Cookie's Most Out-Of-Control Outfits, EVER

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Let's be real here. The No. 1 reason any rational person watches Empire on Fox is for one person only: Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson).

The Lyon family matriarch is a multidimensional powerhouse who's as likely to hit you with a broom stick as she is to pull you into a fierce hug. And the best reflection of Cookie's personality is her wardrobe.

“You’re looking at a woman who was living for 17 years in an orange prison suit,” Henson told the The New York Times. “She had all that time on her hands to think every day of her life, ‘When I get out, what am I going to wear?’”

Her style is street-savvy meets the runway. There's no animal print too loud, no fur coat too bold, no hat or scarf that Cookie Lyon is too afraid to try.

Cookie proves that there's no occasion too low-key for leopard print, gold hoops, and a hat cocked to the side. As her star rises in the music game, and she grows richer, Cookie maintains her charm and style. And for that, we praise the music gods above. Cookie: May your mixed-print game remain strong and your Lyon Dynasty remain stronger.

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This is the Cookie Lyon we're first introduced to. The fierce lioness we know and love. She is the only person in the history of television to make a leopard print hat, dress, and purse work.
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If you're not walking into your next boardroom meeting dressed in a mixed-print body-con dress with a fur coat and sunglasses, then are you living your best Cookie Lyon life?
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Cookie begins season 2 literally peacocking: Free from Lucius and finally in control of her company, Cookie clearly wants to show the world who's in charge. And nothing says, "I run this mother" quite like feathers.
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I wish my mom would show up to my important life events (rap battles, graduations, etc.) wearing a lace boy suit so we can all see her cute underwear. Of course, Cookie pairs it with a mustard yellow jacket, a bright purple belt with the largest buckle I've ever seen, and a purse that says Cookie.
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If there's one thing Cookie teaches us all, it's how an understated, snakeskin-print blouse, trench coat, and funky hat can highlight just how much you mean business.
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Most people think of this as the night Jamal finally lets the world know he's gay. But it's also the night that Cookie wears a white fur coat with an animal print! It's so flashy and beautiful that Jamal has to step up his style game and show up in a white-and-gold caftan.
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Admit it: You would be disappointed if Cookie went on a romantic mountain getaway wearing anything other than knee-high snakeskin boots with a baby-blue-and-gray fur cape. What else does one wear to a cabin, anyway?
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Nothing says, "Bunkie, I miss you, and I will avenge your death," like a church hat with a veil, cute sunglasses, and purple lipstick. Cookie kinda looks like Beyoncé in the "Telephone" video here, and you know what? It's perfect.
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I'm sorry, Boo Boo Kitty. Did you have something to add? Because no one is listening. We're all too busy admiring Cookie's gown and the magenta fur infinity scarf casually thrown around her shoulders. The only thing crazier than this being an office look? The fact that her lipstick is the exact same shade of magenta.
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Cookie serves Pitbull some Janet-era Janet Jackson realness with this gold ensemble. Are they ropes? Are they chains? Who cares? It's gorgeous.
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Can we talk about the fact that Cookie actually wears an all-red, leather Moschino suit like she's channeling Michael Jackson in "Thriller"? It is over the top and ridiculous, but she still makes it work like a queen.
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A floor-length mink coat and lingerie to a casual dinner with the family? SLAY, COOKIE. Slay.
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You may see a photo of Cookie pressing her foot on a man's throat to obtain information. But really it's a photo of the most perfect strappy gold sandals ever. Also, please pay attention to the fact that Cookie is wearing a shirt with lions, tigers, and leopards printed on it. Because this is what you should wear at a drop off when your son's been kidnapped.
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When Cookie heard the '70s were back, the first thing she did was break out this plaid set and a side bun. And we aren't mad about it!
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Is there anything more fun (read: ridiculous) than Empire's flashbacks? How about Cookie showing up to court in a leopard-print dress, a white fur coat, a blonde bob wig, and a gold chain? Yeah, that's not crazy at all.
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Cookie doesn't need flashy prints to upgrade an outfit. She can do it with a scarf — and some serious side-eye.
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If you aren't wearing denim patchwork jackets with excessive amounts of gold jewelry to visit your ex-husband (who you tried to smother) in jail, then what are you doing?
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Cookie wearing an all-gold Versace suit might be the single most elegant thing to ever appear on the screen during an episode of Empire. Also, the matching gold phone case? Never stop slaying us, Cookie!
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