Taylor Swift in A.L.C. for “Manhattan Summer Sidewalk Tour ’14”

Posted on June 24, 2014

We had no idea Miss Tay was going to kick off a Summer14 Sidewalk Tour, but we wish she’d let us know ahead of time. We would have told her to go have a good long talk with Reese Witherspoon, who knows a thing or two about how to sashay through a parking lot wearing borrowed clothing and accessories.

Taylor-Swift-GOTS-ALC-Dolce-Gabbana-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Taylor Swift out and about in New York City in an A.L.C. white top paired with a Dolce&Gabbana ‘Sara’ shoulder bag.

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Because Reese would’ve taken one look at that obviously-empty purse she’s sporting and say “Pfft. Amateur. Would it kill you to carry a book around?”

We don’t mind the bent-elbow method of carrying a bag, but the whole point of it is to carry it in the crook of your arm with your forearm tilted upward so it doesn’t slide off. We don’t think we’ve ever seen someone carry a bag quite like this. If that weighed any more than a pound she’d be in pain after a half hour.

The outfit’s cute, but we don’t like the shoes or the bag. The former are okay, but we think they’d look better with jeans. The bag just looks totally granny to us. It makes us want to say “pocketbook” out loud, because saying “pocketbook” out loud is strangely satisfying. We propose turning it into a swear word, to replace “bullshit.” So when someone’s feeding you a line, you just say, “POCKETBOOK!” at them. Or maybe, “Quit pocketbooking me, dude!”

Okay, we seem to have wandered off a bit. To recap: Cute outfit, slightly off accessories, and she needs to remember to put a brick or something in an empty borrowed purse.  Also: call your Aunt Reese, dear.




[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews, Dolce&Gabbana, thedreslyn.com]

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  • Anna

    Her workout clothes are obviously in the purse.

    • Kitten Mittons

      soooooo…..empty, then……

      • Anna

        Maybe she has a kettleball or some hand weights in there…

        • Kitten Mittons

          Ha! Or smoothie coupons.

          • Anna


          • kimmeister

            Tay-Tay don’t need no coupons.

      • DebbieLovesShoes

        yes! haha

    • StarburstLady

      Awesome. But I seriously want it to be full of the packing material they put in display models to give them shape. It would make my day if she’s carrying around a bag full of tissue paper.

      • Anna

        Lol, yes! And it still had the silica “do not eat” packets.

        • kimmeister

          I know somebody who accidentally ate one once because it was in his protein powder!

          • Anna

            Did he survive? What actually happens if you accidentally eat one?

          • kimmeister

            As soon as he hit something pulpy in his protein shake and realized what it was, he freaked out and called the poison control center and did whatever they told him to do. He lived to tell the story to me. A few weeks later, I told him I had a snack for him and brought him a packet that was from a shoe box.

          • Anna

            Aw, well glad all’s well that ends well and he lived to tell the tale.

          • DuBey2

            I like your style

          • jay

            I googled this once because my dog ate one (they come in beef jerky and she is a thief) and it turns out the amount of them you’d have to eat in order for it to kill you is pretty astronomical, unless you choke on it or something.

          • Anna

            That makes sense. They come in my protein powder that I use too and I always have to be careful when I make breakfast smoothies early in the morning.

    • decormaven


  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    Pfft. As if Tay were America’s next goddamn motherfucking sweetheart.

    • wisenhar


    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Wow! What do you REALLY think?

  • For the record, my New York born and bred mother still to this day refers to her purse as her pokka-book.
    Considering she’s 68, the fact that hers is more stylish that the one Taylor is presenting is saying something.
    (And that is her presenting the purse. She is not carrying it.)

    • MarissaLG

      I’m New York born and bred and not 68 (not quite) and yeah, pokka-book is absolutely my go-to term.

    • Thomas

      I used to say “pocket-puss” when I was a little kid. My mom thought it was adorable.

    • kimmeister

      When my New Yorker friend moved to California in 2001, she was constantly talking about pocketbook, stockings, and the expressway. We all said, “you mean your purse, nylons, and the freeway?”

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        And here’s the UK version: handbag, stockings/tights, motorway.

        • Sarah

          The (US) South: bag, pantyhose, highway.

          • wisenhar

            The Yooper version: bag (pronounced “baig”), hose (pronounced “whose”), and road (pronounced “rood”)

          • kimmeister

            Whoa, I have never heard of the term Yooper until right this second. You call high speed interstates “roads”? That’s the kind of thoroughfare I was talking about.

          • wisenhar

            There are no high speed interstates in the U.P.

          • kimmeister

            Uh . . . what’s the U.P.?

          • wisenhar

            Upper Penninsula of Michigan – the land of the Yooper

        • tallgirl1204

          purse, pantyhose. interstate. But I’m not sure if that’s Florida, South Carolina or Minnesota talking… moved too much.

        • Western Maryland, so a combo of West VA and Pittsburgh: Pocketbook, Pantyhose, Highway

      • Michele Morningstar

        (Eastern) Canadian version: purse, tights, highway. This is fun!

        • kimmeister

          We have tights too, they’re just thicker than nylons. We also have highways (defined by their occasional intersections) but we also call them freeways if the speed limit is over 55 mph or so. Plus, they’re free, no constant tolls like on the East Coast!

      • Dorothy & Michael n/a

        I only know one person who said pocketbook – my friend Karen who grew up in West Virginia. She’s turning 60 in about 2 weeks.

        • majorbedhead

          I say pocketbook. I hate the word purse (almost as much as I hate the word moist) and in New England, everyone calls them pocketbooks. And I’m not 60.

      • kerryev

        This is my favorite exchange of the day.

    • Glam Dixie

      My adorable teenaged cashier at Chik-fil-a told me the other day that he loved my pocketbook, lol.

    • I wish she was carrying it straight armed in front of her to really present it. Well, I make myself laugh.

      • Kimbolina

        Or perhaps on a silver platter to really show it off.

        • Holding it a la Price is Right: in one hand as if on a platter, up next to her face, while smiling, nodding at it or the photographer, and making gestures with the other hand, sometimes tapping it or running a finger along an edge.

  • thecitysleeps

    *restraining myself* Cute top.

  • Lori

    I have no idea what made her think those shoes went with shorts. Also, am I the only one who hates her hair like this? I tried to give it a chance, but I hate it.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      But she needs her hair like that to Single White Female Karlie Kloss.

      I hope her BFF next week has waist-length dreads, just to see what kind of hoops Taylor will jump through.

      • Lori


        Lawd, this child. So annoying.

    • sugarkane105

      Her hairstyle makes me IRRATIONALLY IRRITATED. Each time I see her, I am dying to reach through the screen and gather it out of her face into a ponytail. Just the thought of that much hair SWOOPING forward onto my skin irks me. RAGE.

      • Lori

        This is why I can’t wear bangs. Having a bunch of hair touching my face makes me crazy. I often like them on other people, but not on me. And not these, because they’re awful.

      • Ragnarockette

        I also just think the color is somewhat mousy. She’s a gosh-darn celebrity (and a country star, at that!) she needs to take it about 3 shades lighter and brighter, and stop with the grandpa sweaters and grandma purses.

      • Kimbolina

        The 3rd pic side view where we can really see how deep her part is…. Parts that deep will never not make me think of combovers. There’s almost a Donald Trump vibe…

  • If you’re in New England it’s “pockabook”.

    • Carleenml

      I’m in New England and it’s purse. Maybe it’s even more regional than that or maybe we just switched over at some point along the way. I think my mom still says pocketbook.

  • @Biting Panda

    Uncles, clearly all that gym time had buffed up her forearms. Her curls are satchel based units of measure.

    • sugarkane105

      Seriously though, what is she doing with all that gym time? Cuz it ain’t squats.

      • @Biting Panda

        Wicker baskets, sweetie.

      • @Biting Panda

        Re ETA
        OF course. No shamming. Less obviously toned and defined muscles then one might expect after so much time at the gym? Possibly. But who am I to question her time management.

  • nomoreprinces

    I think it’s the shoes combined with the way she’s caught mid-walk in the first photo but I’m getting a whole newborn colt vibe.

  • hughman

    Invizable Bracelet Model.

    • kimmeister

      Have ever seen the Invisible Window Installation lolcat? It’s one of my favorites.

      • Sarah

        I have just looked that up. That’s a very clever interpretation of that scene! Hehe Tradesmen Catz.

  • Mothra

    I totally didn’t recognize her without her signature lip color. Also those shoes. Icky. It they were black I would swear they were my irish grandmother’s brogues.

    • makeityourself

      In black, nun shoes.

  • Thomas

    I will say, girl’s got some gams on her.

  • FibonacciSequins

    I like the bag, although not with that outfit. Don’t like the shoes. Has she never carried a bag on her arm before? What’s with that fist clench? Awkward.

  • PinkyK

    She’s such a douche…. A rare female of the species.

  • Kitten Mittons

    I love the clothes, especially those shorts. And if my legs looked like that, I’d wear them all the time. Purse is eh, I dislike but don’t hate the shoes.

    When she carries her purse like that, she gives herself perma- Mr. Burns wrists. I know I’ve mentioned before that when I jog, my wrists do this, so I understand. It happens mostly when I get tired/dehydrated, which is when Mr. Smithers gives me a piggy-back ride home.

    • WendyD


      • Kitten Mittons

        All my likes to you

  • Glam Dixie

    The shoes are actually pretty cute but they sure don’t read summer and they don’t go with shorts, my daughter would rock the heck out of them with some skinny jeans and a cute sweater in the appropriate season. I don’t know why it’s so hard for celebs to grasp the concept of seasonally appropriate. Yesterday it was suede shoes. sigh

    • smayper

      I agree and I want to try some like that in the fall. I hope I can find ones that don’t hurt my fussy feet.

      • Glam Dixie

        And that don’t cost a mortgage payment.

    • Janet B

      The green suede shoes would go well with today’s purse.

      eta: and a Fall outfit.

  • boweryboy

    Is she going crazy? The other day she was wandering around in an OdlR dress picking flowers like a wealthy escapee from Bellevue. Either that or this is some brilliant performance art.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I think she actually arrived at Crazy a long, long time ago.

      • demidaemon

        Well, her delusions were the first symptom, and that appeared AGES ago.

  • I think the purse is cute, if old-fashioned. But how does it even occur to someone to carry a purse like that?

  • kimmeister

    I have no problem with any of the individual pieces she is sporting. In fact, I even love her bag and think it would look fabulous with my outfit today. Unfortunately, none of the things she’s wearing particularly go with any of the other things (except perhaps the blouse and cardigan). Or wait, are those attached?

    • Wink

      If her blouse and cardigan are attached AND she’s carrying a pocketbook, she must be 70 years old! (Also, wearing great pieces that don’t really go together is becoming a thing. All of the celebs are doing it, and it needs to stop. Now.)

  • jilly_d

    I’m a Tay-Tay hater, but I kind of….love this outfit. *ducks*

  • semirose

    I LOVE those shoes but then I’m a huge sucker for oxfords. And I love everything about this look except the purse, pretty sure I have all the much lower end pieces to replicate if I wanted to.

    That’s where my purses end up when I’m just running from my car into work or when I pull it up from the crook a bit to get something out. It’s more her wrist position that I find odd. You’d expect in or up, down doesn’t really feel as natural.

    • kimmeister

      They are a spectacularly cute pair, and she’s not pairing them with black like she has in the past.

      Her hand position is totally weird. It’s like she’s showing an invisible ink stamp from a club, or is extending her hand so people can kiss her ring.

  • imspinningaround

    Re: first photo

    That is the nastiest side-eye I’ve seen in a month. Jeez, that look could strip paint off a boat’s hull.

  • BLauDGaspode

    I seem to remember this shoes on an earlier walking tour in the fall or winter… Or was it just another pair almost exactly the same?

    • kimmeister

      It looks like the same pair that was featured her on April 24. But, in looking over her other sidewalk tour pictures, she has several other pairs of brown oxfords.

  • shuaib

    Her legs though

  • mjude

    I do like the shoes but for summer? I think not. as for the way she is carrying the purse, it looks stupid.

  • smayer

    She brings out the 80s euphemisms in me: Gag me with a spoon!

  • If she got a pixie cut, she could slam out some really gorgeous androgynous looks. Which is why she’ll probably never get a pixie cut…

    • Kitten Mittons

      And even if it looks terrible, then we can snark as it grows out again.

    • @Biting Panda

      I want her to give me blonde Katherine Moenning.

    • Audrey Lee

      Completely agree. Tay with a pixie cut in a pantsuit (it could even be white!) on the red carpet would slaaaayyy.

  • NeteH

    I want those shoes with my jeans! But what are they? Does anybone know?

  • MartyBellerMask

    You must be teaching me well, because my first thought was, “Empty purse? Amateur move…”

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    The shoes are DARLING.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I love the purse, but I do trend towards matronly.

  • dashwoodstole

    I love that outfit though, probably because I could totally pull it off. Shoes would be good with something else, but they are not something to end a lot of leg with. Laughing so much about the bag, you are completely correct. Looks like someone’s photoshopped it onto her.

  • marlie

    That’s the weirdest “check out my borrowed purse” look I’ve ever seen. Her outfit is cute, though I’d ditch the jacket, but as usual, Tay drops the ball with the accessories. That’s a grandpa pocketbook if I’ve ever seen one, and I’m still not a fan of those shoes.

  • smh4748

    This made me laugh. I’ve never seen anyone look so awkward carrying a purse! Maybe this is what all of the “Taylor at the gym” things are really about–hold the purse awkwardly on your arm, and feel the burn! Rock some lipstick, while burning some calories and toning. 😉

    I like the outfit though. Age appropriate casual wear. Not bad.

  • numenah

    I wore those shoes with a suede mini skirt and tights in the fall of 1973.

    • Sara__B

      I loved those shoes! I wore mine with high-waisted wide-legged pants, a great belt, and tucked- in blouses.

  • Alexa42

    Two days of stankfoot (stankbrogue?) in a row? I hope one of these aimless walks ends up at the nail salon. Girl must need a pedi stat.

  • Danielle


  • joancarol

    Taylor Swift takes her legs for a walk in NYC.

  • bunnydiet

    The purse and shoes should not have joined her on her walk.

  • lunchcoma

    That’s how Barbies and paper dolls carry purses. It looks like it would be uncomfortable for an actual person.

    • Carleenml

      I just love that you thought of that! too true.

  • Lily

    At least she didn’t wear the thigh high stockings this time.

  • suzq

    What is she doing with my mom’s purse from 1973?

  • EveEve

    Almost makes me wonder why we haven’t seen Miley out on the street lately. Almost.

  • Little_Olive

    Oh, I… Actually like the pb. I find it much less old lady than the the little ones she tends to favor. The way she’s carrying it though… Tsk, Tay. Are you getting ready for having your hand slapped by D&G for your lack of naturality?

    Cute outfit, but the shoes don’t go.

    That said, I covet her legs. Sorry.

  • Terri Terri

    Yes, she should’ve weighted down that Pocketbook with a nice BIllfold.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName


    • Shawn EH

      Hot Bald Handler is the best accessory.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Her sidewalk tour bag is larger than her gym bag? Reese would never make such a rookie mistake.

  • frannyprof

    She’s holding an imaginary shopping bag in her hand.

  • MilaXX

    Cute outfit ruined by granny purse & shoes. She needs to learn how to accessorize

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    She’s so full of pocketbook.

  • I cannot with that gal’s legs. Can I borrow an inch or two of them? She can spare it…

  • surfergirl70

    She looks like she is trying. so. hard. Which is why none of it works.

  • That bag is hideous, it’s the color of liverwurst! I love the shoes and want them for myself. Those shorts are the shortest. They look ridiculous with her primly buttoned top and shapeless cardigan. Cognitive dissonance. I always find shorts with heels tacky. Yes, that includes “formal shorts.”

    • makeityourself

      I think the uncles were quite generous in calling a pair of raspberry cotton shorts, a rectangular navy cardigan and a buttoned up office blouse circa 1989 an “outfit.”

  • Lynn Novak

    That is a really strange was to carry a bag. Maybe she’s trying to show off the purse and her rings at the same time.

  • Lex

    Taylor’s Daily Sidewalk Tour posts are officially my new favorite T&L posts. Soo funny! Never stop, gentlemen.

    • Carleenml

      I don’t want to see her but I do come for the comments. Bitter Kittens are queens of the bons mots.

  • gitchygitchymama

    she looks great for 40!

  • decormaven

    Is she holding the leash of her imaginary dog? Auntie Reese definitely needs to help this poor child on How To Feature the Bag.

  • dschubba

    She really loves those shoes, huh?

  • alyce1213

    I’m okay with everything but the pocketbook. Those legs . . .
    Her brother is a very cute accessory.

  • KT

    It’s Tool Time, everybody!

  • Man Dala

    I suppose you need a ‘daily’ entry in “The Taylor Diaries”, but this little “Sex & The City” daily walk routine is getting boring. Enough.

  • vicki

    looks like her granny’s purse.

  • LeelaST

    That was my Grammie’s term “pocketbook.” To this day it makes me giggle.

  • conniemd

    I don’t know why it’s called a “shoulder bag” with a short shoulder strap, because if she carried it on our shoulder, she wouldn’t be able to give it the celebrity show off. The purse handles and shape look exactly like grandma’s pocketbook – not to mention the poop looking color.

  • Annmarie Kane

    She has officially eclipsed Reese in the Pap Walk; obnoxiously obvious and annoying Division Finals. Slow clap.

  • Tina M.

    Gosh, Taylor, try harder, why don’t you—oh wait, that’s literally impossible. And looks like the entourage is taking up the whole sidewalk, too. Girl, you better hope no one with places to go crosses your path, because you will be SHOULDERED out the WAY.


  • demidaemon

    Cute outfit, per usual. Hate the shoes. Bag carrying style is dumb.

    Reese did it better and first, girl. You are out of your league.

  • MissKimP

    QEII called. She wants her purse back. 🙂

  • Paula Pertile

    Thanks – I need a new swearword. Pocket! Book! might just work.

    So, if there’s nothing in her purse, where is all her stuff? Is there another handler there in the background with her lipgloss and comb and black card or whatever she carries?

  • JP

    I love the shoes, but not with that outfit.

    Queen Elizabeth called; she wants her POCKETBOOK back.

  • spacestation

    I cannot stand her taste in shoes. I hate that low-cut vamp she always goes for– it just hits so awkwardly on the foot. Why are you so afraid of having a shoe that comes up to your ankle, Taylor? Your legs are plenty long, it won’t cut them off.

  • DuBey2

    The bag just looks totally granny to us. It makes us want to say “pocketbook” out loud, because saying “pocketbook” out loud is strangely satisfying. We propose turning it into a swear word, to replace “bullshit.” So when someone’s feeding you a line, you just say, “POCKETBOOK!” at them. Or maybe, “Quit pocketbooking me, dude!”

    LOVE every word. You guys are on an incredible roll.

  • LorrainePromo

    Maybe she’s has some candy in that purse, just like my grandma. Women of a certain age wouldn’t be caught dead with that purse.

  • Just Me

    When I first saw this picture, my immediate reaction was” “Amateur! Mama Reese does it soooo much better!” and then I read the post. *sniff* I feel so proud of myself for anticipating what the Uncles would say.

  • stubbornthoughts

    It bothers me she buttoned the top button of a shirt that doesn’t seem to mean to have its top button buttoned.

    Thus, commences this edition of buttoning.

  • LadyVimes

    I’m much more interested in her tall, shapely, male accessory. Woof.

  • Oh, for the love of fuck, girl. Give us all a rest. The only saving grace is T&L’s commentary. Love you guys. I think we’re on the same page, although I think I may be more vitriolic because this TayTay Tour is a sham for all mankind to see.

  • quiltrx

    The metal frame is giving strong pocketbook vibes. I’m with you, Uncles.
    I do like those shoes, but…”Shoes, that is NOT your outfit.”

  • GeoDiva

    If you are going to get paid carrying a handbag, then let it be a cute one. That D&G bag is UGLY.

  • TigerLaverada

    That pocketbook is a most unfortunate shade of brown, in addition to being about as anti-stylish as a pocketbook can get. Clothes look OK. She looks self-conscious trying too hard to look casual — “Just walking down the avenue smiling to myself… What? Are those photographers? Who would have thought?”

  • largishbearishAtlish

    LOVE the bearded handler!!! more shots of him- WOOF!

    and love the ‘why look! photographers! how ever did y’all get here??’ (as if she hadn’t personally called her publicist an hour before to make sure they WERE there, as her stylist laid out her outfit and the hair and make-up team did their thing…

    Is she going into acting now?

  • The purse arm’s hand looks like it’s holding an invisible cane.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Lol This is POCKETBOOK Tay!

  • Sadie-Ann

    I wish the shorts were a little longer. Something about them paired with jacket makes it look slightly unbalanced.

  • SistaT

    OMG, “pocketbook” is what my grandmother calls both a purse and a vagina, which has made for some weird conversations over the years.

  • RescueMe23

    I think there’s cold, hard cash in that bag and she’s laughing all the way to the bank.

  • mdcoon127

    the purse and shoes are fall/winter – not summer in NYC

  • Carleenml

    I had to scroll back up to see the arm pose. Just more proof that being a celebrity does not equal being a model. That is just so sad and ridiculous looking.

  • FancyPhilly

    Is she wearing makeup on her legs? Or is it photoshopped? It looks like she walked through a car wash of makeup.

  • MightyMarshal

    At first I thought she had a sweater over her top, but now I think it might just be the top that has color blocking to look like a sweater? I like it overall, I think. I dig the granny purse because I dig granny purses in general. I just don’t love the proportions of that top with those shorts.

  • formerlyAnon

    Cosign all the Uncles’ compliments and criticisms. 100%

  • NinjaCate

    Umm… I like her hair?
    Also, I TOTALLY didn’t notice she was toting the purse weirdly, and now it’s bugging the SHIT out of me.

  • Mailbtch

    Wow, the purse toting bugs so much! I carry my bag on the crook of my arm when I want to feel fancy (Chillin’ in the lap of luxury! Who needs a free arm? Where is my tiny fancy dog?), but she just looks ridiculous.

  • lalahartma

    Love the shoes! I would like to see more of them.

  • golden_valley

    Queen Elizabeth wants her bag back.

  • lbee

    Meh to the dental hygienist jacket. And all that buttoned up (except not? is she missing a button?) business on top combined with skimpy shorts. And agreed on the purse. I love the shoes, though they don’t go with any of the rest. Try again, Tay.

  • Columbinia

    I dunno. To me it looks like a librarian took off her skirt and replaced it with a pair of hooker shorts for the walk home.

  • Heather

    That is totally a Margaret Thatcher purse.

  • Amel

    All of her outfits, if lined up, are just like a lookbook of young twenty-somethings trying to straddle the line between cute/professional and hipster. It’s so consistent it approaches boring

  • ktr33

    She loves her sexy librarian shoes. Those shorts don’t look like “fashion” shorts, they look like soccer-mom-with-nice-legs shorts. Not quite gym shorts, but like Lands End or something.

  • LOVE the shoes.

  • JynxTheCat

    Not since Hilary Duff have caps gone so wrong.