Taylor Swift in Reem Acra at the Romeo and Juliet LA Premiere

Posted on September 25, 2013

Every box has been ticked on the Taylor Swift checklist here.

Taylor Swift attends the “Romeo and Juliet” Los Angeles Premiere in a Reem Acra dress paired with Christian Louboutin shoes and Neil Lane jewelry.

Reem Acra Spring 2010 Collection/Model: Rachel Clark

But we can handle her bouts of sickly sweet twee if she at least executes that look well. Personally, this is not how we would have styled this dress, but it fits Taylor’s style well and it’s a pretty dress. We think it could have – and really, should have – been styled with some slight edge in order to have some tension in the look that keeps it from tipping over into doll-like. But that’s us. At least she picked a nice dress.

Those shoes are hideous though, right? It’s not just us?



[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PRPhotos.com, style.com]

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  • Are we sure this isn’t Morgan Fairchild?

    • Morgan Fairchild, the Prequel.

      Also, the dress really needs a belt.

      • mshesterp

        When I see a waist seam, it screams belt to me (although not the red of the model…that’s kind of an obnoxious color.)

        • marlie

          Even the red of the model’s belt would work if it was a skinny belt. The wide one on the model is awful.

        • fursa_saida

          I think the seam’s too low for a belt to sit right, though–the model’s certainly having that problem.

      • BayTampaBay

        I second that motion. The dress looks half finished.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I could honestly not love anyone more than you and Annabelle today. Gold…

    • SugarSnap108

      God, yes. Especially when she does the coyly-plotting-your-destruction sidewards glance.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        That’s the most perfect name for that glance. I’ve often called it “Evil 1950’s Barbie” glance, but yours is better.

    • Little_Olive

      I’ve had a really bad morning. Thanks for my first laugh of the day!

    • kirkyo

      Nailed it.

      The dress is really pretty.

    • conniemd

      Man, did I have a total irrational hatred of Morgan Fairchild. She was to me the “I’m a superbitch, but I’m going to kiss up to all the man and act like a pretty little innocent.”

    • Violentcello

      I see Jon Heder. In a pretty dress.

  • Those shoes certainly belong on a much much more mature woman.

    • She seems to have gone from perpetually fifteen, strait to perpetually fifty.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      She’s gone from “Bridesmaid” shoes straight to “Matron of Honor”. She even skipped “Maid”!

    • Darva Sutra

      Darling, even we mature women have better taste than that, please don’t wish that on us. In the late 80’s I was forced to wear similar abominations as a bridesmaid. We were always told to re-dye and wear them later. HA HA HA NO, BITCHES!

  • Julie Ree

    Nice Dress. Sadly, coloriffics bridesmaids shoes.

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      Straight up Payless bridal.

      • kimmeister

        I was shocked to see that they were Louboutins.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    The shoes are pretty terrible.

    I read earlier that she was there in support of Hailee… so I guess way to not upstage?

    • marlie

      She could have still worn not-ugly shoes. 😉

  • Dress is fine. Shoes are hiddy. Can we talk about whatever is going on with her hair, though? It looks like my Sparkly-Eye Barbie’s bangs after I used glue to unpuff them.

    • broke&fashionable

      All I want to do is swipe that stray hair out of her face. I had a similar stray in all my photos from a wedding this weekend and it makes my eye twitch.

    • Bridget Smith

      I was always insanely jealous of her curls, so I’m sad that she’s gotten rid of them. Particularly if she’s going to manhandle her bangs like this.

      • ana170

        I seem to recall there was quite a bit of bitching about her curls from people who wanted her to change her style. She changed and now there’s bitching about that. While I’m not a fan of hers, I like the way she dresses most of the time. There’s a push for her to be more edgy but she’s not edgy. The bangs here don’t bother me although I am curious as to how she got them to stick like that.

        • Bridget Smith

          I don’t think anyone had a problem with her curls themselves, just the fact that she wore her hair the same way all the time. (For the record, I wasn’t one of those people.) And now she’s gone the other way and wears her hair in a blowout every time she’s in public. I personally don’t think it suits her face as well, but it’s a nice hairstyle. It’s just that again it’s the same thing all the time. When she has such glorious natural curls, it makes me sad that she doesn’t ever take advantage of them anymore.

          Basically, people want more variety from her, and rather than introducing variety, she hops from one rut into another. But hey, she almost never looks BAD, so I can’t hate.

        • I agree. If she tried to look edgy, she’d just open herself to more criticism because she’d look ridiculous. She looks like a Breck Girl, which is what she does best. I can’t really blame her for sticking with what works for her.

          Her hair stylist could have done a better job blending her bangs in with the rest of her hair, but they’re not bugging me too much. I’m guessing they’re being held in place with heavy-duty gel, hairspray, sugar water, or some combination of the three. (I’m half kidding about the sugar water. It was not unheard of to use sugar water on the models’ hair in hair shows back in the ’80s)

          Ooh, maybe not blending the bangs is her way of being edgy. And almost everyone hates them. See what I mean? 😉

          • Constant Reader

            I love the Breck Girl reference!

          • “Breck Girl” was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the photo.

  • Jacquelyn

    Why did she take away the belt? The belt would have helped.

    The shoes are very bad.

  • Kelly

    There have been far too many satin shoes on the RC lately, imo. I think they’re a thing now, sadly. These are particularly hideous and MOB-like, but I would like to get rid of them all.

    Her bangs look really odd and chopped-off. They remind me of when my sister was six and cut bits off her hair with nail scissors and then blamed the kid next door. (And why aren’t those bang flopping in her eyes? Have they been glued to her head or something? That angle is unnatural.)

  • SugarSnap108

    The dress is adorable, but everything else is wrong — especially those shoes. I do, however, like the fit of the dress on her, versus the billowy version on the model. With the slimmer silhouette, the lack of belt doesn’t bother me.

  • KateM

    Wait, is there another Romeo and Juliet movie? Is it set to happen every 20 years or something?

    • Imasewsure

      West Side Story was the best…. Zeffirellii’s was the prettiest – and yes, every 10-20 years they whip up a new one!!

  • rosie5215

    HISS – those shiny, reject bridesmaid’s shoes only belong on Satan’s hooves.

    • kimmeister

      I’m tickled by the idea of Satan as a crossdresser.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I’m just glad she’s not wearing see-through mesh with huge black dots on her nips and crotch. Taylor seems to have missed the Wild Child/Total Mess/Meltdown phase of the child-star-turned-adult thing. It’s nice to see someone has.The shoes are awful, though.

    • Kent Roby

      She’s still in her “Here’s a song about the guy who wouldn’t respond to my tweet” phase; I expect her to be boiling pet bunnies next.

    • bravobravp

      You know I totally agree and respect that a young female artist with much younger fans for choosing to not take that path. At the same time though, I would not even come close to calling her an adult. It is almost the opposite, feel like she is stuck in a teenager brain. Wouldn’t mind a LITTLE bit of edge to her.

    • marlie

      Thank god for small blessings.

  • muzan-e

    … she always looks like a Bond villain to me. One day she’ll acquire a pair of black leather driving gloves and a white persian, and I’ll be absolutely unable to contain my terrified love.

  • AC Simons

    Pastel satin shoes should be outlawed. Cute dress, but needs a belt.

  • Emily Smith

    Those shoes are straight up fugly. I can’t imagine any situation in which I think I would like those shoes on someone.

  • clairellis

    Shoes are bad. Dress needs a belt for sure.

    Side note: saw her concert last Friday. Girl knows how to put on a show. She’s not a great singer live by any means but she is a performer in every sense if the word. And she changed outfits like 8 times.

  • d4divine

    I see a Baby Jane scenario in her future.

  • OpinionatedMtnGirl

    I can’t stop looking at her hair. Besides the bangs plastered to her forehead there’s something else wrong there…I think her hair needs some TLC

    • Targettaste

      I feel like the part should be on the other side, with her bangs swept (glued?) the other direction?

    • marlie

      In the closeups, her hair looks a little dry and over-processed.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I like the dress and her lipstick. That’s all I got, but it usually is where Taylor Swift is concerned.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Thank goodness you said something about those shoes. Ick.

  • boldprint

    love the dress; burn the shoes.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Definitely needs a belt for the cut off, asymmetric placement of the flowers. The positioning of the floral motif on the bodice is very similar on the model and on Taylor but the placement on the skirt is quite different. The placement on the model’s skirt is much more flowing and pleasing while the placement on Taylor just looks like a chopped off mistake in the cutting room. I love the way the red flower on the bodice neckline frames the face!

    Olive green shoes?

  • amaranth16

    The dress is lovely, but I agree that it needs a belt. I’d like the shoes better if they had a higher heel. Her hair is atrocious. That’s not how you handle growing-out bangs.

  • Beautiful dress. Ugly shoes.

    Since there isn’t much design on the bodice, I hate to see her hair covering it. I’d prefer her hair back or up.

    I vote for no belt unless it’s very thin. I’d like a belt to match the fabric.

  • ChristySchiff

    Are those shoes kind of a blush color? Because I think you can send those Dyeables shoes in to be re-dyed for another prom…

  • Kent Roby

    I find her much more terrifying than Anna Paquin.

  • bravobravp

    The shoes are 90’s bridesmaid chic.

  • marlie

    The dress is pretty, and it look way better on TayTay than it does on the model, but I’m shocked that those hiddy dyed-to-match bridesmaid shoes are Louboutins.

  • bravobravp

    I can not express how over red lips I am. GO AWAY!

    • Corsetmaker

      There have been red lips since lipstick was invented. They aren’t going away – thank goodness 😀

      • Yes! Red lipstick rocks. I’m always puzzled by the red lipstick hate I read here. There’s a proper red shade for every woman.

  • crash1212

    Love the dress and it looks a thousand percent better without the belt – at least the one the model has on. Hate the shoes and the hair is a bit plastic.

  • Krysta

    SUPER hiddy shoes.

  • MoHub

    Back to twee again, I see.

  • Joanna

    Tiniest of quibbles: I hate hate hate that I can see the zipper pull hanging under her left armpit. It totally bugs me.

  • MilaXX

    Blandy, McBland. Hideous shoe edition.

  • Janet B

    A pretty dress to wear to Romeo and Juliet. A little belt and different shoes would be nice.
    Looks so much better on Taylor than the model

  • kmk05

    The shoes are hideous and the dress is wrinkled and doesn’t photograph well. Without the belt it’s just ‘blah’. NO IT’S SO BORING I CAN’T TAKE IT.

  • sagecreek

    Awwww, she cut her own bangs!

    Been there, honey. Been there.

  • Jennifer Bober

    The shoes aren’t terrible. They’re just disgustingly boring. She needed something with pop and for heaven’s sake, why didn’t she use the belt?

  • seelebrennt

    dear god in heaven, please make those shoes spontaneously combust and let’s never discuss them again.

  • veriance

    Her hair looks horrific. Dry and dull and just, no. Shoes will not be mentioned and the lip color is all wrong.

  • Jackie4g

    I like the shoes. Her feet look like normal feet. Tay Tay chose red lips instead of the red belt. I think the belt would have gone well, especially in light of the print placement. If a designer is going to use an overscale print, at least cut the skirt so one full motif shows. I don’t like the trend toward chopping up and over-seaming a print, not this dress in particular, just the trend. I don’t think it does justice to beautiful fabric to cut off or otherwise obscure the print. It’s tough enough to print all these colors in registration, at least let the motif show!

  • Ediths_Head

    Shoes are terrible and the makeup artists thought they were doing Carmen Dell’Orefice. Tay wishes!

  • anotherkate

    The shoes are the worst kind of 80s dyed-to-match bridesmaid. Also, I feel like she is so tall that a kitten heel makes her feet look ungainly, but I’m willing to get over it because no one should HAVE to wear 5-inch heels all the time. The color of the dress is not quite right for her, though, is it? I feel like it’s making her skin look off and it’s mousifying her blonde. I think she looks better in cooler colors.

  • Imasewsure

    LOVE LOVE that dress… hate the shoes, the hair, the makeup but that dress is awesome

  • Vickiefantastico

    Taylor Swift used to drive me insane. Her hair, her twee little outfits, and her perfectly innocent face would send me into rants. Don’t even ask about what her music used to do to me. But I have to say, since the whole Miley debacle, I find Taylor darn right refreshing! This is cute, appropriate for my four year old daughter to see, and doesn’t make me question the state of humanity. So I think it’s wonderful!!!

    • mhleta

      Yes, Miley has driven me too screaming for the refreshing sanctuary of Taylor Swift. I love the dress. I can’t really get worked up about the shoes enough to hate them. They do the job innocuouly enough.

  • TamraLS

    Those shoes are an abomination and should be banished from the face of the Earth.

  • formerlyAnon

    Meh. Not sure either dress or hair is so awful, but together there’s a whiff of mothballs to this for me. Shoes look like they came out of [rather glam] grandma’s closet to play dress up, and that doesn’t help. I’d change the hair, I think.

    • Pennymac

      *sniff* yup, I smell them, too. Also, those shoes should be burned.

  • Claudia

    I may be the only one, but I re-heally hate when she does that open mouth thing where I can see her teeth, but she’s not smiling.

  • It’s cute. I actually like the shoes.

  • decormaven

    That’s a lot of makeup- especially on the eyes- on such a relatively young face. I am puzzled by the bangs – they looked pretty chopped. Did I dream this, or has she been tapped to star in the Joni Mitchell biopic?

    • Oh, man. I seriously hope you dreamed it. I actually have no major issue with Taylor Swift, but she absolutely does not have the heart, soul, or attitude to portray Joni Mitchell.

      • demidaemon

        Same here. That would be a true travesty. Also, I seriously question Taylor’s acting skills.

    • formerlyAnon

      No. I will break something trying to suspend my disbelief so that I can watch. (And I will be watching a Joni Mitchell biopic, no matter what I think of the casting. I don’t think I could actually stop myself)

      • decormaven

        From what I can tell, the casting for “Girls LIke Us” has not been confirmed. BTW, if you’re a Joni fan, do see the fine PBS American Masters’ “Woman of Heart and Mind” documentary.

  • CT14

    Her hair!

    It frightens me.

    I think she was right to ditch the too high red belt, but I can’t really once nitrate because I’m distracted by he horror of her hair. Between this and Paquin, I’m hoping for some serious pretty later.

  • NoveltyRocker

    This girl always looks just so pleased with herself. There, prim elder commentary to match those prim elder shoes.

  • frannyprof

    Still hate the hair.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I like the dress much better on her than the model. The shoes are unflattering and bridesmaid-y. I’m thinking it might have worked to swap the shoe and lip color.

  • fauxprah

    So tired of this dawg and pony show. Her ability to show her teeth without smiling is truly a hint that its time to go away.

  • Julia

    I think I say this every time a T Swift picture is posted here, but there is something about the way she has been doing her make-up recently/her bangs that I just really hate. It’s too severe or something…I can’t pinpoint it, but something is off up there.

  • PastryGoddess

    Taylor you are eleventy seven feet tall. It’s ok to strap on the skyscraper heels. We won’t judge you (much)

    Anything is better than satin kitten heels

  • No, it’s not just you, Uncles. And it’s a minuscule point, but I HATE the metallic zipper pull swinging out & catching the light under her armpit…..very distracting.

  • Tatiana Luján

    her face looks paler than her neck.

  • Aurumgirl

    Looks better on Taylor than it does on the model. By far.

  • Trickytrisha

    The dress is just meh for me. I’m thinking its time for her to let go of her girly ways and dress that tall, slender figure of hers in some more sophisticated clothing. OWN the body you’re blessed with, girl! And FFS, those long, slender feet deserve better shoes. Oh, yeah.. hate the bangs.

  • conniemd

    I like her look. The dress is at least a print and pretty and feminine, which is her style. It fits here coloring far better than the model as the dark hair clashes with the dress. But most importantly her booms are pushed off to the side and not hanging barely above her eyebrows for a change.

  • nannypoo

    The shoes are, indeed, hideous, as are her bangs. but the dress is fabulous.

  • Lily-Rygh

    OMG, combover bangs.

  • Reality TV Casting

    im likin the shoes i kinda think theyre chic

  • Love the shoes…

  • hate the shoes. Dress is cute.

  • MissMariRose

    Those shoes make the outfit look like she’s going to Easter service and brunch.

  • Yup, the shoes are ghastly.

  • E. D.

    Those shoes are terrible.

  • guest2visits

    The shoes are nice; maybe there’s a better pair for the dress – but she still looks amazing.

  • kathrineb

    Of course.

  • hate those bangs on her.