Everyone Wants to Be: Taylor Swift Leaving the Gym

Posted on June 16, 2014

This is such a “Be Me or Do Me” Bingo moment that we wondered whether we should just feature it on our book site instead of our front page.

But we’re whores, so front page it is.

Taylor-Swift-GOTS-NYC-MINKPINK-Romper-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Taylor Swift spotted leaving the gym in New York City in a MINKPINK ‘See The World’ romper paired with a black heart-shaped shoulder bag and strappy peep-toe heels.

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Taylor-Swift-GOTS-NYC-MINKPINK-Romper-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)MINKPINK ‘See The World’ Crepe Romper

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Love your gym bag, girl! You must work out in really tiny clothes, hunh? And those shoes apparently.

We don’t know about the practicality of this outfit for post-workout – actually, that’s a lie. It’s terrible for your protein shake afterglow moment, but it’s certainly perfect for your “facing a wall of people your publicist ensured would be there” one. Attagirl, Tay. A perfectly image-managed moment. Everyone wants to be you, Taylor Swift.

Also, your look is kinda cute, except for the bra, which makes it look a little trashy from the back.




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

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  • Scimommy

    I don’t know. I don’t want to be her OR do her. Is there something wrong with me, doctor?

    • Carleenml

      I’ll join you. It’s so sad looking to me. Girl wearing lingerie gets photographed. Okay.

      • Carleenml

        p.s. “spotted leaving the gym” is a scream.

      • evave2

        It just looks weird. I get out of the gym and I look like I BEEN TO THE GYM. She went inside and had a sauna and a massage. No workout involved.

    • I’ll third that, I’m deeply underwhelmed by this entire getup.

      • CakesOnAPlane

        Seriously! I didn’t even notice the bra, I was just fixated on the back view, wondering how on earth that garment could make tiny Tay look wide and flat in the rear???

        • caroline

          It gives her the mom-jeans butt in the worst way.

          • demidaemon

            YES. THIS. Not good at all.

    • Anna

      Nothing wrong with that at all. I wouldn’t mind earning what she does, but that’s about it.

    • gayle

      I am completely with you on this one. In all of these photo ops she looks like she is playing a character so I am not sure how we can want to be her when I am not sure who she actually is…

    • Stella Zawistowski

      I neither want to be nor do a grownup in a romper. Let’s have a drink.

      • sagecreek

        Bottoms up!

        • butterflysunita

          She’s wearing a romper and her bra is showing. Let’s all have a drink together.

      • Danielle

        I want to get in on this action.

        • sugarkane105

          I think we need to rent out an entire pub to accommodate all the similarly-minded Bitter Kittens in this case.

          • Carleenml

            srsly, who looks at this and wants to “be her?” I don’t get it.

          • Danielle

            I’ll be the DD, I’m on virgin cocktails until December.

          • sugarkane105

            Taking one for the team!

          • Scimommy


          • EveEve

            I’ll have what you’re not having.

          • Stella Zawistowski

            Can we call said pub the Romperless Room?

          • formerlyAnon


          • smayper

            Brilliant. And I will come and join the bitterness, made so much sweeter by the wit and taste of the company!

          • formerlyAnon

            Small stadium, darling.

    • lunchcoma

      Nor do I. If I ever do start wanting to be the woman who wears heels and lipstick on my way out of the gym, I hope someone intervenes.

      • MilaXX

        I’ve done it on the rare occasion I had an appointment closely afterwards.

        • Carleenml

          I’m hoping you wore slightly more than above.

          • EveEve

            Sure. Lots of women leave the gym and then go strait to work. But not usually in teensy rompers with the back of the bra in full view. Usually we carry totes to hold all our work-stuff, lunch stuff, etc., plus we don’t have limo picking us up, so we often wear sneakers to the office and change into our (expensive, delicate, ruined-by-sidewalk shit) heels there.

          • Carleenml

            Yes, my point. BTDT

      • KC

        Okay maybe I’m weird, but I find these responses confusing. A lot of women go to the gym in the morning, right? And if you belong to a gym that isn’t close to your house wouldn’t get you get dressed at the gym? So if you’re going to work and you wear heels and makeup to work wouldn’t you end up leaving the gym dressed up? My friend does it all the time because her job is right next to her gym and she has to get dressed up for work.

        • lunchcoma

          I’m imagining an implicit exception for women who are simply dressed to go to the place that they have to go after the gym, whether that be work (I’ve done that myself while working out on my lunch hour) or something else.

          But there’s another sort of person who leaves the gym that way because she can’t ever be seen looking casual, even when the situation merits it. What Swiftie is doing is a lot closer to the second than the first.

          • KC

            I understand, but I don’t quite understand the annoyance. I just don’t see it as much different from any other celebrity walking down the street wearing high end clothing and holding their purse or bag in a way so you can see the label. She’s a celebrity, part of her job is to be photographed looking good. You know?

          • “I just don’t see it as much different from any other celebrity walking down the street wearing high end clothing and holding their purse or bag in a way so you can see the label.”

            And we make fun of that kind of thing all the time on here. Why would we not do it in this case?

          • KC

            You guys (TLo) acknowledge that its silly and that celebs do it all the time. But people in the comments seem to be furious that she’s doing this. Like some people are just really angry and nasty about it. I just don’t think this is as serious a case as some other celebs, so I’m not sure why people are so appalled. Maybe its just specifically her and if it had been Jennifer Lawrence people would be a bit more forgiving?

          • They’re just venting about a celebrity they don’t like. Nothing wrong with that.

          • EveEve

            Not angry, just looking for an excuse to guffaw (and this one works as well as any) and to go out for a virtual drink with like-minded BKs.

          • lunchcoma

            Part of her job is to put on this kind of performance, I agree. My objection is primarily that she isn’t doing a very good job of it. When these set up street shots work well, it’s easier for people to forget that they’re staged. When they’re done badly, the artifice is very obvious and it’s annoying and easy to mock (I think you’re seeing more mocking than fury here). And of course, people’s reaction to both the celebrity and to the fashion play a role in how much manipulation they’ll tolerate.

        • marlie

          And most people don’t have a publicist call the paparazzi to let them know what time someone is leaving the gym.

    • Sarah

      Put me in that club. I never want to be the girl who has to take off her entire outfit just to pee.

    • decormaven

      I want to cash her checks. That’s it.

    • Kent Roby

      I’m firmly in the “Never want to hear of her again” category.

    • TigerLaverada

      I’m no doctor nor do I play one on TV, but I’d diagnose you as not wanting to look coy and at the same time ridiculous in public. Unlike T Swift, who seems to suffer from this condition big time.

  • Shawn EH

    Ugh, she’s horrible. Competing with Gwyn-Pal on the irrational hate list.

    • girliecue

      Those two are on my Rational Hate List. I know exactly why they make me go “Eww!” and I feel perfectly justified in not wanting to invite them to lunch ever. The romper is cute, though.

    • Danielle

      Both Taylor and Gwynnie are card-carrying, lifetime members of my Rational Hate List.

    • Thomas

      Goop says the most stupid, out of touch things though. I can’t recall my eyes rolling as much over anything Taylor has said. Though her smirk does bug. And I’ve heard that in real life she’s actually one of the mean girls that she writes about and lambasts. I can totally see it, but those are unverified rumors.

      • Shawn EH

        Not if you watched her and Selena Gomez at the last MTV Video Music awards. They were shooting the stink eye all over the place!

        • Thomas

          Eh Rihanna does the same. As long as you’re not booing, it doesn’t bother me.

          • Shawn EH

            Rihanna actually has talent, though ….

          • Thomas

            I agree that Rihanna has talent, but Taylor has talent as well. Taylor can’t really sing, but she writes her own songs. I wasn’t crazy about the teeny bopper pop stuff on her last album, but a lot of her songs are pretty well written with lots of details and personal anecdotes that tell a story or set the mood and place. She’s not Joni Mitchell or Carole King, but to say that she doesn’t have talent is to be in denial.

          • Shawn EH

            “Can’t really sing” is kind of a big thing for a singer, though!

          • Thomas

            It’s kind of par for the course these days though. Look at Britney Spears, Katy Perry, etc. At least Taylor writes her own songs. That’s all I’m saying.

          • Shawn EH

            Point taken.

          • TigerLaverada

            She wouldn’t be a singer in the days before Autotune. Not in public, anyway.

          • Shawn EH

            To me, her Saturday Night Live debut was worse than Ashley Simpson’s!

      • demidaemon

        I have mixed feeling about Taylor. I think she’s actually quite a talented musician and I really like some of her music. On the other hand, her public persona bugs so much that sometimes it is hard to get past, unlike GOOP, whose public persona has overtaken so much of who she is that it is all I can see and I heartily hate it.

    • marlie

      Tay is definitely on my list, but I don’t think anyone can unseat Gwynnie from the #1 spot.

  • kimmeister

    ‘See the World’ romper? I guess Taylor’s ladybits are the world now?

  • Seriously – she’s so self aware of what she’s doing. She walks out of the gym like that? Fuck her. Seriously.

    • KC

      You’re surprised that a celebrity who is constantly photographed in a world where tabloids and paparazzi rag on anyone who doesn’t look 100% perfect all the time comes out of the gym trying to look perfect? Its clearly fake, but its not that surprising.

      • I totally understand what you are saying and you are correct. But I can’t stand her.

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  • theblondette

    She looks pretty, but honestly, this is just SO set up that it’s ludicrous. I know, I know, these candid shots usually are set up, but normally they have a vague air of realism to them. Someone holds an expensive gym bag, or a shopping bag, or appears to have bought a coffee like a regular joe. This is just nonsense.

    • lunchcoma

      Some suspension of disbelief is necessary. Jessica Alba with perfect skin, an updo that’s no messier than most hairstyles on the red carpet, yoga pants and a tank top? Sure, I’ll pretend that she was just working out. Reese in her country club clothes on her parking lot tour? Fine, maybe she stopped somewhere on her way to a garden party. This? It’s just insulting.

      • theblondette

        Exactly! If you’re going to set up a shot like this, you’re doing it to reinforce your celebrity brand. What kind of message are we meant to be getting here about Taylor Swift? Nothing good.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    “It’s vulgar!*

    *Day Five of finding a suitable Singin’ in the Rain quote for a TLo post.

  • Anna

    This looks inter-changeable with the shots of her leaving her apartment. I’ve only been to NYC once so I can’t say I’m overly familiar with the gyms there, none of the gyms I’ve ever been to look like that.

  • kimmeister

    On a side note, I just went over to the book’s bingo page and was delightfully flabbergasted at the recent Gwyneth entry. Goodness gracious!

  • Glam Dixie

    Hate the saggy romper and her sad hair cut.

    • Introspective

      what haircut?

      • Glam Dixie


  • BlairBear

    I don’t always leave the gym but when I do I do it in a walking home this morning in last nights clothes outfit. “Personal training” huh Tay

  • CO Gal

    She either put an Undetectable Extension charm a la Hermione Granger on that handbag or she works out like that. Either way, so irritating.

  • Sarah

    She looks like a grade schooler with an overactive pituitary gland and her mom’s shoes.

    • kimmeister

      Her mom’s shoes from the early 70’s that are inexplicably back in style.

      • Sarah

        Really! She needs a Stevie Knicks dress with those shoes, and some legwarmers.

        • demidaemon

          I don’t want to transpose my Stevie onto Taylor. It will be too much for my little heart!

          • Sarah

            Totally. She’s like the Aphrodite to Taylor’s Ortrera. No contest.

  • lynnlee

    I don’t know. Rompers are just so dum on grown women and wearing one with heels looks like little girl playing dress-up.

  • Kara Keenan

    Sorry, but I HATE rompers. Hate them.

  • rkdgal

    Am I the only one who wants her to liven up her hair color? Props for keeping it natural (or so it seems), Tay, but a few honey highlights would really perk up your complexion and whole look, frankly. I can even tell you which Nice ‘n’ Easy box to get.

    • Clere Norrey

      The color of her hair has always bothered me. Ash blah.

    • Valerie Dunbar Jones

      I was wondering if her stylist dyes it with actual dishwater, so I agree. I have to say, though, kittens, the comments are getting kinda rough here. Either you like the outfit or you don’t, or you like her music or you don’t, but much of the rest of the conversation appears to be veering into vicious. We’re better than that, right? Maybe she was leaving the gym after signing up for a new membership, not working out. She seems happy with herself, what’s wrong with that?

  • tallgirl1204

    It’s not working for me (and I love Tay-Tay, sad to say from this middle-aged hippie). I just don’t believe that she believes in this outfit; it all looks too calculated. And the romper does NOT flatter her (tiny little) butt, which is never something anyone wants to hear.

  • Kristina Sadowski

    From the back, it looks like she’s wearing a diaper that needs to be changed. :/

    This is gonna be a nope for me. I don’t want to be her…as I type this in my gym sweatpants and baseball shirt.

  • Anna

    Tay looks like she’s about the bust out a tap dance.

    • Wink

      “… five, six, seven, eight!”

  • melanie0866

    I don’t ever want to be an adult woman in a shortie romper, even if it is black and shows my bra.

  • Get your best summer PR-boost EVER in just 7 days by following Taylor Swift’s sweat-proof workout!

    Begin warmup by stretching the romper. Use caution and prepare with a black bra in case excessive strength is applied.
    12 reps of waterproof eyeliner for the perfect cat/winged look, each eye.
    2 sets of red matte lipstick.
    Wear heels to stretch out your calves.
    Avoid heavy accessories.
    Keep your back straight, but chin down. Avert your eyes from the camera.

    Repeat using various twee-modifications. Please consult your management team before attempting this routine.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    her shoes make me think “tap dance recital.”

    • Lori

      Yup. They’re a good match for that stupid romper, which makes me think that same thing.

  • Coleslaw McGraw

    Meh. I’m so sick of that lip color. And if you have staff to carry your gym bag and clothes then you can damn well work out at home.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Do those photographers never think to hang out around the back door of the gym? Like maybe 5 minutes before she told them she’d be exiting at the front door?

  • Danielle

    She looks so refreshed. Sitting for an hour at the juice bar will do that to you, I guess.

  • juniper

    This pj set is so cute!! oh….she’s on a street, with heels on and not doing a boudoir shoot? oops.

    seriously people. put some clothes on occasionally.

  • nannypoo

    Hate this haircut.

  • fnarf

    The gym. Riiiiiiight.

  • thecitysleeps

    I don’t want to be her! I just wanna punch her in the face.

  • MannahattaMamma

    nononononononononono. You simply cannot validate the Romper. And especially not the Romper-with-heels. She looks like she’s wearing Olive Oyl’s underwear.

  • prisma

    The word “romper” triggers some sort of rage in me, unless a child under 5 is being discussed.

  • MilaXX

    Nope, once again she fails to stick the landing. The romper calls for a more casual shoe. A wedge, ballet flat, or eleven this meds she was hawking a while back. I can live with seeing a bit of a bra strap, but not as much as Taylor is showing from the back.

  • AmeliaEve

    “Oh no! The star has laryngitis? Gosh, I’ve only been understudying her role for a week — I’m fresh out of the chorus. But if you really need me, Mr. Ziegfeld, I’ll get out there on stage and give it my best! After all, the show must go on.”

  • trisker

    Lingerie on the street with tap shoes. Tacky to me.

  • Wink

    “Oh, my goodness. All of these people are out here to see me? Really? I had no idea! Honestly!”

  • alyce1213

    I usually like her street looks for one reason or another, but there’s nothing I like about this.
    Send it to Reese to wear in a parking lot with golden sandals and a giant handbag.

  • I heard from the shady fairy that she goes to the gym, does not work out, but goes for the pap shots exiting;

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Makes sense. She clearly stays in shape, but why risk someone taking an unflattering picture of her actually working out? She can afford the equipment at home. Just go to catch the paps so she can have them document that she’s health-conscious. Yeah.

      • …there’s now a special place in hell for me, according to Tay Sway, for not helping another woman.

        Room for many more.

  • Why do they even bother calling these appearances “leaving the gym”?

    • decormaven

      Because it’s better than “shameless self-promotion.”

      • Still, they could call it “goes shopping” or “on her way to get a smoothie” or something.

        • decormaven

          “Going to the gym” sounds so healthy and purposeful. It all is a bunch of twaddle, as you sagely note.

          • Going to the gym would make more sense for this appearance than leaving the gym.

  • doodley

    I firmly believe that heart-shaped purses are only for those whose ages are in single digits. Same with rompers.

  • Gatto Nero

    Droopy romper, visible bra, inappropriate ’40s-style shoes, heart-shaped bag.
    That’s four strikes.

    • Carleenml

      that side-eye pose of hers. strike 5 times infinity.

  • ojosazules


  • BuffaloBarbara

    I’m guessing she has a person somewhere to carry her smelly sneakers for her. That’s the only way I can make it work. I’m not in the “want to be” category for someone wearing a romper, but then, I’m not really her fanbase, so she’s not trying to impress me.

  • frannyprof

    NONONONONONONONO. NO. ROMPERS. ON. ANYONE. OVER. THE. AGE. OF. TEN. I don’t care if it’s designer. Rompers made of loose fabric immediately give the wearer a floppy vagina-crotch. Not a good look on anyone. And, I don’t care what anyone says, romper are not now, nor will they ever be, formalwear (in other words: no rompers on the RC).

    • Guest

      That’s funny.

  • Lower L

    I am anti-romper. So vehemently so, in fact, that last week when I saw my 2-and-a-half-year-old niece wearing one, my immediate (unspoken) reaction was “Ugh, a romper? That makes her look like a… Oh, wait.”

    • alyce1213

      That’s very funny.

  • Lilah

    I want her lipstick. Apparently I’m wanting a lot of things today. I just don’t know that it would look good on me.

  • Lily

    All I can think of, this level of celeb takes a shower in a public bathroom at the gym? Huh.

    • livesarah

      That’s how you know it’s a PR stunt. Tay can afford her own gym. And who puts on that much makeup to leave the gym unless they are going straight to work? And who goes to work wearing a short romper and heels? Unless your ‘work’ is getting papped…

  • Kitten Mittons

    I like TayTay, and I do like the romper, but I can’t defend the rest of this. Hate that purse, and the shoes. Her smug look in that first picture is pretty hilarious.

  • RescueMe23

    I would be constantly adjusting myself in something that short. I don’t want to be her – but I’ll take her money.

  • Trishington

    A short list of to-dos for Miss Swift: 1) eat a sandwich at least once a week, 2) put on some friggin’ grown-up clothing, 3) fix your hair, and 4) go away. Not necessarily in that order.

    • Glammie

      I don’t think she’s someone who doesn’t eat. She’s a tall woman, so there’s room to distribute the calories. I don’t mind looking at her either. Her music, on the other hand . . . she get props for staying on top and writing her own stuff, but I don’t want to listen to it. Never, ever.

    • Don’t make “eat a sandwich” comments. You’ll get banned from the comments section if you do.

  • Leigh David

    Peggy: “It was GRAND of you to come!”

  • FibonacciSequins

    Does she have hair and makeup people on call at this “gym”?

    I like this romper from the front/side, not from the back. So many great shoes today!

  • crash1212

    Perfect shoes for this romper. Seriously. I cannot believe I just typed that sentence.

  • LadyVimes

    Oh god. The smug. I need to shower.
    (Can I steal her shoes?)

    • LadyVimes

      Also, do celebrities pick their promenade and stick to it? Reese did grocery stores, Tay is doing the gym. Can we do a deep analysis of what this says about their image choices?
      (Tay is one of those people who I assume never needs to go to the gym to look the way she does, so it just seems like her image completely clashes with her promenade of choice.)

  • lalahartma

    Terrible case of diaper butt.

  • demidaemon

    It’s a f*****g romper. And one that gives her a saggy rear. That’s pretty much a NO in my book.

  • She looks like a Miss Hannigan flashback.

  • teensmom99

    They should make a rule that those are the only style shoes to wear with a romper.

  • DuBey2

    I don’t think Black is her color. Nor is gray hair.

  • Man Dala

    I guess she has an assistant who wasn’t part of the photo to carry her gym bag with her actual gym clothes?

  • veronicafish

    No. Just no. A romper and those heels? And the bra in the back? Uncles, have you been hittin’ the sauce out on Fire Island?

    • Did everyone completely miss the sarcasm in this post?

      • veronicafish

        Haaa! Glad I wasn’t the only. Forgive me, dear Uncle T and dear Uncle L. I shall prostrate myself before you shall I ever have the chance. (And that’s not sarcasm!)

      • Ahhhh. I didn’t think you were usually being tongue-in-cheek when you title a post “Everyone Wants to Be…”

  • Corinne Bourgoin


  • JP

    The GYM? What did she do, have a massage?

    • boweryboy

      Or give one? *rimshot*

  • marlie


    Whew. And I hate the visible bra from the back.

    • smh4748


  • OffToSeeHim

    How much does that romper cost? How much do you wanna bet it’s over $500?

    • It’s actually “only” $75 (I was curious). But that’s still too much for a viscose onesie.

  • quiltrx

    Shoes and bag are absolutely adorbs. But I can’t sign off on lingerie as streetwear, especially when it’s giving the saggy-ass.

  • boweryboy

    Simply ridiculous. All of it. Her too.

  • fiddlecub

    I think she looks cute 🙁 I’m sorry to all the BKs! Should I feel bad?

  • uprightcitizen

    I’m with the underwhelmed set. It seems so childish on a grown woman, especially with heels. There’s no sophistication to it, and the fact that the shorts are so long in the back makes it seem even more immature. Una LaMarche used to rail on rompers … the fact that designers like to give women garments that require them to get completely undressed just to go to the bathroom. I know that would annoy the crap out of any man.

  • Columbinia

    She can make some pretty bad items look nearly decent. Yes, I mean the romper. And the rest of it.

  • kmk05

    I think the heels are a little strange with it, because the romper is too casual. But I love her hair (the cut, definitely not the colour!) and the bag is cute. I wouldn’t actually mind the bra straps if she wasn’t wearing the heels: that’s what’s making this look veer slightly into trashy, methinks.

    OUT (even though you didn’t ask, Uncles!). It’s the wrong faux-casual: outfit too casual and feet not enough.

  • R.A.

    The “Taylor Swift leaving the gym” series is my absolute favourite. I like to imagine her entering in one outfit, doing a single sit up, then heading back to the change room, changing into another outfit, and spending 2 hours re-applying her red lipstick.

  • gitchygitchymama

    Is she a contestant from Rupauls Drag race? Who is this drag queen?

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t love or hate anything here but that first look is so awesomely “BE ME” that I have to give props to our little fake gym rat/fame whore. She is growing on me….

  • were her hair and makeup team hiding in the locker room? i was gonna let it slide til i saw the last shot, but eeeewww……that’s just gross.
    p.s. fire your hairdresser.

  • LeelaST

    Ridiculous look from top to bottom. Who (or whom?) is she kidding with this getup?

  • judybrowni

    I hate rompers with the fire of a thousand suns, but she is kinda cute from the front.

  • seventeenwest

    I’m late to the party commenting here, but she looks like she’s going out for a night of tap dancing.

  • smayper

    NO VISIBLE BRA STRAPS!!!! Stop with that nonsense immediately. Are partially showing slips and undone zippers next? (tsk-ing furiously).