13 Daring Taylor Swift Red Carpet Ensembles That Prove She's Not Always A Goody Two Shoes

She may have a reputation for demure sartorial inclinations and the type of timeless style Grace Kelly would have adored, but Taylor Swift loves to shock her audience. The "Out Of The Woods" singer counterbalances each regal, prim, and proper getup with one that leaves fans and critics alike convinced they've underestimated the 24-year-old. Indeed, how many people can pull off a heavily printed, pants-less bodysuit and peep-toe booties on the red carpet? In celebration of Swift's new album and the delightfully drama-free lifestyle she appears to currently embrace, here are the singer's most daring red carpet ensembles. If her style evolution is any indication, the performer is getting a bit edgier each year. And even if the critics were unimpressed, you just know that Swift was happy to shake, shake, shake it off.

In Mary Katrantzou At The 2014 Video Music Awards

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Instead of appearing in a glistening golden gown or a twee mini dress, Swift selected this busily printed Mary Katrantzou bodysuit for the 2014 Video Music Awards. Needless to say, the paparazzi and her loyal crowd were left dumbfounded.

In Black Crochet At An InStyle Event

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The typically buttoned-up star selected a skin and curve-baring knit mini dress at an InStyle event. Body conscious, indeed.

In Golden Julien Macdonald At The 2013 American Music Awards

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While Swift didn’t venture far outside her comfort zone with the golden shade of her Julien Macdonald American Music Awards dress in 2013, the micro-mini length and nude illusion panel are quite another story.

In Elie Saab At The 2013 Brit Awards

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Somewhere, Angelina Jolie is kicking herself for only selecting a single slit in her Oscars gown when she could have chosen two illusion panels like Taylor Swift did in her 2013 Brit Awards Elie Saab gown.

In A 60s-Style Ensemble At The 2013 Summertime Ball

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Though this ensemble isn’t outlandish in terms of sultriness or avant-garde construction, but the ’60s feel of this peasant-blouse-and-shorts look is a risk for Ms. Swift — and a well-calculated one at that.

At The 2013 Met Ball In J. Mendel

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Swift’s 2013 J. Mendel Met Ball gown may have been couture at its finest, but its sharp angles, heavily jeweled neckline, and vaguely gothic vibe were an unexpectedly edgy combination.

In White J. Mendel Suit At The 2012 Video Music Awards

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A far cry from her Mary Katrantzou, this white J. Mendel tuxedo was still a bold sartorial move for the typically gown-clad Swift at the 2012 VMAs.

At The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, 2013

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Though technically not a red carpet ensemble, Swift’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show patriotic-themed getup deserves an honorable mention. Swift was literally swathed in the British flag, after all.

In J. Mendel At The 2011 Met Ball

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The J. Mendel patron selected another of the designer’s modern looks for the 2011 Met Ball, but the gown’s lightly rough edges, unconventional asymmetrical mermaid style, and collision of black and nude silk made it a truly unique choice.

In A Ruffled Getup, 2010

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The Girl Who Won Every Award selected this ruffled ensemble for an event in 2010, but paired it with fishnets and lace-up boots for an unexpectedly sultry effect.

In A Black And White Ensemble, 2014

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In a black and white peekaboo corset top and white skirt, Swift was all about an optical, mod statement.

In Zuhair Murad At A Pre-Grammy Shindig, 2014

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I’m quite sure no one expected a Grammys-bound Swift to attend Clive Davis’ pre-party in this shimmering, skin-baring Zuhair Murad mini, but the results of her sartorial experiment were positive.

In Burgundy Bodycon Dress, 2013

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Swift took this burgundy, modern femme fatale-inspired look for a drive in 2013, proving once again that her constantly-evolving style is nowhere near staid.