Taylor Swift in Monique Lhuillier at “The Giver” New York Premiere

Posted on August 12, 2014

We want to give this a couple of unreserved thumbs-up because it’s pretty and it suits her so well (and because her last RC appearance left us decidedly underwhelmed), but Jesus Christ, Tay, those shoes? Really?


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Sure, shoes have always been a problem, possibly even the Number One problem, when it came to celebrity red carpet choices, but lately it feels like it’s gone completely off the scale. Beige, suede pumps with a dress like this? With a beige (of a different shade) skirt? Sure, red shoes would’ve been a cliche, but then again, she’s never been one to shy away from style cliches. Maybe the only way anyone could talk her out of going the too-expected red shoe route was to put her in these bland things.




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

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  • RescueMe23

    Her makeup is flawless. Love the look, but yes the shoes are tragic.

    • Monabel

      I can’t agree. “Makeup, where are you going with that face?”

      • smayper

        Yeah, it looks like a mask to me and gives me the creeps. Like she is perhaps a cyborg.

    • MM4321

      Someone needs to tell her that one day her eyes are going to get stuck in that side-eye position. It’s so affected I want to scream. She could write a new album in the time she spends practicing that pose.

  • Scimommy

    Not a fan of this look on her, especially the lower half. On the other hand, Kerry Washington would have rocked it back in her pregnant days.

    • Sobaika

      Or on any day.

      • Scimommy

        Very true. It’s just that the skirt makes me think that you could hide a bump under it when it’s still at that awkward early stage.

    • Mothra

      Oooo! Good call!

  • Why do people wear suede in August? Do their feet not smell bad enough already?

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      They (seasonally) go with her Holiday Barbie dress.

    • Sam Smith

      Everyone else is wearing suede these days, so I assume this is stylist directed. Otherwise, I think this is a lovely look.

      • marlie

        I hear my mother saying… “just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it right.”

        • alyce1213

          Marlie, that was MY mother!

          • marlie

            A lot of us probably have the same mother. 😛

    • alyce1213

      All the stylists must have gotten the memo to push suede ‘summer’ shoes. which have become quite the thing this year. I don’t get it. I adore suede, but not in the summer.

  • Beigest beige in the beigey land. I am sure she must be great to look at live, but just hearing her voice on the radio always makes me wonder whose station manager’s child got to sing on the radio and when will they ever tell them they need more chops…

    • stellavision

      First someone has to tell Katy Perry she can’t sing, then someone can tell TayTay she’s not a bad singer, but she’s not a good one either.

  • RussellH88

    It’s very simple and pretty, but I don’t know why you’d try to wear matching beige shoes, especially in suede.

  • @Biting Panda

    The bodice on the dress is giving her droopy boobs. The dress itself is mature and staid. The shoes are practically an “of course” at this point.
    Her face looks terrific, but I’m tired of her nonstyle hair style.

    • stonecoldcuddlewhore

      mature and staid to the max.

  • moppet

    A bit of randomness: I’d like to speak in support of her hair. I appreciate that she has always stuck to an ash-blonde shade that looks natural for her, and resisted what is apparently a hard-to-ignore swerve into harsh, lemon yellow shades like many of her blonde, blue-eyed sisters.

    • kmk05

      I think it must be close to her natural shade. I know she’s criticised aplenty, but I can’t ever recall that we complained her roots weren’t done (as opposed to the Fanning sisters, for example.).

      • marlie

        Yeah, it’s the cut and/or style that usually suck, not the color.

        • kmk05

          I want to say I have scraps of evidence because her eyebrows are a perfect match and not ridiculously filled in, but Hollywood can colour anything so we’ll all be left guessing.

          Maybe she has a hairdresser colourist under her bed.

          • marlie

            If there’s a colorist under her bed who’s THAT good (matching the eyebrows), she needs to loan that person to every single other ladystar who goes blonde.

          • kmk05

            Are you kidding? She probably has him trussed up and hogtied, to be wheeled out at an opportune moment at night (‘MINE! MY OWN! MY PRECIOUS.’). It must be why her cuts suck so much, the poor guy has no time to relax before he has to get cutting!

    • FibonacciSequins

      Does she dye her hair? If she does, she has a great colorist because it looks natural (to my untrained eye) and suits her complexion perfectly.

      • moppet

        She might not dye her hair — I haven’t paid enough attention to her look over the years to know, but the color she has, be it natural or enhanced, really works for her, imo.

    • fursa_saida

      I feel the same way about the hair.

      I think maybe some diamond stud earrings? Big ones, even. But dangly earrings I think mean she has to put the hair up and go even more old-fashioned and formal; right now she’s hanging onto a slight sense of breeziness with the dress (or she would be, if she were wearing sandals like a reasonable person).

      • moppet

        Good point. I can’t get past the feeling that something is missing, but I can’t quite figure out where I would put “something.” Lovely color palette, though.

        • Kitten Mittons

          This is where I’d deploy a kickass brooch, if it were me.

    • KinoEye

      Good point. I can’t stand her, but I’ve never quibbled about the hair (color, at least). That’s one of the most natural colors in celebrity land, though I’m willing to bet it’s at least slightly enhanced — highlights for dimension and all that. But whoever does it is a hair genius. The natural look isn’t easy.

    • gabbilevy

      The color is good, but the style is so stiff and oddly unbalanced.

      • Yes! I have no issues with her color, but style-wise I feel like she misses the mark more often than not.

    • MilaXX

      I like the color but dislike that it is so often flat ironed to hell and back.

  • kmk05

    She has the height to rock the runway shoes. Big mistake there, going for the suede. Love her face and hair from afar, but it looks decidedly caked on and baked on when coming closer, unfortunately.

    Still, a striking look.

  • Sarah

    She looks like a walking makeup palette. New, Dream Matte Riche Skirt! Poppy Passion Top! Oil-free Coverup Shoes!

    • kimmeister

      Nailed it.

  • FibonacciSequins

    The model’s shoes would have been so very much better. Ankles up, she looks lovely.

  • Anna

    It’s kind of weird now seeing her on a red carpet. At an event.

    This looks like something Allison Williams would wear, is Tay doing the New York socialite thing now?

    • Jacob Bowen

      Allison Williams WOULD wear this but it would absolutely do nothing for her…where I actually think this is perfect for Tweelor Swift

      • Anna

        It does work for Taylor, but I also see it working for Allison in a boring sort of way. It’s got that Park Avenue Princess look to it.

        • Jacob Bowen

          Boring being the key word to her appearance (except I saw an interview of her’s where I actually thought she was quite personable).

          • Anna

            Indeed, I base my judgements of her based on photos I’ve seen on T-Lo. She could be cool IRL, I’ve never seen her promote Girls and could only stomach a couple of episodes from Season 1.

  • Boulderista

    I don’t mind the shoes, she could do a lot worse, but I’d have preferred tasteful black patent sandals. Dangly earrings and a wrist cuff would’ve been a nice finish to the outfit.

  • littledamnhero

    Beige shoes for a beige girl.

  • Aidan B

    the shoes are definitely the biggest problem, but I dunno, am I the only one that thinks this look is reading a little too mature on her?

  • Wink

    She looks great, with the exception of the dull shoes. More importantly, she is attending an event… instead of aimlessly roaming the sidewalks of New York.

  • Capt. Renault

    The shoes, like the goggles, do nothing.

  • TM


    • demidaemon

      See comments on her “leaving the gym tour.” It’s her revenge against us.

      • TM

        Ugh, it’s still far too harsh a punishment. Taylor, your vengeful meanie.

  • teensmom99

    Her hair is a weird color–like the fake blond you’d often see in movies from the 1960s. Strange.

    • SewingSiren

      Ash blonde.

      • SusannaGA

        Yup, my head, too.

    • Sarah

      I dunno, my hair grows that color right out of my head.

  • Freynika

    Well, everything else about her is beige, so why not her shoes? That said, I do like the shape of the dress, especially the bodice, but I think it’s for someone more mature than her.

  • IAmJ

    Had she worn a slinky pair in navy, I’d be applauding from my desk right now.

  • Joey Melliza

    somehow this looks unfinished on Miss Tau

  • marlie

    The dress is pretty enough (though a tad bit boring), but it suits her. And her hair and makeup look good. But I have absolutely no idea who looked at those shoes and thought that they would work in the least bit. These are straight up everyday or office shoes matched with a formal dress/cocktail dress. AND they’re suede. In August. In NYC.

  • fiestyfashionfem

    I like the bodice and love the makeup – but damn that is some AquaNet hair right there.

  • papillon

    I wish she had done more with her hair.

  • PinkyK

    I think she looks pretty.

  • halleygee

    This looks so much like a bridesmaids dress to me, specifically one I’ve worn. I thought the skirt was pink until you guys pointed out its actual color.

    • andi56

      I would have been happy wearing this as a bridesmaid, considering the unfortunate choices in the late 1970s! ; )

      • halleygee

        I wore it in 1997 and it is the only one I actually kept for a while afterwards… never did wear it again, but it was very pretty considering the others I had worn. It ended up in my daughters “dress up” bin when they were little, so technically it was worn more than once!

        • andi56

          It takes a someone with innate elegance to carry this lovely dress off, and Taylor is too young and doesn’t have that “thing” to make it happen. She makes it look like she’s playing dress-up.
          1997 wouldn’t have been bad at all! What a bunch of us used to do with our old bridesmaids dresses is hold a “Bridesmaids from Hell” party on Halloween, and everyone could wear their ugliest dress. The ugliest, of course, won a prize. They were usually mint green gowns with butterfly capes. I think the prettiest one I had was sort of Grecian, and it always lost. : – /

  • decormaven

    Jewelry. Wear some. One dinky ring and ear studs are not enough for this level of evening dress.

  • Janet B

    The next time I see pretty/appropriate shoes, I’m going to overpraise the heck out of them.

  • JR Labrador

    “Beige Suede” is her drag name.

  • hughman


  • Coleen

    This is where you’d want to copy the model’s look, Tay Tay. Those red shoes are awesome.

  • smh4748

    What do we call the color of that skirt? Uncolor? Pasty girl foundation? Blech.

  • In_Stitches

    Would gold pumps have been smashing, or too distractingly heavy?

  • MilaXX

    It seems like if the shoes can no longer be bear traps of torture lady celebs they have to be the most out of season mismatched shoes possible.

  • Horrid dress. And even in the further away shots, you can tell she’s wearing ALL the makeup.

  • Coco Chanel

    I’m going to try to convince myself that she was being held at gunpoint when choosing those shoes

  • JulieTy

    I am sooooooooo tired of her.

  • OffToSeeHim

    I *hate* her hair. That heavy side bang is just AWFUL on her. I think she’s going for retro but doesn’t have the chops to pull it off.

    • VCR1

      I agree. It looks like a combover on her for some reason.

  • MoHub

    A gold metallic strappy sandal would have rocked!

    • Hermione

      Great call. I think the red shoes on the model are to die for (for me, anyway) but if she didn’t want to copy that, gold was the way to go.
      What’s up with the suede shoes on the RC and elsewhere this summer? I guess the fall stuff is out and the designers are flogging it and the stars are obliging.

  • conniemd

    Sort of a disappointing offering by Monique Lhuillier who usually offers up some really stunning gowns for women to wear.

  • ellabob

    Why does she always have that stupid look on her face when she poses? Somebody please explain why a fairly talent free woman has become so popular?

  • Constant Reader

    I like the dress, I just wish Taylor had styled it better — better shoes, some bigger earrings, maybe a jeweled cuff or something. She’s a pretty girl, but a plain dress without fab accessories reads “bland” on her. She just doesn’t have the chops to pull off a minimalist look.

  • cocohall

    I think she looks pretty flawless. I don’t even care about the shoes. They at least appear to fit her. The makeup is stunning and I think the simplicity of the cut is great on a tall girl like Taylor. I’m not a huge fan of Ms. Swift, but compared what she wore to the Teen Choice Awards, I have to applaud this. Princess Grace realness. You go, Tay Tay.

  • RoseJB

    The hair looks a little Donald Trumpy to me.

  • gitchygitchymama

    may the (mac) forcefield be with you. blah a nude silk skirt and a red tank w/ whanky armholes. nit!

  • I wash my hands of her. I simply can’t give her my energy anymore.

  • Kent Roby

    This would have been the time to break out some fun sassy red shoes to inject a bit of fun and youthfulness into the outfit. And someone needs to take the spackling knives away from her makeup artist.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Am I the only one who hates the dress? The bodice is fine. Nice, even. But the beigy-pink skirt clashes horribly and the random pleats add volume in the wrong places. That stiff fabric makes it look like a cross between a conference center tablecloth and a Jessica McClintock prom dress. YUCK.

  • bizarro

    I’m not a Taylor fan but I think she looks stunning, even with a few quibbles. I would definitely stop and look if I saw that girl at an event.

  • crash1212

    This is one of the time that copying the runway look exactly would’ve been a good idea. Those shoes on the model are beautiful and spot on without being boring. Tay’s head looks great.

  • Crystal

    Is the Taylor Swift reign of good hair coming to an end??????

    • PastryGoddess

      There was good hair? When?

  • Betty Craig

    Am I the only one that thinks it’s time for a spin off blog called “Oh my god, those shoes” ?

  • MaggieMae

    Her make-up is often flawless. Amazing.

  • majorbedhead

    Suede shoes in August. My feet are sweating just thinking about it.

    She looks so vapid with that mouth-partially-open thing that she does.

  • drdirection

    No one walks around with their mouth open like that.

  • vickilu

    Wouldn’t it be funny if she showed up to a thing like this in yoga pants and a tank top?

    “What? Isn’t this what we’re supposed to wear here? The gym? What are you talking about!”

  • Ashley

    The red is a flattering shade on her, but I can’t help but think “Target employee” when I see a red-and-beige combo like this one. I also don’t think the waist hits/fits quite properly.

    • kimmeister

      I avoid wearing red tops and tan bottoms for that exact reason, especially since I am a regular Target customer.

  • Judy_J

    The shoes on the model would have been a better choice. Cliché red, yes, but at least they have some style. Beige pumps are the oatmeal of shoes.

  • lilibetp

    It was 83 degrees in NYC yesterday. How she can bear to have suede shoes on her feet, I just don’t know.

  • SugarSnap108

    Beige suede is a bad shoe choice — anytime, anywhere, by anyone. They look old and dingy.

  • dulcinea86

    She probably forgot her other shoes, so she just pulled these out of her gym bag.

  • Hermione

    She just annoys the shit out of me. I don’t know her music or anything else about her. Everything I know about her I learned from this website. 🙂 But anyway–her bangs are annoying (the old ones and the new ones) as are her eye makeup (with the kind of narrow faux-intense gaze) and ever-flashy lips. She just looks like a paper doll cut-out, especially in the leaving-the-gym pics with the empty bags dangling from her forearm.

  • uprightcitizen

    There must have been something in the invitation about wearing red to this event. I get the idea of matching the shoes to the skirt, so that the only color is the top and her lips, and it’s monochromatic from the waist down. But not with suede pumps, which are not only the wrong season, but will always read as being more than one color. A strappy sandal in the exact same color as the skirt could have looked really sleek. I’m just delighted there’s no awkwardly-hanging empty purse draped on her arm, mannequin-style.

  • alyce1213

    I love dresses like this very much, so timeless and classic. She’s slim enough to wear that cutout armhole without bulge.
    Too bad she couldn’t get her hands on the model’s red shoes, they’re too interesting to be cliché and bring a lot to the dress.

  • Trickytrisha

    Nice dress. Not so nice shoes. But, holy cats… I’m so tired of those swept over, awkward bangs.

  • evave2

    I love love love the shoes on the model. Are those Lhuillier shoes too? Gosh, I want them.

    The clothes are ok. Lhuillier can make the right wearer so pretty. I think I liked the pink on Katie Holmes better than this pink (or would you call that blush?) but since I hated the back wings (reminded me of 1950s Loretta Young dresses, which she swirled out to “greet me” wearing) I mush prefer this look.

    She worked hard to match her lipstick to the top, I’ll give her that.

    The shoes just don’t punch up any interest for me.

  • She always looks like she’s going “huh?” Scroll through and you can almost see the thought balloons.

  • GemFemme

    Why do I feel the urge to throw a brick at her head whenever I see her?

    If I don’t look at her face then I like the dress. The shoes are a real yawn. The model’s shoes look so incredible with the dress.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I like the dress, and wish that Tay had found a way to steal the shoes that the runway model wore with this number. I flat out covet those shoes.

  • elzatelzabelz

    Her lipstick is perfect. I need that shade. I know we are supposed to dissect the outfit, but, that color is perfection.

  • macwell

    ANYTHING, but THOSE shoes. A heel like the one on the model, or even a white pump please. Thanks.

  • SoAnnaPropriate

    Donald-Trump-Level comb over. And her facial expressions just bug. The dress? Mkay.

  • livesarah

    At least red shoes a la the model would have had some drama. The beige pumps add some 70-year-old grandma.

  • MM4321

    My one and only complaint is the same one I always have with her: that very practiced “side eye” pose. She does it all the time and it’s SO affected.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Is it the color or the suede that is the problem with the shoe? I’m not sure what color would be best with his, if matching top and bottom dress colors is out.

  • I’ll give the shoes a pass, since everything else is so pretty.

  • Red top..LUV. Skirt portion….possibly…. but a bit contrived for all of it’s suggested free flowing silhouette….

  • EEKstl

    Why didn’t she just wear the shoes the model is wearing? It works, period, the end. I’m also not a pumps with long dress/skirt person. Otherwise, the dress is lovely and she looks good, which is the best you’re going to get from me as she is on my Irrational Hate List.

  • enchanted216

    I think she looks gorgeous, and I am okay with the shoes. The shoes on the model, however, are KILLER!! Those shoes would have made this look perfect, but then I suppose she’d be criticized for replicating the look exactly…

  • Jennifer Schiller

    It’s very pretty, I give her that, but she can wear this look 20 years from now. Why wear it to the premiere of her YA fantasy movie. Even for an old theater venue, this doesn’t seem quite right for the movie or her age.

  • DuBey2

    OK. I’m the oddball. I LOVE the shoes in this look. Especially in the last picture. Something about the colors of the skirt, her legs, and then the shoes just seems so flattering to me. Not wearing red (or gold) shoes just kept the emphasis on the interesting bodice and her face. Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought good fashion was supposed to flatter the face of the wearer. To me this is one of Taylor’s best ever. (disregarding the hair)