Some red carpets are all about showcasing how elegant a celebrity is — with flowing ball gowns, six-figure jewelry, and poses that say, "I worked out with a personal trainer for three years to get my arm to look this swan-like." The MTV Video Music Awards carpet, however, is about making a different sort of statement. Stars seem to feel more compelled to #breaktheinternet than worry about landing on a best-dressed list — and thank baby Jesus for that.
On VMA night, when rules are made to be broken, expect the opposite of Champagne-colored gowns with fishtail hems. Crazy cutouts and super-high slits? Sure, why not? Rompers, pant suits, and shoulder pads? Yes — and why not all in one outfit? So, whether or not you tuned in to see Miley's squad face off against Taylor's, or to see if Baddie Winkle would break her no-pasties rule, click on to behold the can't-miss looks from the night that took big fashion risks — which had even bigger payoffs.