Skip to main content

Great Outfits in Fashion History: Mariah Carey Turning a Puffer Into a Glamorous Statement

The key to looking hot and staying warm.
Mariah Carey in Beverly Hills, CA in 2001.

Mariah Carey in Beverly Hills, CA in 2001.

There are perfectly good celebrity style moments, and then there are the looks that really stick with you, the ones you try desperately to recreate at home. In 'Great Outfits in Fashion History,' Fashionista editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks.

I wouldn't say I relate to getting dressed for a night out during winter — I'm more of the hibernate with my swimwear until May kind of gal — but if I did decide to up my intake of bar-hopping in the bitter cold, I'd take style cues from Mariah Carey in the early 2000s.

The singer, who thrives in side-split gowns and holiday songs, adds a liberal dose of glamour to everything she wears — like the body-clinging, spaghetti-strap black maxi dress and black puffer shrugged over her shoulders for a February evening in 2001. This simple yet brilliant, diva-approved styling trick is so of-the-moment thanks to the popularity of puffers and skin-baring looks. Plus, it helps with the eternal holiday party dressing conundrum of having to consider treacherous weather conditions while still wanting to sport something short and sparkly sans tights.  

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Ready to look hot and stay warm? Shop puffers that'll be your best holiday party dates in the gallery, below. 

Please note: Occasionally, we use affiliate links on our site. This in no way affects our editorial decision-making.

Never miss the latest fashion industry news. Sign up for the Fashionista daily newsletter.