Taylor Swift in Beverly Hills

Posted on October 01, 2013

We should probably hate this.


Taylor Swift shops at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, California carrying a Christian Louboutin bag.

The twee. You’re drowning in it.

But we have to admit, there’s a certain amount of style here that goes beyond her normal twee-as-fuck aesthetic. It’s like minimalist twee almost. We can’t quite bring ourselves to say we love it, but it definitely feels more grownup and even a little more sophisticated than her normal looks. Granted, pretty much every item feels like it was randomly chosen, but even that’s a welcome respite from her normal over-coordinated outfits. Put briefly: Love the shoes, can tolerate the hat, but find the bag surprisingly ugly. The shirt dress? That’s a keeper. We would have recommended patterned tights with some color to them, rather than the default black.





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    She’s rocking some Debbie Gibson with the hat too.

    • I got Debbie too. This is bad. All bad.

    • leahpapa

      More like Junior Elaine Stritch realness to me. But when an octogenarian does it better than you: honey, you need to go home and change.

      • I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought this…

        (Girl, Ms Stritch wants her outfit back.)

    • Grandma left the nursing home without getting fully dressed again!

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      A few months ago Una LaMarche – she used to blog Project Runway for the Huff Post a while ago, has a blog The Sassy Curmudgeon – posted a piece about missing pants on celebrities – R.I.P. Pants – a remembrance of sorts. Very funny.

    • RebeccaKW

      This is one of the rare instances I would be okay with leggings. Not tights, not hose. Leggings. The shirt/tunic is long enough for leggings-thick, not see through leggings-to be deployed acceptably. But these are hose and that is a long shirt. No.

      • mhleta

        Or a nice, crisp pair of black cigarette pants maybe?

        • Constant Reader

          Yes! Leggings or black cigarette pants would make this whole outfit look so much better. It might even make me give that stupid hat a pass.

      • Celandine1

        This outfit screams for leggings because it is a tunic not a shirtdress, or shirt/tunic as you described. I don’t often disagree with TLo’s assessments but please, that is NOT a dress.

        • Perhaps it would look more like a dress if she had belted it?

          Don’t get me wrong — I hate the shirt deployed as a dress and stockings trying to be pants. But a belt would have helped.

    • decormaven

      Aww, there you go with a Debbie Gibson reference. Now I’ll have ‘Only in My Dreams’ stuck in my head all p.m. FWIW, I’m not as bothered by this as the majority of BKs. At least it’s not one of those saccharine-sweet frocks.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I *might* have “Only in My Dreams” on my iPod. *MIGHT*, I said, it’s nothing confirmed, you know. And, and, and, you don’t know me or where I live, so it’s not like you could *prove* it! (*Runs off and hides with iPod clutched in hand so you can’t see the playlist*)

        • decormaven

          That is perfectly fine. I always loved the black and white shots in that video. Now, off to bingo at the retirement home!

    • Orange Girl

      OMG hahahaha! Totally Debbie Gibson!

    • Barbara Affolter

      I was thinking that she’s a vest away from being Brenda Walsh.

  • MarieLD

    The FugGirls would tell her to wear pants. I would too.

  • No, I really do hate it. If she’d gone with actual leggings or 100 denier+ tights it’d be better. This is just walk of shame/victory lap chic.

    • Sarah T.

      LOL, I seem to love it for that very same reason – “walk of shame chic” is super-refreshing compared to her usual schtick.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        YES! You phrased it so perfectly – “walk of shame chic”! I said something far less eloquent in my post, but that’s perfect.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Leggings would have un-twee’d this 100%.

    • conniemd

      Yep. The tights are black hooker tights. Just can’t with that for an afternoon out shopping in a very short shirt dress. It’s kinda like they got interrupted and she couldn’t find her dress anywhere, so just grabbed the guys shirt and ran out before they were caught.

  • I actually kinda dig the hat.

    • kimmeister

      I like how she managed to place it perfectly so that her bangs aren’t smashed to smithereens.

      • Whatever you might feel about her style choices, Miss Gurl never is anything other than immaculate.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          Well, that’s true, I will give her that.

        • formerlyAnon

          That work ethic (OCD tendencies, maybe?) shows in much of what she does and it’s a big part of why I can’t hate her and never will. I do admire a work ethic, on its own and because it often leads to one of my Kryptonite character traits: quiet competence. That one slays me every time.

          • demidaemon

            She is good at what she does. It’s just the personality that bugs. If she owned up to her true inner bitch, I would probably like her more than all this fake modest crap.

          • formerlyAnon

            The fake sweet will bug me more if she’s still completely stifling the inner controlling bitch in 10 years. Right now she’s still just working her way out of the “America’s Sweetheart” phase of her plan for Ongoing World Domination (& I totally think there is one.)

          • demidaemon

            Oh, I agree. It probably bugs me more because I have to deal with fakeness a lot in my real life, so I have no patience with it from people who I don’t need to worry about pissing off.

  • MilaXX

    Not liking this look at all. That looks like a shirt, not a shirt dress. The fabric just looks too thin, and I hate dark tights with light dresses almost as much as I hate white shoes with dark outfits.

  • Eric J.

    She looks like she put on tights under her hospital gown and walked out AMA.

  • Latin Buddy

    Ladies, is this long enough to warrant being called a “dress”? The “tights” do seem too sheer to be “pants.” But that’s just me…

    • Sobaika

      Tights are never pants. Tights are never leggings either. But considering that’s technically a dress (the length issue notwithstanding) the tights are acceptable.

    • Aurumgirl

      No, it’s not long enough. She clearly forgot her pants.

      • We have to admit, we’re really confused by some of the responses here. That shirt goes halfway down her thighs. We couldn’t possibly count the number of skirts featured on this site that were inches shorter than this. I get that it looks like a shirt and possibly even is a shirt, but she’s far from scandalously uncovered.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          I see your point, TLo – it’s not that it’s overly short. I think what’s bugging us (not that I would speak for all BKs, natch) is just the whole, “Giggle! I’m wearing nothing but my boyfriend’s shirt – aren’t I naughty?” It’s not that it IS “naughty”, it’s just that I think she’s trying to give the impression of that. I think it’s the *attitude* of the shirt, not the shirt length itself, if that makes any sense. I’m babbling…

          Edit to add: plus, I actually do think the shirt would be fine – the whole look would have been fine – if she’d gone with leggings instead of tights.

        • In addition to @NYCGlamourpuss:disqus take on it, I will also add (while in no way attempting to speak for all the BKs) it’s not the length but the the lack of shape. It doesn’t read “dress”. This just doesn’t look like Shirt Dress + Tights, it looks like Men’s Shirt + Pantyhose. (with a dash of stupid hat thrown in for shits and giggles)

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Annabelle Archer said: “It doesn’t read “dress”. This just doesn’t look like Shirt Dress + Tights, it looks like Men’s Shirt + Pantyhose.”

            Yes, this exactly! You came much closer to what’s bugging me about it than I was able to. And again, that whole look would have worked if she’d worn leggings instead of pantyhose.

          • RebeccaKW

            Same for me. It just looks like a long shirt. The bottom button is right about crotch level. If it didn’t have that gap, where the tail of the shirt after the last button splayed open, I might be more okay with this. It would seem more dress like.

          • mightbewrong

            I feel like if she just wore a belt it would immediately strike me more as a dress. It would probably look better, too.

          • filmcricket

            Perfectly expressed.

        • muzan-e

          Yeah, it’s the allusion and the context. The tiny bikini that’s fun for the beach is vulgar on the sidewalk; alluding to man’s-shirt-worn-with-lingerie feels like it should fit in the same category.

          Although that said, I kind of like the look! While insisting that Grimes did it better at the Met’s punk Gala months ago.

        • Ogun0030

          I’ve tried to picuture it with pants and I’m my opinion, if worn the same way, it wouldn’t work with pants. It’s long enough that it works with tights but would look off with pants. I think it’s a cute look and if anything maybe a belt would have helped here, but I still think it looks fine.

        • Aurumgirl

          There’s no scandal in what she’s wearing, it’s just that even she feels the “shirtiness” of that top. She’s actually pulling at the tail to keep it closed in one photo. It’s so unadorned and so clearly worn with pantyhose (not tights or leggings) that it looks too much like a shirt and so she has a half dressed appearance, it really does look like an important piece is missing. That’s what I mean when I say it looks like she forgot to put on pants.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      For me it’s all about where the last button closes which is riiiight at crotch level and that makes it look look like a long shirt vs a short dress. It’s possible it IS a shirtdress but she’s just too tall/long torsoed to wear it as such.

      • RebeccaKW

        Agreed on final button placement making it look like a shirt not a dress.

      • formerlyAnon

        Agree. Also the fabric has the body of a shirt, rather than a skirt or many dresses. There are certainly many dresses just as thin as or thinner than men’s dress shirts, so that one’s not conclusive.

  • Scimommy

    Never thought I’d see the day when Taylor Swift forgot to wear pants. In related news, that shirt dress just looks like a shirt.

    • Sara

      IKR?! Like, shouldn’t she belt it or something?

      • Aurumgirl

        She should maybe pull on a pair of jeans with it.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I will hate this for you Uncles. Full stop.

  • Sobaika

    I wish the hem of the shirtdress were just altered a bit or maybe a belt was added. It feels too ‘morning after’ for me.

  • Sara

    I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22 reasons to hate this, first and foremost that awful hat.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    All she’s missing is jazz hands and slow hip roles and this is a Fosse production in outfit form.

    • RedRaven617

      Except she isn’t Liza Minelli.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    Meh, looks like she left the house in her nightgown

  • Heather

    In other news, I’m sure that bag costs more than my car.

  • BWAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA…..NO. That is not dress enough to be a shirt dress, it’s just a shirt. So now Swifty is doing old Gaga with a splash of Debbie Gibson. Fanfuckingtastic.

    • kimmeister

      If it had had a straight hem, I could’ve bought it as a shirt dress. This one actually goes up at the sides just like a shirt. Plus, I’m not liking black tights with a white dress. The fogey in me wants her to put on a slip.

    • demidaemon

      Feeling spunky today, annabelle? 😉

      • Funnily enough, I wasn’t in a feisty mood today. Rather bored actually. I’m naturally biting.

  • dorkopolous

    i love that shirt

  • AmeliaEve

    Honestly, for Tay-Tay to move into the realm of Girls Without Pants is a step up for her. She looks like an actual college student or something instead of a Madame Alexander doll.

  • twocee

    Shirts are not dresses! Ugh.

    Love the shoes though.

  • LipstickForPigs

    I’ll hate it on your behalf. I can do this because I hate it hard enough for a busload of people. Those shoes need to be set on fire also.

  • Bexxx

    I like it, even though it’s VERY fosse. But my winter uniform is a men’s flannel and leggings so who am I to talk. Team Leggings Are Totally Pants!!!

  • stellamaris73

    Loathe. That is an oversized shirt, not a dress.

    Put some pants on, girl.

  • LibrarianLizy

    I think leggings would have made this look work better. Leggings or some sort of boot. For some reason, this outfit screams “needs boots” to me.

    That may also be because I’m so ready for boots weather and it’s 85 degrees today…

  • Yeah… I wish she wore a pencil skirt or something. That doesn’t really look like a shirt-dress, but instead a shirt for a tall & skinny dude.

  • Nariya

    I hate this so much that I prefer her twee little Disney outfits to it. Agree with the Kittens who say that a long shirt does not a dress make. It’s like she is trying on an incomplete hipster costume for smug rich people. Sorry T, but you do not get points for the mere feat of stepping out of the wheelhouse, if it just means you step into something worse.

    You look half-dressed and that hat/those tights/those shoes are annoying as shit. I need [more] coffee.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Here’s the thing that would annoy me: that shirt would ride up like crazy over tights and you’re not wearing pants.

  • Bethany NS

    I can’t with the hat. It’s too 1987 for me.

  • Bethany Mishler Barkley-Hanson


  • stacey

    Still, with Miley Cyrus on the scene, I am actually falling in deep like with Ms. Swift’s style, it’s like a sorbet between courses of yech!

  • Bethany Mishler Barkley-Hanson

    She is both Benny & Joon in this.

  • 3boysful

    She left her pants on Barney’s dressing room floor?

  • nannypoo

    I agree that tights are not pants, but if she had chosen patterned tights it would have made more sense. I agree that the bag is ugly and I love the shoes. But there is just no excuse for this stupid hat.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh, no, you’re right when you said “We should all probably hate this”, because I do. All of it. Every bit of it. The twee hat, the shirt dress with zero accessories that it screams, “This is my boyfriend’s shirt, because after I lost my virginity to him, I just tossed this on for modesty!”, everything. Loathe.

    • It is very “Nobody is talking about me and my ex boyfriends (pout) let’s see if I can fix that.”

      • NYCGlamourpuss


  • annmartina

    I hate everything about this look. The shoes feel too 80s, the shirt dress is too short and too white, the tights are too sheer, yet too black, I’m sick of comped purse placement. OK, I guess I like the hat a little bit, but not with that outfit.

  • Cheryl

    Like the hat, but that is not a dress; it’s the next to be inspiration for a hateful break up song’s shirt. Make sure to give it back before you write the song.

  • majorbedhead

    those are not tights, those are pattered hose, and as such, need to be worn with a skirt. Not that shirt.

    Nope. I don’t like this look. Not even a little bit.

  • Donny F

    I like the hat. The rest of the outfit is twee twee twee with a bit of hipster mixed in. While a shirt dress is a great idea for her, something with more contrast should be recommended. God, even having visible buttons on the front would have bumped up the visual effect!

    I can’t with the bag though. That’s some overworked overpriced piece of fug.

  • SugarSnap108

    Allow me to do the hating for you on this one, TLo. It’s my pleasure.

    I’m in love, however, with the phrase “twee-as-fuck.”

  • Tamara Hogan

    Needs a belt. And pants. Because PANTYHOSE ARE NOT PANTS. And honey, those are straight-up pantyhose.

  • bookish

    I guess I just “don’t get” this outfit. I look at the photos and all I see is a woman who forgot to put on pants before leaving the house. It doesn’t look like a dress to me at all.

  • Tanya Wade

    It’s okay. I will hate it for you. She looks like she’s in that SNL skit, Les Jeunes de Paris.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I want to like it, and I think I would if she were wearing leggings rather than tights. I just can’t get on board with a pantsless look. Well, not on Taylor Swift anyway.

  • YoungSally

    Elaine Stritch is her style muse.

  • d4divine

    That’s a shirt not a shirt dress. Leggings would have made more sense…she also looks like she’s having a battle with the seasons…she’s losing

  • Jacquelyn

    It’s ok T Lo. I’ll hate it enough for you.

  • Blair Sylvester

    If she undid three buttons and added stripper heels and a sequin blazer she could be Blake lively as Serena

  • Janet B

    I love her shoes. The dress is a bit shapeless.

    Her dress would clear our local HS dress code (beyond your pinky).

  • melanie0866


    And the hat is just affected and annoying, like everything else about Taylor Swift.

  • bellafigura1

    This is one of my favorite looks ever, not just of hers. It’s young and funky and funny but chic. It’s a WERQ for me!

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan

    I love this. It just looks so nice and casual and cool.

  • oohsparkley!

    I think the hat looks cute on her. White shirt is boring but I really can’t summon any venom.

  • She is making Wendy Pepper fashions work for her.

  • Clair Ellis

    She needs a belt. Other than that it’s adorable. Which is her thing. Adorable.

  • stubbornthoughts

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think people are wayyyy overreacting over this shirt dress thing. I’m not totally in favor of the look myself, but this is far from terrible for Taylor. Put it in perspective, if this wasn’t shaped like a shirt, the length is perfectly respectable. I think she looks cute.

    Might we put Miley’s ass-bearing waist-high tiny shorts head-to-head with Taylor’s rather demure shirt dress? Or Miley’s giant jeans jacket with BARE LEGS looking like she’s totally nude on the bottom? Let’s give thanks to Tay’s tights.

    • Jean Marie Downing

      The length is not respectable with a slit right to the crotch. The effective length the length of the last button. Which is significantly higher than mid thigh.

      Is she more clothed than Miley? Yes.

      If we used that as our standard would we ever call anyone unclothed again? Gaga, maybe. That’s it.

      • stubbornthoughts

        “Is she more clothed than Miley? Yes.
        If we used that as our standard would we ever call anyone unclothed again? Gaga, maybe. That’s it.”

        TRU DAT. I still think Tay looks fine, but I respect your point.

  • Fannie Wolston

    neck up it’s Anne of Green Gables
    neck down it’s love and hip hop special snowflake edition

  • H2olovngrl

    That bag looks like one of my grandma’s “pocketbooks”. Hideous. I feel like the shirt dress should be a tad longer and maybe belted. I have no issue with the length such as it is, but if you were to throw a belt on there, it would instantly head into peekaboo territory.

  • KC

    I think if she had worn a belt people would’ve accepted this a bit more. Would’ve given it a bit more shape.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Call it ugly all you want, I am SALIVATING over that purse.

  • alyce1213

    I have no problem with the shirt and hat. Solid, opaque tights would be better.
    But yes, twee as can be.

  • RebeccaKW

    Wait, I’ve got it. It’s like a demure version of Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan. Where she wears a man’s shirt and boxers with her garters.

  • Scott Cooper

    Well, Elaine Stritch isn’t using this look anymore. Might as well go to Taylor Swift.

  • Imasewsure

    Really love this… except the hat which is silly

  • Imasewsure

    I love the idea of “minimalist twee” – hope we see more of it in the future for her and for the rest of the RC twee girls. Need those shoes… don’t think the bag is that ugly either. looks ok to me

  • mhleta

    I don’t find this outfit twee. I don’t think I do. Now I’m trying to picture it on Aubrey Plaza. Definitely too precious for her likes. Audrey Hepburn? She might have worn it with cigarette pants and ballet flats. Sunglasses instead of the hat. I do love this hat, though. The outfit would be a total snooze without it. Hate the bag. I’m developing an aversion to costs-as-much-as-your-car purses. Finding them obnoxious in appearance, size and principle.

  • Sally3000

    Very unflattering, especially the Teletubby shape of the shirt.

  • Julie Parr

    She’s worn those shoes a bunch of times.

  • jen

    She forgot her pants but remembered her hat! WTF!

  • katiessh

    it seems unfair how much flack you give taylor swift about her schtick. yeah, she’s twee, but it’s her stye. You don’t seem to begrudge Joseph Gordon Levitt’s style ‘rut’, or the fact that helena bonham carter mostly dresses like she’s had a stroke. A lot of stars have styles they fall back on, so i’m just not sure why you target her, except for the fact that she’s ‘twee’

  • Kate

    I had a “Come On Eileen” flashback – because this totally reminds me of what I wore as a sophomore in college in 1983. Big shirt and leggings and my jazz shoes

  • VicD

    Dotted stockings are grown up and sophisticated? Get serious – she looks like a 12 year old from the ’80’s. This is beyond horrible.

  • Samantha

    Wow she finally bought another lipstick

  • neonseattle

    i really like the shirtdress, actually. but everything else is so very taylor swift and twee

  • marlie

    I kind of love the dress, but I’ll never like those shoes; I wore very similar shoes years ago with my uniform, and they’ll never NOT be school shoes to me.

    The hat is”meh,” and the bag is surprisingly disappointing.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Give her some pants and I’m thinking Annie Hall ’13.

  • dalgirl

    Enough with the hats, Tay. ENOUGH.

  • anotherkate

    That’s okay, TLo, I’ll hate it for you. I love a good shirt dress but this sacklike white monstrosity just looks like she threw on her boyfriend’s (who is apparently a very tall NBA star?) shirt and called it a dress. It just isn’t tailored enough to read “dress” to me.

    Also I hate those oxfords. Too Capezio Jazz shoe for my liking.

    Phew. I am a font of opinions this afternoon. I swear it has nothing to do with the fact that I was forced to listen to “22” on the radio this weekend.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like it. As a one-off, it’s a legit look and she’s cute.

    This is not, however, a legitimate vein for her to work – Debbie Gibson came up. I went to Blossom. Either way, Not Good.

  • Trisha26

    That bag is gorgeous. But the “shirt-dress” is just a shirt. It does not belong over patterned tights/hose. That is not an outfit.

  • demidaemon

    I think it looks like she borrowed her boyfriend’s dress shirt (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!) and forgot her pants. She looks cute despite it all. Still, the no pants thing bugs.

  • Melissa Brogan

    I’m perfectly happy to call that shirt a dress given its length, and certainly there is some twee minimalism going on giving the outfit a certain kind of charm. But…

    I can see her underwear in all but one shot and it’s kind of creeping me out. 🙁

  • It just looks kind of dumb and unfinished. But at least with this, there’s a kernel of an idea – there she just lacks the follow through.

  • Scoop

    HATE. IT.

  • LadyLuck777

    Needs a belt to take her into full 80’s mode.

  • bravobravp

    The dress reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw (episode where her and big fall in pond, she changes at his place and wheres his clothes home). One of my favorite looks from that series for some odd read. Love a good shirt dress I guess.