Etta James was most often captured in beautiful body-hugging silhouettes, like the little black dress shown here.
On the album cover sleeve of Etta James ‘Rocks The House’ released in 1964, James goes glam in a chic asymmetrical white dress.
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.
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.
Etta James performed in a simply elegant tank-top and elbow length gloves.
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.
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.
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.
At Chess Records Studios in Chicago, Illinois, James sits elegantly in a chic black ensemble and classic pearls.
James was all about sparkly jewels, and in this headshot taken of her, she wore a stunning pair of statement crystal earrings.