The Best Dressed Of The 2014 MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet Teaches Us To Take Small Victories Where We Can

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You guys, my bosses are making me find the best-dressed of the MTV Movie Awards 2014 red carpet, and I don’t know what to do! As you’ve seen, the MTV Movie Awards reliably generates one of the most heinous red carpets of the year. It’s inexplicable. The event draws out famous, fashionable people, but they dress like utter loons. There are cut-outs and peplums and glitter and neon and giant blocky shoes and festoons of chiffon, sometimes all on the same person. How am I ever going to weed enough good looks out of this mess to make up a best-dressed list?

Trying to find the best-dressed among the attendees of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards is a lesson in embracing flaws. It’s very zen. Just take a deep breath, lower your standards, and let’s look for the points of light in the darkness.

Shailene Woodley 2014 MTV Movie Awards - ArrivalsShailene Woodley has been on a roll lately. This leather Balmain outfit makes her look like a sexy space gladiator, but in a good way.

Jessica Alba 2014 MTV Movie Awards - Backstage And Audience

Jessica Alba kept it relatively simple in this Kenzo top and poofy skirt. It probably wouldn’t be a show-stopper on another red carpet, but the silhouette is fun and the colours are great, and at an event where Rihanna shows up in a bathrobe it’s terribly easy to snag a spot on this list. Her shoes look like scary alien eyes peering up her skirt, and they’re going to give us nightmares.

2014 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals

Lupita Nyong’o‘s crazy Chanel is either too much pattern or just shy of too much pattern, but if she were standing in front of a less busy background it would be great. Except the shoes. The shoes are distracting from all the hard work her face is doing.

Nyong’o is also wearing some elegantly understated jewelry by Vita Fede.

nicki minaj 2014 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals

Whoa, look at Nicki Minaj! She looks like a queen in this simple, sexy, Alexander McQueen dress and intense jewelry. The simple makeup is unusual on her, but it’s fantastic.

Amanda Seyfried 2014 MTV Movie Awards - Show

Amanda Seyfried‘s Saint Laurent suit makes her look like she is starring as Cher in Clueless: The Musical! (Someone out there, please make Clueless: The Musical! happen.)

Arden Cho 2014 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals

Fine, Arden Cho. You get to be on our best-dressed list in your weird nude cut-outs. Are you happy now?

2014 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals

On this red carpet, boring and inoffensive counts as a win. Is Ellie Goulding wearing black shoes under there? Nevermind, I can’t even look.

(Photos: Getty)

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    • Samantha Escobar

      I was shocked at how much I loved Jessica Alba’s outfit. I always think she’s so boring but by comparison I mean NICE.

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      Amanda Seyfried’s suit is one of the most original looks I’ve ever seen on her. I love it.

    • fuhleash

      Nicki Minaj looks like a “scary” queen??? Why????? She looks flawless. I can only imagine why you would use that word scary

      • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

        She does look flawless! Her look is completely perfect. Oh my gosh, you’re absolutely right. I meant “scary” because that intense gaze of hers in that picture is so regal and intimidating I felt like she might say, “Off with her head!” like the Queen of Hearts if I displeased her. But you’re completely right and that was a really bad word choice and I’m sorry. I was looking for “imperious,” but in a more complimentary way. In retrospect, “Regal” would have been the obvious choice. Or “imposing” or “majestic.” “Scary” was definitely not right. I’m really sorry and embarrassed.

      • fuhleash

        i forgive you! i agree, she looks very regal

    • CMJ

      Those shoes Lupita is wearing can DIAF.

    • JennyWren

      Amanda Seyfried looks AMAHZING. Fresh and kicky and fun. I like to imagine she’s going to a club after this and will lose the jacket for the dance floor.