Claire Downs
August 29, 2016 2:56 pm

In VMA history, the red carpet has seen some out there looks. But this year, the fashion was on point, more subtle, and a bit more high-brow. Celebs brought us all the trends, from pregnancy fashions to dresses that were all about sheer. Yet it’s no denying that the “off-the-shoulder” style was a strong contender for a serious trend alert at the ceremony.

Last night was all about “showing a little ‘der” (that’s what I call shoulders now).

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This trend is not new. With roots in all kinds of ancient cultures, from Greek to Egyptian, (look at any statue or painting from those eras) the style has major history. Personally, it reminds us of Lucille Ball’s iconic grape-crushing moment on I Love Lucy, and honestly, we love Lucy. Yet from frocks to tops, this style was all over the VMAs and couldn’t be more current.

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Ariana Grande arrived sporting the classic, bohemian style, with some high-waisted trousers to match

It’s romance on top and business on the bottom, and we are LOVING her crimped pony!

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Ariana Grande attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV.com)
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Second, Kim Kardashian gave us 80s-flashdance-realness, complete with laissez-faire attitude.

The wet, scrunchy hair, the sheerness, and the “Oh, this old thing?” attitude made it the perfectly chill look.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Kim Kardashian West attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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And three makes a trend. Tove Lo’s white number by Dion Lee, paired with some metallic kicks was legendary.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Singer Tove Lo attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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Possibly our favorite OTS (off-the shoulder) was Britney’s total reinvention of the LBD.

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 Dascha Polanco gave us embroidered denim, and an OTS top with a train!

The Orange is the New Black star looked totally glam with her dewy makeup.

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Zara Larsson awed in this 90s crushed velvet dream

Fun fact about Zara, her Wikipedia section on her personal life has one sentence: “Larsson identifies as a feminist.” #GoGirl.

attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.
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Beyoncé protégée, Halle Bailey, bared her shoulders, adorned with brocade embellishments next to her sister, Chloe.

And her piercing matched the dress!

attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.
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Just look at the majestic beauty that is Naomi Campbell’s gown!

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So hurry up, fashion fam, and get to flashing those ‘ders. We only have a few precious months before our shoulders will be cocooned in puffer coats, so enjoy it while it lasts!

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