As far as tracks on Reputation go, “End Game” is a prime example of “Taylor Swift trying too hard to be in-your-face.”
The song has its moments — I’ve sung along to “End Game” more times than I’d like to admit. It’s fun to play when you’re driving down a scenic road somewhere and in the mood to scream “OOH YOU AND ME WE GOT BIG REPUTATIONS, AHHHH” out the window of the car.
But, for the most part, “End Game” is a song that I find both confusing and exhausting to listen to. The entire thing just feels so forced. Forced attitude. Forced feelings. Forced vocals, even. Taylor x Future x Ed Sheeran is a three-way that could have worked but didn’t. I don’t listen to much of Future or Ed Sheeran’s music, yet I get the distinct sense that Future had to tone himself down for this collaboration while Taylor and Ed tried way too hard. It’s cringey. 
Choker from IconaWear | Dress from Vera Wang Princess collection
Baby, let the games begin!
Surprisingly, most of the people I’ve talked to don’t like this song — it’s one of my favorites on Reputation and never fails to put me in a good mood. Maybe I’m a fan because I think the rap parts all sound like singing, so I don’t have to think about Taylor Swift rapping.
I personally like to play this song at a high volume when I’m about to take a test, go on a date, or tackle a tough programming exercise, because “… Ready For It?” is the musical equivalent of looking someone straight in the eye and asking them to try you.
“I get ready, I get all dressed up / To go nowhere in particular / Doesn’t matter if I’m not enough / For the future or the things to come / ‘Cause I’m young and in love.”
I do not own this song; all opinions expressed are my own.
I haven’t mentioned it on here, but I’m a Lana Del Rey fan of the has-a-whole-select-playlist-of-her-songs-that-I-pretty-much-listen-to-exclusively variety, and I was so excited when she unexpectedly released this new song that I had to make it my next dress-up post. (more…)
“You were red / And you liked me because I was blue. / But you touched me and suddenly I was a lilac sky / And you decided purple just wasn’t for you.”
Content warning/note: The content below includes a mild discussion about addiction; please be aware if you believe this could adversely affect you. I do not own this song; all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Welcome to my first dress-up post. I’m really excited for this to be a thing — whenever I find a song I like, I’m always looking up the lyrics and the song meaning, and through posts like this, I can add my own interpretation. I first heard “Colors” during my freshman year and it has been one of my favorites since; it’s dreamy but also surprisingly deep if you listen carefully. Enjoy the post, and let me know what you think!
At its core, “Colors” is a song about addiction. He is addicted to a substance, and she is addicted to him. Things aren’t looking good, though — he’s sold his soul and there’s nothing she can do but watch as her partner, once vibrant and full of life, fades into an empty husk of a person. “You’re dripping like a saturated sunrise … You’re ripped at every edge but you’re a masterpiece,” Halsey sings, but quickly acknowledges that he’s in a bad place: “Everything is gray / His hair, his smoke, his dreams / And now he’s so devoid of color / He don’t know what it means.” There’s some intense speculation that “Colors” was about Matty Healy of The 1975, who Halsey had a thing but never became official with (read my favorite analysis of “Colors” in regards to Halsey and Matty here), but as far as I know, neither of them have confirmed it.
This dress, with its simple cut and abstract white pattern, was the one that immediately came to mind when I thought of the lyrics “everything is bluuuuuuue”. The main character is the opposite of the guy she sings about; she’s blue, not red, and that’s why he fell in love with her in the first place. Blue is often associated with introverted qualities, and I wanted to create the look of someone who was sharply observant, on the quiet side, and maybe a little prim and proper (how cute is that side braid?) as well. How cool would this getup look in a shadowy, intense music video? Very.
The official music video tells quite a different story, and I encourage you to check it out. Its preppy outfits, Tumblr-esque filmography, and huge plot twist at the end are definitely worth 4:14 of your life. I really enjoy styling these dress-up posts because I’m doing my best to stay true to both the theme and my aesthetic — although shooting this one was hard because “on the quiet side and maybe a little prim and proper” is so not me that it’s almost laughable. ? I hope you had as much fun reading this as I had writing it, and if you have any songs, movies, books, or anything else you’d like me to interpret for a future dress-up post, don’t hesitate to contact me! I’m always looking for new inspiration and open to suggestions.