Taylor Swift in Cynthia Rowley in NYC

Posted on April 04, 2014

We’ve discovered a new reason to be frustrated with Tay – and darlings, we swear we weren’t looking for one. It’s simply this:

Taylor Swift out to lunch in New York City in a Cynthia Rowley dress paired with a mustard cardigan and a Cuore & Pelle ‘Caterina’ bag.

Cynthia Rowley Gingham Shirt Dress | Cuore & Pelle ‘Caterina’ Bag

Girl simply does NOT know when and how to mix her browns and blacks. We noticed that the last time we featured her, but now she seems to be getting somehow more aggressive about it; as if she read our criticism of her brown booties last time and said “You know WHAT, T LO? SUCK ON THIS BROWN, BITCHES.”

We would so love it if she really was that vulgar in real life. We wouldn’t be a bit surprised.

Anyway, the dress is really cute, the tights are cute, the shoes are cute, the bag is bland and the sweater is awful. Way to completely mis-style a look, Tay. As for the brown and black question, it’s a prickly one and everyone seems to have their own set of rules. To our eyes, when you have that much black in a look, then any browns needs to be toned down and used sparingly. All her browns clash with each other and there are too many of them. We could accept the shoes (because they’re cute), but we can’t help thinking they’d look much better with a navy blue tight. That sweater really needs to be burned. Baby poo color. Also: it REALLY bugs that the belt is not sitting on the dress’ waist. Granted, the belt is probably sitting at Taylor’s natural waist, but that makes it an argument not to wear a belt with this dress, since you just draw attention to the seam right above it.




[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews, cynthiarowley.com,  cuoreandpelle.com]

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  • Adrianna Grężak

    This is how I (tried to) dress in college. I would prefer this look much more without the tights

  • @Biting Panda

    Lighten the fuck up, Taylor. She dresses like she’s eligible for her Social Security check.

    • Evan

      Miss priss. I want to see a priss-off between her and Allison Williams. And I don’t know about Allison, but I definitely can see Taylor being a vulgar bitch like the uncles are suggesting.

      • ScarlettHarlot

        Somehow, and I never thought I would form this sentence, but I think Taylor would be the more personable and interesting of the two in person.

        • Evan

          Probably, but I still think she’s most likely a bitch in real life even though I like some of her music

          • melisaurus

            I think she’s about average but a drama-queen in real life. Mostly because she seems to have a lot of friends and sees her life in this ridiculously epic way even though everyone has break ups and such. When I was a drama queen I was way more popular (I Assume way more fun) and everything was the end of the world.

          • demidaemon

            That’s exatly why she is the more interesting of the two. Alison is just Blandy McBlanderson. You know that underneath all the priss and “Oh, me?” wide-eyed fakeness of it all, Tay is a total stone-cold bitch. Some days I respect her for it; others I want to smack her.

  • deelup

    Totes adorbs. (I’m too old to actually say that but I feel it is an accurate expression to describe her look)

  • Danielle

    I get she has a virginal image to protect and uphold, but would it kill her to undo one button? Just one?!

    • hillaryschuster

      The top button being buttoned makes it more hipster and less sweet, I think.

  • JasmineAM

    She needs to loosen up a bit. Still can’t stand this woman.

  • If the belt were a little thicker, it would cover the seam and still be at her natural waist. I’m not usually a fan of shoes like that for ladies, but these are awfully cute. Thanks (not!) for the “baby poo” reference…..my kids are adults and I haven’t thought of that color in a lot of years. BTW, I see Zooey Deschanel in this dress at some point.

  • marlie

    Even Tay has the problem that any woman with breasts has… that gap at the button on the shirt. But she has people should fix that stuff for her.

    Anyway, there’s nothing about this look that I like, though navy tights could have fixed one big issue.

    • demidaemon

      She really shouldn’t be having that problem at all. That means this dress is too small on her, correct?

  • Tanya Wade

    She has stolen Renee Zellweger’s trademarked “Lemon Sucking Face” and really run with it.

    • LJCdoc

      I was going to say, apparently all she had for lunch was a lemon.

  • KES4K

    …are the tights not navy? They look navy to me…

    • Bernd

      They look navy on my screen as well.

      • LJCdoc

        me three

    • EveEve

      They look navy to me too. Only problems I have are the sweater and purse. The belt and shoes seem to go well with the dress and tights

      • RebeccaKW

        Agreed. I see navy, which means the blacks are the problem. Navy and brown and black is too much. It also doesn’t help that the tights (if they are navy) are a darker navy and the navy of the dress has a bit more blue. They aren’t a close enough match to be worn together.

    • Sharon

      I had the same problem – in a the first picture – black. In the last picture – navy.

    • alyce1213

      They are navy.

    • jw_ny

      I’m seeing dark charcoal grey, but I’ll trust that others are seeing navy…as it’s what she should be wearing. The black purse is the real needle scratch to this look, in my eyes, aside from the smug look on her face that I just want to…..

    • Jacob Bowen

      I only see navy…

  • Sara

    I have no idea why she would choose to wear such an obvious knock off of an iconic bag.

    • lbl

      So that is a knock-off. Of a Chloe bag, right?

      Somehow it’s ten times worse when the person could easily afford the original. But it’s completely possible that she doesn’t know it exists. Most celebs don’t seem to know or care about fashion even though it’s become a part of their business.

      • Sara

        Celine Trapeze.

        • lbl

          Thank you! I knew it started with a C.

  • lbl

    Why aren’t we discussing her hair? It’s bothering more than anything in this outfit.

    • FrigidDiva

      Thank you! Aside from the color, what the hell is happening to her ends?

      • demidaemon

        Thanks for mentioning it. I though I was the only one who noticed how butchered it looks.

    • elleg929

      Exactly! I barely noticed the fugly outfit because her hair is SO BAD.

    • susu

      It’s funny… I don’t think her hair looks particularly healthy here, but I still think it looks way better than her usual hairstyles. I guess because it’s more natural-looking? I hated those fake-looking curling iron curls she used to sport, and equally loathed the long, flat-ironed hair with the heavy bang. At least this looks like her real hair.

    • Patricia Groves Dobrowski

      It’s mullet-tastic. Like “Joe Dirt”, but deflated.

    • Janet B

      Shouldn’t it look fabulous since she recently had a very public haircut?

  • FrigidDiva

    She is so high up on my irrational hate list that I just can’t even handle that pursed-lipped, just-sucked-on a lemon face. Does trying to uphold her prissy persona also mean that she can’t do something different with her hair color too? My natural color is that same non-descript mousey blonde and you better believe that if on my paltry paycheck I can afford to bump up the color she damn well can too. Hrrmph.

  • msdamselfly

    I love this outfit! Love, love the sweater! All the browns make this look totally boho!

  • Kitten Mittons

    I love her and her prissy little attitude. I’ll own up to it. To be fair, I think I fell in love when my niece switched to the Taylor love from Hannah Montana, and we all breathed a huge sigh of relief.

    This outfit isn’t great, considering I usually like her street style. The hair may be the worst I’ve ever seen on her, though.

  • Betsy

    This is horrible! And her hair is still that drab dish water blonde. I’d like to think that it’s because she was dashing somewhere in a hurry but clearly, she and her people came up with a concerted look. I guess the bad hair does kin of go with the bad outfit?

  • Anna

    Switch the purse she’s carrying for a bamboo one and you have Sophia Petrillo.

    • @Biting Panda

      The Sophia Petrillo parody account on Twitter is one of my favorites.

      • Anna

        WHA…??? Did not know about this *immediately stops working on the spreadsheet I’ve been procrastinating on to go look this up*

    • Danielle

      HOLD THE PHONE. Did you make a Sophia Petrillo reference? WHAT! Did we just become best friends!?

      • Anna


        “Picture it. Sicily, 1945…” Much as I love Sunny, my life is basically Golden Girls references. And cheesecake.

  • Susan Velazquez

    I too am a girl with skinny ankles and legs so when I wear tights, I have to be careful that my legs don’t look like sticks. I think Taylor should’ve worn ankle boots instead of Oxfords. Ankle boots would have her more shape.

  • Angela

    That sweater is an atrocity. I feel my bowels clenching in fear just looking at it.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Unclench before you hurt yourself.

  • It’s not mustard, it’s Grey Poupon.

    • demidaemon

      Oh, I miss those snotty commercials.

  • Stefan Hurray

    And what is up with her hair? I’m a huge fan and generally she has amazing hair but this looks like homeless lady hair. Tay you can do better!

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Maybe she was on her way to the salon to have it done?

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Hahaha that little belt looks SO silly! I understand the Uncles’ analysis and those are some very advanced points right there….I’m definitely taking notes on the brown/black theory! It CAN be confusing. (For me though when in doubt just K.I.S.S.)

    But obviously looking at these photos Tay is not at an advanced level yet…she’s no pro….BUT I still kinda like this ensemble in a “I’m trying to look like a normal college girl amateur-fashionista” sweet way (except for the belt of course). Ps: I even like the kid poo cardigan!

  • susu

    I’m embarrassed to say (especially since I can’t stand Taylor Swift) that I love everything about this look.

    • Fuchsiaforever

      You are not the only one….

    • DTLAFamilies

      Me too. At her age I would’ve worn everything except for the purse, including the sweater.

  • MissusBee

    Navy blue tights! Thank you!

  • sleepycat

    On my phone the tights look like a dark teal/navy. I do want the shoes

  • Judy_J

    I was going to say the exact same thing about the belt! She’s probably too long-waisted for this dress.

  • Vtg Fashion Library

    Kurt Cobain meets the Kennedys. 20th anniversary of Kurt’s death is tomorrow. Maybe this is a nod to him, and a “fine, fuck you” to her ex.

  • Aurumgirl

    Oh well. Just because you have the money, doesn’t mean you have the style.

  • Janet B

    Why wear all of it at once?
    The sweater and shoes would be cute with a pair of jeans.
    The dress, tights and shoes are okay.
    The belt and bag really bug.

  • melanie0866

    It’s the prissy little lips that get me.

  • Betsy

    I hate the yarn that hangs off the corners of cardi pockets.

    • alyce1213


  • Vtg Fashion Library

    Kurt Cobain meets the Kennedys. Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of Kurt’s death, may he RIP. Maybe it’s a nod to him, and a fine fuck you to her ex.

  • crash1212

    Her tights ARE reading navy blue on my monitor – so I’m happier that Uncles TLo are…but I concur about the belt and sweater. Also, her hair is doing something odd that does not please me.

  • alyce1213

    Her tights are navy (compare color to guy’s black pants, her bag, car) and they’re textured, so it’s fine with me.
    I like the dress very much, the sweater and bag not.

  • Mary

    My high school uniform sweater looked exactly like that–yucky mustardy color and baggy. If anyone here went to Catholic high school in San Francisco in the 70s or 80s, you can probably guess the school. It’s not a look that anyone should volunteer to wear.

  • prisma

    To me it looks like there’s brown, black, and navy all mixed in together. Are you sure the tights aren’t navy? She should have thrown in some white shoes (before Easter!) to break all the fashion rules of my childhood at once.

  • Huh, I thought the tights WERE navy…at least that’s how it looks on my screen. I guess that’s why I kinda dig this look.

    • Gatto Nero

      They look navy to me, too.

  • decormaven

    Contracted to feature the bag. Only reason I can figure for pairing said bag with this outfit.

  • MilaXX

    Amen! Leave it to Tay to have clashng neutrals

  • Scott Cooper

    Not a word about that hair?

  • Christina

    That is some horrible hair. *whispers* But, I would honestly wear this entire outfit. Mismatching neutrals and all. I want those shoes.

  • hillaryschuster

    The bag is my least favorite part of this. I think the rest of it is a very specific look but the bag is like grand-dame celeb. It doesn’t go. I even like the Kurt Cobain sweater.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I like it all minus the hair and THAT BAG. I’m sure it costs a TON of money, but you couldn’t pay me to carry it unless I was going to a funeral and wanted to fit my iPad into it.

  • MrsKrause

    This looks pretty much like what I wear to work every day. But I’m a teacher, not a rock/faux-country star. And I would not wear the blacks. Blue or brown.

  • GeoDiva

    That sweater needs to be burned immediately!

  • MartyBellerMask

    When did Ric Ocasek go blond?

  • suzq

    Those tights look navy to me. My mother was fond of telling me that the leather in the shoes and the purse should match. I was fond of telling her how many shoes and purses she had in the 70’s that she couldn’t use anymore. I was a smartass.

    I also bet she stole that sweater from one of her ex boyfriends. For spite.

  • nicewilliams

    This is a fall look (a dowdy one, at that); certainly not spring.

  • Anne

    If button-downs pull at the bust on somebody as tall and willowy as Taylor Swift, there is no hope for the rest of us.

    • Lori

      I think it’s more, “If a button-down pulls at the bust on somebody as tall and willowy as Taylor Swift, either the designer, the cutter or the seamstress screwed up.”

      • Anne

        I like your way better. 🙂

  • BlairBear

    If she ditched the cardigan i would be happy but i love to mix brown and black

  • lalahartma

    The tights look navy on my screen, so there’s that.

  • Stop being in NY, Taylor. You can’t have NY. Why are you in NY and I’m not? That said, I am not offended by this look.

  • SophieCollier

    Those tights look navy blue to me.

  • breathlss79

    Leave the Brooklyn drag to the actual residents of the borough.

  • Clash D

    What a prissy prissy princess.

  • judybrowni

    I’m getting “Grandpa” off that sweater, and that gray shade to her hair doesn’t help any.

  • demidaemon

    It’s mostly cute. If she switched her cardigan out for another one in a not awful color, it would be mostly fine. Is it just me, or do the ends of her hair look decidedly butchered?

  • FridaStaire

    Soz, uncles. I love it!

  • I actually totally dig this. She doesn’t do what the other young. Stars do, plus yay to tights on a chilly day instead of bare goosebumple legs!

  • Louise de Teliga

    Grandpa’s cardigan and Grannie’s brogues! She’s been raiding dead people’s closets!

  • RuthGo

    She’s like the walking embodiment of the Thrift Shop song, “Can I have your Grandpa’s style?” It’s only because she’s so young and tall and pretty that she can get away with it. The minute she turns 30, she’s going to have to find a more youthful style.