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!
Busta Rhymes, 1999
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.
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.
With such an extensive collection of body art already, we don’t understand why Pink decided to paint fake tattoos all over her body for the 2002 MTV VMAs. For the event, Pink walked the red carpet in this fringed green-and-black striped halter-neck dress.
Her most memorable accessory? The line of fake tattoos ran from her shoulder to her ankle. The early 2000s were certainly a confusing time for red-carpet fashion! While Pink still isn’t a darling of the fashion critics, we’re just happy the faux body art is a thing of the past.
Mel B, 2017
As one of the very important spices of the formidable and iconic 90's girl group "The Spice Girls," Mel B, aka Scary Spice, rocked up to the 2017 VMAs ready to make a statement.
One way to get a message across loud and clear is to let your clothes do the talking. That's what Mel B did, literally! Her glittery dress had the words "You Will Never Own Me" in a glittery rainbow style. Whoever has the confidence to wear such a statement piece on the red carpet is certainly not owned by anyone!