We love an LBD as much as the next girl, but getting dressed up should be fun. Enter the best dressed at the BET Awards—hosted by the hysterical Leslie Jones—who proved taking a style risk pays off. Our girl crush Issa Rae complemented a multicolored jacket and shorts with a punchy pink lip and bold blue eyeliner, while fashion-world darlings Chloe and Halle (who were on hand to deliver Beyonce’s acceptance speech) served up fresh alternatives to the oversized red carpet styles beloved by the Olsen twins. And don’t even get us started on how insanely good Jada Pinkett Smith looked. Click through for our favorite looks and get inspired.
Yara Shahidi in Philosophy
Lesson: A midi silhouette lets you play with prints, lace and tiers without skewing too loud.
Chloe And Halle Bailey In Ms. Min
Lesson: Keep oversize silhouettes feeling fun not frumpy by adding off-the-moment accessories like chokers and shoulder-grazing earrings.
Issa Rae in Balmain
Lesson: A statement blazer and shorts are just as appropriate as a cocktail dress.
Jhene Aiko in For Restless Sleepers
Lesson: The boudoir dressing trend is equally at home on the red carpet.
Lesson: You can rock a red dress with a red pout.
Jada Pinkett Smith in Alexandre Vauthier
Lesson: metallics are always a good idea.
Lesson: Keep head-to-toe black from feeling boring by looking for pieces with interesting details.