Exclusive: Taylor Swift Talks Fashion Regrets, Style Crushes, and Her Must-Have Red Lipstick

Taylor Swift cites this Elie Saab gown as her favorite dress she's ever wornPop sensation Taylor Swift may get constant press for her tumultuous love life, but here at Yahoo Shine, we're obsessed with the star for another reason: her personal style. From her pitch-perfect off-duty wardrobe to her glam taste in red carpet gowns, Swift dresses as flawlessly as her enviable bangs and gorgeous red lips look.

While she prepares for a crazy whirlwind schedule that includes an international tour, the American Music Awards, the Country Music Awards, and an upcoming album, Swift has also been collaborating with Keds, the iconic sneaker brand, on covetable comfortable shoes. We sat down with the star to get the scoop on her style icons, the best and worst things she's ever worn, and her beauty secrets.

Yahoo Shine: Your red carpet style has really evolved over the years. What's your favorite look of all time?

Taylor Swift: I wore a gown to the Brits [in February] that was a black [Elie Saab] dress, and it had a belt, and I had a smoky makeup look. That was one of my favorites.

Taylor Swift regrets her prom-like red carpet choices, like this look she wore to the CMAs in 2007Do you have any fashion regrets from the past?

I started walking red carpets when I was 16. I think since I missed prom so many times, I would wear prom-like dresses. Princessy-, pastels… I can't remember a specific one, I just see them all as a blur. [Laughs] Please don't put a big picture of them in your article like, "A slideshow of Taylor's terrible prom choices!" [Editor's note: Sorry, Taylor. We had to show just one!]

Have stylists ever introduced you to something you didn't think you'd wear that you now love?

I remember the first time my stylist brought in a pair of high-waisted shorts. I was like, "Oh, what is that? No! Get it away from me!" And then I put a pair on and I was like, "I love this!" I ended up wearing them onstage all the time.

What style tip would you share with our readers?


I feel bossy telling people what to do, but I think the best option for what to wear is something that won't make you cringe in 20 years, like passing trends. When everybody's wearing neon, I'm not. When everybody's got spikes on everything, I'm not doing that. When everybody's trying to look tough, I'm not. When you ignore fads and just wear what you like that's classic and simple, I think that's the way to go for longevity as far as style is concerned.

Taylor Swift and her style crush, Lena Dunham, have a moment at the Billboard AwardsWhich of your peers do your think has great style?

I always like what Lena [Dunham] wears, because it's always so her. She knows how to dress in a way that represents her personality. It's so perfect, because she's just being herself with her fashion choices, and I think that's my favorite thing. It's very brave to showcase who you are by what you wear.

Who are your style icons?

Do you know who Cyd Charisse is?

Yup! [Editor's note: Cyd Charisse was a beautiful actress and dancer during the 1940s and '50s who performed alongside Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.]

She is my favorite right now. I keep looking at photos of her looking so classic. She's my style icon of the moment. I always waver between Audrey Hepburn, Francoise Hardy or Jane Birkin.

Taylor Swift wore sequin polka dot Keds on her We've seen you wear polka dot Keds onstage and in your free time. What's a surprising offbeat way to wear these sneakers?

I wear Keds to kind of kick around in. I wear them to the gym and to dance class, or to the beach or for a walk. For me, it's very nostalgic. It reminds me of my childhood, because I used to always wear white Keds when I was a little kid. It reminds me of being young, and if I'm going anywhere that seems playful or fun, that's when I put on my Keds.

What's your favorite Keds design?

I love the nautical knot themed ones (available in spring 2014) and the floral print. Those are my favorites. In the summertime, I always go for the polka dot, because that's a summer thing for me. I'm obsessed with polka dots.

Taylor loves these nautical-themed Keds due out in 2014 What's your current go-to outfit on a day off?

When I'm just kind of wandering around, I really like skinny jeans and a sweater. And I'll throw on some maroon or darker colored Keds during fall and winter. The black velvet ones  are nice for nighttime.

What's your go-to outfit for a night out?

Usually I'll wear a dress and tights, or a little skirt with tights and a sweater. This sweater weather is my obsession right now.

What's your typical beauty regimen?

My makeup artist does my look for concerts, but when I'm doing it myself, I have to make a choice: Is it going to be a heavy eye look or a heavy lip look? If I'm gonna do a red lip, I'll do a simple cat eyeliner look. But if it's going to be a smoky eye, I'll do a nude lip or barely any color on the lip. You don't ever want to appear like you're wearing too much makeup. If you have a heavy eye and a heavy lip, people are like, "Wow, what are you covering up?"

Is there anything you do to pamper yourself or wind down?

I love baths, and I love listening to music alone in my house. For me, that's the extent of my luxurious activities. I don't do manicures, pedicures, facials, or massages really.

Wait a minute. You don't do your nails?!

I paint them.

Oh, you paint them yourself.

Yeah! [Laughs.] I don't know. I'm like a 7-year-old. I don't really have the patience to sit there with my hands not moving for 20 minutes. I find luxury in very simple things.

What is your must-have beauty item when traveling on tour?

I always have something for red lips.

You're sort of known for that! What's your favorite red lipstick shade?

There's a Make Up For Ever lip stain that's really good. It's red lip stain on one side and gloss on the other. [Editor's note: It's Aqua Rouge in Iconic Red, $24]

Your bangs are always so perfect — they're actually very Jane Birkin! How often do you trim them?

Oh, thank you! It's been something like three weeks and they're really long now. Usually when I'm on tour, I get them trimmed every two weeks so they don't get in my eyes. I'm letting them grow, and I think I'll know when the time is right to cut them.

What item do you always have in your purse?

I always have several cameras because I love taking pictures…They're digital, but sometimes I like the classic Polaroids.

Is there anything unusual on your tour rider?

No! Riders are so funny. I don't even think I have one!

You don't ask for any candles or special foods or anything like that?

No! The only thing I like to have is water.

(photos: Getty Images, WENN & courtesy of Keds)