See Every Single Outfit Taylor Swift Has Ever Worn At The VMAs

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Taylor Swift always makes a splash at the VMAs. Whether she’s performing on a New York City subway, getting Kanye’d by Kanye, or reinventing herself as a full-on pop star, much of Taylor’s trajectory to trendsetter and superstar can be traced back to her VMA looks. Seriously. Check out every look Taylor has blessed us with at the VMAs below.

2008

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus arrives on the red carpet of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Taylor’s first VMA appearance was way way back in 2008 when she was just a teenage country crooner hosting the VMA pre-show. While Taylor’s style has since undergone quite the evolution since she first showed up on our radar, one thing has stayed with her: her love of all things that glitter. She arrived at the VMAs wearing a gold sequined dress and interviewed a very young Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards  at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

She then traded in her gold dress for an off-white strapless one. It’s classic old-school Swift, whose at-the-time uniform was flowy, summery dresses at all times.

2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13:  Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

For the 2009 show, Taylor stepped up her glam game, wearing a sequined Kaufmanfranco gown with Lorraine Schwartz diamonds. We were also formally introduced to Taylor’s now-signature red lip.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13:  Musician Taylor Swift performs during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

That year, Taylor performed “You Belong With Me” outside New York’s famous Radio City Music Hall in a red A-line dress.

2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Singer Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

A barefoot Swift performed “Innocent” at the following year’s show, wearing—you guessed it—a beige strapless dress not all that different from the one she wore on her first VMA red carpet.

2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Taylor took a break from the VMAs in 2011 to basically change her entire look. When she arrived at the 2012 show, her hair was straight and she traded in her usual dresses for an all-white suit. Gone were the strapless A-line dresses of Taylor Swift lore. This was one of our first sightings of Pop Taylor™, and she wore POWER SUITS.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Musician Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Taylor changed into shorts, a red and white striped top, and with red shoes to perform “We Are Never Getting Back Together” from her album “Red.” Girl loves a good theme.

2013

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  Musician Taylor Swift (Detail: Herve Leger dress) attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

In case you had any doubts about Taylor Swift being a sophisticated woman, she showed up to the show in 2013 wearing a sleek Hervé Léger by Max Azria gown. Look at the pose.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  Taylor Swift (Detail: Herve Leger dress) and Selena Gomez (Detail: Atelier Versace dress) attend the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)

She also matched with BFF and future “Bad Blood” co-star Selena Gomez who also wore a navy gown to the awards.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Drake and Taylor Swift attend the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/FilmMagic)

She looked so good Drake wasn’t allowed to make eye contact when he bowed to her.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  (L-R) Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers speak onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)

Taylor took home the Moonman for Best Female Video for “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Bonus: The glitter of Daft Punk, Pharrell, and Nile Rodgers’ suit jackets made for a pretty sick backdrop for this, right?

2014

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24:  Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)

2014 was basically the year of Taylor Swift. She officially made her transition into full-fledged pop star and had the unitard to prove it. She showed up to the red carpet wearing this Mary Katrantzou number and people. took. notice.

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24:  Singer Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)

Of course, Taylor still has a love affair with sparkles and changed into this shimmery, fringed two-piece to perform a “Great Gatsby” version of “Shake It Off” during the show.

What was your favorite Taylor Swift VMA look?

 

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