Taylor Swift at the Grove in LA

Posted on September 05, 2013

We’ll be nice. No, really. We swears it, Precious.


Taylor Swift does some shopping at the Grove in Los Angeles in a geometric print sweater and high-waisted shorts.

It’s all so very Taylor Swiftian, but we can’t fault a girl for going with what works for her, even if it’s coming seriously close to its sell-by date. Once you’ve worn this exact look a couple hundred times, people are going to start talking about whether you’re in a style rut or maybe an alien or robot of some sort. Succubus. Witch. Soul-eater. Y’know, that sort of thing.

Maybe that’s just us.

Personally, we find it irritating that she’s sporting a black bag with a pair of putty-colored shoes – and neither of them really look like they go with the outfit. We don’t care that they don’t match each other, but they do nothing for the colorful top and shorts she’s wearing.

But really; this is us being nice. She looks cute, even though we quibble about the accessories and think she dresses like this a little too much.




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  • Courtenay P

    grandma shoes.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Exactly what I was going to say!

    • getouttadodge

      I think even my grandma was more stylish than that. ICK.

    • Ann VerWiebe

      Seriously – did she go to DSW?

    • Barb Rayhttp://www.google.com/

      Burn them. Burn them now.

    • Kikishua

      Oh god, I was about to say I liked them (except for the colour).
      *zips lips*

  • Jennifer

    ugh. make her go away.

    • AlarTruve

      The only talented girl in mainstream music biz and she needs to go away? Nope.

      • mightbewrong

        With all due respect, you need to widen your listening if you think she’s the only talent.

        • Beth513

          Is she a pro-Tay troll? Yup.

          • mightbewrong

            highlights include: suggesting someone should’ve been aborted for disliking Swifty here. I need to stop reading disqus comments.

        • Bridget Smith

          Such a frustratingly anti-girl comment, framed in a pro-girl way. And given how many female singers Taylor herself has brought onstage with her as guest stars? I don’t think she would agree that she’s the only talented girl.

      • Jennifer

        Try Regina Spektor, Ellie Goulding, and Florence Welch.

        She’s a talented lyricist, if you buy the whole relationship-defined, princess narrative, but her off-stage behavior has proven her petty and incredibly self-absorbed.

      • Julie Chase

        That might be one of the nuttiest comments I have ever read about…anything.

  • RebeccaKW

    The shorts and top are cute. I hate those shoes, the purse is non-existent. TS, you are rich-you couldn’t find mustard or coral shoes?

  • I really don’t like those shoes. A little wedge espadrille would be very Taylor and look better, I think.

    • Lucía Gavello

      That would be perfect actually, you’re picking my shoes from now on.

      • You may find yourself disappointed – a little wedge espadrille will always be my solution!

        • alyce1213

          Just as comfy and chic.

  • I was just fine with this, till I got to those, “Aunt Mabel goes to a Bridge party” shoes.

    • decormaven

      Good call! I thought that shoe style sailed years ago.

      • marlie

        They’re very “in” and cool with the hipster girls.

        • decormaven

          Oh no! Those needed to be retired- and stay that way.

          • mightbewrong

            Not unlike the people who typically wear them.

        • Aurumgirl

          And therefore, “out”.

    • Heather

      OMG I laughed and thought of my own (Great) Aunt Mabel. She did NOT play bridge, but lived in the Florida farmhouse where she was born in 1901, even after the electricity was turned off. She never married. For awhile when she was a teenager, she and her mother ran a boarding house near the railway station in Defuniak Springs. She was awesome.

      • She sounds like she was quite a pistol.

        • Qitkat

          In my family, ALL the women born in late 1800’s, early 1900’s were pistols! They had to be, raising 8-12 kids on a farm, or in a boarding house, multi-tasking all over the place. Let’s hear it for the Edwardian ladyfolks, of the not-so-leisure classes.

    • AC Simons

      Anyone remember the shoe brand Enna Jetticks?

      • Oh

      • Jackie4g

        I did the whole hit the F12 key to do the computer switch to IE9 document reading, which is what I have to do to participate in Disqus, just to tell you YES, I remember and you made me laugh out loud.

        • AC Simons

          My mother always snickered at those ads. She was, and still is, a Ferragamo gal through and through.

          • housefulofboys

            My mother had what she called “expensive” feet – a size 8 quad A, super narrow with a high arch. She was forced – forced! I tell you! – to purchase only Ferragamo and Amalfi shoes because nothing else would fit her. It caused my father some panicky moments, but she could wear a pair of shoes like no one else!

      • AmeliaEve

        Don’t forget Penaljos and California Magdesians.

    • getouttadodge

      I about choked on my coffee; thank you! 😉

  • Not applicable

    those shoes look like something my mother in law wears to… oh, everywhere. guh.

  • Not applicable

    btw- are her 15 minutes up yet?? man, my watch must be slow….

    • CB

      Given that her first album came out in 2006 and she has consistently been putting out hits since then, I don’t really think “15 minutes of fame” is a good description of her career. Then again, I am a HUGE Taylor fan–I think girlfriend is a great entertainer!

    • JasmineAM

      If only…

    • marlie

      I’m not a huge fan, but I’ll even admit that Taylor is talented. She’s a decent songwriter, a good singer, and a great performer. Unless she has a serious crash-and-burn moment, she’s going to be around for a while.

      • filmcricket

        I’d switch “songwriter” and “singer” there. While I find her choice of material dull, her lyrics are fairly clever. Based on her awards show performances, however (which are the only places I ever hear her sing) she is almost as bad a live singer as Katy Perry.

        • demidaemon

          I’ll admit that she has some catchy tunes, as well, and I am definitely not pro-Tay. I find much of her public behavior–especially at awards shows–rude and inauthentic and I think she needs to start mining material elsewhere or else her song content may get a bit stale, if she can’t keep putting a refreshing spin on it. Besides, if every man knows that being with her may end up with a song about how horrible you are, her dating life will suffer (if it hasn’t already). And even Miss Swift does not deserve that.

          • filmcricket

            I was thinking about this earlier: to an extent, anyone who dates a famous musician (hell, even an unfamous one, as I learned in high school) kind of has to expect they’ll get written about if things go south. Imagine being Sara Dylan – the rest of the world gets “Blood on the Tracks” but you get to be the person that “inspired” it. At least TSwift’s boyfriends have had their own public careers; they won’t just be a Wikipedia footnote to hers.

    • alyce1213

      Sorry you don’t like her, many don’t, but this is not a 15 minutes of fame situation.

      • demidaemon

        For me, once a singer has more than one hit and more than one well-selling album, they are clearly meant to be around for a while, despite how insufferable they seem to be. Think: Ted Nugent, Lady Gaga (for some), Madonna (again, for some), etc., etc.

  • Jacquelyn

    It’s a cute outfit. Very Taylor Swift and she has very nice legs. I’m really not liking the purse but I can’t put my finger on why.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    Above the ankles, I really love this look. If I had her body, I would probably dress something like this.

  • CPK1

    hopefully she is shopping for some new shoes. The outfit is great, and her legs look amazing but those shoes are super fug.

  • Scimommy

    We wants that sweater.

    • conniemd

      We wants that sweater, too. We swear on the precious not to rip it right of her body, though.

      • Scimommy

        We wonders where we can buy it. We doesn’t want to pay a month’s salary for it, though.

        • NC_Meg

          For real, where is that top from?! I’m hoping somewhere like H&M so I can afford it.

          • Scimommy

            That would be lovely, wouldn’t it? But somehow I doubt that Taylor Swift shops at H&M. Would love to be proven wrong though!

          • NC_Meg

            I feel like I’ve seen her in H&M before. I could be wrong, though.

          • Catspring

            It’s from an Australian brand called Gorman, but I think it’s from a previous season.

          • she bought it at the brunswick st store over a year ago, along with so many other things. i don’t like her much, but the fact that she didn’t go in expecting free things and just paid full price like a normal person gives her a big thumbs up in my book.


    She look greaatttttttt. Very easy breezy. A great end of summer, beginning of fall look. I soo want the sweater for myself and I’m a dude!:)

  • LipstickForPigs

    I can’t with the prancersize camel-toe.

    • marlie

      *can’t breathe because I’m laughing so hard*

    • yethica

      I thought I was the only one who noticed that…

  • chica63

    I was ok with everything until I saw the shoes. ugh..no! We’re did she even get those? They look like 1970s secretary pumps…and not in a good way!

    • MilaXX

      I swear I had a pair back then.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    It’s a good look for her, so I can’t fault her for going back to the well. Agree that the bag and shoes are hiddy here.

  • MilaXX

    The shoes sort of go, but the bag is a total after thought.

  • Heather

    I am clearly outvoted here, but I like her shoes! They look similar to ones I wear to work that I got from Miz Mooz.

    • Getoverit

      I love the whole outfit but I would love to see her try something other than high-waisted shorts.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Not bad other than the wrong shoes. For her.

  • Kent Roby

    LOL at “once you’ve worn this exact look a couple hundred times”. I hope Tay reads this and writes her next song about the bitchy fashion bloggers who broke her heart; that’s the one tune I would actually download!

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love that top. The shoes are hideous.

  • Lucas

    The bag and the shades are the only things I’d fault her on, if we are going to nitpick. Beyond that, I think she looks like a million bucks!

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I love a great preppy outfit (want that sweater!!) but those shoes good Lord Tay they hurt my soul.

  • Jessica Freeman

    A cute pair of flats and I would have been on board. She does love the geriatric-esque shoes.

  • Sunraya

    I am a witch, and I wear lots more styles than Taylor “Boring” Swift.

  • I think, she thinks, she’s a sort of Vanilla Von Tease. I don’t think we are likely to see any deviation from her love of vintage. It plays too perfectly into her Stepford image.

    • demidaemon

      Chocolate clearly trumps Vanilla here. She just isn’t decadent enough to satisfy us.

  • SugarSnap108

    Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t imagine many looks that are more unflattering than high-waisted shorts — even on the best of physiques. And those shoes are an abomination. I LOVE that sweater, though.

  • crash1212

    Those shoes? Not so much. And not just with this outfit…ever. Cute sweater.

  • PeggyOC

    I had these shoes. In 1994. ‘Nuff said.

    • Lilak

      Can I top that? Yes I can (b/c I’m old)! I wore these shoes in 1980.
      Back to 2013 (whiplash): A dumb choice, pure and simple, for this outfit.

      Unusual choices have got to have some wit, charm, or cleverness happening to really work.
      Fashion-wise, there always seems to be something effortful (dare I say constipated) about Swift’s stylings.

      • sagecreek

        Alas, as much as I’m trying to give the gal a break, your word choice (constipated) is so right on the money.

  • Andrea Lentz

    I don’t mind the shoes actually. I love when a celeb sticks to a certain style too. Although i’m not real found of this tucked in sweater-ish getup.

  • MissMariRose

    Stop trying to make high-waisted shorts happen. They’re not going to happen.

    • marlie

      We’re too late. They’re happening.

  • Joan Wilder

    I think it’s a cute look but it was 100 degrees at the Grove yesterday and that sweater would definitely be a SWEATer.

    • demidaemon

      It looks fairly lightweight in fabric to me. As long as nothing was underneath it, I could see it working.

  • majorbedhead

    Oooh, those shoes. My mother had those shoes in 1982. She wore them until they fell apart. I hate those shoes.

  • Trisha26

    If I ever wore shoes like that my friends would kill me – per previous instruction! Yikes! (Why are pants like this, that hit right at the waist, called “high-waisted?” My definition of that term would have them hitting just below the bottom three triangles.)

  • anotherkate

    I really love the sweater and shorts. I wish she’d do something more interesting with her makeup and accessories, but then again, I don’t even wear makeup and barely think about accessories when I go to the mall, so I guess I’ll cut her a break. She looks cute.

  • Nancer

    I guess she’s decided that the high rise shorts are “her thing.” It’s cute, and she’s the right age to wear it. Though I agree, it’s getting a bit stale.

  • Little_Olive

    The shoes are what annoy me most. They are so dowdy.

  • Kate

    I would get the shoes if it were along side a chic brown bag

  • nannypoo

    I’m not sure what the difference is between a style rut and having a distinct personal style, other than one sounds bad and the other sounds good. Is she in a style rut, or has she found a personal style that works for her? Those shoes are laughable and the bag is pointless, but I like this outfit.

  • Poeta Paz

    I really like the outfit and, although the shoes are kind of old-fashion, I prefer them to having shorts with fancy high heels.

  • sagecreek

    Cute and non-twee. Shoes are awful.

  • mjude

    i think she is harmless. i think she dress like that as a reflection of her little girl fans.

  • kimmeister

    She looks great in the top and shorts, although I dislike how the pattern in the top breaks up in such a way as to draw attention to her right boob, like a nip window.

    Shoes are terrible, of course, but man oh man does she have killer legs.

  • bertkeeter

    What the hell would she want at the Grove? Nordstrom’s ?

    • valerie saenz


      • bertkeeter

        Or stalking new boyfriend ?

        • valerie saenz

          Lunch & stalking combo …. That’s what I do at The Grove.

  • marlie

    I LOVE the top that she’s wearing. It’s adorable. I’m distracted by the shorts, though, and the fact that they seem to be… ahem… riding up a little in the front. The shoes are fine. Overall, she looks like she stepped right out of the pages of Anthropologie, or something like that.

  • LocMama

    The top & shorts are adorable. She might as well wear them before the middle age pooch appears. I’ve gone as far as I can go with the nice given who is in the clothes.

  • Seriously though, where can I get that sweater?

  • Imasewsure

    She looks cute and comfortable but that hair has got to go… is it the color? I can’t tell why it looks so much like a wig…

  • valerie saenz

    At The Grove, eh? This might win the “best dressed” award.

  • Qitkat

    Sheesh, I wish the mall shoppers around here looked that good, I wish I looked that good. No quibbles. Gimme that sweater and shoes.

  • Qitkat

    Man, there’s some shoe hate around here. I must be the only one with tootsies issues whose maximum heel height is just about like these.

    • filmcricket

      I don’t think anyone’s quibbling about the heel height. I can’t wear skyscraper heels either, and five-inch stilettos wouldn’t work with this outfit anyway. It’s the fact that they look like someone wove them out of tensor bandages in 1984 that’s the issue.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Hey, I had those shoes about 30ish years ago, and they’re ruining Taylor’s look here. Love the sweater.

  • shorty j

    somehow I found myself at a hipster warehouse show in Williamsburg last night and I shit you not, 75% of the women in the room were dressed exactly like this. The remaining were in rompers. (And then there was me, in my ‘I just came from my corporate day job’ trousers, but I barely count as a lady at this point anyway.)

    • filmcricket

      I would take an entire city block of women wearing the above outfit over anyone wearing rompers. Rompers are an abomination.

      • marlie

        My sister owns (and wears) and romper, and I’ve said that I refuse to go out in public with her if she’s wearing it.

        • demidaemon

          You should sneak into her closet and get rid of them, if that wouldn’t ruin your relationship forever. Think of it as being a good sister.

  • boldprint

    does anyone know where that sweater is from…?

  • KC

    I love the top. The shorts are cute and her legs are amazing, if I had her legs I would show them off all the time. I agree though, as flattering as this silhouette is she HAS worn it a lot. I agree about the shoes and bag.

  • Bridget Smith

    She’s very into themed dressing – it’s like an intentional rut. A furrow? Regardless: everything she wore for months around the release of “Red” was red, and she’s been wearing high-waisted short-shorts with tight tops for pretty much every show on this tour. It’s cute, and she can certainly pull it off, but it gets boring if you don’t love it as much as she does. But this is one of the best versions of this outfit that she’s worn.

  • Trickytrisha

    She’s adorable. A bit boring, but adorable. But honey, your big toes are trying to escape.

  • Tuneful54

    When I saw this, I thought she forgot to put her pants on–it’s navy boyshort underwear.

  • twigg

    Found the sweater. It’s called the Traveller Triangle Jumper by Gorman (australian brand). No links to buy it though.

  • prettybigkitty

    Why do you call it a style rut, if that’s your personal style. No one ever says Anna Wintour is in a hair rut. Go with what you know and what works for you.

  • MoHub

    So those are “high-waisted” shorts? That’s would we used to call “sits at the natural waist.” Have women’s waistlines dropped and no one told me?

  • ed

    These “out and about” shots puzzle me. Do celebs ever wear their own clothes?

    • demidaemon

      These could, theoretically, be her own clothes. Maybe.

  • As I often say, it’s interesting to predict what the bottom half of your photographs will look while clicking onto the upper half. I said to myself, “She’s probably wearing a pair of shorts, and that’s okay.”

    I have to say that Taylor looks better in short shorts than anybody else around. She doesn’t look slutty, and she has great legs. What’s better is that she doesn’t wear foolish five-inch heels with her shorts as many other celebrity women would do.

    I think Taylor can get away with wearing shorts for a long time if she’d change her hair and her shirts/sweaters/tops more often. And she could pay more attention to her accessories if she wants some variety. I still remember a couple years ago when everybody was sick of her naturally curly hair–even though it was pretty cool hair.

    Taylor has a natural talent for figuring out what works for her. I think we’ll be seeing some changes from her.

  • fursa_saida

    I liked this much better when I thought the shoes were flats.

  • imakeart

    My mother had those same shoes about 25 years ago.

  • sara mclean

    Anthropolgie’s final customer. She will keep the quirky yet comfortable heel market alive.

  • ♕ Natalie ♕

    The top is adorable though. I think it’s cute.

    • Anplica Fiore

      I’d love the sweater to magically show up in my closet in my size…

  • bellafigura1

    Blech, the shoes are Payless-esque. The whole thing is a yawn, but I suppose she’s entitled to an off day.

  • I think she looks really cute. The purse isn’t really my bag (ha! ha! get it?) but the rest of it is adorable. It’s a little twee, but at least it’s not a full skirt and a peter pan collar.

  • yethica

    Cameltoe. Camel. Toe.