Missy Elliott may be one of the most talented artists in music, but even she couldn’t manage to “Work It” with this awful golf-inspired getup. Adidas tracksuits are already on most stylists’ no-no lists, so the fact that Missy chose to wear one in lime green and plaid probably enraged fashion critics even more.
In case the outfit couldn’t get worse, she topped it with this plaid hat and a huge yellow pom-pom. Why, Missy? Let’s hope she sent this terrible outfit to the big golf course in the sky!
We need someone to explain why, in the early-2000s, we insisted on wearing clothes that looked like they had already been destroyed. This “shipwrecked” trend resulted in outfits consisting of slivers of fabric hanging on for dear life as Ashanti’s “dress” shows.
Held together with just some shimmering ropes, the small pieces of pink fabric had no chance of staying in place if there was a strong gust of wind. That said, most of us wore similar dresses. Let's not kid ourselves; this was the prom dress of our early-2000s dreams!
Bella Poarch, 2021
Bella Poarch is a popular social media star and singer. In 2021 she went all out with this gothic meets glam ensemble. The TikTok star wore a sheer black jumpsuit with ruffled flared pants and a matching black shimmering cape to that year’s VMAs.
Bella finished her look with a long dramatic train that even required special assistance on the red carpet! Though the awards ceremony took place in September, this outfit gives us Halloween vibes of the best kind — especially when we zoom into her amazing nail art featuring black and white snakes.
Lil’ Kim, 2000
As the unofficial queen of outrageous outfits at the VMAs, Lil’ Kim did not disappoint with the plastic red outfit she wore to the 2000 awards show. Wearing a bustier romper made out of red transparent plastic, the “Lighters Up” rapper topped off her look with a matching bright red plastic jacket.
With all of those straps, studs, and sharp plastic edges, we just can’t imagine how uncomfortable this outfit must have been. On the bright side, with that PVC jacket, she was probably ready for any sort of rainy weather!
Proving that she is actually a pop culture goddess, Cher strolled onto the red carpet wearing her famous sheer bodysuit from her iconic “If I Could Turn Back Time” music video. Though the video premiered in 1989, Cher looked equally amazing wearing an updated version of it in 2010!
While Cher’s Bob Mackie-designed jeweled bodystocking caused quite the commotion, she was easily outshined when she was joined on stage by Lady Gaga in a dress made out of actual meat! But the icon didn’t have any hard feelings about another style stealing the spotlight. In fact, she found it “hysterical”!