Although it’s been two years since Michael Jackson’s untimely passing, his music and style from the days he was in the Jackson 5 to the day he was dubbed the ‘King of Pop’ continue to have a lasting impact on the world.

Michael was a fashion icon, whose style was monumental and phenomenal, having inspired looks by some of the worlds greatest entertainers including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Rihanna. In honor of the King of Pop’s birthday we’ve put together some of his favorite styles that still endure today:

1. Michael Jackson’s Signature Sequin Blazer

Sequin blazers were one of Michael Jackson’s signature looks and have inspired some of the world’s top fashion designers. Even Beyoncé, who recently performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in a plum sequin jacket by Dolce and Gabbana continues to channel Michael’s unforgettable style.

2. Michael’s Military Jackets

Michael has led us to believe that no wardrobe is complete without a fabulous military jacket. Needless to say, this is one look that has inspired millions of his fans across the globe. Beyoncé and Rihanna have been spotted at different events rocking a military jacket creating a casually glamorous look while Jay-Z has performed some of his greatest hits in a black military jacket.

3. Michael’s Signature Glove

Michael Jackson has some of the greatest performances of all time. Once he hit the stage and slipped that white sequin glove on, you knew magic was about to happen. Chris Brown, whose love for the pop star is clearly visible in his stage persona, performed at the 2010 BET Awards Michael Jackson tribute wearing none other than the sequin signature glove.

4. Michael Jackson’s Top Hat

‘Till this very day, I still get chills watching Michael’s old performances from when he would Moonwalk across the stage to his Smooth Criminal Lean which he always performed in white or black top hat. This look has inspired big names in hip hop and R&B like legendary group Run DMC and Neyo.

What are some elements of Michael Jackson’s style that are visible today?

Happy 53rd Birthday Michael Jackson!

-Kamille Cooper

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