Inspiration: Taylor Swift and her girl squad

The very first time I heard a Taylor Swift song it was sometime during my early college years; a time when my teenage angst didn't particularly care for her sugary sweet brand of music. These were the times when she was still bracketed as a country musician and wore cowboy boots with dresses. Years later, on a warm summer night, I chanced upon another song of hers. Taylor looked different with a blonde lob and red lip as she sung about eating breakfast at midnight and endless dreaming. Something about that particular carefree night, the melodious rhythm and eating breakfast at midnight seemed so appealing. So one thing led to another, and by the wee hours of the morning, I had heard the entire album.

Taylor Swift performing on stage for her 1989 concert tour with friends Kendall Jenner, Serena Williams, Karlie Kloss , Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevigne
Today, Taylor is pop artist with millions of fans worldwide, a DJ boyfriend whose modeled for Armani underwear and a squad of girlfriends consisting of the cream of today's young adult Hollywood celebrities. The gang spend many a night baking in her apartment, starring in her music videos and performing at her concerts; all of this while being exceptionally well-dressed.

I'm taking a look at the style of Taylor Swift and the closest cliche of her squad and breaking down their style.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss shows of her personal style and fashion sense in body con dresses, jumsuits and maxi dresses at red carpet appearances

The BFF of the squad who resembles Taylor a fair bit is the wonderful Karlie Kloss. She's a former Victoria's Secret Angel and supermodel who has walked for the likes of Tom Ford and Oscar De La Renta. Being a model, her appearance is always poised and perfect as she shows of her lean bod in a fitted silhouettes. Even her off-duty style is always on-point - relaxed yet chic. Karlie's also studying computer coding at NYU, the face of L'Oreal Paris and working on Karlie's Kookies, all at the age of 23. If that's not an example of beauty with brains, I don't know what is!

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez shows off her personal style on her curvy body with layering and fitted gowns

Finding her feet as a Disney star, Selena Gomez has come a long way since then. She's broken out of the good girl mold with her own music career and even more popularly, her fling with Justin Beiber. More recently, she played villain in buddy Taylor's music video. When it comes to her style, Selena's got the curvy girl pat down as she enjoys clothing that is fitted at just the right spots and layering up a simple outfit. Her style epitomizes the girl next door with her casual, fresh looks

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid shows of her personal style with her bohemian vibes at Coachella, hashtag jacket and gowns at red carpet appearences

With her roots from a Hollywood family, Gigi started out her career at a model for Guess Baby and later went on to be a Guess Girl. She's got the blonde bombshell looks with her beachy waves, strong body and magnificent glow so it's no wonder she's an ambassador for swimwear and lingerie brands aplenty, including Victoria's Secret PINK. Her style is extremely versatile - she can pull off the surfer babe vibe effortlessly with a bohemian cool influence to her look and can clean up just as well to stun on the red carpet in gorgeous, intricate gowns. Besides being a top runway model for the likes of Chanel, covering a number of magazines and making appearances in music video appearances all at 20 years old; Gigi is also the face of Maybelline New York.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner shows off her personal style in gladiators, shorts, fitted suits and blazers and gowns at red carpet appearences

Coming from a family that excels at making headlines, the stepsister of the Kardashian Klan probably needs no introduction. Kendall Jenner has grown up in the spotlight of the family reality show but really came to being when she sprung up as a model at 14. Since then she's gone onto walk the runways for Versace and Marc Jacobs and has her own clothing collection at PacSun. Kendall's style is a lot more demure than her family or the rest of the girl gang. Her thin, tall frame is often donned in tailored, sharp garments and formal attires that rare for a girl her age, but she still manages to look groomed.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift shows of her style in crop tops and skirt and shorts and coordinated seperates on the stage and off duty as well

The girl in question herself and the glue of the girl gang. Taylor's got legs for days and works them for all their worth, whether decked up glamorously on stage or otherwise. From her tight curls, she's graduated to a lob and a side fringe with the ever present red lip. Taylor is known to favorite the crop top and she's often spotted with a number of permutations of it with shorts, pencil skirts and flared midi's.

Style-wise and career-wise, the girl squad is filled with models, singers and actors that are perfect style inspiration which I can't to see more of!


Style Files | The clothing connection

When it comes to my closet, I've got no complains. While I do lust for the handbag or two that refuses to leave my head every once in a while; I'm fortunate that opening my wardrobe every morning is like transporting myself to the wonderful world of Narnia. The possibilities seem endless although not with snow queens and talking lions, but with trinket boxes and innumerable outfit combinations.

Dayle Pereira of Style File is wearing a Forever 21 pink and black aztec print scoop back dress with black stilettos, rose toned makeup and a low bun hairstyle

And then somewhere within this mystic land of crisply ironed shirts and shoes of every shade, I have a few extra special pieces that I take a shine to, simply because they mean more to me than others. Take for one a pair of jeans that I've owned since college. A classic blue in a simple straight fit, they've stood me through landmark birthdays and college presentations. And since those good ol' days, I've amassed a fair share of fades, shades and fits in the denim department but somehow, those are still my favorite jeans. Then there's the bright pink sweatshirt that I treasure with all my heart which I've used as a security blanket when I went for a round of tests as well at to snuggle up with on many a chilly day. And yet, when winter comes around and I've got an array of blazers to choose from, I'd stick pick my pink sweatshirt over any of them.

A number of neutral and colourful bright bags are on display along with printed dresses in the French Connection store at the Palladium mall, Mumbai

Just like my closet, the world of fashion is something like Narnia - Surreal to the point of sometimes being unrealistic and with surprises around every corner. Picking your outfit can sometimes be a task fit for the Terminator or on some days, the clothes choose you. They seem to speak to you with faint voices generally reserved for spirits in movies; and say 'pick me!' While I've spoken about shopping from the perspective of fashion being an investment, it isn't always so cut and dry. There are million emotional aspects that come into play, whether you're picking out an outfit from your closet or snagging one on sale. Maybe you're feeling optimistically confident about your body that morning and you pick out the body-con dress that flaunts your curves. Or you're excited about your date tonight so you choose the red sweetheart neck top. Beyond checking the price tag of an item, our memories, minds and moods are working without us even knowing and stretching our hand out to pick up the workout gear, maybe after watching a motivational movie last night.

Dayle Pereira of Style File picks out her favorite pieces from a new collection at a store launch wearing a wavy bob, high waist shorts and wedges

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

I've often spoken about my passion for fashion and one of the things that I enjoy about it is how it is so much more than just an item of clothing you wear on your body. It is, in fact, something that can have an impact on your self-worth and your emotional state and is affected by it, in return. Whether you woke up on the right side of the bed this morning, your favorite colour is fuchsia or you're reminiscing about your birthday from three years ago, there's a lot more processes that run through your mind when you pick out the printed dress tomorrow morning


Personal Style | Pirouette

Exactly 12 months ago, I was in almost the same situation. I stood at a crossroads between a shiny, new path and one that felt like my comfort zone. And even though the comfort zone made me feel warm and fuzzy inside, I chose the latter, which I'm truly grateful for. It taught me a number of life lessons along the way, like inner strength for one, perseverance, the Hannah Montana syndrome and knowing when to take a bow. A year later, the crossroads and me have a reunion, although I'd like to think of myself as a slightly older, a little wiser and definitely more stylishly dressed. And of course, the shiny new path is the one I chose; the start of a new career, filled with new experiences.

There's just something in my heart that tells me to never stop moving; once bitten, twice shy be damned because we all know how stagnancy breeds moss. Watch a ballet performance and you'll witness how gracefully they carry themselves through every point and pliƩ. Every pirouette lifts them off stable ground, turns their world upside down and in a moment, they are back to reality, standing strong and poised. Every once in a while you're bound to make a mistake or two or trip down a flight of stairs. Forgive yourself for it because it happens to the best of us. All you need to remember is, no matter what life throws at you, dust yourself off, tie up that top knot and get going.

Looking every bit a ballerina, Dayle Pereira of Style pairs her grey polka dot leotard with a blue skater neoprene skirt, gold glitter ankle strap heels, a monogram rose gold satchel bag and a top knot

Looking every bit a ballerina, Dayle Pereira of Style pairs her grey polka dot leotard with a blue skater neoprene skirt, gold glitter ankle strap heels, a monogram rose gold satchel bag and a top knot

Forever 21 grey polka dot leotard [worn as top] | Forever 21 blue neoprene skirt [previously seen here] | Michael Kors monogram satchel [previously seen here] | Pavers England glitter ankle-strap stilettos

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

Looking every bit a ballerina, Dayle Pereira of Style pairs her grey polka dot leotard with a blue skater neoprene skirt, gold glitter ankle strap heels, a monogram rose gold satchel bag and a top knot

Looking every bit a ballerina, Dayle Pereira of Style pairs her grey polka dot leotard with a blue skater neoprene skirt, gold glitter ankle strap heels, a monogram rose gold satchel bag and a top knot

While this look was shot sometime in the distant past, i felt a connect between how life feels currently, the french tips on my nails as well as the ballerina bun. The polka dots and bright pop of my favorite colour definitely adds to the femininity. I also barely resemble my former self above, especially when it comes to how different my hair looks now. While I've gradually been opting to go shorter every time I go for a chop, I've found it so refreshing to style as well as how chic I feel with it.

It feels great to be back on Style File with a renewed perspective and I'm looking forward to much more!





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