The beige Dolce & Gabbana dress she wore to perform “Innocent” in 2010 didn’t stand out when she stepped away from her stage set.
She wore the strapless dress with red lipstick, no shoes, and a tightly-curled hairstyle.
The look had a vintage feel that perfectly matched the moody set at the beginning of her performance, but it wasn’t as memorable once she walked out to the open stage.
For her first VMAs in 2008, Swift wore an outfit that was a bit more fun but still understated.
She wore a beige Kaufmanfranco dress with a strapless bustier top and pleated skirt in 2008.
The dress itself was pretty simple, but Swift leveled it up with metallic heels and jewelry that gave it more glam.
The glittering dress she wore to host MTV’s pre-show that year was classic Swift.
Swift’s earliest performance outfits were often comprised of cowboy boots and sequin-covered minidresses. So this “Fearless”-esque outfit made a lot of sense for the musician at the time.
It’s not the most iconic outfit she’s ever worn at the VMAs, but it’s certainly nostalgic.
Swift wore a shiny ensemble to perform “Lover” and “You Need to Calm Down” at the awards show in 2019.
Versace custom-made her metallic bustier top and sparkling blue shorts, while Louboutin created her golden ankle boots.
Though the pieces shined, Swift’s performance marked the first time she played both “Lover” tracks live — so Swifties will probably remember that musical moment over her outfit.
Ten years earlier, she wore a vintage A-line dress to perform at the show.
That was the year Kanye West infamously interrupted Swift as she accepted MTV’s best female video award. And as many Swifties will remember, he did so less than an hour before Swift was set to perform at the show.
While the red dress she changed into wasn’t the most iconic outfit she wore that night, it still played a role in a major career moment for the musician.
It was an exciting moment when Swift kicked off the “Red” era at the 2012 VMAs.
Swift announced her album “Red” in August 2012, so her VMAs performance of “We Are Never Getting Back Together” was one of the first times fans got a glimpse of her new preppy fashion.
She wore a red striped shirt, high-waisted black shorts, and sparkling red loafers — a look that’s now a signature ensemble of that era.
The same goes for her “1989”-inspired outfit in 2014.
Days after releasing “Shake It Off” and announcing her fifth studio album, Swift hit the VMAs stage in a glittering fringe-covered crop top and miniskirt.
Whether you love it or hate it, Swift’s long-sleeved romper in 2014 stands out among her VMAs fashion.
Mary Katrantzou designed the baby-blue, alphabet-print piece, which Swift wore with burgundy sandals and a wavy bob hairstyle.
Her red-carpet look in 2015 was also unique and memorable.
Swift arrived at the VMAs that year in a houndstooth ensemble designed by Ashish. It featured a long-sleeved crop top and high-waisted joggers, both of which were covered in yellow, orange, green, and blue sequins.
She also completed the edgy outfit with a strappy pair of Louboutin heels.
The sleek gown Swift wore in 2013 was extremely bold for the musician.