Taylor Swift in Julien MacDonald at the 2013 American Music Awards

Posted on November 25, 2013

Kittens, we have a serious question for you all.

Well. “Serious” in the sense that we’re not joking and want an answer; not “serious” in the sense of having to do with important or weighty matters. After all, we’re talking about this:

Taylor Swift attends the 2013 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California in a Julien Macdonald dress paired with Jimmy Choo sandals and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Julien MacDonald Fall 2013 Collection

And here’s our question: At what point are we allowed to start criticizing this stuff?

What we mean is, when can we stop saying “Well, at least it’s not twee as fuck. We should just give her positive reinforcement because she’s dressing like a grownup for once?” That was going to be the entire gist of this post, but then we realized two things:

  1. We’d said that about her before; more than once.
  2. We cannot honestly say we like this look. In fact, we think we hate it.


At first glance we were all “DISCO FAB avec EPIC BITCHFACE, GIRL! GO ON WITH YOURSELF!” But then we realized that’s way too much gold for one little blonde white girl to handle. And then we realized that the shape of this dress does nothing for her; obscuring the shapes of both her bust and her hips. And THEN we realized that it had some ugly sort of illusion netting triangle on the bust and that’s when we said to ourselves, “You know what? To hell with positive reinforcement. This frock’s ugly.”

So we guess we answered our own question. Thank you for coming on this journey with us, Kittens.

And hey, killer shoes. She got that part right.







[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com, style.com]

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  • The dress IS ugly and unflattering, but I still kind of love this look on her, because it’s such a departure from her usual.

    • Lesley

      i’m with you on this one. and i can’t stress enough how much i hate illusion netting. but what i do love, those legs, they go for miles!!

      • ConnieBV

        Yep. From the waist down and neck up, it was a WERQ. 2/3 of one, at least.

    • BayTampaBay

      IMHO she really does not look that bad. The more I look at the pictures, the more I like this look.

  • Jessica Freeman

    It’s just bad. We should never encourage her to do this again.

    • gabbilevy

      Yup yup. Positive reenforcement would only make her think she’s doing something right here, which… well… no.

      • Jenna Marie

        The Heather Locklear look must go!

  • You’re soooooo right. Killer shoes. That illusion panel is making me CRAZY. Sure, without it it goes straight to Hookerlandistan, but with it, it goes to Skatersville.

    • Kent Roby

      Thank you, that’s exactly what I was about to type. I’d add, as I’ve said before: Why would a designer allow a celeb to screw up their design by making additions/subtractions that take the look to another (bad) place?

      • Agreed! I would love to see designers taking a firmer hand, by, A: insisting that their work be properly fitted, and B: refusing changes that diminish the garments impact and meaning.

        • Call me Bee

          I didn’t even notice that the model didn’t have the netting. You’re right. It’s almost an insult to the original design.

    • Emily Smith

      I don’t understand why if you’re prepared to wear a dress which has the sole purpose of airing out your hoo-ha all night, you would then cover the tit window with illusion netting.

      • Cuz Tay Tay wants us all to know that though that dress is gyno exam short, she is still a LADY.

        • Mismarker

          All the illusion netting in the world could never convince me Tay Tay is a lady.

          • teensmom99

            I actually think the illusion netting helps hold it together so that’s why it’s there. I’m not saying it looks good but I think that they must have assumed that her hands would be busy making sure her hoo-ha is covered and so there would be no hands available for a wardrobe malfunction.

          • Call me Bee

            Three words: Double sided tape.

      • sisterb67

        Maybe she misheard the old adage and thought it was “The boobs are the windows to the soul” and didn’t want anyone seeing her soul. And then made sure they were extra distracted by flashing her fish whistle.

        • decormaven

          Leads me to believe there’s no soul to examine.

      • Vtg Fashion Library

        ::throws down mike and walks offstage::

    • Guest

      illusion? WHAT illusion? that’s just a triangle of completely opaque fabric…

      • Kent Roby

        It would be hilarious if they went for real “illusion” by drawing in cleavage!

        • CakesOnAPlane

          Like one of those tuxedo shirts?

          • Kent Roby

            Or like the Thierry Mugler “nude” costumes for “Zumanity”, using colored rhinestones for cleavage and nipples.

    • Maryanne525

      YES, I thought the same thing! I kept hoping she’d do a triple salchow on the way up to accept an award.

    • Introspective

      so is it perverse that i want to do a pub crawl thru both hookerlandistan and skatersville for the holidays? will you come with, fellow BKs? youre all invited…

      • Maryanne525

        I would be there in a HOT SECOND.

      • Hells to the yeah! Let’s all go, Kittens!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’m in! Fab idea!

    • Kiltd: You. Are. Brilliant.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Illusion Netting needs to be DONE. DONE. DONE. It has been done SO BADLY as of recent that I am so over it. Fortunately for her, those shoes are PERFECTION and I can almost look over one of the stupidest dresses on the red carpet if she will give me them…

      PS. Hookerlandistan sounds like the new name for my stripper friend’s closet. Thanks for that.

      • SRQkitten

        I’m feeling about illusion netting like I previously felt about exposed zippers – this trend has been done to death. Make it stop now. Please!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      With this look you’re just waiting for Scott Hamilton to start talking about her triple-triple combo.

  • Danielle

    Ridden hard and put away wet.

    • Lizzy

      One of my favorite put downs of all time!

      • Though I suppose in the correct context it could also be a compliment. *evil smile*

    • ampg

      I don’t get it, at least in this instance. I think of that saying as applying to someone who’s just barely holding it together in her efforts to look presentable in public. This is a bad look for her personally, but it’s a fully-realized look.

  • Mona_Visa

    Anyone else seeing Morgan Fairchild…? In any case, I am drooling over those shoes.

    • bravobravp

      I was getting Heather Locklear but I think were on the same wavelength.

    • ampg

      That seems to be what she was going for, so I suppose it’s good that you can see the reference, even if it’s badly done.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Is she auditioning for a Barbarella remake?

    • Julie Ree

      Jane Fonda would kick her ass. Like now.

  • SewingSiren

    The award looked like the missing piece to the puzzle dress.

    • Mona_Visa

      I had to google that. You’re right on. Now I wonder if it was intentional.

  • ceceliadid

    Send this dress to J.Lo.

  • Nancer

    I think this is an, “Oooh, so close. But no.” I was with you at first glance, I thought I loved it. Then I started to add up the same points – especially that very odd illusion netting – and had to change my vote. It’s a no.

  • Nicholas

    As the saying goes, to win the award, one must become the award.

  • cmb92191

    It’s a shiny disco ice skating costume!

  • Lurk-a-lot

    Dress, that’s not your girl. Would have looked fierce on someone who is not a moody willowy blonde.

    • “Dress, thats not your girl” wins the internet today!

    • Coleen

      Plus, it looked better on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in that picture she took with One Direction. BOOM! (Thanks, Lainey Gossip!)

  • Lily

    She looks SO MUCH like Sweet Dee from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia here that it’s very distracting and I can’t judge her outfit.

  • Introspective

    good shoes, fab legs. dress is a wreq. the illusion netting made my teeth hurt.

    she’s giving me a baby kylie minogue in training here. wishing she’d chat with queen kylie so she can get the disco fabulous diva thing right though…

  • Amanda Miller

    I would like this if
    A) the belt wasn’t so tight because it now looks like she has a pooch
    B) the skirt was just an inch longer
    C) the illusion netting didn’t look so very much like pantyhose.
    As it is, I cannot, no matter how much I like this in theory.

    • Ginger

      I think the biggest issue with the illusion netting (aside from the fact that it’s there in the first place) is that it doesn’t look like pantyhose so much as those support hose that are used to promote better circulation in one’s legs. Ew

  • NinaBoo

    You showed your work…criticize away!

    ETA: I couldn’t agree more with your assessment.

  • anyalama

    She lost me at illusion netting.

  • teensmom99

    Yup . . . on the nose, gentlemen. I do like the more grown up hair and face.

  • Kelly

    Yep, fab shoes. As for the dress — you’re right; the illusion netting is absurd. Taylor, if you’re going to wear something revealing, then reveal. Otherwise, fill it in with something solid, so that you don’t look like a kid ice skater. This sort of coyness is just silly — juvenile and verging on the hypocritical.

    Also, I’m not liking this “Christmas tree tinsel as dress ornament” trend. It looked bad on Jena Malone the other day; it looks bad here.

    Legs to die for, though.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      The tinsel looks cheap, in a cheap way.

  • Latin Buddy

    That is some insane Heather Locklear/90s blown out 90s hair.

    • formerlyAnon

      Which I like on her. (So sue me, all y’all. I think she’s got the sharp little white girl features for it.)

  • Kayemwhy yo

    I have no problems with your final assessment.

  • 3boysful

    Killer shoes indeed. Those heels look lethal. Bu I like ’em.

    Appreciate the attempt, but not her dress.

  • marlie

    The illusion netting ruins the dress. Otherwise, I’d rather like it on her. If she didn’t want all that chest showing, she should have either worn a different dress altogether, or even had that area “filled in” with a panel of the gold sequined fabric that makes up the rest of the dress. The shoes are fine. But she should have worn a darker color lip, and maybe worn her hair up, so that she wasn’t a column of gold.

    Also, you’re BEYOND allowed to criticize. Have at her.

  • gayle

    I can’t get past how washed out she looks

  • Blair Sylvester

    girl how did you get Heidi Klum’s dress? although she would have taken the modesty panel out

  • OldPandaDayz

    Hate the dress- jealous of the hair, sigh…

  • This might be more appropriate for a New Year’s Eve Party, and probably on someone else, but I don’t hate it. I’ll take a “DISCO FAB” initial reaction followed by hatred instead of the usual “ooooooof courseeeeeeeeee.” (*The ring is a beautiful touch, actually!)

  • Lolo Andre

    But we gotta admit girlfriend can serve a hella bitchface SNAP

  • MW

    The shoes are fabulous but they’re too much for this dress and holy shit they must hurt in so many places.

    Also, you should know something’s not right when a mini dress is longer on the model than it is on you.

  • MsOlympia

    Wardrobe malfunction imminent…needs a couple inches on the top and the bottom! Makes me nervous just looking at it. Illusion netting looks like granny support hosiery, which is a jarring combination with the bling. I do, however, really like the patterns and textures on the dress.

    • GillianHolroyd

      “Illusion netting looks like granny support hosiery” is precisely correct.

      It’s not illusion when it’s that dense.

  • Judy_J

    Killer shoes…..they should have killed the dress.

  • Denise Terry

    This looks like the stereotypical awkward girl trying to look hot to make the boy she has a crush on jealous. But its not working.

  • Alexis Boucher

    This is very unlike her. Did she lose a bet to Katy Perry?

  • JulieTy


  • So, what you’re saying is she need a *better* micro metalic dress, but the rest we can keep? If so, I am totally on board with that.

  • katiessh

    eh… this time i agree with you, it’s a bad look. i just think you guys are weirdly bitchy about her. She has a personal style that you might not like, but you crucify her for it, which is weird considering how you treat Helena Bonham Carter like a goddess when she looks like she was blind when she dressed half the time.

  • ms_kat

    I hate everything about this dress. And, I don’t understand, what is up with the pigeon-toed stance that she (and Jennifer Lawrence) often have?

  • Julia

    1970s porn star hair. Modesty panel is awful, too. If you’re going to wera a disco ball mini dress, I don’t think an ugly skin color panel is going to do much for you.

  • Maluca

    This dress needs to be shipped off to Heidi Klum sans illusion netting.

  • Laura Renee

    I recognize all your criticism, but I can’t help wanting to cheer what is, to me, an effective transition to SEX KITTEN. The hair makes it for me, wow.

  • amber.

    she tried it. she looks like she’s trying too hard, which i get it– your ex-boyfriends are in the audience, you want to look as glam as possible to make them weep for letting you go & doing you dirty, whatever- but she did it wrong. do not pass go child. head straight back home & try again.

  • Mismarker

    One set of wings away from being a VS angel.

  • Richard Harper

    She. Looks. Horrid.

  • Lori

    Criticize away. There’s nothing there, except the shoes, that deserves much positive reinforcement. Someone needed to tell Ty that if you don’t want to show that much torso skin blessings be upon you but pick a different dress, don’t slap an ugly bit of illusion net on it. Illusion net is never the answer. Also, that it makes very little sense to worry so much about the cleavage that you resort to “flesh toned” netting while being apparently unconcerned about the fact that you’re one wrong foot placement away from making the world your gynecologist.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    If she didn’t want to show her chest off they should have just added a matching gold panel (or maybe even a contrasting silver panel). The flesh-colored mesh ruins what would have otherwise been a passable dress.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I’m all for sexing up the Swift, but this dress is not the way.

  • I like her ring. The dress was fine before she added the illusion netting!

  • lobsterlen

    The illusion netting turns that dress into a figure skating costume.

  • mmebam

    For me, the hair and the illusion netting take this from “cute gold dress” to “ice skater who shook her bun out after her performance.”

  • Nimith

    Just call it what it is, slutty, ugly, disco ball on heels.

  • Catiline

    I really hate the shoes, but otherwise this is a badass look. Which is not a word I ever thought I would use to describe Miss Swift’s fashion.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    I guess illusion netting that looks like cheap pantyhose is now A Thing. Excuse me while I go into a corner and cry.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Her ex was in the building so you can’t shame a girl for wanting to go all out sexy! Wish she would’ve done thinner netting if she had to cover the keyhole but other than that I LOVE this look. And I swear Tay and Karlie Kloss could be sisters they look so similar!

  • Sam Erin

    Sooo…about that hair….

  • Maryanne525

    Not a fan of any of it. I know she’s 23-years-old and yes, yay, no more cowboy boots and insane curls. But she looks like a stripper. And out of curiosity – does anyone else think she’s looking SUPER thin lately?? Maybe it was just us, but my roommate and I thought she looked a lot thinner than usual last night. (No shaming, no hating, just genuinely curious if anyone else thought the same thing.) Maybe it was the dress, maybe it wasn’t.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Totally agree, Uncles. At first I was like, Wow! But the more you look at it the sadder and cheaper it gets. It was a heroic attempt to take her style in a new direction, however.

  • Rhonda Shore

    It’s hideous.

  • Cathy S

    Very ugly dress. It doesn’t work on her at all. Too bad too, since she went for something different.

  • KinoEye

    Disco fab was my first impression too, but the more I look, the more I hate. She might have looked smashing in a similar short dress, only silver, without all the weirdness in the fit. But that isn’t the outfit we’re looking at. I will say, though, that she at least didn’t style her hair like the model did. That’s all kinds of gross.

    • Sarah

      OMG you’re RIGHT. I had to scroll up to see what you meant because I was busy noticing how there wasn’t a pantyhose triangle on the real dress, just as I suspected. What the hell with that hair. So Bad.

  • Tee

    I like because it looks like Farah Fawcett and Jacklyn Smith got together and had a Charlue’s Angels fashion baby. Plus now we don’t have to see this look on Kim Kardashian wearing it too short and tight.

    • formerlyAnon

      And it’s about time for full-on Farah to recirculate. I feel like Angie Dickinson’s hair got an airing a year or so ago (without remembering on whom), time to start inching toward Farah hair.

  • YoungSally

    I saw a series of plays in Long Island City a couple of weeks ago called – Sex with Robots.

    Clearly this is one of the costumes.

  • Carolyne

    That “illusion netting” reminds me of an ice skating costume.

  • rebeemoon

    Uh-uh. Sorry, but if you’re going to cover that triangle cutout with illusion netting, you’re not (insert adjective) enough for that dress.

    • Karen Belgrad

      Adjective = “Heidi Klum”

      • rebeemoon

        Oooh. That’s a good one.

  • fringebenefit

    Whoa, she’s working this big time. Yes we get it, Taylor. You are a full-fledged woman! No longer dating teens! We get it! That said, I think she looks terrific. I understand why it would have its detractors, though.

    • Lucas

      I’m with you on this. There are some details that I think could be debatable but overall I think she killed it.

  • Lilithcat

    Pure Disney Christmas on Ice.

  • Daktari100

    That skin-colored fabric on the front of her dress makes it look like she has a strange dermatology issue going on with her boobs.

  • The dress is terrible, but her hair and face look great.

  • In a completely random comment, I noticed the belt is oriented opposite in the model’s photo as in Taylor’s photo. Which means either the model was left handed or maybe it was because the model didn’t fasten her own belt, but had it done by someone who was facing her. (See, I told you it was random.) By the way: I hate this no matter which way the belt is fastened.

    • ChristySchiff

      I love this comment! I think you’re right that the model’s belt was fastened by someone facing her – primping and prepping backstage. Probably not a big deal for a runway, but some clever little trick of the eye that film/tv costume designers have to be aware of I bet.

  • artgirl9

    Honestly, I don’t see this outfit as ‘grown-up’. It’s not twee but it’s not anything a grown up earthling would wear.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    From Feeling 22 to Housewife of…on the prowl at a Christmas party.

  • claudemtl777

    Julian MacDonald is NOT a talented designer. Always on the tacky side of things….

  • conniemd

    I’m trying not to imagine her bending over or sitting in this “dress.”

  • guyfromhoboken

    On TV is read more silver than gold, so I thought it was kinda cool. However, in the photos it looks like something Susan Anton would have worn in the ’70s. Also, that illusion fabric looks ridiculous. It looks much better on the model without the netting. If you are gonna wear disco tramp outfit, then just go for it.

  • Lucas

    Oh, uncles. She’s been dressing like a “grownup” for a while and you haven’t even noticed (well, a disgustingly rich 20-something grownup). On top of that, she looks pretty hot in her little gold dress. I’m not sure I like the cutout on top, and the hair is debatable, but she’s definitely rocking this look.

    • “Oh, uncles. She’s been dressing like a “grownup” for a while and you haven’t even noticed”


      How did you miss the part where we said we were tired of complimenting her for dressing like a grownup?

      • Lucas

        The “for once” bit threw me, I suppose.

  • Elizabeth Flowers

    She looks like a honky tonk hooker.

  • Tracey Magyar

    C-3P0 combined with a 70’s porn actress.

  • ChristySchiff

    WTF with the industrial-strength illusion netting?!? Celebrities, come ON! Demand better illusion netting – your country depends on you!

  • Sarah

    That dress is cooler than her, and she tried to tame it. Shame on you, Taylor, for taming the dress.

  • tereliz

    Sexy C3PO

  • I like the dress. Yes, she should have kept the original length. But besides that, she looks great.

  • We have found our new C3PO. Casted!

  • MannahattaMamma

    The thing is if you’re going to aim for 80s-era hooker, then you’ve got to own it. Hookers don’t do illusion netting. Or if they *do* illusion netting, then it’s *only* netting. Nothing but net, as it were. Taylor, I’m afraid this dress screams “fraud.” You’re a nice girl from some heartland or other. You’re not fooling us.

  • formerlyAnon

    I love her hair. Retro-ish, but she has the face for it. Dress is one of those “missing by an inch is just as bad as missing by a mile” misses. The shoes are fab on their own, but with this dress they turn stripper-tastic. Or Barbarella, in a bad way.

  • nannypoo

    This is a very nice bathing suit, but not such a good dress. I think she has left the Land of Twee behind so we can all breathe a sigh of relief and criticize her clothes as much as we want.

  • MaggieMae

    Not your dress, Tay!

  • Fred Vaughn

    Lisa Hartman Black realness.

    • Imasewsure

      Wow you are so right…

  • bertkeeter

    Whats with the opaque “pantyhose” colored triangle thing?

    • Sarah


  • Carleenml

    If she cut all her hair off and stopped posing like an ass, could she look like the goddess Charlize?


    Kinda a RealHouse Wives Reunion dress:(fail

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    The illusion netting is drawing too much focus from the rest of the look. And this dress doesn’t enhance her figure like it should.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Girl, No Titties Triangle is not the same as No Shave November. Move on, Liza-with-a-twee. Jake’s not going to be your beard.

  • Noah

    That may be the worst illusion netting I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of bad illusion netting. Like, A LOT.

  • MilaXX

    I say we’re overdo. That was not her look. It trying so hard to be sexy and failing on every level.

  • kmc1138

    The only thing I dislike more than the cut-out trend is wussing out with cut-outs. I absolutely would have LOVED this had she not stretched some dancers’ tights over her boobies.

  • frannyprof

    And I still hate the hair.

  • frannyprof

    When you are a teeny-tiny pop star and a teeny-tiny gold dress makes you look preggers, TAKE IT OFF!

  • boweryboy

    I rationally hate her, but at least she’s finally showing her true colors: a sex crazed, man hungry, JBF coiffed woman on the prowl for new “material” to write songs about. Feh.

    • Imasewsure

      You say that like it’s a bad thing…

      • formerlyAnon

        Good or bad, I’m pretty sure it’s a recognizable career path . . .

      • boweryboy

        No. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just her sweet and innocent fakery is nauseating when we all know how she really is.

        She likes the mens. She likes them lots. And somehow they’ve all done her wrong. To say nothing of the fact that she then goes off and writes a song about it and publicly alludes to the men the songs are about. Therein lies my rational hatred of her.

        I find it rather disgusting, but then again I grew up in a household of classy, intelligent, self-sufficient women so my standards I hold a woman up to may be a bit skewed.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Jean Shrimpton if she was on an episode of original Star Trek.
    In other words, pure costume.
    Also, terrible.

  • Sadie-Ann

    That is not a good cutout.

  • MsKitty

    For all the money that Ms. Swift has, you’d think she’d be able to spring for a mani/pedi every now and then. Her nails always look busted.

    • pattie capet

      she annoys me, but she does write her songs on a guitar, so they are working nails.

  • Tatiana Luján

    If the dress didn’t have that ugly boob window (plus, the even uglier illusion netting) I would really like it.

  • jen

    Sexy C3PO

  • Qitkat

    I love the green ring. I’m neither crazy about nor in hate with the dress, but I’m fascinated how someone creates that fabric, and would love to know how it is even possible to construct with it.

  • unbornfawn

    Gurl, that is not your dress.

  • Imasewsure

    I actually really like this on Ms Tay Tay except for the horrible illusion netting/pantyhose in the middle. I’ve never seen it done so badly… still I kind of dig this on her. Would kill for those shoes too

  • crash1212

    I don’t think her head has ever looked better. I love the piecy hair and the makeup is perfect. I only watched bits and pieces of the AMA’s, but did catch her winning an award and thought this whole outfit looked perfect on stage. It’s not working as well on the red carpet. I’m not a fan, but I think she looks great.

  • LeelaST

    Tacky space-age cocktail hostess to me. Ditto for the shoes.

  • tallgirl1204

    She doesn’t know how to pose in a short skirt; therefore she is not ready for it.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I was thinking she was going for the Jennifer Aniston of a New Generation niche. Like, yeah, I can so wear a sparkly bath towel, except, eat it, bitch, my legs are longer than yours and I’m 20 years younger.

    But the cutout makes it even worse than the sparkly bath towels Aniston wears.

  • I Mean That in a Good Way

    Bitchface? Oh, please. This is nothing more than her signature “Who farted?” face.

  • Darcy H

    My reaction as I scrolled down was literally “wait, that’s the end of the dress?”

    Honey, you are not fabulous enough to pull off that dress. Anyone who wants to add that illusion netting is not fabulous enough to pull off that dress.

  • Ashleigh

    The boob triangle broke the camels back?? She couldn’t expose THAT much skin?? lame

  • ErikaM812

    She shouldn’t have worn it if she didn’t want some boobage showing, like the way the model has it. The flesh toned mesh is distracting. She doesn’t look very comfortable either. I don’t think the party gal look suits her.

  • CakesOnAPlane

    I thought your question was going to be, “At what point did Taylor Swift start aspiring to become JLo?”

  • Aidan B

    Trying WAY too hard. “Look at me, I can be edgy! I can be sexy!”
    Also, hate the hair more than usual.

  • E2_Remote

    Girl, that’s Kristen Stewart’s dress.

  • nancymae

    She’s a fembot. Not good at all.

  • kimmeister

    I don’t even like the shoes. She looks better in them than most people who have attempted that particular ridiculously strappy pair, but even so, they make her feet look enormous.

    The best thing about this look is her legs.

  • siriuslover

    Ugly, unflattering, epic bitchface only works if you’re semi likeable (in my book). My first thought on looking at this was “dear lord in heaven no.” She can’t sit down without baring her essentials on the chair and that grossed me out a bit Then I was like WTF. Why am I even giving her this much thought? then I wrote this post. I must purge myself by looking at some GaGa.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Sad Christmas on top, Rockette on the bottom. What an unflattering dress. However, I want to jump up and down and squeal with glee at the bitchface in the second picture.

  • French_Swede

    When I see these pictures after seeing Katy Perry’s obvious joy at being on the red carpet, I can only think how miserable Ms. Swift appears to be.

  • J. Preposterice

    my reaction to this look was “what in sam hill is going on here”

  • kt

    The illusion netting is gross, but in her defense, she is attempting to deploy a hooker level dress ( which would be amaze on Heidi) without going to hooker territory. Bare mile long legs ( oh hey jealousy) means she needs to shelter the ladies, as it were. It’s ugly, but not trampy.

  • she’s trying to be juliette barnes from nashville apparently…stolen from her weekly show wardrobe!

  • AmeliaEve

    It’s the classic good girl who wants to go bad, but has no idea how to do it. Just picking the tackiest dress in the store is not enough to change your image, Tay.

  • Monica

    I’m getting a ‘She-Ra, Princess of Power’ vibe. All she needs is a red cape and a sword.

  • suzq

    In a world where the short Lizzy Caplans are forced to wear dresses that are too damn long for them, why in the hell do tall women like Taylor Swift wear dresses that are way too short???? Switch, for God sakes!
    Otherwise, try and find a super short dress with better proportions.

  • GeoDiva

    She looks like Disco Diva Barbie.

  • girlsaturday

    You know on some of the old (and off-brand) Barbies the head and body are different colors and textures because they’re made of different kinds of plastic? Yeah, this would have looked a million billion times better if she had kept the cutout.

  • I’m trying to remember the last time she got it right, and all I’m coming up with is ‘rarely.’ This ain’t it, and gets no encouragement from me.

  • annieheckenberger

    Love this dress and love it on her. The addition of the netting isn’t my favorite and if it had to be done, I would have done it in gold tulle or open net. That said there’s something to be said for knowing that miles of leg doesn’t also need cutouts down to the navel.

  • She looks kind of like Trudie Styler here.

  • AvaLehra

    Why was everyone’s hair so whackadoo at this event? I mean, what’s up with that?

  • lrhoff

    While I don’t love or even really like this look for myself or anyone I actually know, she’s making an attempt to be all Music Awards Sparkly…..in a Christmas ornament kind of way. It is an awards show and not opening night at the Met…..and she’s tall and slender and can pull it off, for the most part.

  • MissWix

    Taylor is truly truly truly outrageous! Showtime Synergy!

  • melanie0866

    Ring looks like she got it from the prize basket at the dentist’s office.

  • elephantasmagoric

    It’s a slutty country-n-western disco ball dress. If it sounds like something that only a drag queen could pull off it’s definitely too much dress for such a dull white-bread girl.

  • IAmJ

    Her parents are Heather Locklear and Jon Bon Jovi, yes?

  • boweryboy

    Wow. She’s pathetic. Truly. Irrevocably. Pathetic.

  • msdamselfly

    Those shoes look like torture devices for the feet

  • Akemi

    I like her hair.

    The dress is awful, and her face isn’t helping matters. Do those shoes hurt? Is the dress cutting off all access to oxygen? You are HELLA RICH and you win a whole bunch of awards you mostly don’t deserve SO WHY THE SOUR FACE TAY TAY??

  • Nika E

    Her hair is like… I dont even know. Im just gonna say it looks dated. The dress, meh. The shoes are great though. The thing that gets me though is why no polish? Her nails look like she chews them (ew) and she could have put a little something on her toes right? I don’t know, a sheer top coat or something?

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Nude pantyhose crotch gusset…

  • Call me Bee

    You can criticize anytime you want to. That’s what you do and that’s why we love you. This is an ugly frock, though I like the boot the model wore better than these gladiator things. Miss Swift certainly has the gams for it, but it’s way too short for anything other than tennis. And she’s not owning it–she looks PO’d about the whole thing.

  • Morales Mike

    Reeks of “response to criticism of her being a Victoria’s Secret Angel”

  • Laylalola

    Oh holy mother of God, that is unbelievable. (And … I actually remember that photo.) This does nothing to help alleviate concerns that Taylor has stalker-ish/obsessive tendencies.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    Is it a robot?

  • It’s ugly, and she needs to trim her bangs.

  • Milos Mom

    I think this would have looked better if she had nixed the sheet paner and asked them to fill the insert with the original fabric. She is Taylor Swift for heaven sake…. Also, her hair should be up in a bad-ass pony tail. Serve some neck and shoulders if they are exposed! Problem solved.

  • Kirsty

    She looks like she is the model in a terrible Gucci perfume advert at Christmas.

  • CatherineRhodes

    She always looks uncomfortable when trying for sexy. There’s something coltish about her that just doesn’t sit with a sparkly miniskirt.

  • groovy groovy shoes! And I like the dress, except the illusion netting and the spiky tinselly stuff around the bottom of the skirt part. A few edits and this would be good. She doesn’t look happy though.

  • Fordzo

    This looks like a losing entry on PR.

  • this would look sweeter without the tinsel on the bottom. and nix the industrial strength non-illusion netting.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Chere Uncles, it is always a pleasure to go on a journey avec vous!
    As for Taylor, I think, and this has to be a sign of the atwerkolypse, that Miley Cyrus actually looked better on this RC.

  • Andy Morris

    As much as I don’t want to see more princess/bride/bridesmaid fantasies from her, send this dress to Sophie Ellis Bextor or her ilk and let us see it shine, not look like someone is trying on their big sister’s clothes for their first frat party.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Hate the illusion netting with a passion unbridled. If she had just been brave – boob wise, perhaps an “in” but to bastardize a dress like that? Why the hell didn’t she just wear something else?

  • quiltrx

    It’s a stupid-looking dress. But I have to say her entire head looks great.

  • River

    awful! There are better ways to show off her legs, the dress is tacky.

  • Claudia

    Why am I getting Disco Cowardly Lion from this?

  • That is some serious 80s teen movie villain hair.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Hair and shoes: FUCK YEAH! Dress: FUCK NO!

    • Lilak

      Yes to both your assessments.
      Not happy about the bodice design to begin with, but Swifty choosing to add an illusion panel made me laugh out loud (I guess she’s not *quite* a big girl yet).
      And that’s not a “dress” anyway — can’t believe it’s actually longer on the model!

  • guest2visits

    For someone who I thought would never find a gold, glittery dress she couldn’t conquer – she should have passed this one by.
    The illusion netting patch-job was too obvious and a bit odd looking…. If she wished, I’m sure the opening could have been altered into a more narrow, comfortable or modest gap without net.
    As TLO says, it’s still not a very attractive dress to start; the pattern gives the illusion of a slight bulge from hip to hip.

  • Sweetvegan

    Can we talk about her hair?! It’s so 80s. She looks like a young Heather Locklear! Not saying it’s good or bad, just very, very unexpected. The dress wouldn’t be bad if she ripped out that stupid illusion. But maybe that piece of illusion netting is needed, structurally.

    • bringbackbeatles

      The model doesn’t have it, so it shouldn’t be needed structurally. The triangle cut out on the model also doesn’t look as wide as Taylor’s. The thinner triangle is more flattering. But, the dress just doesn’t work on her as a hole, especially with that horrible illusion mesh.

  • Illusion Netting: OUT.

  • St. Ace

    Taylor Swift is starring in the remake of Showgirls!