Madonna 's been owning the pop culture scene and making style waves for decades now. And as the icon celebrates her 56th birthday today, she's given approximately zero signs of slowing down. She mastered punk most recently , but could we have expected anything less?
The international superstar, clothing chameleon, and ultimate risk-taker has brought so much good to our lives — and single-handedly ushered in tons of trends since she hit the scene in the early '80s. From Ray-Ban  Wayfarers and fingerless lace gloves to cone bras and stacks of rubber bracelets (the original arm party, in our opinion), Madonna has a long history of setting trends and paving the way for fashion freedom. Rather than sending a cake or flowers, we're honoring the pop star with a retrospective on the top 10 trends she more or less originated.
Madonna 's penchant for rubber and leather bracelets — and lots of them — became an instant trend. We can thank her for our daily arm parties.
Before Britney and Christina bared their bellies on MTV, it was Madonna 's midriff that everyone was talking about. She showed off her stomach in crop tops, cut-off t-shirts, and sometimes just a bra.
Fingerless Lace Gloves
With all the lace that Madonna  wore in the '80s, it's a surprise there wasn't a nationwide shortage of the stuff. Girls everywhere adopted Madonna's way of wearing lace tops, dresses, and leggings and were especially drawn to her fingerless lace gloves. She wore them with everything and layered her stacks of bracelets on top of them.
One of Madonna 's many accessory choices during the '80s and '90s were leather riding caps. They always came off as strong, powerful, and sexy, and it's something that she still wears to this day.
We bet there's never been a moment that you've seen the words "boy toy" and not thought of Madonna , right? The studded belt she wore in her "Like a Virgin" video emblazoned with the term became a signature staple of her wardrobe and gave us another glimpse of her sexual confidence. She also had us running out and buying message tees, whether or not we were actually "healthy" — or Italian.
One of the coolest '80s trends that Madonna  launched was wearing only one earring. It had to be oversize, and it had to make a statement.
Madonna  was just one of the many style icons who brought Ray-Bans to their peak of popularity in the '80s. Other Wayfarer-loving stars included Tom Cruise , Michael Jackson , and Debbie Harry. Madonna wore hers everywhere, from the cover of her "Lucky Star" single to her starring role in Desperately Seeking Susan.
From the start of her career, Madonna  was open about her Catholic upbringing (and occasional criticism of the church). She drew from her faith to write songs like "Like a Prayer" and "Promise to Try." Madonna became famous for her juxtaposition of Catholic iconography and sexuality, and one of the ways she did this was by wearing classic rosary necklaces with bustier tops and sexy dresses. She often layered her rosaries with pearls, chains, and Star of David necklaces.
Famously designed by Jean Paul Gaultier  for her Blonde Ambition tour, Madonna  rocked the cone bra well through the '90s. It became a sartorial staple of her performances. Though the original bra sold for around $20,000 in a 2001 pop memorabilia auction, Gaultier designed a collection of new ones for the Material Girl's MDNA tour in 2012.
If there was ever a cheaper, cooler way to keep your hair back in the '80s, then we've never heard of it. Madonna  basically made it cool to tear up your old bedsheets and tie them up in a bow on top of your head.