Saturday, May 18, 2013

Style icon: Taylor Swift

Photo by jazills

I'll admit it. I'm a Taylor Swift apologist. She's obsessed with boys. She always makes herself the victim. She's a bad feminist. Look, I KNOW, okay? I KNOW.

But damn it if her music isn't catchy and sometimes she just gets it SO right with her songs and my feelings, that I have no problem admitting at 25 that I love her.

But look, let's get it out of the way, there are things about her that are obnoxious. Namely:
1) She's lacking in enough self-awareness to sing exhibit A, B and C and follow it up with "Better Than Revenge," (wherein she sings about the girl who stole her boyfriend) without batting an eye.

2) She couldn't take a joke and, according to Vanity Fair, suggested Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who are living goddesses) are going to hell.

3) That overly earnest VMAs performance where she played part of the footage of Kanye West grabbing the mic out of her hands on a TV screen before she sang "Innocent" barefoot. Also, before Kanye came out and performed "Runaway," which includes the unapologetic lyrics, "let's have a toast for the douchebags."

4) She likes to shit on her mom's intelligence. (Okay, this point may not be entirely fair, but every time I hear the following lyrics I want to roll my eyes).

"It's the age of princesses and pirate ships/And the seven dwarfs/And Daddy's smart/And you're the prettiest lady in the whole wide world"--from "The Best Day"

The entire song is a sweet ode to her mom, but the whole "men are brainy and women have the looks" is so archaic it hurts.Why can't you recognize your mom for her brains too, Taylor?!

Also, this: "He's close to my mother/Talks business with my father"--from "The Way I Loved You"

What does that even mean? Are they both in the steel business? Do they talk over cigars and brandy? Whatever it is, naturally he wouldn't be talking about it with the mother.. because, gah, like that bitch would understand.

Oh, and also this: "He's got his mother's eyes, his father's ambition/I wonder if he knows how much I miss him"--from "Superman"

Ugh, Taylor. Just, UGH. 

5) And okay, all the other complaints--like how she never recognizes herself as the problem--that don't bother me because I listen to her to commiserate, and when it comes to complaining about boys, she has it in the bag.

But can we talk about where she doesn't fail, ever?

Her clothes. Homegirl kills it every time she steps out at an awards show.

Granted, I wish she'd mix her colors up a little more (she pretty much sticks to the basics--red, white and black, with a bunch of off-white thrown in for good measure), but her Red album has been nothing but awesome for her red-carpet style. And I'm not sure anyone has recently rocked bright red lips quite as well.  

At the same time, her everyday style has gotten so twee (Refer here). Knit sweaters with animals on them? Check. Oxfords? Check. Peter-pan collars? Refer to last picture, and check. Yes, even illusion peter pan collars.

I'd make fun of her if it didn't mirror my own style so painfully.

It should also be noted her hair has come a long way. I know she was famous for her ringlets, but I always thought they were too "done" looking, too uniform. She looks awesome with bangs and her new style just makes her face look sharper.

And I love how despite the twee every day clothes she wears, she's gone for much more adult styles like plunging necklines and backs (done classily, naturally, since she is Taylor Fucking Swift) and tight minidresses.

She's come a long way from the seemingly endless supply of sparkly dresses she used to show up in at every damn award show.

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