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We’re Counting Down to Christmas with Mariah Carey

by Adam Fletcher

For many of us, even those self-confessed Grinches out there (you know who you are 😉), 1st December means one thing and one thing only: it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. So, what better time is there than now to turn to Mariah Carey, the unofficial queen of Christmas, for a little bit of fun, fashion and festive inspiration?

Yep, this MC-themed feature has arrived with 18 looks that will lift your spirits and get your sleigh bells ring-a-ling-a-dinging a day or two earlier this year. Because, honestly, after another month of staying in, who isn’t totally ready to play All I Want For Christmas Is You on repeat, deck the halls, and make ‘celebrating Christmas’ their top priority.

Well, without further ado, here are the most Christmassy Mariah moments ever, and they span across three whole decades…

mariah carey standing next to santa claus, wearing jeans and red christmas jacket


How did Mariah earn her Christmas crown? It all started 26 years ago, in 1994, with an album titled Merry Christmas, a pair of mom jeans and Santa Claus.

mariah carey at christmas day parade, wearing red christmas dress


We’re not sure whether Mean Girls inspired Mariah or if Mariah inspired Mean Girls, but this look is giving us major Cady vibes. Jingle bell rock.

mariah carey on stage, wearing sparkly red dress


A Christmassy red dress, elbow-length gloves and a pair of chandelier earrings to perform at the Rockerfeller Plaza. We can’t think of anything more suitable.

mariah carey records chrismtas tree lighting performance, wears silver long dress and fur cover up


Taraji P. Henson might have debuted 12 looks at this year’s American Music Awards, but Mariah did the whole multiple outfits thing before it was a trend. Here, Mariah’s sporting another dress at her Christmas Tree lighting performance.

mariah carey at stage, wearing white long sparkly dress


Moving from festive shades of red to white colourways, Mariah rocked this epic embellished dress at the Rockefeller Centre in 2013.

mariah carey at rockefeller center, wearing red bodycon dress and fur cover up


Another song, another look. Mariah opts for a corseted red dress and a faux fur stole for the second part of her performance at New York’s Rockefeller Centre.

mariah carey performs at obama national christmas tree lighting ceremony


Trust Mariah to wear an all-white look and elbow-length gloves for her festive performance at the White House. We’re here for the diamond-embellished mic, too.

mariah carey performs at rockefeller center wears red long dress


Bye elbow-length gloves, hi fingerless gloves. Mariah is still wearing her favourite shade to sing her classic Christmas tunes, but she decided to switch up her look a little bit in 2014.

mariah carey performs at rockefeller center, wears black coat, black skirt


Why not…wear an all-black look (including a python-effect jacket) to the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony? Festive looks don’t have to = boring.

mariah carey stands next to santa claus, wearing gold long dress


99% of Mariah’s looks are pure gold and the sequin-embellished dress that she wore to her ‘All I Want For Christmas’ gig shone brighter than ever.

mariah carey performing on christmas concert, wearing sparkly red dress


Keeping the sequin theme running, Mariah did a swift outfit change and slipped into a floor-length shiny dress. She also dripped herself in (even more) diamonds along the way…

mariah carey standing next to christmas tree, wearing red cardigan, white top


Mariah manages to make every look feel more festive. How does she do it? With a red cardigan, white corset top and a ruby necklace.

mariah carey singing at concert, wearing sparkly silver dress


We’re still not sure whether this is actually Paris Hilton’s 21st birthday dress, but it has the same cowl neckline and sequin embellishments. Just sayin…

mariah carey performing wearing white sparkly dress


This might look like the same dress that Mariah wore in 2013 but if there’s one thing we know about Mariah, it’s this: she never repeats an outfit. Ever.

mariah carey at stage, wearing red sparkly corset


Mariah is probably the only person we know that can wear a circus-themed jacket, fishnets and a ruby necklace, and have nobody question it.

mariah carey at stage wearing red sparkly bodysuit


Although she can always sleighhh a Christmas dress, we equally love Mariah in a festive sequin leotard.

mariah carey wearing long sparkly silver dress


All-silver-everything. How to make a tonal look pop (if you’re Mariah Carey at the annual lighting of the Empire State Building)? With a ruby choker.

mariah carey stands next to christmas tree, wears red sparkly dress


A Christmas dress with a difference. Mariah performed her ‘All I Want For Christmas’ show in a dress that featured a side-split detail, plunging neckline and a diamond flower at the hip…cos, why not?