A brushed check Stella McCartney coat sets the scene. ‘Evermore’, Taylor Swift’s ninth studio album, reads like an addendum on ‘Folklore’s’ narratives. A warm, tender postscript; ending the year on comforted notes, lost in the interwoven stories of people and characters unknown and unmet.
The album’s first single ‘Willow‘ dresses up with a repertoire of cosy cardigans, cottagecore tea dresses and dramatic floor-length capes. Here’s how we’re envisioning ‘Willow’s’ outfits in real life — and in real wardrobes.
On the cover of ‘Evermore,’ Taylor Swift’s tousled French plait lies between dégradé ombré check — a one-off from Stella McCartney’s limited-edition 23 Old Bond Street AW20 collection, which can only be accessed from this very address. Also by the British designer, this coat falls into the same boxy, je-ne-sais-quoi style; a ‘shacket’ (shirt-jacket) shape made long and coat-worthy. While Swift’s original opts for warm autumnal tones like terracotta and dark olive, this iteration’s black-and-red colourway feels like a tribute to festive, deep-winter colours; ones that can be worn past New Year’s into the cold of January too.
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The video for ‘Willow’ starts where ‘Cardigan’ ends. Swift sits — curls damp, with her back facing an upright piano — awash in a blush of candle-lit, sepia-toned warmth. The cardigan tugged over her shoulders is oversized and cable-knit, with star-shaped appliqué on the sleeves and varsity piping at the borders. A back-to-classics iteration, this Re/Done cardigan carries the same ivory colourway and vintage fishermen-inspired notes; the piece’s covered buttons, however, add a touch of luxury that’s subtle enough to feel timeless.
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As Swift emerges through the hollow of a weeping willow tree, she’s donning a tiered cotton-voile dress; one with a high-low train, dramatically trailing behind her as she steps — barefoot; tresses, wild — towards a creek-side bank. Combining both shirred and tiered details, this Ulla Johnson Serena midi dress brings summery cottagecore aesthetics into colder months, proving the transitional prowess of bohemian-prairie dressing.
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Modernising the lace-trimmed slip Swift wears as she strums away in her glass-framed cage, this PatBo dress marries skin-baring cut-outs with a beautiful corded floral lace construction. As we inch our way towards a party season primed for stay-at-home Zoom reunions with friends and family, pretty above-the-keyboard details — like the geometric cut-outs emblazoned across this dress — are sure to be stars of the show.
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Unless you’re part of an enchantress coven, the occasion for a heavy cape — hooded, in velvet and brushing the ground — is most likely close to none. Hitting at the hips with structured shoulders and a thin leather belt, this Onefifteen cape — looking like a felted wool blanket draped over a blazer — transforms pagan-ritual attire into something a touch more everyday. We’re big fans of the shawl lapel, too.
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Another cottagecore contender, this georgette Sea dress blossoms into shirred blouson sleeves and a ruffled mock neckline; details mirrored by the third dress in ‘Willow,’ swept up by Swift as she climbs out from the body of the piano-slash-portal. The dark turquoise tones and shimmery fil coupé provide beautiful case studies on wintry florals and how to make them work; here, it’s references to tapestry and interiors rather than drawing from springtime blooms.
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