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Holiday Dress Inspiration from the AMAs Red Carpet


The American Music Awards are never short of memorable moments—from Taylor Swift’s sassy performance of “Blank Space,” to Selena Gomez’s emotional performance of “The Heart Wants What it Wants,” to Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj killing it onstage with “Bang Bang"—it’s pretty safe to say 2014 was no exception. This year though, the best moments happened when celebs took to the red carpet to show off their style creds. The strapless, floor-length gowns typical of the red carpet were replaced by bolder, more edgy looks—and we’re loving it. Below, we’ve picked out four of our favorite celeb looks from the 2014 AMA’s and are showing you ways you can steal their look for the holiday party season for way less. Get ready for some major inspo for edging up your holiday party look this season!

1. Rita Ora

Rita Ora’s bright yellow Zac Posen dress was one of the more dramatic choices on the American Music Awards red carpet, but she rocked this bold choice with killer confidence. We especially love the trumpet shape and train, which add elegance to the bright yellow hue. Want to stand out against a sea of red at holiday parties? To copy her look, we love a skater dress shape (basically the shortened version of Rita’s look!) in the same bright yellow hue.

Skater Dress in Cross Hatch Texture ($56.85 at ASOS)

2. Taylor Swift

Before taking to the stage to give one of the AMA’s most talked-about performances, Taylor stunned on the red carpet in a gorgeous green cutout look by Michael Kors. We love the edgy, fashion-forward vibe we’re getting from this look, especially since T-Swift is usually known for her ultra-feminine red carpet looks. To get her look for the holiday season, try a dress in a more jewel-green hue with smaller cutouts so that it’s still totally appropriate for that Christmas party with the fam.

Faux Leather Trim Skater Dress ($28.99 atCharlotte Russe)

3. Megan Trainor

The “All About That Bass” singer looked classic and sweet in a Ted Baker LBD with a flirty lace top and sleeves. We love the way she added a cheeky pop of color to her all black look with her lips-shaped clutch. Need the perfect dress to pair with your fun statement accessories for holiday parties? Take a cue from Megan and keep it simple and sweet in this similar black lace shift from Forever 21, the perfect piece to dress up with bright statement-making heels or a fun bag like Megan’s.

Floral Lace Shift Dress ($22.90 at Forever 21)

4. Nicki Minaj

Like T-Swift, Nicki Minaj also went for the cutout trend in a cool black and red Alexander Wang dress. We’re loving the on-trend sporty vibe we’re getting from her look. To try Nicki’s cool cutouts for yourself, look for a skater-shaped dress in basic black with flattering side cutouts at the waist, like this one from boohoo. Pair it with black accessories, like Nicki, or add a pop of color with colorful shoes or a statement necklace. Either way, this on-trend cutout shape ensures you’ll make a bold statement at holiday parties this season.

Ashley Cut Out Sides Skater Dress ($26.00 at Boohoo)


We love the way these celebs took some major risks on the red carpet at this year’s AMAs. Do you have a favorite look from this year’s red carpet, collegiettes? 

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