By Andrea Cheng
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:00 am
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We're stating the obvious here, but the first choice for any red carpet event is more often than not a dress. And for an awards show, it's usually a gown. But at Sunday's 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, these mavericks eschewed fashion traditions and went with—gasp—pants. Instead of a sexy take on menswear or some reinterpretation of a suit, Ariana Grande, Joan Smalls, and Stella Maxwell took this opportunity to bare their enviable abs with wide-leg pants and crop tops. Wait, does this mean crop tops are back as a red carpet fashion trend? But we digress.

Grande went for a '90s look, with the help of Alexander Wang—she wore a custom design featuring an off-shoulder gathered lace bandeau with wide-leg tuxedo pants, complete with a choker and her signature pony. Smalls, of course, showed off her supermodel figure in separates by buzzy label Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, which included a sexy leather halter bustier and zip-up wide-leg tuxedo pants. And finally, to round out the ensemble, model Maxwell piled on the drama with dizzying prints, courtesy of her colorful Moschino crop top and matching flared pants.