Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble.’ Music Video: Look By Look

A still from Taylor Swift’s ’I Knew You Were Trouble.’ music video.
Photo: Big Machine Records/ MTV

First things first: we want to wish a HAPPY birthday to Taylor Swift! The pop star is celebrating her big 2-3 today, but she’s switching things up by giving all of US a special present instead. Just mere minutes ago the singer finally dropped the video for “I Knew You Were Trouble.” upon the internet, and we’re 100% not exaggerating when we say we’ve already hit “replay” approximately 8 times. With a sad 2-minute introductory monologue and nostalgia-laden flashbacks, we’re getting maaaajor Rihanna “We Found Love”– meets- Lana Del Rey “Ride” vibes from TSwift’s new breakup anthem (not a bad thing!). Reeve Carney stars as her bad boy boyfriend, who transforms her onscreen persona into an entirely different person…from her pink choppy wig all the way down to her edgier-than-usual clothes. We’re talking ripped t-shirts, fedoras, and not a single dress in sight! GASP. While you let all that sink in, check out our complete “I Knew You Were Trouble” fashion breakdown below!

RIPPED T-SHIRT AND JEANS

A still from Taylor Swift’s ’I Knew You Were Trouble.’ music video.
Photo: Big Machine Records/ MTV

From the very first moment we see her waking up alone in deserted Coachella-esque landscape, it’s obvious that this is definitely not like the other 22 videos in Taylor Swift’s arsenal. She’s looking totally disheveled- a Taylor first!- in a ripped black and white t-shirt, gray skinny jeans, and black leather ankle boots. Normally wearing a t-shirt and jeans isn’t that big of a deal…but need we remind you that this is Taylor Swift we’re talking about? Plus, it’s the official introduction to her shaggy pink wig (more on that later).

WHITE TOP, BLACK HAT, AND GLASSES

A still from Taylor Swift’s ’I Knew You Were Trouble.’ music video.
Photo: Big Machine Records/ MTV

The slow-moving beginning quickly kicks into a high gear flashback that showcases Taylor’s meet-cute with the dude at a gas station. He’s looked buff and tatted-up, she’s the innocent girl in an embroidered tank. Note that her hair is still entirely blonde in this scene. But as soon as he places his black fedora and John Lennon round shades on her head, there’s NO question that she’s a goner. (Symbolism, much?!) From this moment on it’s a whirlwind of plaid shirts, crewnecks, and a killer fringe jacket.

“JE T’AIME” TANK

A still from Taylor Swift’s ’I Knew You Were Trouble.’ music video.
Photo: Big Machine Records/ MTV

For this 0.5 second of a scene we score a glimpse of Taylor in the early, early stages of a MAJOR good girl-meets-bad boy crushathon. She’s running around in a pale blue tank top not-so-subtly splashed with “Je T’aime” across the front. Because OBVIOUSLY.

T-SHIRT AND BANDAGE SKIRT

A still from Taylor Swift’s ’I Knew You Were Trouble.’ music video.
Photo: Big Machine Records/ MTV

We know we said that Taylor skipped out on the frilly dresses this video, but she did indulge herself in a black mini for the date scene. It’s tough to tell at first, but paired with a falling-off-the-shoulder top, the outfit hints at the girlishness still peeking through. However, we’ve gotta admit the outfit DOES complement her beau’s all-black everything ensemble nicely.

WHITE FRINGE JACKET

A still from Taylor Swift’s ’I Knew You Were Trouble.’ music video.
Photo: Big Machine Records/ MTV

Whoa, check out that jacket! You know Taylor’s in DEEP with the guy when she’s sporting a vintage-inspired white leather topper, complete with swinging sleeve fringe. Hm…if the outfit seems a little familiar, maybe it’s because Lana Del Rey rocked a similar version for her OWN breakup tune, “Ride.”

MODCLOTH HEADBAND

A still from Taylor Swift’s ’I Knew You Were Trouble.’ music video.
Photo: Big Machine Records/ MTV

In this close-up shot we can grab a glimpse at Taylor’s yellow floral headband as well as her dip-dyed hair. The singer told MTV News earlier this week that she viewed the wig as an “acting piece,” to help her get into character. You might not be able to snag the exact hair (unless you feel like doing the Manic Panic thing yourself), but you CAN buy Taylor’s identical headband from Modcloth.

Taylor said that the concept of the video was intended “…to be some sort of corruption — good girl is living her life, going about her, you know, daily life and all of sudden she runs into this force. This guy is just like a force,” she said. “She’ll do anything to fit into his world, including change everything about herself.” And yes, that includes the fashion. Do you think she succeeded? Watch the video below and let us know in the comments!

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