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How does Mick move like Jagger in those pants?

Updated 8:49 AM ET, Fri July 26, 2013
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Mick Jagger has set the standard for rock star style since the '60s, and like any fashion icon, his taste is timeless. In celebration of his 70th birthday on Friday, we offer an ode to Jagger's wardrobe staple, on and off the stage: a nice tight pair of pants. Graham Wood/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images/File
Jagger's preference for a slim-cut trouser makes sense when you consider the era in which he became famous. Seen here in 1966, the rocker's trousers were also a sign of the times. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images/File
But it seems the singer had a more simple reason for wearing his pants high and tight, as he did here in 1970 alongside his girlfriend at the time, Marianne Faithfull. "I've always done a kind of skinny silhouette because I am skinny; I don't have to worry about covering up fat bits!" he has previously told Women's Wear Daily. "So you've got to emphasize your silhouette." Central Press/Getty Images/File
In the early '70s, Jagger took a liking to revealing jumpsuits crafted by designer Ossie Clark. This pearl white velour number, bedazzled with sequins, was auctioned at Christie's for around $32,000 in November 2012. David Redfern/Redferns/File
Jagger, seen here on stage with the Stones in 1975, always made comfort a priority. His pants may be tight, but not so snug he can't dip into his famous hip gyrations. Michael Putland/Getty Images/File
At times, like this performance in 1976, the Rolling Stones front man wore a costume so theatrical it was like a show unto itself. Graham Wiltshire/Hulton Archive/Getty Images/File
In his private life, Jagger also favors slacks that cut a sharp figure. Here, Jagger poses with his now-ex Jerry Hall around 1981. Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images/File
In 2011, Maroon 5's Adam Levine paid homage to Jagger's vintage look -- such as this midriff-baring outfit from the Rolling Stones' 1982 European tour -- in the music video for "Moves Like Jagger." In it, Levine, too, slips into a pair of skintight skinnies and rocks out without a shirt. Bernd Muller/Redferns/File
Even as the fashion shifted to favor wider pant legs for men, Jagger stuck close to his personal style in 1989. Paul Natkin/Getty Images/File
In 1995, Jagger was past 50 -- but you wouldn't have known it judging from his look. Mick Hutson/Redferns/File
When he took the stage at the My VH1 Music Awards in 2001, Jagger looked long and lean in fitted pinstripe pants. Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect/File
He refrained from going topless, as he did in his younger years, but Jagger still kept the pants tight while on tour with the Rolling Stones in 2003. RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images/File
At Super Bowl XL in 2006, Jagger was in fine form in sleek black slacks. His bandmate, Keith Richards, echoed his rock star style in a nearly identical uniform. Theo Wargo/Getty Images/File
Jagger is known for his love of fashionable women, and he does his best to look just as chic. Here, the artist attends amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2010 benefit gala with girlfriend L'Wren Scott. Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for amfAR/File
Jagger celebrated 50 years with the Rolling Stones this summer. Judging from the star's style, he's feeling as youthful as ever. Paul Marotta/Getty Images/File