I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling 22 for almost four months now. And the only way that felt right to celebrate that was by recreating Taylor Swift’s “22″ look from her music video. Yes, it took me four months to actually getting around to writing this post. But what matters is that it’s actually posting while I’m still twenty-two and that’s all that matters…right? However, I did manage to post it back in October on my Instagram. But moving on!
It’s no secret that I’m a big Taylor Swift fan. I mean I nearly passed out at the reputation tour in Chicago and did an entire post on Lover back in August. I love music. However, I can’t play an instrument for my life but I love it. Everyone has their “things” that connects with them on a personal level. For me, that’s music. In particular, Taylor Swift’s and Kelsea Ballerini’s music. I grew up listening to Taylor which is beyond cool when you think about it. This self-made woman for over a decade has been able to release her personal music that connects so deeply to millions of people. I refuse to believe that music and love are the real magic.
For this project, these were the photos and outfit I was trying to recreate for Taylor Swift’s 22 Look:
“It feels like a perfect night to dress up like hipsters and make fun of our exes. It feels like a perfect night for breakfast at midnight to fall in love with strangers…”
This look was easy and really fun to recreate. Personally, other than not having blonde hair and bangs, I think I nailed this recreation. The outfit pieces were super simple to search up on Amazon (linked below). I did really simple makeup of basic black liner, neutral eye shadow, and of course the red lipstick. I wore red lipstick once before in my whole life and that was for a dance recital when I was younger. So, this was the first time I willingly put it on. And ya know? I didn’t hate it. I can say I finally understand the confidence red lipstick gives you now. It truly makes you feel like a put-together, unstoppable woman…even if you aren’t so put-together.
What isn’t pictured is the fact none of this fits me properly. Literally none of it. I borrowed the black shorts from my mom and had them binder clipped – yes, binder clipped – on both legs and at the top of the waistline in the back. Then the shirt is also binder clipped in the back. Four binder clips later and I didn’t look like a paper bag anymore. Let’s just these smalls were definitely not smalls.
I’m not only proud that these photos came out how I wanted them to but I took them myself. I set up a tripod in my living room and I kept running back and forth with my phone self-timer. About 45 minutes later, the task was complete. My first success as a twenty-two-year-old woman!
Here’s how everything turned out:
“We’re happy, free, confused and lonely in the best way. It’s miserable and magical. Tonight’s the night when we forget about the heartbreaks…”
Personally, I think Red is her best album lyrically to date. I love all her albums, but there’s something about Red that connects so incredibly well with me. Is it her most depressing album? Yes. But what can I say, I’m a sucker for sad songs. I mean All Too Well is my all-time favorite Taylor song which is her most painfully heartbreaking song. Although I fawn over love songs (it’s the Libra and the hopeless romantic in me), there’s something beautiful about being emotionally vulnerable when it comes to songs about heartbreak. We’ve all been through break-ups, – if you haven’t well lucky you – it’s hard and no one actually wants to talk about it because that means opening yourself up to others and that’s scary. So, when it’s communicated through music it’s powerful and healing in a weird way.
Taylor Swift’s 22 Look
“It feels like one of those nights we ditch the whole scene. It feels like one of those nights we won’t be sleeping, it feels like one of those nights. You look like bad news. I gotta have you…”
She was right when she said 22 is happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way and that it’s miserable and magical. Because I have no idea what I’m doing anymore but at least I feel confident about it. So let’s see what the remainder of my twenty-second year of life has in store for me. For once, I have no idea what my life will look like in a year. It’s scary and exciting all at once. But for now, I’ll just continue dancing to 22 while it’s still applicable.
Shirt | Sun Glasses | Hat | Shorts | Booties
I had a lot of fun doing this project. It was something much different than I normally do. Not to mention completely out of my comfort zone – I’m not normally one to wear bright lipstick. But I would love to do more things like this so if you have any suggestions let me know!
In 2020 we are manifesting all the great things, which include being able to afford attending Lover Fest without taking out a loan. Sounds far-fetched, but a woman can dream, right?
Have you had your Taylor Swift birthday yet?