Lorde's 2017 VMA Performance Outfit Resurrects Trends You Thought You'd Never See Again

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Lorde arrived on the 2017 VMA red carpet wearing a gorgeous lilac gown, complete with a feathery, full skirt. It was a definite departure from her dark, all black looks of VMAs past. So the stakes were understandably high when the singer took the stage during the live show to perform her song "Homemade Dynamite."

Lorde, who didn't actually sing the song due to the flu, certainly lived up to expectations of a killer outfit. During her VMA performance, she wore an '80s-inspired silver dress over sweatpants. The tinfoil, metallic gown was flouncy and unique, paired with simple sneakers for a perfect performance look — especially for a sick singer.

The outfit was reminiscent of the early 2000s trend of wearing a dress over jeans, a look that is coming back but is incredibly hard to pull off. Seriously, no one ever thought they'd see this trend again. But Lorde's look might make you a believer in resurrecting the old style.

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Lorde has been known for her dark, “grown-up goth” look, often opting for casual ensembles in black with bold lips to match both on and off the stage. But the singer has been lightening things up lately, straying from all black everything and incorporating some neutrals  — and even color! — into her wardrobe. Gasp!

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Her two looks on VMA night kept in line with that new Lorde style perfectly.

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Lorde not only performed at the VMAs, but she's up for one of the biggest awards of the night — Artist of the Year. This year marks the first time for this gender-inclusive category, as men and women previously competed in separate categories.

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If you had any doubt that Lorde is a serious contender for the first-ever Artist of the Year Award, her VMA performance was all the proof you needed that she's a showstopping artist. Even with the flu.