The VMAs have always produced, if nothing else, a great spectacle on the red carpet, thanks to the completely outrageous way in which musicians usually dress. The awards have seen some of the most memorable outfits in history (if you need a refresher, check this out) and so we were expecting a whole lot of crazy. We were pleasantly surprised to see that outfits were beautiful and actually … fashionable. While we wait to come down from this shock, take a look at the outfits we loved, and some we didn’t but want you to see anyway…

The naked dress

Made famous by a whole lot of brave celebs (including our very own Khanyi Mbau at the SAMAs), the latest version was was spotted on guests. It made use of some interesting mesh and a whole lot of beading. If you got it, flaunt it, right?

Heidi Klum, Bebe Rexha, Keyisha Cole/via Rex Features

At the red-y

However you choose to wear it, red makes a statement. Especially at this sort of event, where you want to stand out. And if a simple red dress isn’t enough, perhaps think of swapping your bag out for a birdcage…

Lil Mama, Renee Bargh, Vanessa Hudgens / via Rex Features

Jacket makeover

Taking a tuxedo jacket, blazer or even trench-coat and transforming it into a beautiful dress is a very good idea. Just look at how well it works on Joan Smalls. Although, if we’re honest, anything would work on her.

Joan Smalls, Gabbie Hanna, Erin Lim/ via Rex Features

Lacy, baby

Black lace is beautiful. Even more so when paired with sequinned harem trousers. Add a pair of combat boots to perfectly complete the outfit – just ask 13-year old Millie Bobby Brown.

Demi Lovato, Millie Bobby Brown, Alessandra Ambrosio / via Rex Features

Cut it out

It’s all about the tasteful cut-out on a ball gown or latex-pink catsuit. The best part about this is you can flaunt your favourite bits, and hide the other stuff.

Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Ivana Baquero / via Rex Features

Fancy florals

Embroidered mesh works everywhere (thanks, Dior) and is the perfect thing to inspire your festival dressing.

Paris Jackson, Caroline D’Amore, Olivia Munn / via Rex Features

Full tulle

Feathered, ruffled or layered under skirts for fullness – tulle is the best.

Lorde, Sofia Carson, Kesha / via Rex Features

Make a statement

Using your clothes to spread a message, quite literally, is the opposite of what boring dressing looks like.

Lizzo, Teyana Taylor, Mel B / via Rex Features

The co-ord

Like a suit, but more 2017, thanks to crazy cuts and prints. Or bright yellow.

Chanel West Coast, Sophie Beem, Diamond White / via Rex Features

Which look is your favourite?