VMA Star Style: All the Best Looks From Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and More

08/25/2013 at 08:54 PM ET

Most people may watch the VMAs for the performances (you may have heard some rumors about ‘NSYNC) and craziest moments. Us? We watch for major red-carpet moments. We made predictions, but as years past have shown us, there’s really no way to predict what stars will be wearing. Check out our favorite stars’ style, below, and sound off in the comments about who you’re loving, who you’re loathing, and who is just leaving you scratching your head. Then be sure to click over to see all of our VMA coverage — the wildest moments, craziest quotes and much more — from start to finish here!

Selena Gomez VMAs 2013INF; Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Selena Gomez in a navy long-sleeve gown with exposed lace bustier and silver cap-toe pumps (both Atelier Versace), plus Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

Taylor Swift VMAs 2013Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Taylor Swift working the camera in a second-skin, plunging navy gown with sequin embellishment, Lorraine Schwartz earrings and a mix of Lorraine Schwartz and Ofira jewels elsewhere, plus a retro do

Allison Williams VMAs 2013Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Girls‘ Allison Williams in a Marnie-appropriate high-necked ivory mini with lace embellishments, plus Christian Louboutin heels and Phyne by Paige Novick earrings.

Jennifer Hudson VMAs 2013Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Jennifer Hudson in a strapless leather dress with a houndstooth-print bustier and more than 400 carats of Lorraine Schwartz diamonds

Shailene Woodley VMAs 2013John Shearer/Invision/AP

Shailene Woodley in a crop top and fringed skirt (both Emilio Pucci), Casadei heels and her new short haircut

Miley Cyrus VMAsLarry Busacca/Getty

Miley Cyrus in a bejeweled two-piece vintage Dolce & Gabbana ensemble, platform heels and pigtail buns, plus tons of Lorraine Schwartz jewels

Katy Perry VMAsKevin Mazur/WireImage

Katy Perry in an Emanuel Ungaro leopard-print dress we’ve seen before, plus multiple Anita Ko earrings

Jordin Sparks VMAs 2013John Shearer/Invision/AP

Jordin Sparks in a zippered, tracksuit-inspired two-piece outfit and black sandals

Lady Gaga VMAsJeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Lady Gaga in an uncharacteristically demure leather fishtail dress by Prabal Gurung (don’t worry that she’s lost her touch — it has a majorly dramatic train) and granny sunglasses

Rita Ora VMAsKevin Mazur/WireImage

Rita Ora in a plunging ice-blue Alexandre Vauthier gown with long feathered train, plus Cartier gems

Coco Rocha VMAsLarry Busacca/Getty

Supermodel Coco Rocha in a textured, embellished leather jacket and skintight jeans

Robin Thicke Paula Patton VMAs 2013John Shearer/Invision/AP

“Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke with his wife, actress Paula Patton, who is wearing a pailette-embellished, high-slit gown

Ciara VMAsScott Gries/Invision/AP

Ciara in a barely-there gown embellished with with crystals, sequins and feathers, plus massive Lorraine Schwartz diamond studs

Naya Rivera VMAs 2013Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Naya Rivera in a fitted black Sen Couture gown with back cutouts, plus smoky liner and Marina B jewels.

Ariana Grande VMAS 2013Kevin Mazur/WireImage

“The Way” singer Ariana Grande in a girlie floral mini and white pumps

Jemima Kirke VMAsDimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Girls‘ Jemima Kirke does her typical gypsy thing in a scarlet-and-black dress emblazoned with traditional artwork (check out the explanation from commenter “Tibetha” below!)
–Alex Apatoff

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Eli on

Those are some of the most tragic looking outfits ever.

Tibetha on

re: Jemima Kirke. FYI. She is not simply wearing a dress “with a face on the torso”, but rather a dress adorned with the artwork common among the Indigenous peoples of Haidi Gwai – who occupy the traditional territory of the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada.

The fact that Alex Apatoff failed to see the forest for the trees on this one is somewhat distressing. But calling it a “face” is immensely disrespectful to the Indigenous peoples of this territory who have long fought to preserve their history through culture, language, and, of course, art.

StyleWatch on

Tibetha, thanks for letting us know! We’ll direct everyone to the comments for your explanation.

Linda on

My goodness….Miley sure outdid herself this time. That is one ugly outfit! Selena, Taylor, Ciara, and Naya look gorgeous.

maya on

Taylor Swift looks absolutely amazing! She should do retro glamour more often. Love it!

Crick on

The natives in Canada suck anyway, relax Tibetha.

Andrea on

Taylor looked horrific.

Elizabeth on

I dont know but I wasnt too crazy about any of the dressesn

lola on

You’re kind of an ass, crick

Elizabeth on

I know there are people who will disagree, but I’m so happy Ariana Grande is wearing clothes that actually cover her body. She’s on shows my daughter watches. So often young celebrities forget about who actually watches their shows

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