All I Want For Christmas Is ... a Mariah Carey Style Retrospective

12/05/2013 at 01:50 PM ET

Mariah Carey All I want for ChristmasMark Ashman; Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty

Did you catch Mariah Carey‘s latest rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” last night during the Rockefeller Center tree lighting? Which were you more impressed by: Her soaring vocals or her masterfully architectural gown (at right, above)? We were inspired — not only to deck the halls and trim the tree, but also to take a look back at Mariah’s greatest fashion hits from (in our opinion) her greatest music hit. Prepare to drive your coworkers crazy by hitting play on all the videos below.

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Original Recipe Mariah: The Mimi of 2013 wouldn’t be caught dead in a snowsuit (unless it was fur-trimmed and came with a cape) but 1994 Mariah frolicked in the snow, hung her stockings in a simple sweater and rocked her original curls.

Whoa, Santa! Mariah: For her 1998 Butterfly tour, Mariah wore an outfit that was not terribly weatherproof — but certainly put her on Santa’s nice (or is it naughty?) list.

Santa’s Little Helper Mariah: What to wear for a Disney-fied version of the song? A festive take on a princess dress — made mini, of course. Miss Mariah would have nothing else.

Christmas Cleavage Mariah: There’s a lot going on at the 2012 Rockefeller Center tree lighting, but Mariah ensures all eyes stay on her in this eye-popping, plunging brocade frock.

Justin Bieber Mariah: Thought she couldn’t sex up the Santa outfit any more? Then you will be pleasantly (we think) surprised by this particular outfit. Feel free to fast forward through the Bieber portions.

Low Key Mariah: To sit backstage and sing her timeless Christmas classic with Jimmy Fallon and a bunch of kids, she slipped into the equivalent of the average person’s PJs and slippers: a slinky red silk gown with embroidered details.

So which “AIWFCIY” Mariah is your favorite? And seriously: How great is this song?

–Alex Apatoff

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Jac on

Original was the best

akmgr on

Ho! Ho! Ho!

thatsright on

seriously, people magazine, your articles all sound like they are written by the interns.

BBB on

Wow, Mariah used to be really, crazy hot!!!!!!! She’s definitely not like she used to be but I admire that her self-esteem is still, or even more, sky high. There is no one that loves Mariah more than Mariah and that’s a good thing, many women could use a little self-esteem boost.

Miriam on

Still gorgeous!

Mike on

Self Absorbed is what Mariah is If her Self Esteem was in check she wouldn’t need to have her Boobs be front & center with every outfit she wears.. Let her voice be what people notice & admire .Not the Constant display of Boobs ..She needs to class up her act and stop with the Sex Kitten

Jo on

Quit dressing like a tramp, you’re in your kid 40’s and a mother for crying out loud.

Jo on


Elizabeth on

I LOVE the Jimmy Fallon/Roots version from last year. After 20 years of the original, it was fun to hear something different.

20 years of trashy outfits but she can still sing.

tess on

She needs to Act like a grown up and not like someone in her 20’s Between the Boobs and the constant stroking of her hair AND the whole look at me look at me She would be OK I dont understand her need for the constant display of her Boobs like what was mentioned by Mike I totally agree ..

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