Mad Girls

Posted on March 23, 2012

We wouldn’t blame y’all if you’ve gotten tired of all the Mad Men stuff going on lately. We had to turn down a couple pictures of  The Hunger Games cast yesterday just because we’d reached our limit and couldn’t think of one new thing to say about them. But we just finished a 2-day binge of watching the entirety of season 4 on Blu-Ray and now we’re postively salivating for Sunday night. And to be honest, even with all that anticipation, we debated whether or not to put these pics up, but at the end of the day, we couldn’t not express an opinion about the outfits. First up: J Jo.

Isabel Marant Fall 2012 Collection/Model:Arizona Muse (NEXT)

That gal really loves her Prada bag, doesn’t she? But what a cute little outfit. Personally, we could’ve done without the bedazzling on the top, but we love this look for its shape and colors. We have to give her credit, she’s not quite a style icon, but she’s improved tremendously from the beginning of her time in the public eye. You’re up next, Hendricks.

Temperley London Spring 2012 Collection/Model:Marinet Matthee

Well, the hair and makeup look nice. We can say that. We don’t know… we don’t want to tell her what she can’t do, but if we were her gays and she tried this dress on and asked for our opinion, we’d veto it just for making her look like she’s wearing a bib. We don’t think that bust detail works for her. And we don’t think the dress was improved by the addition of some filmy, flimsy sleeves. The pics don’t give us enough information to determine whether this silhouette is really working for her, but our instincts are saying it’s not. It’s an interesting dress, though.


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  • J Jo looks good as a gal on the street. And then Hendricks comes out in the complete opposite of what I would consider casual wear.  I actually think had she stuck to the runway version she would have pulled it off a lot better.  

  • HM3

    Ah, Christina…such a beautiful woman, in such an UNflattering dress. Fire that stylist!

    • The dress is too long. If the hem stopped at the knees, maybe it would look better?

  • Judy_J

    I love JJ’s outfit.  I’d totally wear that if I had the purchasing power.  CH’s hair and makeup are good.  I don’t think that dress is doing her any favors.

  • AwesomeMargie

    Christina Hendricks looks huge in that dress when she clearly isn’t.  JJo’s shirt looks a little maternity to me.  Oy these 2 gals.

    • I’m so sad. Christina just undid all the good of that NYSE outfit. I guess it was more of an anomaly than a new flattering trend in her styling.

      Full agreement on the maternity top.

    • Did JJo just give birth? If she is breast feeding, then this top is comfortable for her.

  • I think January Jones’s outfit is really adorable, but to me that silhouette SCREAMS “curled up on the couch watching movies for hours.” Because skinny jeans/leggings and an oversized sweater is pretty much exactly what I wear to do that. So it’s very weird to see that with high heels and a Prada bag.

    • DCSheehan

      Totally agree. TLo compliment the shape but it’s like a bag, a very cute bag, which makes it lounging during winter attire. I’d pop to the store in my couch clothes but I’m not J Jo and I certainly ain’t got no Prada bag.

  • I really don’t like JJo’s blouse and really really don’t like CHen’s skirt (but I think the bib detail is the least egregious element).

  • charlotte

    Poor Joanie looks so much bigger than she is. As if she didn’t have a mirror at home…

  • schadenfreudelicious

    ok we all know Christina is an amply endowed gal, but that dress makes her look positively enormous through the bust, and not in a  flattering way…somewhere in Manhattan Joan is cringing…..

  • Her boobs are too large for the dress. It looks so much better on the model who is flat chested and makes it look elegant. Hendricks made it look dowdy. 

  • Kayceed

    What the hell is that dress? It’s not a day look  – with that fabric, is it supposed to be evening? Is it resort evening, perhaps? Pairing it with black pumps for day is all-out ridiculousness. I won’t even get into the fact that it is not a flattering silhouette for Miss H.

    • dress_up_doll

      Well, maybe the dress had hanger appeal? Not! Who am I kidding. I, too, asked myself when and where would that dress be appropriate.

  • YolandaHawkins

    JJ is still rocking the Prada bag.  Love that bag!!

  • formerlyAnon

    Jones: Her clothes almost always look as if they’d be perfect on somebody else. I want this top, but I suspect it’s the deep love I have for that color. Because on anyone less photogenic I suspect it would look like a maternity top bought at a high-ish end booth at a flea market catering to a heavily country-western loving crowd.

    Hendrix: I begin to think she doesn’t care what she photographs like. Just how she feels about her clothes. (I have often fallen into that trap. But I am not professionally required to be an object of photo opportunities.) Or worse, just wears what an under-skilled stylist tells her to and refuses to engage further.  I hate that dress on her. Looks like a nightgown.

  • If that dress on CH had hit her just above the knee, it would have been a whole other story.  So tragic.

    • ampg

      Absolutely – she looks like she’s wearing a nightgown here.

  • MilaXX

    Januaruy looks great, Cristina looks a mess as usaul. That’s not her dress & adding sleeves ain’t helping.

  • 3boysful

    That bib thing is doing Christina no favors;  as an amply-endowed person myself, I would never buy something like that.   Also, it was more interesting without the sleeves, emphasizing the shoulders.

    I like the white runway version of JJo’s top, but in rust, bedazzled, and hanging untucked, it looks like something an unsophisticated (fashion-wise) WAY older woman would choose.

    • marywv

       Also, that top reminds me of rodeo cowgirls. Eeks. Paging Pam Tillis circa 1984!

      • formerlyAnon

        Though Pam’s would have had deep, figure-enhancing darts.

  • beebee10

    Saw them on Charlie Rose last night in these clothes, and they looked very good on TV. Much better than the pictures. Maybe these ladies just aren’t still photograph people. (?)

    •  I think that’s definitely the issue with January Jones. I’ve also been re-watching season 4 this week, and, as usual, I’m marveling at how incredibly beautiful she is. But she never looks as good in stills. It doesn’t matter what she’s wearing, where she is, how her hair is done, etc. She loses something in still photos.

      Hendricks’ problem is different, I think. Her beauty shines through, but she’s almost always a mess. Her make-up is often the exact opposite of right, her hair’s usually a wreck, and she doesn’t have a clue how to dress herself. Or maybe she just doesn’t care about clothes. I can see how CH might be so sick of all the fuss, what with the girdles and the bullet bras she has to wear for the show, and the heavy make-up and perfectly coiffed hair, that she prefers to not even think about clothes when she’s not on set.

      Anyway, Jones looks cute, stylish, and comfortable here. I love the shape and length of the top, although I don’t like that color paired with the pants, and I really can do without the bedazzling. The pants are sharp as hell, and look great with the heels.

      Hendricks looks like she’s starring in a new version of Little House on the Prairie. The dress isn’t much to begin with, but it looks terrible on her.

    • LP

      I saw that, too, and thought they both looked good on the show.  Perhaps they, especially CH, wore the outfits for their look above the waist, sitting at a table on TV, and not for how they look walking down the street.

  • {googling that Isabel Marant top that I really must have and most certainly cannot afford…}

  • I think that Christina’s dress would be much cuter if it were tea-length. Not a fan of the January look here. That top is so shapless.

  • snarkykitten

    Here’s a tip for all the busty celebs: if the model has negative sized boobs, YOU CAN’T WEAR THE DRESS

    not without a lot of alteration. trust me. I’ve given up wearing anything more complicated than a t-shirt because fashion doesn’t like big boobs.

    but when you have more money than God, hire a fucking competent stylist. you look like a jackass otherwise.

  • Christina. Christina. 

    Speaking as a former 32-I cup let’s talk: You can do cute tops. You can do draped (as long as you wear something that cinches your waist). 

     You cannot do little frilly details because those will be lost in the enormous cleavage. No lace up your breasts. And make sure to define the difference between your bust and the rest – that sad little belt should be a different color than the dress. 

  • marywv

    Please. someone. Please. Step in. Help Christina. Sometimes What Not To Wear does celebs (ok former ones), but please call Stacy London and Clinton Kelly. This woman… she just needs… so much help. It’s mind-boggling that time after time after time she leaves the house so tragically garbed. She is a celebrity! She is in the public eye. Is there NO ONE nice enough (or candid enough) to tell her no?!

    TLo… please reach out to this woman. Contact her publicist. She may be initially miffed. She may decline an interview, but after time when she is descending up the ranks of the best dressed list she will come to see that it was with kindness and empathy that you redirected her. Can you maybe call Joe Zee or Rachel Zoe at least? Use your connections wisely! 

    For your readers – you must intervene. We simply cannot bear to see her look this bad so often!

    • Farthingale

      Why isn’t there a stylist or designer who will make it their personal mission to get this girl garbed glamorously? I get it, she doesn’t want to get type-cast as ALL JOAN, ALL THE TIME, but those cuts WORK. Find a designer who will use the same cuts but in modern fabrics and with details that make them current. It is not rocket science. Not only that, but she is missing a tremendous opportunity to underwrite gorgeous, stylish clothes for curvy girls. Tsk tsk. 

  • Hendricks is giving off serious sister-wife vibes here.

  • Love Miss January again! Maybe she’s not a style icon yet but I’m certainly looking to her for inspiration. 

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Christina needs new gays!  I feel for her.  I am a petite version of her.  I have huge boobs, waspy waistline, and round hips.  I look fantastic without clothes, but it’s really, really difficult finding clothing with the right neckline and that suits the hourglass figure without having everything be draped in fabric.  Christina needs an intervention.  She looks like someones gran. 

  • SewingSiren

    Betty  slept with a cowboy last night and now she’s got his shirt on backwards. 

    Joan. Not your dress.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Exactly, on both counts.

      I’m so often astounded that Isabel Marant is so popular.

  • I see January and I all I can think is that maybe she is going to a fourth of July picnic.

  • dress_up_doll

    I’m not loving that shirt on JJo. At all. It’s a cute top on it’s own especially paired with the skinny trousers, but that is NOT her shirt. The proportions look odd and it’s not all that flattering. I’d maybe like it if the shirt were cut differently. Maybe. And Christina. I can’t even….

  • luciaphile

    I wonder if CH avoids the kinds of cuts and colors that she wears as Joan in an attempt to avoid being identified/typecast as that character. I’ve never seen a pic of her before MM. Did she always dress this badly?

  • Christina seriously needs to stay away from outfits that make her look thick in the middle. As a curvy, large-busted gal myself, I can say that she is not doing herself any favors here, especially compared to a stick like January Jones. Believe me, I know it’s hard to keep the weight off certain body types as you get older, but the matronly looks aren’t helping.

  • I totally understand why Christina wouldn’t want to dress like Joan
    24/7, but it sucks because these chic, 60’s silhouettes are what happen
    to look best on her. Has there EVER been a time when she’s looked good IRL and not through the Mad Men lenses?

  • MsOlympia

    Christina is SO beautiful…whyyyyy must she do this?

  • nannypoo

    If Christina’s dress had a properly fitted skirt that ended just above the knees it wouldn’t be so bad. Not good, but not so bad. January Jones needs to stop processing her hair and try to remember its original color. It’s so fried it looks like it would snap right off, and she’s so pale that she disappears. 

  • serenitynow02

    For heaven’s sake, all Christina needs is her hair in a bun in a net and she can join the Mennonites.

    How can you be so fabulous from the neck up and so damned clueless from the neck down?

  • CatherineRhodes

    January looks like she’s wearing a maternity smock.

    Xtina Hendricks, well, I don’t know how to say this, but she looks dreadful. There needs to be an intervention.

  • RebeccaKW

    CH-it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen her in, and the girls are covered, but…I really hate the sleeves.  I hate the shoes.  I wish she had the little neck string tied at least loosely so the collar wouldn’t fall over.  It kind of looks like a nightgown on her (on the model it’s pretty damn chic).

    JJ-she looks like she’s going to a 4th of July company party.  I really hate the shirt.  The white version doesn’t bother me so much, maybe b/c it’s paired with black leather and it loses it’s patriotic vibe.  And it’s tucked in.  I also don’t think this color red is suited to JJ.  Plus maybe it’s a bit big?

  • BrooklynBomber

    The JJ look is so weird but I kind of love it (agree w/ TLo about the stud details though; it’s a bit much). 

    As for CH, fortunately the bitter kittens from the south have given us the perfect response: “Bless her heart.”

    • janiemary

      Because in the South you can say anything about anybody if you follow it with “Bless her heart!”

  • MilaXX

    I appreciate that you guys try to keep it fresh for us bitter kittens, but the only people I think I’ve ever gotten tired of seeing on this blog are the Jolie – Pitts. I find them boring and she’s on my celebrity hate list, so obviously I’m biased.  We haven’t had our Mad Men fix in over a year so if you want to get a little spammy  with them, that’s fine by me.

  • nancylee61

    JJo- I am not sure what you mean when you say you like the shape of it. I don’t see any shape!! It looks straight and just hanging down. At least the model tucked the shirt in, giving the look a break in the middle. Very unflattering, or at the best, does nothing for her.
    Hendricks – I have no hope for her at all. She has no taste. At all.

  • laescupidera

    Can we at least get some snaps for how happy and comfortable CH looks here? The dress may be all wrong to us, but she looks like she’s pretty into it. Anybody who has to lift a swooshy skirt just slightly to keep it from dragging is probably feeling elegant to some degree.

  • alyce1213

    You’re absolutely right.  I am tired of all the Mad Men stuff going on lately.  Overkill.

  • golden_valley

    We need some designers who will create clothing for girls with figures.  CH struggles, not because of inexorable taste or incompetent gays, but because there is little fashionable clothing available for her body type.  She ends up trying to Spanx her way into things made for 6 foot tall size 0s who have no boobs and no hips.  It can’t possibly work.

    • nancymae

      I think she needs to have her people call Octavia Spencer’s people. Octavia is fuller figured than CH yet she managed to hit it in practically every outing — RC, lunch, on the street, Oprah interview….

    • malarkey


  • As a tiny, big-busted girl I learned long ago that the flowing-gathered skirt in a floor-length dress only serves to make one with our figure look dumpy. 
     (Also the turtle-neck or too high neck, doesn’t work, either, a bit of a scoop is needed — but not scooped to the baby head look!)

    Body skimming dresses are flattering, no matter the length.  

  • howdoilook

    Red either needs to get a boob-ectomy or learn to dress her girls appropriately. As a fellow well-endowed lady, we must come to grips with the fact that a lot of pretty things are just not made for our proportions.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    No to both of them. Jones looks like she’s wearing a cowgirl nightshirt, Hendricks looks like she’s about to go to a luncheon in Downton Abbey, and not in a good way.

  • Christina Brennan

    The problem with Hendricks’ dress for me is not the top or the bib or even the fluttery sleeves.  It’s the length of the skirt.  I’d chop it at the knees.  

  • EEKstl

    JJ looks fine, Christina looks like a well-heeled sister wife.  No.

  • nancymae

    Can we just talk who’s giving the best face? J Jo looks like she couldn’t be bothered to even brush her hair while CH looks dewy fresh and lovely, odd dress not withstanding.

  • granddelusion

    God, Hendricks is just a disaster. Maybe she should just get a black robe to walk around in and call it quits.

  • joe_tey83

    I’m gonna ignore Hendricks like I ignore Glee. Both are incorrigible.

  • J Jo looks okay. I hate the shirt, but pretty color combo. C Hen just makes me sad. She is so gorgeous… and her clothes just never illustrate that beauty.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    no, it’s not. but kudos to temperley for creating one for her in her size. she is no longer rack size, btw. if yr female & yr weight goes up & down you know this drill: unless theres give, rack size ends very very small. ie: i am almost never as large as she is now, maybe twice in my life. &, as everyone knows, i have an eating disorder, which comes & goes but has often been pretty bad. but i’ve got a rack the size of two twin states of texas & the f’ing double of kim kardashian’s infamous behind so, even after thirty thousand bucks [$30,000] worth of lipo–none of which worked, btw. caveat, caveat–i was still recommended size XL by a saleslady at nordstrom. & my friend in the lingerie department & i could still laugh about spanx being girdles for thin people. [this was before whatsername that runs spanx decided she’d make more money by creating sizes up through melissa mccarthy.] a person doesnt have to be more than the littlest bit over being the littlest bit to have that person recommended to lane bryant. i’m sure she’s feeling this. especially in los angeles. especially in the industry. i hope she stands her ground but that ground is hard.

    otoh: she needs to stick w/ vivienne westwood & other, largely female, designers who understand how to design for different shapes. & no funny business around the hem like the last westwood i saw her wear. vintage betsey johnson would work perfect. it’s neither the most expensive nor the most subtle stuff in the world but it looks good on similar figures. & theres a ton of vintage i could recommend. i know: i’m not only the president of the company, i’m also a customer. i wish she would do this better, not just for herself but cos she is a real inspiration for other people. anyway.

  • I have the same exact body shape as her. I don’t understand why she wears stuff like this or the high-necked stuff. I learned long ago that I can’t wear loose clothes (on top) or I just look like a shapeless, fat mess. And I can’t wear high-necks without looking like there’s been a huge, fabric-covered shelf installed on my chest.

  • turtleemily

    I’m stuck on the fact that the first model’s name is Arizona Muse. She should go model for Gretchen.

  • rawrgrowlrawr

    I think I am too in love with Christian Hendricks to ever think she looks bad. Her gorgeous face and hair must distract me from her clothes. 

    • Lisa

      I love her, but she looks horrible.  This is one of the worst looks I’ve ever seen on her – I’m about to take her off of my “If I Were Gay For a Day” list if she doesn’t stop dressing herself!

  • Sophie Collier

    Not your dress, Christina.  She’s not a fat gal but a lot of her choices make her look like a barge.  I understand her not wanting to “dress up” like her character, but really, the Mad Men costume department knows how to dress this woman.  

  • sleah_in_norcal

    that dress on christina is awful!  sister wife all the way.

  • unbornfawn

    I’m gonna say it. Christina needs a breast reduction.

  • butterflysunita

    I agree that CH is choosing clothes that do not flatter at all.  But that last photo made me stare–she’s such a beautiful woman.  I think she’s much more striking than JJ.   

  • I passionately hate that shirt on J Jo. It’s worse than some of the stuff my mom wore to squaredance. CH breaks my heart.

  • cindy kazanjian

    LOVE that Prada bag that January has!