Britney Spears' 25 Most Iconic Fashion Moments

From newsboy caps and low-slung jeans to sheer catsuits embellished with rhinestones, Britney Spears has blessed us with some of the most memorable looks in fashion history. Whether posing on the red carpet, performing onstage, or dancing in a music video, Britney Spears always exudes confidence and sex appeal, and her style choices are similarly edgy, provocative, and boundary pushing.

On the heels of her return to the MTV Video Music Awards stage after a nine-year hiatus, take a look back at some of the most unforgettable outfits the Princess of Pop has rocked through the years. It's Britney, b**ch!

 

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  • Flesh-Toned Number at the 2000 MTV VMAs

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    When Britney opened the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, audiences found her straddling a chair in a sequin-adorned black blazer and slacks paired with a white button-down blouse and a black fedora. As she sang the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction," Brit rose from her chair and walked across the stage, eventually diving into her "Oops ... I Did It Again" hit. In one fell swoop, she shed her drab "business" clothes, revealing a risqué and totally ravishing nude-toned bra and matching low-slung pants ensemble adorned with sparkly rhinestones. She did it again!

  • Flight Attendant Flyness in 2001's "Toxic" Video

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    Audiences were totally on board with Britney Spears's flight attendant getup in 2004's "Toxic" music video. A sexy riff on the 1960s Pan Am stewardess uniforms, Brit's blue minidress featured a cleavage-flaunting center cutout, silver piping along the neckline and cinched-in waist, and a capelet with structured wing sleeves. The matching hat was the perfect finishing touch, making the outfit fly high through the friendly skies.

  • Biker Babe at the 2002 MTV VMAs

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    A year after mesmerizing us with her snake-assisted "Slave 4 U" performance at the Video Music Awards, Britney had a leather and lace moment at the awards show. Her biker-inspired ensemble consisted of a sleeveless, figure-hugging, button-up leather vest top; a stretchy mini skirt with a sheer side panel; elbow-length, black lace, finger-less gloves; a leather hat; and knee-high caged stiletto heels. Talk about finding a theme and going full throttle with it!

  • Schoolgirl Outfit in "...Baby One More Time" Video

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    Britney played into every man's naughty schoolgirl fantasy in her debut video, "...Baby One More Time." Wearing a pleated plaid skirt, knee-high socks, a white-button down tied into a knot (to reveal her toned midriff, of course), and a gray cardigan, she swayed her hips in between rows of lockers while giving the camera her most lustful looks. The pink ribbons and pom-pom accessories in her two braids completed the Lolita-esque look.

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  • Ringmaster Jacket for the 2009 'Circus' Tour

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    Brit was the world's sexiest ringmaster during her worldwide "Circus" tour. Night after night, the Princess of Pop took to the stage in black fishnet tights, black knee-high lace-up boots, black leather micro shorts, and a red ringmaster jacket designed by Dan and Dean Caten of DSQUARED and featuring a tailcoat, gold braided details, royal blue cuffs, and fur-trimmed shoulders. Forget Barnum & Bailey: This was the greatest show on Earth!

  • Head-to-Toe Denim at the 2001 VMAs

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    Back when Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were pop's reigning power couple, they showed up at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards in matching all-denim ensembles. For her part, Brit rocked a floor-length, strapless denim dress and accessorized with a low-slung, silver-toned chain-link belt, a wide choker necklace filled with shimmering gemstones, and a bejeweled denim frame purse. The outfit became so iconic that Katy Perry strolled down the red carpet at the 2014 VMAs in a similar jean dress ensemble, with rapper Riff Raff playing the Justin to her Britney. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

  • Rainbow Hair at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards

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    Britney Spears dressed the part when she picked up her Candie's Style Icon award at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. Wearing a silver Mikael D dress with a plunging neckline, side cutouts, short cap sleeves, and a high-low hemline, the Princess of Pop sparkled on her big night. The green-and-purple tips of her hair, meanwhile, added just the right amount of pizzazz and attitude to the look. 

  • Gothic Romance at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet

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    Though her stage outfit at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards stole the show, Britney made jaws drop on the red carpet when she showed up in this black lace Reem Accra number. The sheer long sleeves, high neckline, micro romper-style shorts, crocheted bodice, and long sheer train all created a vampy, dramatic, and undeniably sexy look. The knee-high, caged, peep-toe boots, meanwhile, added a fun S&M element to the outfit.

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  • Glamorous in White at the 2000 Grammy Awards

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    One of the most iconic Marilyn Monroe fashion moments involved her exiting a limousine in a white satin column gown, elbow-length gloves, and a white fox fur stole. Madonna gave Monroe's famous look her own spin in 1991, when she arrived at the Grammys arm-in-arm with Michael Jackson. In 2000, it was Britney's turn to channel old Hollywood glamour as she walked the red carpet in a simple white halter dress with a white fur stole.

  • Sporty & Spunky at the 2001 Superbowl

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    When she joined Aerosmith onstage at the 2001 Superbowl Half-Time Show, Britney looked ready to party like a rock star, wearing a cleavage-flaunting, midriff-baring Aerosmith band T-shirt, sporty football-inspired white pants with a lace-up front and vertical side stripes, and a tube sock that had been transformed into an arm warmer.

  • Underwear as Outerwear in the "I'm a Slave 4 U" Video

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    Low-rise jeans were barely a phenomenon until 2001, when Britney started wearing them everywhere — including in her sweaty, super sultry "I'm A Slave 4 U" video. What better way to show off her perfectly toned midriff than with a fuchsia wrap-around bustier crop top and the most low-slung jeans ever made? But the real shock factor came from the pink panties she wore over her jeans, kickstarting yet another wave of the underwear-as-outerwear trend. 

  • Sexy Tuxedo Dress at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Awards

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    Britney turned the 2013 iHeartRadioAwards into a black-tie event (sort of!) when she showed up in a black tuxedo dress by Olcay Gulsen. But this was no ordinary penguin suit! Brit's tuxedo jacket dress featured an ultra-short hemline, no sleeves, and a plunging neckline that allowed her to reveal the lacy black bra underneath her frock. Ever the trend-setter, Brit predicted that chokers would make a major comeback and accessorized her dress with a black velvet ribbon choker necklace.

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  • Red Latex Catsuit in the "Oops, I Did It Again" video

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    Black Widow and Storm may have looked great in their superhero jumpsuits, but they couldn't quite reach the heights of fashion greatness achieved by Britney Spears — or actor Kevin Bacon — in a red latex catsuit. Bacon famously wore a similar catsuit from Britney's "Oops! ... I Did It Again" video for an Apple Music ad that co-starred Britney, which shows just how iconic that outfit has become.

  • Newsboy Hat Moment at the 'Crossroads' Premiere

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    Britney wore a lot of newsboy caps in 2002 — a lot! Perhaps her most memorable cap-flaunting moment was when she attended the premiere of her film Crossroads with then-beau Justin Timberlake, a beige leather newsboy hat matching her shirred pink tunic top and pink high-heeled suede boots.

  • Navel-Baring Jumpsuit at the 2000 American Music Awards

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    The very same year that Jennifer Lopez slayed at the Grammys in a semi-sheer green chiffon Versace dress with a navel-grazing neckline, Britney Spears got in on the down-to-there neckline action at the American Music Awards. Instead of a dress, Brit chose a gray jumpsuit with an ultra-low cowl neck that hung below her belly button and diamonds embellishing the neckline and shoulder straps. 

  • Red Hot at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

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    Designer Mark Zunino created the tantalizing ensemble Britney Spears wore during her performance at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards: a bejeweled ruby red bra and matching briefs embellished with draped golden chains and red bead strands. A wide choker practically dripping with gem-like stones and matching cuff completed the ensemble. During one part of the performance, she upped her fashion game even further by flaunting a red feather stole. This is how you slay onstage, kids!

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  • Nearly Nude in the "Toxic" Video

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    Before "naked dresses" were even a thing, there was one very sheer bodysuit. Britney Spears gave the illusion of nudity when she slipped into a see-through, nude-colored jumpsuit embellished with crystals for her "Toxic" video. She was a glistening goddess and we were intoxicated. The look is so memorable that in 2011, Jennifer Lopez referenced it when she slithered into her own bedazzled nude bodysuit during her performance at the American Music Awards.

  • Lacy "Like a Virgin" Outfit at the 2003 VMAs

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    The moment when Madonna and Britney Spears smooched at the 2003 VMAs went down as one of the most outrageous moments in the awards show's history. The outfit she wore during the lip-lock — a lacy white corset top, a white mini skirt with a ruffled lacy hemline, a double-strand pearl necklace and another necklace with an oversize cross pendant, white knee-high leather boots, and plenty of pearl bracelets — became just as unforgettable in the fashion realm. In fact, it was as popular a Halloween costume in 2003 as Miley Cyrus's latex undie set and foam finger were in 2013.

  • Winning the Silver and Gold at the 2015 Video Music Awards

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    Britney showed off her enviable figure in a gold and silver sequined Labourjoisie dress at the 2015 Video Music Awards. The barely-there dress featured a diamond-shaped cutout that perfectly framed Brit's belly button, as well as cutouts along the sides. The angular lines and geometric shapes created by the sequins, meanwhile, complemented Brit's curves and gave the frock an Art Deco flair.

  • Snake Whispering at the 2001 VMAs

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    At the 2001 VMAs, Britney mastered some seriously sexy belly-dancing moves in a green chiffon bikini bra and itty-bitty hotpants with glittery butterfly wings printed on them, panels of gauze-y fabric in lush jewel tones and animal prints billowing along the back to from a train, and tiny dreamcatchers and rhinestone clusters dangling from the shorts' waist. And, of course, there's the Burmese snake Britney has draped over her shoulders. How's that for an exotic accessory?

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  • Ruffling Feathers at the 2003 American Music Awards

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    Britney was ready to do some twirls on the red carpet at the 2003 AMAs in this playful dress, featuring a fitted bodice and a skirt made of feathers that moved as she walked. The ensemble received mixed reviews, with some praising the dress as an inspired flapper-flavored choice and others disdainfully comparing it to a gaudy figure skating outfit. Whether praising it or slamming it, however, everyone was talking about the look.

  • Shining Bright at the 2016 MTV VMAs

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    Know who can pull off a sparkly, revealing neon yellow leotard with matching thigh-high boots? Britney, that's who. Performing "Make Me" at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards — her return to the VMA stage after a nine-year hiatus — Britney proved she's still the game-changing, show-stealing femme fatale we fell in love with 15 years ago. The choice of color may have seemed questionable to some, but it was so fitting for a comeback performance: After all, Britney was ready to shine as bright as the sun! 

  • Illusion Dress at the 2014 People's Choice Awards

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    A year before "naked" dresses dominated at the Met Gala — with Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and Jennifer Lopez donning near see-through gowns with strategically placed embellishments — Britney was playing with the idea of illusion-based fashion. At the 2014 People's Choice Awards, she rocked a long-sleeved Mikael D frock consisting of a basic nude strapless dress adorned with a sheer nude overlay decorated with silver floral appliqués. The form-fitting dress flattered her figure, while the sheer and opaque fabrics struck a tasteful balance. 

  • Popularizing Velour Tracksuits

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    In the early aughts, teen and twentysomething girls considered velours tracksuits a wardrobe necessity — largely thanks to Britney's love of Juicy Couture. Brit's obsession with velour tracksuits was so deep she even had her bridesmaids wear pink ones when she married K-Fed!

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  • Tabloid Fodder at the 2003 MTV Bash

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    Brit was the original Gossip Girl when she hit the red carpet at the 2003 MTV Bash wearing a cut-up Page Six tee as a wink-wink to the New York Post's celebrity rumor section. She paired the midriff-baring tee with a black mini skirt, which she wore over sheer tights bearing a Pop Art–inspired print. Black heels, a black fedora, and a white bow tie necklace completed the quirky look. Talk about being ready to make headlines!

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