Take Her Look [For Less]

Taylor Swift is as famous for her music as she is for her style. And lately, Swift’s style du jour has largely consisted of crop tops paired with anything from high-waisted shorts, skirts and even overalls. Recently, Swift was spotted in LAX wearing yet another crop top ensemble, this time sporting a black long sleeve crop top with a maroon skater skirt, which she paired with a nude Michael Kors satchel and black high-heeled booties.

Swift’s Michael Kors bag is the Casey Large Leather Satchel, which retails for $1,195 and is currently on sale for $836.50. Although we love Swift’s satchel, THL decided set out on a quest not only to find a similar satchel for less, but to replicate Swift’s whole outfit for less than $198.90 (in case you’re wondering why we chose such an odd number, it’s 1989 for her album 1989). And not only did we decide to try to recreate this outfit for less than $198.90, we decided to create this look all in one store: Forever21. Here are the results:

For the top, we found a scoop neck long sleeve crop top from Forever 21 that is almost an exact duplicate of Swift’s long sleeve style. Although the neckline is a little more open on the Forever 21 top, the bottom hem ends right in the natural waistline like Swift’s, making it the perfect option to imitate her style. This top is available for only $7.90.

Screenshot of the Scoop Neck Crop Top from Forever 21

Screenshot of the Scoop Neck Crop Top from Forever 21.

Finding a solid maroon skater skirt with similar movement to Swift’s was no easy task, but we managed to find this gauze skater skirt in a wine color from Forever 21 that is almost a dead-ringer for Swift’s skirt. The only difference between the Forever 21 skirt is that it offers a wider waistband, which actually can enhance your natural waistline and make it look smaller. This skirt is available for only $11.90.

Screenshot of the gauze skater skirt from Forever 21.

Screenshot of the gauze skater skirt from Forever 21.

Trying to find booties with a similar shape to Swift’s proved to be one of the the more challenging parts of this outfit treasure hunt. But, Forever 21 offered this faux suede bootie that is close enough to pass for Swift’s booties. Although Swift’s booties have more of an almond toe-shaped toe box and a shorter heel, these booties mimic the overall silhouette and shaft height of Swift’s booties, making them the perfect option to complete this outfit. These booties come in at a cool $32.80.

Screenshot of the Faux Suede Bootie from Forever 21.

Screenshot of the Faux Suede Bootie from Forever 21.

Now to the main event: the bag. Forever 21’s satchel collection is a bit limited in style, shape and color, so this was definitely THE most difficult part of replicating her outfit. But, Forever 21 did come through for us, delivering a faux leather satchel in a blush color that mimics the nude/bone color of Swift’s satchel.  This satchel also has a very similar rigid structure and construction to the Michael Kors bag. The Forever 21 bag, however, is nowhere near the cost of the Michael Kors satchel – this bag comes in at a reasonable $24.90.

Screenshot of the Faux Leather Satchel from Forever 21.

Screenshot of the Faux Leather Satchel from Forever 21.

To complete the look, we had to find similar sunglasses and charm necklace. So, we found these cool metal-accented square  sunglasses to mimic Swift’s wayfarer style. These are available at Forever 21 for only $5.90.

Screenshot of the Metal-Accented Square Sunglasses from Forever 21.

Screenshot of the Metal-Accented Square Sunglasses from Forever 21.

And for the charm necklace, we found this cute rhinestone sunburst charm necklace to add just a little bit of sparkle and shine to your outfit. This dainty little necklace will complete your Swift-inspired outfit for only $2.90.

Rhinestone Sunburst Charm Necklace from Forever 21.

Rhinestone Sunburst Charm Necklace from Forever 21.

We recreated Taylor Swift’s entire look, but did we stay within our $198.90 budget? By our calculations, our look for less came in at $86.30! So if you love Swift’s style, head over to Forever 21 because not only can you find all the pieces necessary to replicate her look, but you can also put together completed outfits for under $200.

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