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One thing to appreciate about Taylor Swift, aside from the 1,500 other qualities you can probably list at the drop of a hat, is her high-low style. Incorporating affordable, wearable items into her wardrobe, so that her hundreds of millions of fans feel her look is achievable, is key. One label she has consistently worn throughout the years is Reformation, which is a brand open about its sustainability practices and beloved for quality basics that can be worn to achieve of-the-moment street style looks, sophisticated work outfits, and covetable wedding guest attire. With most everyday pieces in the $300 range, shopping the site can often feel like a splurge, however I am always impressed by the longevity and versatility of the clothing (I actually have yet to retire or donate a single one of my Reformation staples).
Swift, 34, has recently been spotted in New York City during a break from her Eras tour, and pictured at a handful of new boyfriend Travis Kelce’s Kansas City Chiefs games, wearing Reformation. When I got my hands on three of the best-selling items she owns, I was instantly inspired to test them out to discern just how smart of a Ref shopper Swift actually is. Of course, she works with stylist Joseph Cassell Falconer on many of her looks, so it’s likely some of her selects were either chosen for her or sent directly to her New York City apartment. But the Time Person of the Year and famed musician clearly likes Reformation enough to keep the retailer in rotation. She’s worn two different knee-high boot silhouettes this fall — the River and the Nylah — the latter of which she aptly teamed with the retailer’s Radlee knit dress for a head-to-toe Reformation moment.
I tested out the Winston blazer, which she wore to celebrate the success of her track “Cruel Summer” alongside Jack Antonoff with a corduroy baseball cap and high-waisted pants; the aforementioned Radlee dress that she layered underneath an EB Denim duster for a night out with Sophie Turner; and the Lolita platform loafer that she complemented with black socks, a pleated skater skirt, and a Chiefs sweatshirt to support Kelce at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Ahead, see how I made Swift’s Reformation picks my own while simultaneously nodding to some of her signature fashion choices, and ultimately settled on the piece I feel is most worth the purchase.
When it comes to blazers, I’m a fan of the oversize look because I think it bodes well with either suiting or more casual denim. For that reason, I’m only looking to invest in silhouettes that work for both types of outfits and come in neutral shades to complement the pieces I already own. If there are any unique, yet subtle details that comprise the design, that makes the blazer even more appealing in my book — and I found that here with the double vent incisions at the back. I felt like they added movement to this street style moment, as did the flexibility of the fabric.
- Available in 4 different neutral colorways
- Relaxed and oversized fit is good for layering
- Flexible polyester fabric has stretch
- Double vent design at the back is unique
We don't like
- Higher price point
- Too thin to wear as a standalone jacket
- Dry clean only, not easy to clean at home
Radlee Knit Dress
I really loved how swingy and soft this dress felt, whereas I’ve avoided sweater dresses in the past since they’re so unstructured and often engulf my frame with a hemline that’s much too long. I also loved that I could pull up the sleeves to elbow length with comfort and ease thanks to tighter fabric at the wrists.
- Super-soft Cotton Comfy fabric is eco-friendly
- Crew neckline for easy on/off
- Available in black and white, plus 2 seasonal tones
- Lightweight and non-restricting, good for layering
- Great length for a petite frame (fits true to size)
We don't like
- Unstructured fit isn’t universally flattering
- Hand wash only, can’t throw in the machine
- Simple in design for a near-$100 price point
- Nearly sold out in black
Lolita Platform Loafer
From a fit perspective, it’s important to note that these shoes are snug. I’ve now worn them on multiple occasions (once with tights and my Miu Miu underwear), and they’re still not completely broken-in. Reformation’s site notes that the upper is made from box calf, a heritage leather that is quite firm but will soften over time. Maybe it’s because my foot is on the wider side, but I would even advise sizing up if you tend to get blisters in heels or tight shoes. However, finding your proper size in these is most definitely worth it if you still haven’t invested in a good loafer. The chunky block heel feels sturdy and takes these neutral, wear-with-anything shoes to eye-catching heights in a sea of standard formal flats.
- Height elevates the design literally and figuratively (not your average loafer)
- Heel makes them appropriate for day-to-night
- Block heel feels sturdy
- Looks great with or without socks/tights
We don't like
- High price point
- Sold out in smaller sizes
- Fits tight before wear (size up when in doubt, especially for a wide foot)
- Only available in black
Swift is nothing if not consistent with her style eras. Lately, her look has been polished prep with a tough touch of leather, a sultry neckline, or a leggy skirt. All three of these Reformation items fall right in line, but I would guess she gets most wear out of the Winston blazer. I think it can be worn in a variety of ways and is also the most season-less basic of the bunch. It’s definitely my pick for Swift’s number one, best-selling Reformation item, so add it to your cart before it’s out of stock — ‘cause we never go out of style.