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Ranking Taylor Swift Eras by Aesthetic

It took me a dozen “Which Taylor Swift Era Fits You” quizzes for me to realize how invested I am in the many fashions of Taylor Swift.

Regarding the albums, I like evermore the most and Speak Now the least.

My feelings differ concerning the eras’ fashions.

Let’s talk clothes.

THE WORST: Taylor Swift

Taylor’s self-titled album shows fairy-themed fiction’s intense influence on 2000’s female fashion.

The cover of Taylor Swift's self-titled album. Image from Flickr.

At the time, all teen girls (myself included) dressed like cover models for Avalon: Web of Magic.

Taylor Swift, a teen girl herself in 2006, wore tunics over jeans.

It was a rough time.

8. folklore

I get “J. Crew ad” vibes from the folklore promotional photos.

A woman wearing a striped shirt, sunglasses, and red pants. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
Make this photo black-and-white and you’ve got the folklore aesthetic

I like the vibe and everything.

I, however, am not much for stripes.

You could make the case that the folklore outfits are “simple” or have “clean lines.”

Sounds like code for “plain.”

7. Fearless

Fearless came out during the Hannah Montana era of country-pop, a time when female country singers were expected to pull off glittery sheath dresses, fringe, and cowboy boots.

Taylor somehow made this look work.

Taylor Swift performing on the Fearless tour. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

I look at the Fearless-era styles (including the Elizabethan “Love Story” dress) and am almost convinced I could pull them off myself.

Instead, I put on Doc Martens and a button down and call it a day.

6. Speak Now

During the Speak Now period, Taylor wore ’50s-style dresses in bright jewel tones.

Taylor Swift performing in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

I, a person who rarely wears dresses, would happily purchase all of them.

I want to sit in an enchanted forest underneath some fairy lights while wearing a sparkly gown.

Speak Now might sound like nails on a chalkboard, but its aesthetics are divine.

5. evermore

I’m not convinced I ACTUALLY like the styles of this era; it might just be FOMO.

Cottagecore is cool now and I want to participate!

I want to sit in a field wearing a chunky sweater over a gauzy white dress!

I want to frolic in a meadow like Anakin and Padme in Attack of the Clones!

I want to rock a plaid overcoat like a beleagured detective!

Christa Vogel modeling a plaid coat and scarf in 1958. Image from Flickr.
Christa Vogel promoting evermore fashion in 1958

The evermore era has almost convinced me to quit my job and move to an isolated cottage.

I haven’t done this…yet.

4. 1989

I’ve finally come around to the1989-era fashions.

Taylor Swift performing in Detroit on 5/30/15. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

This era consisted of sleek styles, crop tops, and preppy staples.

Taylor rocked a blunt Bisexual Bob.

I wasn’t into it before but I am now.

3. Lover

I started this post thinking Lover would make the top spot.

I love the outfits from the famed Lover photoshoot. I also could never wear any of them.

Pastels wash me out and I feel like a lumbering giant whenever I wear soft colors.

A baby blue car driving from a soft pink area to a baby blue area. Image from Pxfuel.
Still obsessed with this aesthetic, though

The brightly colored Lover concert outfits are more in line with what I actually wear…during Pride month.

In conclusion, I like Lover’s style enough to leave room for it at the back of my closet.

2. reputation

My wardrobe is largely black and gray with a few pops of color.

I, sadly, lack the confidence to wear hooded sequined bodysuits or snakeskin.

Therefore, the reputation-era fashions represent my dream aesthetic.

Taylor Swift performing in 2018. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Every look from this era slays.

Every. Single. One.

That being said, there is one era that tops it.

THE BEST: Red

This is the era where Taylor went full White Stripes with her aesthetic.

The outfits were simple, the color scheme was consistent, and the overall look was stellar.

Taylor Swift performing in 2013. Image from Wikimedia commons.

I’M NOT USUALLY A HIGH-WAISTED SHORTS person, yet HERE I AM FAWNING OVER BLACK HIGH-WAISTED SHORTS.

And the RED GUITAR??

These are looks that never go out of style.

All hail Red.

Right now I’m wearing a work t-shirt and khaki shorts like a gorram homosexual.

Might I one day switch to lacy blouses and high-waisted shorts?

Anything’s possible!

Tell me your favorite Taylor Swift fashion era.

Fight on behalf of Taylor Swift and Fearless if you must.

6 thoughts on “Ranking Taylor Swift Eras by Aesthetic”

  1. Ah! I loved this! You know I’ve never thought about what Taylor aesthetic is because like you, I don’t think I could ever pull off the look. I’m a very simple person with my jeans and t-shirt look most days. I’m going to advocate for stripes… because I like stripes – which may sound boring but I do like them and I think I pull them off well. I agree with you though, the Red era had a great style!

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    1. I can see stripes for you, that makes a lot of sense! There’s a famous striped Taylor outfit that isn’t associated with any era – that’s what I’m picturing. Stripes are good sometimes!

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      1. Why thank you! 😊
        Oh, I don’t think I know this outfit, or maybe I do and I just can’t recall it (and yes I did just try to google it 😅 ) but I’m still not sure which one you’re talking about, but I think Taylor looks good in stripes!

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      2. I also tried to google this outfit that I could SWEAR I’d seen while working on the post and now I can’t find it. Maybe it never existed? Anyway, Queen Taylor, Queen of Stripes!

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