Ontiveros

        they’re like the nickelback of mexican rock…

  • Darcy H

    Her head almost always looks a little Uncanny Valley to me, but particularly so in these pictures. The combination of (as others have said) brittle hair, lipstick, and apparent lack of pores or wrinkles. I dunno, it just freaks me out a little.

    • Sarah

      I’m pretty sure she’s still an infant, age-wise (I don’t know or care to find out anything about her) so I don’t think her flawless skin is probably unusual – no wrinkles to see yet. But yeah, I think she’d look way better with softer hair and a more youthful makeup style.

      • Darcy H

        You’re right, wrinkles was the wrong word. It’s just that I know I (as a 24 year old, which is granted at least a couple years older than her, I think) have creases already. I just feel like they pour the makeup on her, but it very well could be that she just has flawless skin. :shrug: For some reason she just always looks Photoshopped to me.

        • Sarah

          I agree! It is A LOT of makeup, always. Dust some of that off and she’d look younger and cuter. Then again, she might NOT have flawless skin, and they’re trying to hide it. I walked around with quite a bit of plaster on my face when I was younger, and I looked like a porcelain doll, but it was pimples I was hiding. Ironically, because it just makes your skin worse to put all that crap on it.

  • shorty j

    “if she’d shown up in one of her extravagant princess gowns (with a big
    sash that spelled out “SUCK IT”) and proceeded to slay everyone in the
    room with epic bitchface”
    …I don’t even own any of her music, but if she had actually done that (especially the sash), I would have gone out and bought all her albums. Twice.

    • formerlyAnon

      Liar. ;-D

    • LipstickForPigs

      Everyone should get to wear a “SUCK IT” sash at least once in their lives.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like this look, nothing exciting and I actually really like the hair. Not forever, but as a change-up.

    The things pop powerhouses have to do to keep their empires rolling these days. How many mind-numbingly tedious occasions without point must one attend, *perfectly* dressed, groomed and coiffed the better to be seen and endlessly photographed, having *perfectly* calculated remarks to engage one’s fans and alienate no one, and, then, if one wants to build the brand, the highlight of an hour or so signing merch which one maybe hopes actually means something to a fan and isn’t going to land on Ebay within the week.

  • OrigamiRose

    And now I want a sash that says “Suck it!” to wear when I’m out and about…

  • LipstickForPigs

    Nigel Tufnel called. He wants his hair back.

    • leahpapa

      I have had a shit-tastic morning so far, but I just laughed hard enough to forget my troubles for a sec. So: thank you.

    • TLJezebel

      OMG I watched “This Is Spinal Tap” last night!!! LMFAO>

    • ryenerman

      This made my morning. Thank you so much.

  • Laylalola

    Wow, her hair looks like a bad wig these days.

    • decormaven

      Between the hair and eye makeup, I’m getting a Mae West Myra Breckinridge vibe. Don’t think that was the intended look.

  • Long ago, I got tired of Taylor’s curly “do.” Now, I’m getting tired of the bangs-and-lips style. Maybe this means that she makes an awful lot of appearances. I’m glad she made shorts her look because she shows that legs can look great without being slutty. In the first photo she’d be great for “Let’s Make a Deal.”

  • Just Me

    Taylor Swift is passive-aggressive in her style. The clothes say, “Gee, thanks. Just happy to be here.” The face says – “You WISH your life was as fabulous as mine” as much as she is trying to hide it. Tay, honey, own your inner bitch..take a cue from Reese and just go with it. It is possible to be America’s Bitchiest-Face-Giving Sweetheart.

    • demidaemon

      I believe that, deep down, all this sweetness is just a cover-up for a truly heinous inner bitch. One day, when she gets a little too tipsy or a boyfriend really pushes her over the edge, we’ll get an epic meltdown of press-shaking proportions. And then we’ll get the Celebrity Poledance of Redemption, which is entertaining in its own way.

      • Just Me

        Maybe, except she has the release valve of her songs. Those lyrics are inner bitch with a catchy tune! “Gee, thanks! I really, really, really hate you…have a cookie.” But take away her songs where she can tell the world what she really thinks and yeah, I can see the meltdown coming. There is only so much smiling and gritting of the teeth one can do to cover-up a heinous inner bitch before she has her way with you.

  • nannypoo

    I don’t like her hair or makeup, but the outfit is adorable. What a dumb event.

  • Diego!

    I wish she had worn a belt, it would have been a nice touch. She looks pretty good, but why her hair is so flat?

  • MsKitty

    Looks like somebody needs a hot oil treatment and proper trim.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    That is the same exact hairstyle I cut myself in my bathroom while I was in college

  • ashtangajunkie

    Very cute outfit and it looks great on her. I do, however, hate her makeup here. I typically like the red lips on her – I’m not sure if it’s the shade she’s wearing or the horrible lighting, but it’s not working for me.

  • MissFern

    They really should feature Mana. They are want to long hair and scarves, ala Steven Tyler.

    • quiltrx

      I had to go look them up. Just going by the pictures, they look like Latin Nickelback.

      • Little_Olive

        Not really. They cheesy -omg the lyrics and the metaphors they use-, with some rock aspirations. But it’s the music of my (high school) generation and they are huge down here.

        • Anniebet

          Like she said, Nickelback. Cheesy.

  • frannyprof

    I still hate hate hate her hair.

    • WendyD

      I have irrational hate for her, all of her, but even if I didn’t, I’d still want to chop off 3 inches of her hair and give it a hot oil treatment.

  • Lilak

    Eh, fine. But suppressing teeny gag reflex caused by doll hair (fiber by Dupont?) and front of blouse featuring nod to her precious little heart-y hand gesture.

  • sagecreek

    Is it just me, or does that blouse just scream “non-breathable polyester”?

    Probably not, given her income, but it makes me hot just looking at it. And not in the fun way.

    • kimmeister

      I guess that’s why it has the front ventilation panel.

  • quiltrx

    I think there is a huge market here in Bitter Kitten land for sashes that say SUCK IT.

    • decormaven

      I’d be on that like a hot rock.

  • MilaXX

    Whatever Tay. Personally I’d rather listen to Mana.

  • amanda siegelson

    let’s see: i hate the hair along with most everyone else. i hate, hate, HATE the shoes. i think the top is old and dull. the shorts are fine. i LOVE the cuff. that thing rocks.
    boring. but so is she.

  • RL McGruder

    “but not breaking the record overall, since she’s tied with Latin pop group Mana, who also sold out 11 shows at the arena but probably didn’t get this kind of press attention for it because it’s more important when a blonde white girl breaks some other blonde white girl’s totally arbitrary record.”

    Thank you for this observation.

  • Qitkat

    Bring on the Bitchy Gay Fantasies! Isn’t that part of the reason we’re all here? ;-p

  • Laurie Landry

    Cute outfit. Tay, your ends need a trim.

  • random_poster

    Whatever. Next!

  • Trisha26

    According to a photo in today’s LA Times this outfit is what she wore on stage (for at least part of her show). Her hair though…

  • Imasewsure

    Outfit is fine but workmanlike as noted. Don’t like the hair color, style or makeup for sure

  • KayEmWhy

    Too 1980’s for me. Boring.

  • Danielle

    Is that a Rustic Cuff I spy?

  • Florence Whytingale

    Her hair is completely redic. And now I have a toothache.

  • I like her bracelet.

    /faint praise

  • guest2visits

    I’m probably all wrong but… I would have picked this blouse for a pencil skirt, and chosen a more trim shapely one for the shorts.

  • LaSylphide

    Like the outfit, but the makeup and hair are … I don’t know…odd? I don’t know who she is, but is that how she always looks? Maybe fix the hair and tone down the makeup?

  • NinjaCate

    Ugh. Cute enough but I’m so BORED of her. Just BORED. I’m so bored I think I might be okay with the rampant Miley-seque appropriation of black culture is Taylor was the one doing it.

    Actually no, I’d just hate her more, but she should definitely dye her hair or cut it or something. She won’t though. Blonde sells.

    • judybrowni

      I’m not exactly sure who she is — stopped listening to the radio 30 years ago – but I’m bored of her, too.

      Looks like she bought this getup in the Somewhat Inappropriate for the Office section of the The Limited.

  • HK4Seven

    That hair is tragic.

  • demidaemon

    I have to say that the philosophy of this type of event and your bitchy gay fantasies (like mine!) are entirely entertaining to read and consider.

  • shelley514

    I’m really beginning to like Taylor Swift after her latest album. This middle age black chica is a new fan!