These three ladies are near the top of our best dressed list, despite their late entries

By Alex Apatoff
Updated August 26, 2013 06:14 PM

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The stars at the VMAs gave us plenty to talk about Sunday night with their predictably over-the-top style, but as it turns out, three of our favorite looks didn’t make it to the red carpet at all.

In fact, two of these stars (Jessica Biel and Beyoncé) kept a low profile until the afterparty, while Rihanna changed out of the jeans and tee she wore to the show into something a little saucier. And leave it to this mega-watt LBD brigade to top our best-dressed list despite their late entries.

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Biel may have stayed out of sight while husband Justin Timberlake had a buzzy reunion with his ‘NSYNC bandmates, but there was no missing her in this sheer lace Dolce & Gabbana dress worn over a bra and briefs. She added strappy heels, drop earrings and a rich pink lip.

Beyoncé also opted for something a little revealing for her big reveal: A fitted black sheath with sheer panels down the side, plus Brian Atwood heels and the massive Lorraine Schwartz bling she loves.

And finally, Rihanna’s sizzling Balmain LBD, with some sexy chain-mail-inspired jewelry and strappy black heels, was the very definition of “guy hot,” and a fun complement to the more low-key look she wore earlier in the evening.

Tell us: Whose afterparty LBD was your favorite? And who had the best look of the night?

–Alex Apatoff