2014 BET Awards: Top 5 Fashion Trends

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2014 BET Awards Trends: Pharrell, Nicki Minaj and Usher

The 2014 BET Awards offered pretty fashion-wise. Pharrell Williams wasn’t the only man rocking a noteworthy hat. Both white and black made for strong looks. And floral bloomed as well. Check out who was doing what and most importantly, what trends highlighted the evening.

Classic White

The crisp non-color is always a winner (especially with summer's sun-kissed skin), and has been gaining red-carpet momentum. The best way to wear it: keep it classy, and well tailored; try a long sleeve dress (like Amber Rose) or a sharp single-button suit (like Regina Hall).

Sporty Black

The dark side of fashion's current graphic theme: dressing in all black, is another go-to red carpet move. Keeping it sporty, with a sleek bomber jacket (like John Legend) or leather mini-dress (like Jennifer Hudson) makes the look more fun and sexy, less somber.


Hats took the spotlight with the male performers of the evening—from a red velvet fedora to a coonskin cap. Call it the Pharrell-effect. The artist also debuted a new brown felt chapeau at the awards, this time of a moderate size.


The intergalactic fashion trend—complete with severe tailoring, body shaping details, sheer cutouts, and fierce metallics—continues to captivate the entertainment industry, for musicians in particular. The look is decidedly daring, but (be warned) difficult to execute. Fit is paramount, without that, it takes on a costume-y vulgarity.

Flower Power

Floral prints bloomed in menswear this season, and they’ve been favored on the red carpet for women as well. Pairing a colorful print with a clean white pump (like Kerry Washington) or white slacks (like B.J. Britt) perfectly balances the look.


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