We chart Taylor Swift's style evolution from cowboy boots and shimmer to sleek squad leader.
From the girl-next-door country star to one of the world’s leading music icons, Taylor Swift’s career has changed just as much as her style – and dare we say, boyfriends too.
When Swifty broke onto the music scene with her eponymous debut album back in 2006, she was the teenagiest teenager imaginable. She was 16 years, singing about unrequited high school love and her wardrobe comprised of junior prom style dresses, cowboy boots and curls, lots and lots of curls.
Fast-forward a few years (and we mean, literally a few), and her style has evolved into that of a sleek, all-American icon. The hair has been lobbed off and died peroxide blonde to perfectly complement her new power wardrobe that earns her spot on many a best dressed list.
The former Marie Claire cover star is no stranger to the red carpet – she’s been a fixture at music award ceremonies since her late teens – so it’s no surprise that she’s honed a much-loved polished style that’s contemporary as it is sassy. Think thigh-high splits, bedazzling cocktail dresses and super sleek Oscars-worthy gowns.
For upping her glam game, she now calls on the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Gucci or Carolina Herrera – switching between fairytale floor-length gowns or sassy mini dresses.
By day, she’s gone from her country roots via her preppy Harry Styles days full of stripes, dungarees and brogues, and into her latest incarnation of typical twenty-something staples, relying on a mix of cropped tops and coordinating skirts, playsuits and La denim-meets-New York sportswear and tailoring.
We’ve been able to see her grow up right before our eyes – from her career breakthrough as a16-year-old country star into a full-blown pop icon.
Click through to chart her styles hits through the years.
First up, here’s Taylor Swift in a gorgeous patterned maxi dress, out and about in New York during Fashion Week.
First up, Taylor went for a 90s vibe to attend The 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards, opting for this slip-style dress, complete with cool choker and a punchy pink lip.
Taylor wore Frame Denim ripped black skinny jeans for a lunch date with models Lily Aldridge and Behati Prinsloo.
Wearing a black Isabel Marant mini-dress with sky-high ankle boots.
Wowing in a low-cut Alexandre Vauthier gown at the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party.
Colouring blocking like a pro in a sweeping Atelier Versace and bandeau top.
Taylor revealed a toned midriff in an Ashish crop top and matching trousers at the MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles.
Taylor goes boho for a New York summer in a floaty Free People pink dress.
We would love to look this good after a long haul flight. Bravo Taylor.
Out for lunch with model of the moment Gigi Hadid, Taylor demonstrated her own model-esque legs in retro-style high-waisted shorts and striped top.
For a hot date with boyfriend Calvin Harris, Taylor rocked the dunagree trend, pairing it with a cropped white tee for maximum cool points.
Taylor does high-street in a Zara top and 50s-style River Island shorts.
Joining Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain gang in a white jumpsuit that certainly brought her luck – she won more Billboard awards than any other artist ever.
Taylor Swift stole the show in a black Kaufman Franco number for the iHeartRadio Awards.
Taylor looked stunning at the Brit Awards 2015 in a Roberto Cavalli black red chiffon gown with an eye-catching dragon motif.
Wearing a pale, pastel light blue sleeveless Azzaro dress to celebrate the 40th anniversary of SNL, Taylor cemented her style icon status.
Causing a style stir at the Grammy Awards 2015, again in a sweeping Elie Saab blue gown.
Taylor kept things playful in an Osman jumpsuit for a pre-Grammy party.
Miss Swift wrapped up against the New York cold in vintage look plaid coat by Finders Keepers.
She’s everyone’s favourite gal pal, and is the head of the biggest girl squad in LA, so it’s no surprise that Taylor Swift is an in-demand godmother as well.
Oscar de la Renta and Taylor Swift are a dream combination as the singer demonstrates in this 1950s-style monochrome dress.
Bringing some festive cheer to the red carpet in a patchwork mini-dress, Taylor is our ultimate red carpet style star.
Looking catwalk ready in a white, long-sleeved Zuhair Murad dress for the annual lingerie extravaganza.
Radient in red in a gown by another one of Taylor’s favourite designers, Elie Saab.
Taylor brought a splash of colour to the AMA red carpet in this cut-out Michael Kors dress.
Sticking to her go-to red carpet two-piece look in a Calvin Klein Collection white top and red skirt from.
Taylor takes a style cue from Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie in a Mary Katrantzou all-in-one body suit.
More clever colour-blocking in a Monique LHuillier dress.
Casually strolling in Central Park in a Alice and Olivia top and skirt combination, accented with pink shoes and a yellow bag.
Beating the New York heat in a cute Suno playsuit.
We think this sweeping pastel pink Oscar de la Renta bead gown is one of Taylor’s best ever looks.
Channelling a preppy look as she leaves her SoHo apartment.
This is such a cheery look, we love this cute polka dot, belted dress by To Tommy from Zooey.
Giving us yet more #wardrobegoals as she goes off-duty in skinny jeans and a shirt.
Mixing several of her favourites – a crop top, J Mendel, a long split skirt – to create a winning look.
Dazzling in Julien MacDonald at the famous Oscar’s post-show bash.
Looking gorgeous in Gucci at the Grammys.
This sweeping Carolina Herrera pink gown with a peep black bandeau is giving us all the feels.
A more structured look for Taylor this time as she goes old school Hollywood glam in a plunging J Mendel black, sparkling gown.
Taylor won four awards at the 2013 AMAs, so no wonder she’s dressed to win in a gold mini dress.
Wearing a floorlength Reem Acra gown with a shimmering boudice to meet Prince William.
Bringing a flash on colour in electric blue Zuhair-Murad.
Another defining red carpet moment in a cut away J Mendel gown.
Sparkling in Dolce and Gabbana.
The gold metallic belt adds an edge to this black, mult-slit Elie Saab dress.
Once again in Elie Saab, swapping the designer’s usual sweeping long skirts for a mini.
Dubbed her ‘revenge dress’, Tayor showed recent ex Harry Styles what he was missing in this cut away J. Mendel gown with metallic trim.
Swapping the cowboy boots for a sequinned Jenny Packham dress for country music’s big night.
In a cute chiffon Maria Lucia Hohan dress.
Red and Elie Saab are always a winning combination for Taylor.
Wearing a white J Mendel cutaway dress for another victorious night on stage and on the red carpet.
Sparkling in a sequinned gown by one of ther go-to designers, Zuhair Murad.
In a sparkling, nude Reem Acra strapless dress with belt detail.
Wearing a J Mendel with a lace train to the Met Ball’s annual gala.
Another great Taylor and Elie Saab moment. We love this sparkling, strapless gown on her.
In a beautiful Elie Saab plunging gown for a proper grown-up red carpet moment.
Super cute in an off-white pleated skirt and peep-toe shoes.
Looking cute in an assymetric cross-over, pleated mini-dress.
A sober look for Taylor backstage at the AMAs.
In a red Monique LHuillier full-length gown.
A fun, lilac, strapless dress hits just the right style spot.
In a lilac one-shoulder Marchesa gown.
Taylor team a vintage dress with Dolce & Gabbana yellow and black bow heels.
Gorgeous in a green Miu Miu bustier silk dress.
In a burgundy printed John Galliano mini-dress with matching sandals.
Ethereal in a white off-the-shoulder Ralph Lauren all fashion’s big night out.
Super glam in a Kaufmanfranco sequinned gown.
White is a Taylor red carpet staple, this above the knee halterneck is the perfect choice for an Australian summer evening.
Wearing a 1920s inspired flapper dress to the annual CMT Awards.
Going back to her country roots in cowboy boots that she contrasted with a embellished gown.
Swapping her cowboy boots for something altogether more glamorous in a Angel Sanchez sweeping red gown.
We love this super cute black beaded Naeem Khan dress on Taylor.
There’s nothing basic about this gorgeous KaufmanFranco black dress.
Wearing a sparkling, one-shouldered Collette Dinnigan mini-dress with Christian Louboutin heels.
Glittering in a sequin and crystal Kaufman Franco gown that hide a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes
The then-18-year-old looked all grown-up in this white floor-length dress with an embellished bodice.
Arguably Taylor’s style turning point, she glowed in gold at the Met Ball in a Badgley Mischka Fall 2008 gold and bronze gown.
A creped purple knee-length dress was the perfect choice for the rising country-star.
Flexing her fashion chops in a cute gold empire-line dress.
For her first appearance at the AMAs, Taylor went country in a Catherine Malandrino halter dress and cowgirl boots.
Sequins, pink chiffon and strapless soon became a Taylor red carpet staple.
Wearing a custom-made Sandy Spika lavender gown for one of her first red carpet appearance.
Taylor wore this sea-green dress she wore for her “Teardrops on My Guitar” video to her first CMT Awards.
One of several outfits Taylor wore to one of her first big red carpet moments.
Getting her country on in a green and black dress with cowgirl boots.
The young Taylor mixes boho with country for her first red carpet appearance.