Taylor Swift's Charity Auction Outfit Mixed an Evening Gown With a $120 Necklace

And, maybe, a 'Reputation' Easter egg.

Taylor Swift appears on the Golden Globes red carpet in a green gucci dress
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Barely a week after Taylor Swift released her record-shattering album The Tortured Poets Department, her fashion has taken a surprising turn. Out are the black-and-white, lingerie-inspired basics inspired by Swift's intimate-yet-chart-topping era; in are shades of green and gold. But Swift made sure to keep one constant: mixing affordable jewelry with her formal designer pieces.

On Saturday, April 27, Swift joined her "significant other" Travis Kelce for a surprise appearance at a Las Vegas charity auction to benefit Patrick and Brittany Mahomes's organization, 15 and the Mahomies. A few days later, journalist Sarah Chapelle (@taylorswiftstyled) tracked down exactly what Swift wore to dress up for the evening and break with her recent style patterns.

Swift, most likely working with her her stylist Joseph Cassell, combined an over-$2,000 pleated gown by Maria Lucia Hohan with a $120 necklace by Vitaly. The gown features a draped cowl neckline and gently pleated fabric in a shimmery green; her choker necklace, meanwhile, contrasts a tiny diamond charm with heavy-duty gold chains. (Pictures of Swift are available on X.)

No matter which era she's currently inhabiting, Swift adores an under-$150 jewelry find. In the lead-up to Tortured Poets, the "Down Bad" singer has worn a range of items from Mazin Jewels, a brand specializing in silver and gold earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that look much more expensive than they are. She's also taken a high-low approach to styling her jewelry stack, mixing those affordable pieces with luxury gems from Maria Tash and Anita Ko.

Swifties eagerly taking in videos of her weekend cameo were less interested in the styling than the significance of the look. (Okay, they may have also re-watched the adorable videos of Kelce and Swift flirting through the evening.) The specific shade of green Swift wore lined up with her Gucci dress for the 2024 Golden Globes and a number of her street style outfits over the winter. Those include a crushed velvet dress by Little Lies, paired with Jimmy Choo x Jean Paul Gaultier boots, and a Stella McCartney sweater dress.

Fans in the Swiftiverse usually associate green with snakes, the unofficial mascot of the Reputation era. The color's return to Taylor's wardrobe has Swifties speculating that their leader is once again leaving clues for her next project.

Taylor Swift wears a green dress while walking in New York City with Blake Lively

Taylor Swift has incorporated a number of green dresses into her street style lately, including this

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The fan theorizing has its merits. Swift left breadcrumbs leading to her Tortured Poets song titles in her street style months ago. She wore an "Aimee" Anthropologie hair clip to hint at "thanK you aIMee," and carried a "Cassandra" handbag in a nod to a ballad with the same name.

If Taylor Swift is already moving on to dropping hints about Reputation (Taylor's Version), the mysteries won't be solved until the album arrives. Her penchant for high-low styling, however, is already crystal-clear.

Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.