Signature Style: Taylor Swift Loves Little Retro Dresses

Taylor Swift (Getty)

Taylor Swift (Getty)
Taylor Swift is fashionably wise beyond her years. While it can often be a lifelong struggle to nail down the art of a consistent aesthetic, the young country starlet has already mastered her signature style. The Nashville beauty avoids transitory trends and sticks to classic styles that still suit her youthful spirit. Her wardrobe staple? '50s fit-and-flare frocks.

Taylor knows the power of a cinched waist and a full skirt, opting to wear vintage-inspired cocktail dresses to every suitable occasion, always completing her carefully crafted ensembles with soft fingerwaves and a potent pop of red lip color. While there are many retro darlings in Hollywood, few have Taylor's unwavering commitment to retro looks while still maintaining a fresh and modern image.

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Taylor paid a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame in a sweet sunshine yellow dress. The chiffon number featured a ruched bodice with a delicately pleated skirt and tiny spaghetti straps. The blonde paired the vibrant style with matching bowed peep-toes and a side-swept 'do.

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For the Teen Awards in London, the young starlet selected a white lacy Riess number with sheer sleeves. Taylor belted the style and added a preppy twist with a pair of heeled lace-up oxfords.

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The young country diva channeled her inner Marilyn Monroe for the Teen Choice Awards in August. A crisp white halter dress with a flared skirt was perfectly in cadence with Taylor's retro style. Glittering bowed platform pumps added an extra dose of glamour to the evening ensemble.

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Taylor packed a punch at her Wonderstruck fragrance launch in NYC wearing a shimmering sheer black-and-white striped Tracy Reese dress with bold crimson lips.

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We nearly gasped when we saw the utter perfection that was Taylor's wool 2 B. Rych day dress with a sheer lace back and matching sleeves. Opaque gray tights and dainty black lace-up oxfords polished off the beauty's Good Morning America look.

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Taylor gave us one more thing to add to our holiday wish list when she stepped out in a glimmering bow-adorned Contrarian frock. Silver pumps and a fuchsia lip were all she needed to complement this darling design.

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Taylor continued her sweep of fabulous fragrance launch looks with a unique chandelier print cocktail dress in sepia hues. The Ted Baker frock was worn with black opaque tights and classic heels.

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Taylor recently blew us away in a red hot corset dress with a structured bodice and full flirty skirt for the CMT Artists of the Year event. Matching lips and gold heels perfected this knock-out look.

Want to channel your inner Taylor Swift? Follow these guidelines for perfect retro style:

1. Show your knees! Long vintage looks tend to look dowdy rather than darling. Taylor keeps her hems tastefully short to make her look fresh and flirty.
2. Add sparkle. Taylor loves to add shimmer to her style with glittering heels or accessories.
3. Wrap it up with a bow! Bowed waists, peep-toes and clutches are ultra-feminine and also a staple in Taylor's wardrobe.
4. Play up your lips with bold red hues. A bright crimson takes the retro look home and adds a healthy dose of color to any ensemble.
5. Always cinch your waist! What makes Taylor's look so alluring is how perfectly her garments fit. Search for that precise nipped waist with a full skirt, it is universally flattering and a silhouette that is proven to never go out of style.

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