There’s no denying that Taylor Swift has totally taken the world by storm. Since her debut, Taylor has evolved from a super-sweet young songstress to a powerful performer, and she’s become a serious staple of modern day pop culture. Her catchy, upbeat, and straightforward tunes about her lengthy list of lovers never fail to draw us in. Aside from the public’s fascination with her high-profile romances, there are many more things that tantalize us about Taylor. For starters - she’s a fierce friend, a girl-squad aficionado, and a big-hearted supporter of giving back to the community. As if all those reasons weren’t enough to make you adore her, Taylor has also proven herself to be a sensational style icon. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen the star’s fashion choices range from elegant and chic, to downright edgy and daring. It’s clear to see this singing supernova isn’t afraid to take risks and make a lasting impression as a best-dressed diva. Here are 15 times that Taylor Swift dominated the red carpet.
15 Shooting Star
Way back when T-Swift first started out, her signature look consisted of a flowy dress paired with rustic cowboy boots. Over time, she seemed to have had a fashion breakthrough and began incorporating more glamorous getups such as the one shown here at the 2009 Country Music Awards in Nashville. Taylor looked nothing short of spectacular as she set out to steal the show (and top every best-dressed list). The star wore a glitzy Reem Acra strapless gown with golden glittery accents. Always one to be stylish, Taylor wore her hair up with a few soft curls left down to frame her face. She truly is the picture of perfection with her natural-toned makeup and overall glistening glow. Even back then, Taylor had everything she needed to become a future icon both in the music and fashion realm.
14 Floral Fantasy
Taylor took to the pink carpet for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2013. Though the star wore a wide range of looks that night as she took the stage to deliver a jaw-dropping performance, she impressed us all with her choice of attire for her first look of the evening. Wearing a long-sleeved sequin floral mini-dress by designer Zuhair Murad, Taylor looks fantastically fresh. The young trendsetter donned colorful flowers along with black ankle-strap heels. Her long hair is styled straight and sleek, keeping her looking innocent but sexy. This is a look far from the Taylor we now know and love. We have to say though we are kind of missing the long hair and bangs look. Either way, though her transformation has been nothing less than perfect Leave it to Taylor to give those Victoria’s Secret Angels a run for their money by looking like a total model. Well done, Tay Tay!
13 Bedazzling In Blue
Dear Taylor…can we please borrow your wardrobe (or at least get some tips from your awesome stylist)?! Taylor Swift looked wonderful at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards as she walked down the blue carpet with serious style. She donned a long-sleeved cobalt blue mini-dress, also by designer Zuhair Murad. Looking fashion-forward, the singer shined in the dress that featured intricate shapes and sheer panels throughout. Nothing says stylish like a girl in Jimmy Choo’s, which is exactly what Taylor chose to pair with this fun ensemble. This outfit is just perfect. We love that Taylor chose to stand out and match the blue carpet. And the way this dress shines! She's like a sparkling princess. Taylor is also rocking the full bangs with her hair high up in a ponytail, so she's definitely got the fashion sense to go along with her substantial musical talent.
12 Lady In Red
As if we didn’t already know, Taylor Swift proves to the world yet again that she knows how to #slay when it comes to the red carpet. Here we have her at the 47th Annual Country Music Awards in 2013. Taylor looked positively ravishing in a red gown by her go-to designer, Ellie Saab. The dress displayed very elaborate beading and intricate details. Taylor looked like a classic Hollywood starlet in this ensemble, seen here looking graceful and sophisticated. The charming look was topped off with the star’s blonde locks in a low bun that showcased her beautiful (and giant) diamond earrings. This was a special night for pop music’s leading lady – she won the coveted Pinnacle Award that brought on an emotional acceptance speech. It’s easy to see that Taylor is not only an incredible singer, songwriter, and performer -- she’s also totally amazing on the red carpet. Every. Single. Time.
11 Blushing Beauty
Taylor looked absolutely breathtaking once again at the 2014 Met Gala. At the time, her smash hit song “22” was crushing the charts. The highly-anticipated fashion event is a who’s who of the fashion world, and Taylor was a stand-out star as she made her presence known. She dazzled the crowd in a blush pink Oscar de la Renta gown that featured a voluminous bow on her backside that cascaded down into a long, flowy train. The satin open-back dress made Taylor look like a true princess. Nothing like a beautiful blush pink to complement her fair complexion and golden locks. The stunner spoke about how honored she was to be wearing a de la Renta piece, stating that “having an opportunity to wear a one-of-kind gown designed by him is a daydream realized." We have to admit, Taylor looked like a vision in this amazing gown!
10 Short Shorts
Who wears short shorts? You guessed it… Taylor Swift does, of course. And honestly, why wouldn't she? We think that if Taylor ever wanted to have a career change she can definitely walk with the models and fit right in! Taylor caught us all by surprise when she showed up at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in this skimpy blue Mary Katrantzou romper paired along with Elie Saab shoes. The starlet’s long sleeve jumpsuit featured letters sprawled across the front and back, and the look came as a bit of a shock to some onlookers. While Taylor manages to slay the red carpet in this funky frock, it’s vastly different from some of her past fashion statements. Taylor got tons of attention from photographers and fans alike for this avant-garde attire as she confidently rocked this one-piece. One thing’s for sure, if you want to try out a new, unconventional look, there’s no better place to do it than at the VMAs.
9 Queen Of Hearts
Our favorite pop star looked marvelous as ever at the iHeartRadio Music Festival back in 2014. Her outfit choices keep getting more revealing, but she still manages to keep it classy, of course. Here we have Taylor proving that sometimes it’s best to keep things simple, dressed in a basic white tube top that shows off a hint of midriff, along with a high-rise fire engine red miniskirt. We can always count on Taylor to rock an epic red –lip, and she did just that. She strutted down the red carpet in strappy barely-there heels while posing for the cameras. Taylor’s crop-top getups stole the show that evening, as she later got on stage and performed some of her recent hits in a two piece outfit comprised of a pink glittery belly-baring top. No matter what the occasion, Taylor Swift always remains flawless.
8 Whimsical In White
Taylor’s fashion sense has definitely matured and evolved, resulting in some totally amazing red carpet looks. Taylor definitely brought the heat during the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. This was the same year she was set to be a featured performer during the event, so she knew she had to amp up her appeal and bring on the sass. She’s seen here at the VS after-party, dressed to the nines in a radiant white dress by Zuhair Murad Couture. She's wearing a sheer top over a crystal bodice. Always eager to rock the thigh-high slit on the red carpet, Taylor loves showing off her magnificent stems while wearing a lovely open-toe pump. Taylor manages to show off just the right amount of skin, proving her style to be tasteful while still being timeless. The star also rocked minimal jewelry and a dark red lip, likely leaving fans and onlookers at a loss for words when they saw the enchanting hit-maker.
7 Ombre Obsession
In 2015, Taylor Swift left us all awestruck when we saw her rocking this custom made Ellie Saab gown at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Honestly how much of a princess does she look in this outfit? The ombre ensemble featured a miniskirt cut in the front that put the star’s long legs on display. We wouldn't hide them either if we had those great legs! The dress also was equipped with ravishing floor-length overskirt and shoulder cutouts. T. Swift completed the exquisite look with teal statement earrings, magenta open-toe heels, and simple shoulder-length hair with side-swept bangs. This is the look that everyone was buzzing about last year, and it’s easy to see why. Taylor chose a fun, flirty, and fashion-forward frock that packed an amazing pop of color. Taylor takes glam to the next level with this stunning number.
6 Risque Romper
Proving that you don’t always need to wear a dress to look like a lady! T. Swift is a total knockout in this white Balmain jumpsuit, shown here at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Look at that body! Let’s be honest, Taylor is the total package, and this jumpsuit is to die for! It accentuates her assets in all the right places. It was an award-winning night for Miss Swift, taking home an outstanding eight awards, including one for top artist. If there was an award to give out for the fiercest fashionista, we’re sure she would have swept the board. She looks unbelievable in this look that features triangular cutout sides and a flared pant. Daring to be bold, Taylor rocks a smoky eye paired with perfectly pink lips. The artist’s hair is worn in a bit of a shaggy fringe look, and we totally dig it!
5 Emerald Enchantress
Taylor left us all green with envy after her red carpet appearance at the 2015 Elle Style Awards. This event took place shortly after the release of her best-selling album, 1989. Earlier that same year, Taylor became the first artist to release three albums that sold over a million copies in the first week. The record-breaker arrived in a sultry emerald gown outlined in prominent black beading by designer, Julien Macdonald. The dress featured a sizzling zipper straight down the middle, allowing for onlookers to get a peek at the leggy star’s provocatively high-slit center. Her hair was worn down and slicked back for a sleek, cosmopolitan appearance. It’s a good thing that Taylor looked her best, as she took home the prestigious “Woman of the Year” award later that night. It’s hard to keep track of all of Taylor’s accolades, but we think it’s no coincidence that her catchy song “Style” was number one at the time she knocked this look right out of the park.
4 Sweat Suit
You know you’re a serious boss when you show up to the MTV VMAs in a two-piece sequence jumpsuit, just as Taylor Swift did in 2015. Check and mate. Nothing like looking comfortable and fabulous all at the same time. Taylor took the Video Music Awards by storm that year, taking home four awards for her videos for Blank Space and Bad Blood. As if that weren’t already epic enough, her video for Wildest Dreams premiered during the live event. It’s no surprise that this pop music phenomenon wanted to dress for both style and comfort, appearing in a wild houndstooth-print by designer Ashish. The sweatpants suit was paired up with metallic pumps It’s wild and totally out of the box, and that’s exactly why we love it. While it might not be her most polished look, Taylor shows that she’s got serious style and isn’t afraid of making bold statements on the red carpet.
3 Black Is The New Black
Taylor made it hard not to stare during her appearance 2016 Vanity Fair Oscars Party. She looked to die for in an all-black gown by designer Alexandre Vauthier Couture that is anything but basic. The dress featured a prominent low plunging neckline and very high leg slit that leaves little to the imagination. The singer showed off some of her best assets in this sexy halter dress, putting her notoriously long legs in full view. She tied together the ensemble with a gold choker and matching Giuseppe Zanotti strappy sandals. Her short hair is styled to perfection in a simple bob that delicately frames her famous face. Overall, this look is exquisitely chic and effortlessly stylish. Taylor looks strong, poised, and most importantly, self-assured, confirming that she is a force to be reckoned with both on stage and on the red carpet.
2 Vibrant Vixen
Not only does she know how to totally crush it on the music charts, but Taylor also knows how to turn heads every time she steps foot on the red carpet. Here we have Taylor at the 2016 Grammy Awards, draped in one of her most iconic looks to date. The country-turned-pop singer wore a colorful outfit by designer Atelier Versace, featuring an orange midriff-baring crop top and a silk fuchsia split-skirt that showed off an ample amount of skin for the leggy beauty. Taylor topped the look off with golden strappy open-toed heels, a chic pinky ring, and a diamond choker. Of course, no Taylor Swift look would be complete without her trademark red stained lips. She even took it one step further by chopping her hair in a bob cut with full bangs. Taylor gives us all life with this captivating getup.
1 Rock Goddess
We bet you didn’t see this one coming! Who would expect Taylor Swift to stray so far from her traditional style staples and step out with this intense look? At the 2016 Met Gala, Taylor Swift went all-out and took her standing as a fashion icon to new heights. The glamazon arrived at the event sporting a new bleach blonde hairstyle while embracing her darker side by wearing a deep, deep red wine shade of lipstick. She looked rocker-chic in an exotic snakeskin dress by Louis Vuitton. The look was finished off with some pretty extraordinary black gladiator sandals. This look topped every best-dressed (and worst-dressed) fashion list imaginable, but regardless of whether you love or loathe this look, the outcome is plain to see: Taylor always manages to absolutely dominate the red carpet.