Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
The MTV VMAs red carpet is not known for showcasing wearable fashion (unless donning strips of raw meat is your thing). The 2017 red carpet was a similar story if you focused on the womenswear, from Demi Lovato’s glittery harem pants to this oversized sheer T-shirt situation.
Yet the menswear was not only relatively inoffensive to the eyes, but actually rather wearable. That includes Lil Yachty and Khalid’s excellent red sweaters, which are immediately going on our fall fashion Pinterest boards. But the real standouts were the wide variety of printed shirts, the kind of Hawaiian and Hawaiian-adjacent short-sleeved tops that we would absolutely wear with denim shorts, or over dresses, or with ripped jeans... with anything, really.
As our own Rebecca Jennings has written, "Why should only astoundingly handsome boy band members get to wear loud, aggressive prints?”
Below, the many printed shirts of the 2017 VMAs.