Janet Jackson Style File

Janet Jackson Style File by Alexandra Phanor-Faury Janet Jackson is no stranger to undergoing style transformations. We’ve watched the youngest Jackson evolve from a shy teen actress to a sexy pop icon over the decades. While exploring a bevy of looks from rocker to dominatrix to club kid to polish lady, Ms. Jackson has sparked a number of trends and influenced scores of pop stars with her strong stage presence and fashionable threads. Janet made her first fashion statement back in 1986 with the release of her breakthrough third album, “Control.” Not only did the album mark her growth as an assertive young woman and artist, it also introduced us to a harder, edgier Janet who was making her transition from girl-next-door in preppy separates to a bad ass clad in all black everything. Oversized blazers, single key earrings, leather gloves and big hair were Janet's first claim to fashion fame. It’s been 24 years since her bold look and Janet has consistently been recognized as a fashion tastemaker with designers like the late Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier clamoring to style her. Janet still continues to blow us away with her imaginative style repertoire. There are a host of to-die-for Janet Jackson looks out there, here are our top picks:

ESSENCE.COM Mar, 19, 2010

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While she may be a chameleon, Janet Jackson has remained loyal to her menswear infatuation over the years. Here, she pairs pin-stripped trousers with a pristine argyle cardigan and a white collared shirt at the Giorgio Armani Fashion Show. The nude croc bag adds a touch of femininity.

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Janet Jackson is long on style in an electric blue Versace wrap gown that shows off her smokin’ hourglass figure.

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Janet Jackson loves to play with silhouettes from the 40’s. The high-waisted skirt, tucked in top, platform pumps and jaunty beret is a simple yet elegant ensemble.

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If we could peek into Janet Jackson’s closet, we bet there’s a whole (maybe two) rack dedicated to her countless wide-leg pants.The self-described tomboy has always known how to work the androgynous look with much aplomb.

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Janet tries on a stylish take on the pin striped suit, completer with a tie.

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Janet Jackson exudes old-school Hollywood glamour at the 2005 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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Over the years white shirts, wide belts and fedoras have always popped up in Janet Jackson’s stellar looks.

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Janet Jackson shows off her killer abs in a soft bohemian look.

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Janet Jackson gets inspired by Pocahontas and uncovers her earthy side in suede bell bottoms with side fringe.

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Who else but Janet Jackson can make a leather gown go the distance?

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Janet Jackson shines a light on nude hues and rich textures.