The 1980s and early ‘90s had some very questionable fashion moments, and one of the decade’s most regrettable trends has to have been harem pants — a style popularized by rapper and dancer MC Hammer. For the 1990 VMAs, the iconic rapper matched his metallic harem pants with a jacket missing significant chunks of fabric.
Though it seemed that the rapper thought “It’s All Good,” despite missing significant amounts of fabric, fashion critics thought otherwise! Looking back, how did this look ever catch on?
Amber Rose, 2014
Just when we thought we would see the end of strings and chains doubling as “dresses,” Amber Rose proved us wrong with this. In 2014, Amber walked the red carpet in a dress that completely reminded us of Rose McGowan’s infamous sheer chainmail outfit from years before.
Surprisingly, despite being quite revealing, the dress actually covered more than Rose’s dress! Also surprising is that this is just one of many shocking outfits worn by celebrity Amber Rose.
Lil Nas X, 2021
There are some artists who are known for pushing the limits — not just with their music, but also with their fashion. Lil Nas X can always be counted on to bring unforgettable lewks to the VMAs, and his appearance in 2021 was no different.
The rapper wore a dangerously low-cut, bedazzled lavender Atelier Versace suit with a matching shimmering train. The crystal-encrusted creation helped dub him the best dressed on the red carpet. While the craftsmanship of this outfit is amazing, we really can't get past his 1980s-style mullet.
Britney Spears, 2002
From pop princess to leather diva, Britney Spears decided to shed her innocent image with this leather outfit complete with a matching hat. Though her tiny studded dress, gloves, and lace-up heels wouldn’t get a second look today, decades ago, this look was considered quite edgy — especially for Britney Spears.
While her bold look was controversial, the real focus was on her interaction with the late pop icon Michael Jackson. After calling him the “artist of the millennium,” the king of pop was confused by Spears’s praise and thought it was an award — awkward!
Nicki Minaj, 2012
Nicki Minaj’s VMAs outfits typically test the limits to which fabric can be stretched, and her 2012 Versace black lace bodysuit was no different. Rocking neon yellow hair, Nicki debuted this slinky lace bodysuit with the outline of a corset embroidered into it in neon red sequins.
Nicki topped her jeweled and figure-hugging jumpsuit with an oversized captain hat. Though it was surprisingly conservative (for Nicki!), her superfans (aka Barbz) loved this subtle and interestingly constructed outfit. With so much confidence and talent, it seems that Nicki can shine on the red carpet wearing just about anything!