Mariah Carey's Best '90s Outfits, Ranked

Living legend and the soundtrack to my junior high journals, Mariah Carey is internationally known for her powerhouse vocals and chart-topping singles. However, the singer wasn't necessarily a fashion icon, unlike her fellow '90s hitmakers like Madonna and Janet Jackson. In retrospect, most of Carey's outfits from the '90s were pieces that a lot of women wore at the time, whether they were chic wardrobe staples like LBDs and slip dresses, or more casual looks worn with a comfortable pair of jeans.

That's not to say that Carey's style didn't evolve throughout the '90s. During the first decade of her entertainment career, she was an ingénue with a penchant for wearing black 24/7, whether it’s a long sleeve top or a body-con dress. Her early music videos like “Vision of Love” and “Someday” definitely showed Carey’s youthful yet romantic style. It wasn’t until a few years later when she shed her girl-next-door image in the “Honey” music video — which Carey called her favorite look of all time — that showcased the singer as a confident, strong, and sexy pop star.

Proving that she’s not only the undisputed queen of Christmas, but also a style inspiration for so many, here are Mimi's 10 best looks from the ‘90s, ranked from Glitter to Daydream:

10. Red Slip Dress

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Carey was more of a music ingénue than a pop diva during her early years in showbiz, but she still slayed.

9. LBD

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The singer added serious bling — a pair of Grammy Awards — to her classic LBD in 1991.

8. Bandeau Top & Skirt

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Carey showed skin in this body-positive ensemble at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.

7. Leather Jacket

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The singer rocked biker chic for this early '90s photoshoot.

6. Casual Denim

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Mariah Carey in acid wash jeans, ladies and gents.

5. One-Shoulder Dress

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This whole look probably inspired Carrie Bradshaw's signature Sex and the City style.

4. Black Jumpsuit

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Carey wasn't always about body-hugging gowns and minis.

3. Santa Baby

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All we want for Christmas is Carey's chic take on Mrs. Claus.

2. Metallic Mini

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You know at least one girl in high school — maybe even you — who wore this dress to the school dance.

1. Golden Girl

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Towards the end of the '90s, Carey had become one of music's reigning divas and she was more than happy to dress the part.

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