From Country Cutie to Butterfly Beauty! See Taylor Swift's Style Through Her Musical Eras

In 2006, Swift — who was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Hendersonville with her family at 14 years old to pursue a country music career — was just beginning her rise to superstardom. With her debut single “Tim McGraw” hitting a very respectable No. 6 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, the singer (then just 16 years old) rocked a truly country get-up at the Academy of Country Music Awards: a floral-patterned halter dress and cowboy boots.

“I used to stand back there and be waiting in the lines to get autographs, so it’s completely surreal,” she told Country Weekly months before the release of her debut album Taylor Swift. “Although, it has been a long time waiting for this and working for this and trying so hard to get here, it feels amazing to be sitting here.”

Nominated for best new artist at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, Swift was perhaps foreshadowing her Fearless era (her iconic song “Love Story” changed not only her life, but amassed a legion of Swifties) with her princess-pink KaufmanFranco dress.

“This is my first VMAs, and just being on the red carpet is so overwhelming and amazing,” she said on the red carpet. “I’m not gonna win! It’s just cool to be here.”

It’s been 10 years since Swift’s Fearless tour (here she is on stage at Madison Square Garden) and much has changed. One thing that hasn’t? Swift’s love for glitter and sparkle.

Two years later, Swift showed off a more sophisticated look at the 2010 Grammys with a form-fitting sparkly blue gown.

Making her way up to the stage, the singer was in total shock as she accepted her award for album of the year. “Oh wow, thank you so much. I just hope that you know how much this means to me,” she said. “Our families are freaking out in their living rooms. My dad and my little brother are losing their minds in the living room right now. This is for my dad. Thank you for all those times that you said I could do whatever I wanted in life, and my mom, you’re my best friend.”

Later that year, she released her third studio album, Speak Now, which she wrote entirely on her own.

“I’m still a little surprised every time we pull into a stadium,” Swift told Rolling Stone while in the middle of her sold-out Speak Now tour in 2012. “It’s really nuts.”

Here, the star shows off another glittery ensemble on stage.

Five months before dropping her pop-leaning album Red in 2012, Swift looked, well, red-hot at the Billboard Music Awards. Her naturally curly hair had also been straightened and she sported some chic blunt bangs. (She had a similar look on her Red album cover.)

There was still plenty of sparkle on Swift’s Red tour in 2013, but the singer also put on a new persona: circus ring leader.

“Once Taylor created her set list for the tour and the choreography was discussed, the design process was in full effect to incorporate Taylor’s ideas,” costume and wardrobe designer Marina Toybina told The Hollywood Reporter at the time.

In 2014, Swift embraced New York as her home base — and adopted the city’s all-black uniform. Two days after releasing her first pure pop album 1989, the star — who rocked a new lob — sat front and center at a Knicks game in head-to-toe black.

“Welcome to New York,” indeed!

On her 1989 tour in 2015, Swift continued channeling the glitz and glam of New York City, rocking sunglasses, sparkly track jackets, crop tops and bedazzled (of course!) mini skirts on stage.

“I really like my life right now,” she told Rolling Stone. “I have friends around me all the time. I’ve started painting more. I’ve been working out a lot. I’ve started to really take pride in being strong. I love the album I made. I love that I moved to New York. So in terms of being happy, I’ve never been closer to that.”

After a very public feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, Swift chose to go under the radar for months in 2016 and only began emerging before the release of her record-breaking album reputation.

During the slithery, snake-filled era, the superstar ditched the girly dresses and opted for edgier pieces, including studded booties, distressed denim and oversized hoodies.

Swift’s curls also made an epic return on her 2018 tour — but gone was the bright red lip from 1989. Instead, the singer often painted her lips a dark, brooding hue. And though some of her tour costumes included pops of color (Tide Pod dress, anyone?), the star’s wardrobe on stage included sleek, dark looks that represented the rebellious themes of her sixth studio album.

Swift has shed her snakeskin! Leading up to the release of what her fans are hoping is her seventh studio album, Swift has mostly been picking outfits with a brighter hue — like this sequined romper by Rosa Bloom at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Her social media feeds have also taken on a similar aesthetic and are now filled with hearts, pastel colors and jewels.

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