New Album, New Style! A Homage To Taylor Swift's Ever-Evolving Wardrobe

20 August 2014 by

Taylor Swift Style 1989 Album

Taylor Swift in yet another crop top and matching skirt set [Getty]

It truly is Taylor Swift's week. The songstress revealed a new album, album cover, song AND music video during a Yahoo live stream and within minutes, the news was trending worldwide. Taylor explained that the album, 1989, is inspired by '80s pop - Bowie, eat yer heart out. So does this mean we'll see her dressing more poptastic than ever?

Because we've long noticed that Taylor changes her style according to each album. Think of it as part of a marketing strategy, if you will. While Kate Middleton never puts a sartorial step wrong in her bid to appeal to the masses, so does T-Swiz. Indeed, during the grand announcement, the star addressed her oft-discussed wardrobe.

'As a songwriter and just as a person, I try to be really open to inspiration, whether I am walking down the street in New York and see someone wearing something cool, I am effected by those things,' she said. 'In the same way as you have to be vulnerable to new emotions and painful emotions and great emotions and let those things into your songwriting... I kind of let the same thing happen with fashion, and what you'll find is you'll experiment with things you weren't comfortable with before.' Bascially, she uses her outfits to reflect her new mood and that's something we can all relate to.

Whether it's heartbreak songs reflected by retro tea dresses or a new country track complemented by cowboy boots, Swifty sticks to a tried and tested recipe. It's a wonderful marketing strategy, no? May it never end. Like, ever. Take a look at the evidence for yourselves...

Taylor Swift - 2006

Taylor Swift Style 1989 Album

The style evolution began back in October 2006 when Taylor released her eponymous debut album shortly after signing her first record deal. Aged 15, she was the ultimate country star on the album cover complete with an angelic face and halo of Goldilocks curls. As she tackled the red carpets of the world, we saw her amping up her adorableness in babydoll dresses that were cute without going OTT. And nothing screams country darling better than a shimmering pair of cowboy boots.

Taylor Swift Style 1989 Album

Fearless - 2008

Taylor Swift Style 1989 Album

When Fearless came into our lives, Tay's mane of ringlets took centre stage for the cover. She started dating Joe Jonas and together, they were the ultimate squeaky clean teen couple. Her red carpet style was the perfect complement to her homecoming queen vibe: see the girlie floor-length dresses worthy of a school prom in Nashville.

Taylor Swift Style 1989 Album

Speak Now - 2010

Speak Now - 2010

By the time Taylor released her third album, Speak Now, she wasn't just embracing a sequin - she was positively drenching herself in them. Whether performing on stage or posing on a red carpet, the star couldn't get enough shiny, spangle, short dresses - after all, how better to complement the princessy twinkles on her album cover? You've got to admire that sartorial consistency. The sex kitten edge was also starting to emerge - by the end of the year, Taylor was dabbling in the world of poker-straight hair avec blonde fringe.

Taylor Swift Style 1989 Album

Red - 2012

Taylor Swift Style 1989 Album

Taylor's style matured with the release of her third album (essentially a homage to her Jake Gyllenhaal heartbreak, sob) and she thankfully escaped her sparkling style rut. Gone was the glitz and in its place was a super-preened retro style and a new boyf in the shape of Conor Kennedy. This time, she took the name of the album as wardrobe inspiration, naturally, trotting out an array of crimson-coloured tea-length frocks. The parade was accessorised by a slick of red lippy, side-swept locks and a collection of nude heels that K-Middy would be proud of.

Taylor Swift Style 1989 Album

1989 - 2014

Taylor Swift Style 1989 Album

Cut to today and 24-year-old Taylor has treated us to brand new cover art inspired by the '80s. The minimalist polaroid snap is quite a departure from the usual glossy fare and has already garnered comparisons to David Bowie. Of course, this calls for another style overhaul and the transformation is already underway. Whether Tay's coming out of the gym or hitting an awards show, we've seen a carefully constructed wardrobe in recent weeks. Her new ladylike uniform consists of crop tops and matching flared skirt sets, preferably accompanied by a supermodel BFF. Well, if you've got abs and legs a-go-go, why ever not? Welcome to the grown-up Swifty era!

Taylor Swift Style 1989 Album

See more of Taylor's excellent style hits in the gallery below...

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Taylor Swift wearing Top Shop in New York - 02 July 2014

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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