The Many Bags of Taylor Swift

First, some real talk: Despite the fact that I am a purple-haired, motorcycle-booted, full-grown woman with a fondness for the musical stylings of Killer Mike and UGK, I have, uh, more than a few Taylor Swift songs in my iTunes library. They aren’t there by accident. Something about Swift’s very literal, incredibly over-emotive songs about teenage love and heartbreak finds the confused middle schooler inside of me and pulls her right on up to the surface. Based on how many records Taylor sells, I suspect I’m far from the only unlikely fan she has.

Taylor has also made a fan out of my imaginary boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal in the past, and she’s currently make news for dating a Kennedy scion – not bad for a little fun between albums, eh? Today, Swift is the latest recipient of our The Many Bags of… treatment, not only for her place in pop culture, but also for the age-appropriate style inspiration that she can give to her younger fans. While Taylor has some spendy bags, a lot of what she carries fits in with her attainable everygirl image. Check out Taylor’s bags after the jump.


First and foremost, Taylor has a real affection for the brown handbags from Ralph Lauren’s various lines. This one in particular is the Rugby Ralph Lauren Pony Hair and Leather Saddle Bag, which is no longer available.


Taylor also shops from Lauren’s main line, as evidenced by this Ralph Lauren Calfskin Crossbody Bag, which can be had for $1950 via Ralph Lauren.


To round out the trio of tan Ralph Lauren bags, Swift chose a Lauren Ralph Lauren Larchmont Leather Crossbody. You can get the new version of the Larchmont via Zappos for $228.


Taylor’s tendency toward subtle, neutral bags doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate a bold designer moment like the rest of us. This Fendi Anna Shoulder Bag in bright blue is my favorite purse in her closet. You can get one in brown for $1680 via BlueFly.


Sometimes, though, Taylor embraces her public role as a regular girl through her handbags – this Wonderstruck Patchwork Bag is a freebie with a bottle of perfume. Granted, it’s a freebie with Taylor’s personal fragrance line, but still. You can’t get it anymore, but you can still pick up a bottle of Swift’s Wonderstruck perfume via Macys.


Mostly, though, Taylor just wears nondescript, reasonably priced bags (and clothes) that her fans can covet, like the Rebecca Taylor Phillipa Bag, which retailed for $275 but is now sold out.You can shop the rest of the line via RebeccaTaylor.com


Also fitting that description: the Lauren Merkin Stevie Bag, $375 via Endless.


And don’t forget the Anthropologie Here-There-Everywhere Bag! Shop bags via Anthropologie.


As always, even Taylor’s high-end choices are subdued, like this Gerard Darel Maddalena Shoulder Bag. Shop the style via GerardDarel.com!


Lest we all forget, though, Ms. Swift is a superstar and can definitely turn on the glamour when appropriate. (Say, at the Vanity Fair Oscars party). The glittery little evening bag? A Jimmy Choo Candy Acrylic Clutch, natch. Pick up the very same bag at Net-a-Porter for $595.

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  • siliconvalley

    Sorry, really not impressed with any of her choices.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      I’m not an enormous fan of her handbag choices either, personally, but we try to spread out the attention to lots of different types of collections!

  • Sandra

    I think some of her clothing choices are very nice…..the Jimmy Choo and the Fendi are nice but not the best of either brand. The other bags are not my style at all.

  • Steph

    Meh

  • laura

    Not a big fan of Swift and her handbag collection is boring.

  • Buffmom33

    I have to agree w/ everyone else. Love Taylor and loves that she does hi-low. But too boring???LOL:) Throw a Wang in there girl..LOL

  • Ligea77

    She’s only 23, so she’s probably still developing a sense of what she likes when it comes to purses. I didn’t really get into them till her age and only recently started buying designer. I like it that she buys from little known designers.

  • yomama

    omg, worst bag collection ever, the only thing I like is her fendi, the rest are ugly, boring, and makes me want to vomit lol!

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  • Chloe

    How about doing a “The Many Bags of ..” the Kardashian sisters (as much as there are many haters, they have an awesome bag closet) and Victoria Beckham (that’s not Hermes or from her own collection – now, that would be really fun to know) :-)

  • djalia

    i think shes great ,everyone on this post eems to be knocking her just because shes not carrying a Proenza bag or a celine like the rest of the herd …..her bags go perfectly with her outfits and also shes being responsible buy showing her fans who lets face many of who wont have much cash as her that you can look styilsh without forking out a thousand plus dollars on a bag….real style comes from being different from others not being a designer brand slave

    • anouk

      SO TRUE!!!!!
      Designer brand slaves are most often than not talentless. Nuff said!

  • Angela

    True that her collection is not to “die for”. The only one I liked was her Gerard Darel handbag – neutral, clean and simple. But it is also because of the fact that she doesn’t have such a drool-worthy collection, that i admire her. She’s not too hung up on brands and just really enjoys what she wears.

  • 19yearslater

    I actually kind of like some of her later stuff, too. And I like her bags and clothes, however non-high fashion they might be.

  • http://twitter.com/SparksOnSwift Lennon/McCartney ?

    I love the Wonderstruck one, but the Rugby Ralph Lauren Pony Hair and Leather Saddle Bag is my favourite one… I’d love to have one of those )-:

  • Shay

    These bags are hideous, but at least they are somewhat affordable.

  • Jen

    I think she is cute and casual. It’s actually refreshing to see that she hasn’t fallen victim to the ‘It’ bag fashion trends so many of today’s starlets have. And as a mom to a 12 y/o, I really appreciate her down to earth, attainable style for the younger kids. I’m glad they have a positive role model. Adorable!

  • Tiffany

    Compared with the likes of LV, Chanel, Hermes, etc. these are definitely more affordable bags…but in reality, these are still pretty pricey bags for her fans. I remember thinking $100 was a pretty astronomical price for a bag when I was in my late teens/early 20′s (which wasn’t that long ago) so comparatively these are more “reasonably priced” but not really bags most of her younger fans can go out and buy on a whim. Just sayin’.

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