High Notes

Their talent is undeniable, but the fashion sensibilities of these stars have had an equally major effect on us.

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Beyoncé

Talk about a girl who knows how to dress for her body—and make the most of a plunging neckline.

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Björk

Her looks are extremely avant-garde, and she wears them with so much charm you can't help but love them.
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Cher

There has never been a risk that she wasn't willing to take—or pull off rather well, we might add.
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The Go-Go's

The all-girl act wasn't afraid of full skirts or bubblegum pink pants, and was all the more winning for it.
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Kim Gordon

Amid a sea of guys in flannel, the Sonic Youth powerhouse showed that the post-punk scene can have a feminine edge.
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Emily Haines

The frontwoman for Metric is a rock goddess for today, and she has the sparkly dresses to prove it.

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Debbie Harry

No one has made slinky minidresses and thigh-high boots look so darn good.
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Chrissie Hynde

As the leader of the Pretenders, she mastered—then mainstreamed—smoky eyes and a super-hot androgynous look.

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Joan Jett

The black hair, the black leather jeans, the half scowl—she brought them all together and made them her own.
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Madonna

She's had as many looks as she's had albums—and she's still shaking things up.
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Shirley Manson

In wide belts, dark lips, and high heels, the Garbage siren brought a shot of sexiness to the grunged-out '90s.

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Joni Mitchell

Those bangs and peasant dresses still make us want to bring back Woodstock style year after year.

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Janelle Monáe

The soulful newbie gives saddle shoes and tuxedo jackets a totally fresh—and totally adorable—spin.

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Stevie Nicks

As a member of Fleetwood Mac—with her floor-length dresses and antique accessories—she brought a new aesthetic to the '70s stage, imparting a gypsyish ethereal quality.

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Karen O

Ultra-adventurous, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs star mixes gold lamé, bold stripes, and zany tights like there's nothing to it.

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Cat Power

The bohemian-cool singer—a.k.a. Chan Marshall—has a way of making even the most basic pair of jeans look ridiculously seductive.
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Rihanna

She can pull off old-world glamour as effortlessly as new-world punk—and put her own stamp on both.

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Patti Smith

Everything about her style is simple—a white shirt, broken-in boots, tattered jeans—but worn with attitude, it comes off as completely edgy.
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St. Vincent

Annie Clark is all French-inspired charm, proving that a boatneck goes brilliantly with an electric guitar.
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Gwen Stefani

Her look never gets old: Platinum hair, crimson lipstick, and skater-chic attire have been staples since her "Don't Speak" days.

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