With multiple genres, nine albums, and the first female artist to win Album of The Year at the Grammy's three times, no one's doing it like Taylor Swift. We've seen her as a country icon, a lovable fish-out-of-water dancer during her 1989 era, a kickbutt zombie, and now a cottagecore queen. Taylor has come a long way from the country music princess she once was, and her move into pop (and now alternative folk-pop), Tay has jumped genres and updated her image with half a dozen transformations that has turned her into the poster child for quarter-life sophistication. In honor of today's Red (Taylor's Version) release, check out these five role model-worthy ways you can reboot your style just like Taylor Swift.
Be Cool With Who You Were
Taylor's evolution from teen to adult was less of a rebellion and more of a growth. She told Elle in her 2015 cover story: “I'm not going to sit there and say, 'Oh, I wish I hadn't had corkscrew-curly hair and worn cowboy boots and sundresses to awards shows when I was 17; I wish I hadn't gone through that fairy-tale phase where I just wanted to wear princess dresses to awards shows every single time.' Because I made those choices. I did that. It was part of me growing up."
If you're feeling like it's time for a major change, don't write off the person you were in the past in pursuit of a new version of yourself. Every version is wonderful!
It's All About Balance
Taylor has always been a master at pairing pieces that go together seamlessly. Plus, she doesn't just understand proportions and layering when it comes to dressing for the day, she also picks structured pieces to give her outfits a more elegant feel.
Pair tighter pieces with loose outerwear, like bodycon dresses with oversized coats, or mix tees and sneakers with upscale skirts or pants to combine aesthetics.
Stay Consistent...Without Getting Bored
We've seen Taylor grow from sundresses to literal ballgowns to edgy leotards, but that doesn't mean she hasn't maintained consistency. Even during her Reputation era, when it seemed she was most "off brand," she still had elements of romantic, feminine flair. Glittery costumes, a bold lip, and pearl-encrusted outerwear have all played a part in Taylor ever-changing aesthetic.
Maybe your style has gotten more casual over the last two years (and honestly, same), but maybe you can opt for the glittery sweatpants instead of the gray terrycloth ones. Or this winter, if you're wearing a bridesmaid dress that's not exactly your vibe, maybe you can dress it up with a leather jacket and edgy clutch that will look just as good with your favorite pair of jeans.
Adopt a Versatile Beauty Look
Taylor Swift is a classic kind of gal, so it makes sense that after the she landed on bright red lips as signature beauty look. Not only is a red pucker feminine, powerful and sophisticated all at one, but it's one of those wear with anything kind of colors that dresses up jeans and a tee, puts the final bombshell touch on an evening dress and you know, never goes out of style. Keeping an arsenal of your go-to beauty favorites means you'll always have something that goes with your outfits.
Add a Vintage Touch
Tay's secret weapon for keeping it classy 24/7? Incorporating trends from the '50s and '60s into her everyday looks — boatneck top here, pin-up shorts there. Those subtle additions will help refine your outfit in an instant too. Don't feel pressure to stay boxed into touches from only one decade — fashion is what you want! Mix looks until you find something that makes you feel like you.
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Featured image via Taylor Swift/UMG (on behalf of TS/Republic)/SOLAR Music Rights Management
Additional reporting from Chloe Williams.
This post has been updated.
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