We’re not sure if it was the impending fear of “Y2K” or what, but for some reason, we were obsessed with futuristic space-inspired clothing. Metallic tones, latex, and strange cutouts were all the rage. Artists often wore these outfits in space-themed music videos or even on the red carpet.
That’s why we’re not surprised that rapper Busta Rhymes decided to show off his fashion of the future with this yellow halter-top and pants set. While he must have thought his outfit choice was cutting-edge, we just think it looks uncomfortable.
Jessica Simpson, 2005
Fashion in the early 2000s could be easily defined as the era of “let’s add as many accessories as possible” to any outfit. One of the best examples of an unnecessarily busy outfit was this french maid costume and shorts combo that Jessica Simpson wore for the 2005 MTV VMAs.
Walking the red carpet with ex-husband Nick Lachey, Jessica proudly showed off this backless ruffled mess. Today, most fashionistas would cringe at the collection of ruffles, lace, bows, belts, and statement jewelry. This was peak 2005 in all of its maximalist glory!
Proving that she still has what it takes to turn heads on the red carpet, Ashanti wore this strappy number to the 2021 MTV VMAs. While fans were happy to see their favorite R&B singer back in the music scene, some were confused by her choice of dress.
With so many straps, buckles, and harnesses, we imagine that it must have taken ages for her to get dressed. We can’t imagine how difficult taking a bathroom break must have been! We hope that she had assistants on hand to help.
Jessie J, 2011
Singer Jessie J wasn’t going to let a little thing like a shattered ankle keep her from attending the 2011 MTV VMAs. Sporting crystal-covered crutches and a bedazzled walking boot, Jessie proved that she wasn’t going to let a devastating foot injury keep her from the red carpet.
Though she may have been smiling for the cameras, behind the scenes the singer’s foot injury was so severe that she actually needed to get a bone transplant in her foot. Yikes!
Let’s take a nostalgic trip back in time to the 2002 MTV VMAs, where B2K (remember them?) attended the awards show in matching suede and shredded outfits. As awful as these outfits are, we do have to commend the boys of B2K for really sticking to their decision to match under any circumstances — even if it looks like they lost a battle with a pair of fabric shears!
But don’t worry, all those scraps of fabric found a new life as headgear. We’re just happy to see coordinated boy band fashions be a thing of the past.