Taylor Swift Goes Shopping in NYC

Posted on April 24, 2014

You know how we said yesterday that Rihanna can go out in any old crazy thing and somehow make it look sort of chic, based on some indefinable je ne sais quoi? Tay? That quality?

Taylor-Swift-GOTS-Dolce-Gabbana-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Taylor Swift goes shopping in New York City carrying a Dolce&Gabbana bag.

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Taylor-Swift-GOTS-Dolce-Gabbana-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Dolce&Gabbana ‘Agagta’ Shoulder Bag

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You don’t have it.

You just look like a flighty girl who forgot to put on her skirt before she left the house.

This has “psychotic break chic” written all over it. We suspect she’s preparing the world for a full-on Bynes/Bieber-style meltdown and this is the shot across the bow. “Today I forget my skirt! Tomorrow I DRIVE MY CAR INTO A WHOLE FOODS! GET READY BITCHES.”




[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/INFphoto.com, farfetch.com]

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  • Great shoes, great bag, everything else needs a rethink. Or even a think.

    • B_C_J

      Perfectly said.

    • mjude

      I adore the bag & shoes. but you are so right…..she needs a “think”

    • kimmeister

      But the bag and the shoes don’t belong together!

      • No, they don’t. The bag belongs with me.

        • Ziuskin

          Dibs on the shoes.

    • Kitten_Mittens

      At least she didn’t try to match browns and blacks again here.

  • PastryGoddess

    This is so much TRY it’s embarrassing. Tay go home and start over. Also, burn all that shit except for the shoes, they are fab

  • Stella Zawistowski

    I love the expression on the purple-coated woman’s face.

    And note: The purple-coated woman is appropriately dressed for the weather here. I mean, I realize TayTay doesn’t have far to go to get to the limo, but…the HELL?

    • twocee

      I like that purple coat way more than anything Tay is wearing. And her boots for that matter.

    • Constant Reader

      I was just thinking the same thing. Tay looks like she’s having her psychotic break in June, whereas it’s a chilly April on the east coast.

  • Capt. Renault

    Elbow patches? The hell?

    • Aww, don’t knock elbow patches. I’ve worn half of my long sleeved shirts and coats through at the elbows, so I’ve been thinking of putting on my own patches. Maybe suede ones, like an old man. Could be classy!

      • Capt. Renault

        On a jacket or coat — sure thing. But on a shirt? Too Gordon Gartrell for my tastes. YMMV.

  • gayle

    Good lord she and her pr team to relax, they do not need to sell her this hard anymore.

    • So damn true. That’s really the problem. The relentless hard sell with her.

      • Latin Buddy

        At some point, they’re going to need a new schtick

        • Sarah

          Hence the Uncles’ sage prediction regarding the imminent meltdown.

        • gayle

          That is what this seems like to me, “young, single New York twenty something hanging out with her friends” except it all looks so random and staged. I don’t buy her friendships with all the Victoria’s Secret models. This all just looks like they are trying to drop the boy crazy image but none of it looks or feels genuine and that is their problem.

          • You need to be seen with the same bestie at least 3 days in a row not to look like a 6 year old.

          • demidaemon

            I don’t buy any of her friendships. I repeat: Jesus. This girl.

          • Trent

            Totally agree on the staged PR of it all. I’m ashamed I know this, but didn’t she just spend like $17 million on a mansion in Rhode Island? Has she ever been seen there, or was that just PR when she wanted to be a Kennedy? And doesn’t she also live in LA and Nashville? And now she’s a “hip Downtown NYer?” FAKE.

  • Lily

    Honey, most of the real hipsters I know couldn’t pull off a look like this. Shoes? Yes. Socks? Yes. But paired with a simple, home-spun looking dress and cardi. Shorts, Taylored shirt and hat are a disaster, and the purse? Jury’s still out on that one.

  • Latin Buddy

    A cute skirt would have made this a killa look

  • Imasewsure

    The outfit without that stupid hat and some cute little flats would be fine (oh yes and ditch the formal purse too). Gurl don’t have it for sure…

  • Daphne’s should never dress like Velma’s.

  • hughman

    So “Sassy”, so “xoJane”, so “I have a big fashion blog”, so “Tavi is the BEST you guys!”

    • imspinningaround

      theshadeofitall dot gif

  • Anna

    Taylor Swift goes shopping for everything BUT pants in New York City.

    • Donna Tabor

      Maybe that’s what she’s shopping for. She’s ready for her try-ons, see? 🙂

  • amanda siegelson

    this actually reminds me that i had a question to ask of the TLO world: does anyone in real life carry a bag like that??? crooked on an arm, as opposed to how *i* would do so, under the arm… you know, since i’m not showing the damned thing off to the paps when i leave the house.
    i mean, maybe i’m just an old and don’t realize that the youngins do this now… so enlighten me!

    • The Queen does… but for me it’s awkward and makes it too easy to steal.

      • eowyn_of_rohan

        I’m trying to imagine someone attempting to steal the Queen’s purse. She would probably beat them over the head with it.

        • Aidan B

          Once the beating was over, she’d apologize. She is, after all, English.

        • SierraDelta

          Don’t be silly, eowyn — QEII has minions to do her beating over the head for her. . .

    • Kitten Mittons

      I actually do this about half the time, I think. If I’m carrying a bunch of stuff into or out of work, then the purse is up on my shoulder. But when I leave for lunch, I often just throw it in the crook of my elbow, probably for more efficient key and sunglasses searching.

      I generally don’t rock the Mr. Burns hands like TayTay is doing here, though. I save that for when I’m jogging.

      • holla

        my first thought was “what’s up with the claw on the purse?” looking at it gives me hand cramps.
        then I thought “she does not do “thrown together” very well. Maybe she needs to learn to relax first.

        • Kitten Mittons

          I usually like her casual outfits, but they are always pretty coordinated. I think thrown together just ain’t in her wheelhouse.

    • random_poster

      My tennis elbow says no to the crooked-on-an-arm bag.

    • marlie

      I do sometimes. It all depends on where I’m going. On the bus? Not so much. Walking into/out of a restaurant with the honey? Likely.

    • Janet B

      Rarely, with my summer straw bag or when my shoulder really hurts.

      eta: not that you’d confuse me with a youngin’ 😉

    • ChiKat67

      For the most part, I carry bags in the crook of my arm, but that’s mainly because I don’t have broad shoulders and all manner of straps slide down. But you are right, if the bag was borrowed or a gift, then I think you’re contractually obligated to call the paps and to make sure that any available logo is visible at all times.

    • Aidan B

      I work in the city, so my bag is always jammed into my armpit. But even if I lived in Shangri-La, I wouldn’t carry my bag like that.

      • SierraDelta

        I spent my teen years in an NYC suburb, so jammed into my armpit was the only thing that made sense. Now I usually buy crossbodies, but I keep my hand on the top of the bag anyway. Old habits die hard.

    • kimmeister

      I do almost all of the time, because my shoulders are slopey and shoulder bags just slide right off.

  • Judy_J

    I can hear my mom saying “Pull up your socks, young lady!”

    • DB Ruberto

      Sweet Baby Jesus YES.

  • Julie Chase

    Those socks are making my eyes twitch.

  • Kitten Mittons

    Holy Bejeezus. No to everything.

    I take that back, I actually love the scalloped hem on the shorts. But they don’t belong with anything else in this outfit. They belong on me at Jazz Fest this weekend.

    And I had that hat in neon purple in middle school. I wore it with a sweater dress and purple stirrup pants. I hope that appropriately conveys my thoughts on this hat.

    • Anna

      Ha! That outfit you describe reminds me of Melissa Joan Hart in Clarissa Explains it All. In other words, middle school me would’ve thought your outfit was the coolest ever.

      • Kitten Mittons

        It was pretty much the coolest thing I owned at the time, and I wore it in to the damned ground.

        • Anna

          I would’ve done the same. Purple is still one of my favourite colours.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Hee. “Favourite” and “colours.” I love that. I forget you’re up way north.

          • Anna

            Lol, I can start typing “about” as “aboot” ;-). Even though I swear I don’t really talk like that.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I would aboot die if you did, eh.

            If you want a way to shut me up, then do that, because I won’t be able to type with all the childish giggling.

          • Anna

            Ha! I’ll keep that in mind.

    • Sarah

      I had the hat in black. I also wore it on the back of my head like a damned fool, until I saw some old movie and started wearing it cocked to the side in an attempt to look like a gangster. Also: I love knee socks. I am wearing them right now. I would rock her knee-down look with a LBD so hard.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Black would have been more versatile, certainly. I also remember staring in a mirror and determining how best to wear the hat. I think I mostly wore it back as well, to accommodate the giant bangs I was still rocking.

        Damn, that sentence just got worse and worse as I kept typing.
        I’m definitely not as adventurous as you, I don’t even own any knee socks!

  • Stop it with the hats, for the love of god!

  • juniper

    “You just look like a flighty girl who forgot to put on her skirt before she left the house.”

    Uncles, you kill me sometimes. So accurate!

  • princessricky

    i like the coat on the lady in the background

  • MilaXX

    She is literally wearing 3 different seasons. Also she can stop it with the granny purse. I think Queen Elizabeth has that on lock down.

    • Seriously! I was shocked on scroll-down to see that the purse was not only new, but it was from a top designer. I would have sworn it came from a thrift shop, it is THAT dated. (Wonder if it has a faded brown paisley print silk lining, too?)

    • decormaven

      That’s a granny purse for sure. What a stupid outfit to pair it with; this whole look is a bunch of flapdoodle.

  • suzq

    I love the shorts. Hate the shirt. The thing about Rhianna’s look was that you could stare at it all day and wonder whether she was wearing a jacket made out of shirting material or a shirt with a jacket lapel on it. It was bold and magnificent. Not a thrown-on afterthought. Now, if you’re shopping for something like that, carry on.

  • random_poster

    You thought forgotten skirt. I thought forgotten pants. Either way, we still got it right and Taylor did not.

  • Danielle

    Look at this fucking hipster.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    There’s a difference between an “I don’t give a fuck outfit” and an “Look how hard I’m trying to look like I don’t give a fuck! Look at me! Look at my super-casual and not-at-all-obsessively-planned outfit!”

  • @Biting Panda

    Bless her heart. This is her “Bad Girl” look. That is adorable.

  • marlie

    Tay, STOP IT. I could deal with the cutesy and/or granny-chic dresses and skirts and pants, but THIS? Hell to the NO. The hat – ok, fine. The shirt – whatevs. the shorts – meh. The granny-handbag – really? But then, those knee-high socks??? I almost fell out of my desk chair. Just… NO.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Yeah, those socks made me suppress an undignified chortle. Or try to, anyway.

    • Isabel

      Early 60s bag – my mom had one just like it but it wasn’t D&G. Tay, you’re too young to have handbags like that.

    • Kathy

      The socks remind me of the Carol Burnett old lady gags where the hose are falling down around the knees and ankles. Not the image Tay was going for.

  • Rhonda Shore

    Mixing the browns and blacks again — REALLY BOTHERS ME. She usually looks pretty good regardless, but this is all over the place. And why shorts, it’s NOT EVEN HOT. And the knee socks…

  • Among a plethora of annoying aspects of this outfit, it’s the scalloped hem on the shorts which makes my eyes twitch the hardest.

    • Gatto Nero

      This just ups the twee-ness quotient to unhealthy levels.

    • I saw someone comment somewhere that scalloped short shorts were THE look for Coachella this year. Poor love is trying to be in with the cool kids.

  • 25or6to4

    Well, she’s… trying? The ladylike bag does not work with the rest of this outfit one bit. She really needs to stop her reckless mixing of browns and blacks before someone gets hurt. Also, Tay, since you’ve been going all Single White Female on Karlie Kloss, go ahead and emulate her street style. You will look fabulous, get some great press, and besides, twee hipster is no way to go through life.

    Great lip color, though. And good job on the bag placement.

  • Town

    Why do her legs look flabby? She has fabulously long legs…they don’t need to be flabby.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Gee, I wished my legs looked that “flabby.” Give me a break.

      • WaterGhost

        Yeah, I don’t know anything about this woman – except that I’d do a lot for those legs. Maybe not kill for them exactly – more like pout and sulk heavily for several hours. Anything but stop eating ice-cream and start going to the gym, is what I’m saying.

        I love the bag. It looks steampunk, for some reason.

        And this is not “psychotic break chic.” I happen to know, because I spent some time a few weeks ago talking to a man who WAS in the middle of a psychotic break. He was wrapped up in heavy, dirty clothes, and he didn’t smell that great. He was homeless, and very lonely, was the impression I got. He kept lamenting the fact that he didn’t have a place to stay. It was cold outside. He kept on and on about it. I don’t think he understood why he was homeless. He kept on saying: “I’m just like the rest of you deep down inside – why don’t I have a home to go to?”

        Anyway, if I bump into him again I show him this picture of Taylor Swift and I’ll ask if he can see the resemblance.

  • Gatto Nero

    The twee hats are getting tiresome.
    About the only thing that works here is the shirt.

  • VictoriaDiNardo

    I make hats. I love hats. I get life from seeing people who can pull off a great hat with style,watching the way they can put on a hat and know just how to work it. But Taylor: YOU ARE NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE, SO STOP IT!!! YOU ARE GIVING HATS A BAD NAME AND RUINING IT FOR THE HATS!!!

    I have to go lay down now.

    • decormaven

      Keep preaching, sister.

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        I can’t stop – I tried! ( tips hat )

        • decormaven

          My mom, who is now deceased, was a “hat lady.” She loved them unreservedly, as well as scarves. The right hat on a woman is truly a crown.

    • marlie

      She needs someone to make the RIGHT hat for her. Do it… you’d be doing us all a favor.

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        I would do it just to ease the pain of the Bitter Kittens, but then I’d have to follow her around and keep pulling the damn thing forward from the back of her head! She’s determined to wear them like a three-year-old in an Easter bonnet….sigh.

    • You make hats? That is SO AWESOME. Millinery is amazing.

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        It really is fun. Especially dealing with private clients and doing custom designs – I have a couple of ladies who are truly adventurous in what they wear, and that is a blast. Plus the materials are limitless, so on a good day – it’s playtime!

  • Haaaaaa!

  • carnush

    Maybe she just has really bad taste?

  • what not

    Ugh, the crotch wrinkling on those shorts. But we’ve all been there; celebrities, they’re just like us!

    Aside from that, switch out the awkward knee socks and heels for some ballet or oxford flats, and she’d just look young and hipster, which she does just fine. It’s not a total loss.

  • Forgive me, I’ve never disagreed with you guys more. I mean, those are actual shorts, as opposed to stuff Miley wears.

    But I’m having a lizard brain reaction to this, so

    someone hold me. oh my god, those legs.

    (also I think she works the hat. And the socks + Oxfords, oh dear lord. Also her eye makeup is great.)

    • SophieCollier

      I think darker shorts would have been a better call, though. But yeah, DEM LEGS!

  • Laylalola

    I don’t know about a meltdown, exactly, but we might get a show we haven’t seen from her before. Within the past several months she’s fired all of her business managers, her publicist, her agents, etc. The PR/publicist thing in particular would be most likely to come back to bite her first — the publicist had been with her something like seven years (the whole time she’s been a celebrity), and in addition to just genius marketing and molding of her brand there almost certainly has been some super-strength damage control by that team in the recent past.

    • Alyssa Ball

      Damage control? Do tell!

    • demidaemon

      This sounds like it could turn out to be something delicious. I am now in anticipation!

  • dickylarue

    If she was going for Risky Business hooker era Rebecca DeMornay this was a slam dunk.

    • decormaven

      “Reed and Barton!”

  • MarissaLG

    And you just KNOW there’s no one on the other end of that call.

    • Anna

      I imagine her phone started ringing while she was in the middle of her call.

  • DagnyReardon

    I save my WTF’s for visuals just like this.

  • SophieCollier

    Damn, she’s got some pretty legs though.

  • sagecreek

    Perhaps the worst deployment of knee socks I’ve ever seen. And hey, I watch porn.

    • Kitten Mittons

      You just made my afternoon with this comment.

      • sagecreek

        Tks 🙂

  • ashtangajunkie

    How delusional must one be to put this on, look in the mirror and then ACTUALLY LEAVE THE HOUSE?

  • stubbornthoughts

    I appreciate this outfit in theory, but the execution is awful. Those shorts are a mess.

  • AmyLeigh

    at least she isn’t mixing her black and browns all wrong this time around…

  • boweryboy

    oh my

  • Jacob Bowen

    Okay Taylor, you can keep the shoes and shirt. Now go select everything else again!

    The affectation of the knee high socks KILLS me.

  • crash1212

    Here’s hoping that matching one’s hat to one’s slouchy knee socks doesn’t become a “thing”. Stylists…are you listening?

  • Mr. J.

    The kooky little hat…..Can’t hardly STAND it.

    • MsC

      I want to yell at her, “Who died and made you Debbie Gibson?”

      • Mr. J.

        Right on.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Does she do anything other than shop?

  • Aidan B

    Oh, grow up.

  • StillGary

    I would agree with you except for one thing: The socks match the hat. This was no break with reality — it was (dramatic pause) intentional! If she she takes out the Whole Foods, I’ll testify that she was in complete control!

    • Gatto Nero

      Tha matching knee socks and hat are just one more reason to hate this.

  • FibonacciSequins

    She looks like she thinks she’s doing a shoot for Seventeen magazine. Is that still around?

  • Anna

    “Taylor the fashionista” just doesn’t work. “Wholesome girl next door who likes rainbows, daisies, and cross-stitching” looks more natural on her. She needs to just embrace it and not try so hard to keep up with her model friends.

  • julnyes

    She looks like she put on the accessories for an outfit, but forgot to put on the clothes that go with it.

  • another_laura

    I would seriously cut a b#tch to have those legs for one year. Just one year. There’s so much I could accomplish. And I love those shoes beyond reason.

    However … they are wasted on her!

  • icm

    whats up with the thigh scratches?

    • sagecreek

      Stay tuned, she’ll probably write a song about it soon.

      • Little Talks

        Um. Can we please not joke about self harm?

  • MsC

    Princess Twee-As-Fuck’s non-stop product placement of the granny purse is annoying.

  • demidaemon

    Jesus. This girl.

    She looks like she’s two. And yet somehow sexual at the same time. Not right.

  • sweetestsith

    I actually love the idea of her outfit, but the pieces are all wrong together. The peeps on modcloth do this look for a living, she should really take a few minutes to browse the site for examples of how to do it well…

  • ThaliaMenninger

    The kneesocks, the hat, the shoes, the way she’s attempting to hold her purse… It’s all Old Crazy Lady by way of Annie Hall and a boy scout and I AM NOT HAVING IT.

  • nannypoo

    It’s rare that someone can step outside in an outfit whose pieces I hate individually as much as I hate these. She looks a perfect idiot.

  • jilly_d

    Of course. I love those shoes and actively hate everything else.

  • conniemd

    I just can’t with the knee socks and the lace-up sneaker booties. They just look fucken ridiculous.

  • LadyVimes

    I kind of love the outfit, but I hate the shorts. And the wrinkles in the knee socks bug (speaking as a lover of knee socks).

  • SierraDelta

    Yeah, because what this outfit really needed to underscore its stylistic message was a structured Dolce&Gabbana handbag.

  • uprightcitizen

    I could get with the socks and the hat, if she was wearing the boy-oxfords she often wears, and a pair of tweedy or linen cuffed walking shorts (to the knee or almost), but heels and knee socks is always gonna look slutty and crazy. Or both. And I can’t even with the ELBOW PATCHES on an oxford-cloth shirt.

  • lamamu

    There must be a better way to show off her legs. And by “better,” I mean “classier.”

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    Put your hat on top the top of yor head not the back of yor head….that drives me nuts!

  • kt

    Its a cute casual look from the mid thighs up. Those socks are ghastly

  • VicD

    She should not wear hats. She looks idiotic in them, especially the twee way she props them on the back of her head. If you’re going to wear a hat, take a lesson from Madonna, and wear it like a BOSS.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The bag and the shoes are very pretty but the whole luck just sucks. Stop it, Taylor. Stop it now.

  • d4divine

    I have a bag almost exactly like that one…but I got mine from a thrift shop eons ago. hmmmm…oh wait, her hat and socks match. Oh no

  • ankali

    Yeah, but super-cute shoes.

  • Little_Olive

    “JCrew with an edge” is not a concept.

  • Mia Moreno

    SO funny! You guys make me laugh. Thank you.

  • Andrea Lentz

    no way will she ever have a public breakdown this one is way to highly put together.

  • OffToSeeHim

    I think she looks cute.

  • bingo

    I originally read your last line as “psychotic break chick”, which is also unfortunately true it seems.

  • EFigg

    We could turn her hats into a drinking game. A shot every time she wears one. We’d all be wasted at least six days a week.