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Etta James was most often captured in beautiful body-hugging silhouettes, like the little black dress shown here.
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On the album cover sleeve of Etta James ‘Rocks The House’ released in 1964, James goes glam in a chic asymmetrical white dress.
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Posing for a portrait circa 1965, James wears another one of her famous curvy girl gowns, this time with a beautifully embroidered bodice. This look is perfectly sexy while still keeping everything in place.
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Etta James confidently bared arms. In 1955, the R&B singer posed for a Modern Records portrait in a strapless tulle embroidered gown and a brilliant choker.
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Etta James performed in a simply elegant tank-top and elbow length gloves.
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One of her chicest looks was a silk shantung blazer over a black top and silk skirt. A cinched waist is the key component in curvy girl styling.
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James was no stranger to patterns. Here, she performs onstage circa 1955 in Los Angeles, California wearing a patterned dress with perfectly balanced small and large-scale florals.
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James wears a lively paisley print dress while recording at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama circa 1967. The shape may be simple but the color and pattern most certainly standout.
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At Chess Records Studios in Chicago, Illinois, James sits elegantly in a chic black ensemble and classic pearls.
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James was all about sparkly jewels, and in this headshot taken of her, she wore a stunning pair of statement crystal earrings.
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