10 Smart Style Lessons We Can Learn From Taylor Swift
There’s a lot a girl can learn from Taylor Swift, like how to stay strong when an ex wants you back, and that being 22 is confusing but not bad. She’s already the moral icon of the decade, and now we’re adding style star to the list. We’ve compiled 10 of our favorite fashion lessons to learn from Taylor Swift, so turn up the tunes and get to shopping.
We all learned the color wheel in elementary school, and now it's time to put that knowledge to good use. Complementary colors, like Taylor's gold and purple, make an outfit pop. So next time you're looking to layer up, skip the classic black cardigan—though we love those, too—and grab a complementary color.
Black on Black on Black
We know the girl loves her color, but damn—all black looks good. Take note of the way Taylor plays up the weight of each item to keep the monochromatic look interesting. A pop of bright red lipstick gives the look a sexy edge.
T-Swift might be the queen of tomboy chic, or at least we're crowning her for this look. We love how she pairs an oversized chambray shirt with scalloped khaki shorts and adds matching-color knee-high socks and a pork pie hat. Knee-high socks and boots are a great alternative to tights for covering up on cool fall and spring days.
Bright coats ruled street style last winter, and they're here to stay. T-Swift's teal jacket brightens the whole look, plus it complements her blue-and-red color palette perfectly. Look for blues and pinks to stay on trend this season.
If you haven't seen T-Swift rock a killer ladylike dress, where have you been? Girl's dresses are always in the perfect shape made from the perfect fabric. We're loving the Talavera tile-inspired cutouts of this look for spring. Pair with a cat eye and red lipstick for the ultimate femme style.
Prep School Cool
Taylor makes us wish we were required to wear a uniform in school with her chic spin on the prepster look. Avoid looking stuffy by playing with proportions. Pair some caramel-colored skinnies with a lightweight chambray or cotton shirt and a tailored navy jacket. Roll up your sleeves, throw on some heels and apply a plum lipstick for an A+ in style.
Retro trends are making a comeback: '90s grunge, '60s silhouettes, '70s wide-leg pants. Taylor's knee-length wrap dress and perfectly pinned bob duo reference the 1940s, and we kind of feel like Noah Calhoun might have been cropped out of this photo. Keep the look modern with fun prints and a current shape.
Keep a miniskirt day-appropriate with fuller shapes, like T-Swift's A-line skater number, and a casual tee. Taylor pairs hers with jewel-toned heeled loafers, but we wouldn't blame you if you skipped the heels and opted for a cute pair of sneakers or flats.
Whether your style is casual, tomboy, girly, punk, or anything else, it's fun to glam out sometimes. Taylor Swift really amps up her style whenever we see her on the red carpet. Sequins, cutouts, skintight, minis—we've seen it all from our girl. So take note and go all out every once in a while.