STYLE EVOLUTION

Mary J. Blige, Eternal Style Icon, Has Been a Trendsetter Since the ’90s


Since starting her musical career in the early nineties, Mary J. Blige has won a total of nine Grammy Awards, with a record 30 nominations. But at 46 years-old, she’s also always been a style icon, both on the red carpet and on stage. Even in the ’90s, she was setting the trends, not following them. She always matches her color palette from head-to-toe—even if that color was metallic—and is never seen without sunglasses. (She did the tinted lenses trend before Instagram was even invented.) Depending on the decade, she’ll either do sneakers or knee-high boots as accessories with a pair of large hoop earrings and the best accessory of all: a major award. So, in addition to her winning music, the musician-turned-actress’s best and boldest style moments through the years deserve a closer look as well.

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1990

The singer Mary J. Blige circa 1990 wearing a bodysuit, sunglasses, and hoop earrings. See all of her most iconic looks, here.

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1995 American Music Awards

Mary J. Blige attends the 1995 American Music Awards wearing an all-white pant suit, white painter’s hat, and silver sneakers.

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Madison Square Garden, 1995

Mary J. Blige performs on stage at Madison Square Garden in 1995 wearing Fendi pants and a striped fur coat.

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1996 Grammy Awards

Mary J. Blige attends the 1996 Grammy Awards wearing leopard-print pants and a matching hoodie shawl. See more of her best looks, here.

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1996 Soul Train Music Awards

Mary J. Blige wore a purple vinyl raincoat to the 1996 Soul Train Music Awards with matching tinted lens sunglasses.

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2000 Soul Train Music Awards

Mary J. Blige wore gold slouched boots and a matching gold two-piece look to the 2000 Soul Train Music Awards.

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2000 Grammy Awards

Mary J. Blige attends the 2000 Grammy Awards wearing a pink gown and pink fur stole. See more of her best looks, here.

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2000 Grammy Awards

Mary J. Blige’s after party look for the 2000 Grammy Awards was also a matching all-pink ensemble, complete with bomber jacket and leather pants.

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2001 BET Awards

Mary J. Blige attends the 1st Annual BET Awards in 2001 wearing a distressed denim dress and white go-go boots.

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1999 Billboard Music Awards

Mary J. Blige wears a leather two piece suit with a fur bomber jacket to the 1999 Billboard Music Awards.

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1995

Mary J. Blige performs in a patent leather motorcycle jacket, matching short shorts and silver knee-high boots and sunglasses in 1995.

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Party In the Park, 1999

Mary J. Blige performs at the Party In the Park concert in the UK in an all blue cowboy outfit, repping her home country abroad.

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1997 Soul Train Music Awards

Mary J. Blige wears an all-gold outfit to the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in 1997. On the red carpet, she flashed her mesh shirt with pasty patches.

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1999

Mary J. Blige closed out the 90s in a pinstripe suit at a gala benefitting Radio City Music Hall in 1999.

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1992

Mary J. Blige performs in Chicago wearing plaid Bermuda shorts and a men’s button-up. Here, she’s more tomboy than glam.

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2000

Mary J. Blige performs onstage in Chicago in 2000 wearing a disco-inspired silver sequin getup that shows off her amazing body.

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2014

Mary J. Blige attended the Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week shows wearing an enormous and elaborate fur coat and heels.

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2015 amfAR Gala

Mary J. Blige attends amfAR’s 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala in 2015 wearing a simple yet shimmery gown and jewels.

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2017 Pre-Grammy Gala

Mary J. Blige attends the 2017 Pre-Grammy Gala wearing a draped gold mini dress, strappy heels, and matching accessories as well.

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2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Mary J. Blige attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party wearing a bedazzled cutout gown that accentuates her figure flawlessly.

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2017

Mary J Blige attending the Premiere of Mudbound as part of the BFI London Film Festival, at The Odeon Leicester Square, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

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2017

Mary J. Blige at PORTER Hosts Incredible Women Gala In Association With Estee Lauder at NeueHouse Los Angeles on November 1, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for PORTER Magazine)

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2017

Mary J. Blige attends HSA Masquerade Ball on October 23, 2017 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Harlem School of the Arts )

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Mary J. Blige attends the 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards – Arrivals on November 5, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)