The Best And Worst Outfits At The 2023 VMAs

The VMAs are never known for their great fashion. This year was no different, but at least there were a couple cute looks.

By Gina Florio2 min read
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The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are an annual awards show hosted by the American cable network MTV. The VMAs celebrate the best in the music video medium, recognizing artistic and technical achievements in a variety of categories. The awards are known for their wide array of categories including, but not limited to, Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Direction, and various genre-specific categories like Best Rock, Best Pop, and Best Hip-Hop video.

Over the years, the VMAs have gained notoriety for their high-energy performances, unexpected moments, and the cultural impact they often generate. The ceremony is well-known for its often controversial and talked-about moments that capture the public's attention, making it a trending topic on social media platforms. Unlike more traditional awards shows, the VMAs are less formal, catering to a younger audience with a focus on current pop culture trends. This youthful energy is one reason the show is eagerly anticipated and widely viewed.

The VMAs serve as a significant platform for artists to promote new releases and make political or social statements, giving them a chance to connect with their audience in a unique way. The awards show often features elaborate stage setups and collaborations that aren’t typically seen elsewhere, adding to its allure. For fans, it’s not just about who takes home the Moon Person trophies; it's also about the spectacle, the fashion, the drama, and the chance to see their favorite artists perform live. In essence, the VMAs are a celebration of the music industry's creativity and influence, encapsulated in one exhilarating evening. But one thing the VMAs is not known for is great fashion. In fact, it's notoriously the time of year when celebrities show up to the red carpet looking like a hot mess. This year was no different. Here are the best and worst outfits.

Best Outfits at the 2023 VMAs

Olivia Rodrigo

A simple silhouette did wonders for Rodrigo, and she kept her hair and makeup natural as well.

Selena Gomez

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Getty/Dimitrios Kambouris

Pretty in red, Gomez's ensemble was sexy and romantic all at the same time.

Pretty Vee

She wore Quine Li that had a unique cutout in the back with a high, asymmetrical neckline.

Kelsea Ballerini

Red is Ballerini's color, and the simple halter top with the cutout looked adorable on her figure. Her hair was in simple waves and she walked the red carpet with her boyfriend Chase Stokes.

Taylor Swift

It's definitely not her best look, but it's slim pickings on the VMA red carpet, so at the very least Swift's outfit looks cute on her figure. She wore multiple layers of necklaces and her dress had a thigh-high slit.


Shakira is known for her incredible figure, and this shimmering cutout dress had a low back that hit right above her booty.

Madelyn Cline

Cline's nude dress may not have been the ultimate knockout of the night, but she managed to pull it off. The dress had a long sheer skirt under a mini skirt with a drop waist design. Her hair was slicked back and her makeup was muted.

Worst Outfits at the 2023 VMAs

Demi Lovato

Lovato's outfit was an all-black ensemble that just swallowed her figure and didn't really do her justice.


Sheer outfits with underwear are the all the rage right now, and Tinashe certainly took the trend to the extreme. She simply wore tape on her nipples and as her underwear.

Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha wore a black dress with cutouts on her butt, and it was anything but flattering.


Anitta is always beautiful, but her outfit was confusing, complete with mismatching earrings that added nothing to the ensemble.

Coco Jones

She wore a belt for a bra. That's all that needs to be said.

Doja Cat

Just a hot mess.

Karol G

She wore Ashi Studio couture in the form of a see-through dress and a matching oversized coat. It could've been so much better.

Yung Miami

Where to even begin?

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