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The 2012 VMAs: The Night's Best Looks and How to Get Them

Every year, the VMAs bring out the biggest personalities in music—which usually guarantees us some of the most outrageous outfits of the year. Can you say "meat dress," anyone?

But this year, with Gaga absent and only Nicki Minaj's Spiderman catsuit left to hold down the fort of questionable sartorial choices, the red carpet started to show its chic side. Some stars went for sleek, monochromatic tailored suits, while others played with mixed prints and graphic colors, or paired embellished textures with simple silhouettes. Click through to see—and shop—our favorite looks from last night's awards.

We're willing to forgive the too-sheer skirt on Katy Perry's Elie Saab dress, because those flowing retro waves are just that gorgeous.

Click through to shop the look.

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