07 April 2014 by

Fashion Jury: Taylor Swift Ups The Sex Appeal At The ACM Awards

Taylor attended the ACM awards last night in a J. Mendel sexy crop top and slashed skirt combo (Getty)

Taylor Swift may have left the ACM (American Country Music Awards FYI) empty handed last night, but the singer certainly took home the price for ‘The Best Sexy Over/Bringing Sexy Back’. Wearing a J.Mendel white cut-out crop top with a floor length skirt with a snazzy split up the side, Tay-Tay marked another moment in her progression from teeny popper to red carpet vixen. Naturally with a statement of this magnitude we had to decode the dress and stage a fashion jury. Here is what Josh Newis-Smith and Hannah Almassi from our fashion team thought of Taylor’s apparel….

Josh Newis-Smith says...

Watch out! It turns out that Harry Styles might not have been the one who was trouble when he walked in… perhaps it was Taylor all along! Where are the floral dresses, the varsity jackets and the high waisted shorts? It appears that Tay-Tay has taken a Swift detour from her old dressing routes. Of course this is not a sudden departure for the guitar playing, song writing power house, we have seen various Tay does racy numbers of late. It’s great to see the teen hero blossom into a fully-fledged female feline and this crop top and skirt number is another mark of her style transformation. Unlike certain other female singers, who shall not be named, Taylor has tackled sexy with a side helping of demure, in order to not make a meal of it. The carefully placed cut out details and the sharp accessories marry together to create monochrome magic. Top marks for resisting the urge to do the Angelina leg out of the split move babes and the slight bed hair wave tops everything off nicely. Rest assured team it’s not all change, the signature red lip is still going strong.

Despite the sexy over the singer didn't ditch the signature red lip (Getty)

Hannah Almassi says...

Tay Tay goes sex-ay! It’s not the first time we’ve seen the country and western cutie err on the Victoria’s Secret side of sass-tacular. In fact, since she performed on the ultra-famous VS runway earlier this season, there’s been a noticeable – if incremental – shift in Swifty’s style. Let’s not forget, the girl is growin’ up, so her choices – both on and off the red carpet – are bound to be in flux. Right now she’s harnessing her incredible looks and body and employing them to their full potential; there aren’t many others who could pull off this white crop top, black thigh-slitted combination and still manage to look so approachable. There a confident swagger to her strut, but that said, I would’ve really enjoyed to see a little less refined perfection. Did the retro Hollywood hair need to be so set in place? Would a vampy scarlet lip have been a little cooler than peachy pink? Did she need a clutch bag? When in doubt, one must think: ‘What would Rihanna do?’ And therein lies the solution.

Taylor undertook a sass-tacular split from her old look last night (Getty)

Take a trip through the Taylor Swift archive to see how the singer's look has transformed in the gallery below...

Taylor Swift at The Weinstein Company's Academy Award party - March 1, 2014

Taylor Swift seen arriving at the after party for Saturday Night Live - April 13, 2014

Taylor Swift at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - April 6, 2014

Taylor Swift at the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala - May 5, 2014

Taylor Swift arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California

Taylor Swift attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

Taylor Swift attends the Clive Davis And The Recording Academy's 2014 Pre-GRAMMY Gala at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

Taylor Swift arrives at the 2014 InStyle And Warner Bros. 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

Taylor Swift attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

Taylor Swift arrives at Kensington Palace for the Centrepoint Winter Whites Gala on November 26, 2013 in London, England

Taylor Swift arrives at the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles

Taylor Swift attends the Weinstein Company's holiday party at RivaBella on November 21, 2013 in West Hollywood, California

Taylor Swift attends the 47th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee

Taylor Swift Honored As 2013 Songwriter/Artist Of The Year By The Nashville Songwriters Association International on October 13, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee

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Taylor Swift in Reem Acra at Romeo And Juliet premiere, LA – 24 September 2013

Taylor Swift at Met Gala - 6 May 2013

Taylor Swift in Hervé Léger By Max Azria at the MTV VMAs - 25 August 2013

Taylor Swift in Emilio Pucci at The Fragrance Foundation Awards, New York - 12 June 2013

Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad at the Billboard Music Awards - 19 May 2013

Taylor Swift in Dolce & Gabbana at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - April 2013

Taylor Swift in J Mendel at Grammy Awards - February 2013

Taylor Swift in Elie Saab at NRJ Music Awards 2013, Cannes - January 2013

Taylor Swift at 40 Principales Awards, Madrid - January 2013

Taylor Swift in Ralph Lauren at People's Choice Awards - January 2013

Taylor Swift at the Jingle Ball 2012 - 7 December 2012

Taylor Swift at the ARIA Awards in Sydney - 29 November 2012

Taylor Swift at the ABC Studios in New York - 22 October 2012

Taylor Swift at the CMA Awards - 1 November 2012

Taylor Swift at Westfield Shopping Centre in London - 6 November 2012

Taylor Swift at the CMA Awards Show in Nashville - 1 November 2012

Taylor Swift leaving her hotel in Londo - 4 October 2012

Taylor Swift wearing J Mendel at the MTV VMAs in Los Angeles - 6 September 2012

Taylor Swift on The US X Factor - 15 November 2012

Taylor Swift in New York - December 2012

Taylor Swift at the Ripple of Hope Gala in Oscar de la Renta - December 2012

Taylor Swift turning on the lights at Westfield - November 2012

Taylor Swift performing at the MTV EMAs - November 2012

Taylor Swift at the MTV EMAs in J Mendel - November 2012

Taylor Swift at her Red CD launch party - October 2012

Taylor Swift at the Radio 1 Teen Awards - October 2012

Taylor Swift at the Kiis FM Jungle Ball in Kate Spade - December 2012

Taylor Swift shopping in NYC - September 2012

Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Awards - September 2012

Taylor Swift cycling in New York - August 2012

Taylor Swift at Grammy Awards - January 2010

Taylor Swift at the BBC teen awards in Reiss - November 2010

Taylor Swift at the CMAs - 2007

Taylor Swift on the CW11 Morning Show - March 2007

Taylor Swift at the 41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - May 2006


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