Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Christina Hendricks

Posted on June 19, 2012

Christina, congratulations on winning a Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award. You more than deserve it.


Christina Hendricks attends the 2012 Critics’ Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, California.

You also deserve a dress that doesn’t look like a nightgown, honey.

Something a little sleeker and less fussy next time, mkay? Pack this dress up and ship it off to — Look, just get rid of it. You can do better, dear.

[Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for Critics Choice]

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  • Sobaika

    Ms. Hendricks! That is Morticia’s lingerie. You are better than this. What would Joanie say??

    •  The bottom could stand to be much simpler to offset the frou-frou up top, but I only have quibbles, not big

  • schadenfreudelicious

    all she needs is a boa and a pair of maribou slippers…..

  • JimMcC

    Aww. I actually kinda like this. It’s fussy, but I think it’s one of her better looks. The bottom could stand to be much simpler to offset the frou-frou up top, but I only have quibbles, not big problems.

    •  I agree. I think it’s kind of cool, and it would be really cool if it were shorter without the sheer draping stuff going on on the bottom.

    • twocee

       Agreed.  I really hate the sheer overlay, but in comparing it to 90% of her other looks, this is in the “good” category.

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        Agree!  At least her boobs aren’t hiked up to her chin, but are well under control, and the dress, other than the overlay, is a good shape for her.  Comparatively speaking, pretty good for her!

    • Christina Brennan

      I also agree.  The top is nice, but she should have gone with a different bottom.  Perhaps a less frilly pencil skirt.

    • SojournerYouth

       I do think she looks better than usual, her makeup and hair especially–so fresh and pretty!  Ooh, bouncy red hair!  I adore her image.  I mean, it’s just so great to see soft, mobile faces in Hollywood, and her body is to die.  I agree that the top of the dress, while not my favorite, is fine, but the bottom half is pure Belladonna-era Stevie Nicks.  All she needs is a beribboned tambourine, and you’ll see your gypsy.

       I pray that some fabulous gays wrestle her to the ground one day and wriggle her into some bombshell clothing.  I just want to see her shine. 

    • gloriana232

      Yes! I think she’s totally working the top — nice texture in the ruching, good coverage without screaming COVERAGE — but the bottom is a crazy mess. Would have been fab with a pencil skirt silhouette instead (maybe with a little hem flounce to look less business-y and Joan-y), but I guess maybe she’s tired of that. 

      • Agreed about the pencil skirt! And maybe a teensy less volume in the pointy bits right on her shoulders too… Some of us ladies just need to embrace the fact that we should always wear pencil skirts.

      • makeityourself

        Agreed. One sometimes does get tired of wearing the same flattering silhouette, but that’s the fashion wisdom that comes with age! This unstructured skirt is the wrong way for he to go, for now and forever.

        I imagined Christina’s dress as a blouse with a straight skirt in a beautiful wool crepe and some killer heels and she looked fantastic. I just don’t get why this is so difficult.

  • Let’s acknowledge that hair and makeup are far better than usual!  It’s a good lip color and a good soft curl on her.  Going back to what you guys always say about Christina always being vamped out on photoshoots?  The hair and makeup don’t excessively sexualize her, which is a nice change.  I feel like you can see the softness and strength shining through.  The dress is sort of like throwing a scarf on a lamp, however…

  • It’s just too bad, because the top of that dress (however hideous the sleeves may be) actually fits the girls for once.  But good god the length of that dress is wildly unflattering, the shoes are seven kinds of awful, and the hair is limp.  For such a beautiful woman, she ends up looking really terrible most of the time.  It makes me SAD. 

    • I actually like the neckline and the way her boobs look. If the skirt was less fussy, more fitting and knee-length-ish, she would have looked much better I think.

  • Yikes. It’s not her hair either.

  • 3boysful

    Wow, this is unfortunate.
    But I could see Helena Bonham Carter in it!

  • AthenaJ

    At least the babyheads are put away.

  • I think this would be a totally different conversation if the skirt were knee length and the sleeves were two or three inches shorter. I’m not saying that it would be a positive conversation, but it wouldn’t be quite so…. wrong.

    • TheDivineMissAnn

       I agree.  Get rid of that sheer material and let the length of the dress be the same as the lining and it would look alot better.

  • jilly_d

    I actually like the waist up on her; I think the sleeves are flattering.  Had the dress gone to the floor and not flared out so much, I think this could have been decent.  Don’t love her in black though.  Christina, have you met my friend Royal Blue?  He loves redheads.

  • mike__tv

    Is she still a “supporting actress” in Mad Men. What does that make January Jones? The show is an ensemble for gwads sake,  nominate her for best actress already. Also Wikipedia says she played the feisty red-headed con-artist in firefly; LOVE HER EVEN MWOOOOOOOAR! 

  • SapphoPoet

    I think black is too harsh for her; she does better in colors. 

  • julesj

    There is some sort of oval pad over part of her right breast and it continues down to her waist and under her arm…strange (esp. in 2nd picture). What is it? And the black piece of fabric at neck of the dress makes it look like it is straining to hoist those girls up. Not a great look. Like her hair and makeup. She is a beautiful woman.

  • M_E_S

    Hair is STUNNING.  Makeup is good.  Dress at least semi-fits her proportions even it makes her look like Death from The Sandman comics.

  • pugluv

    Why is it that such a beautiful woman never gets her look quite right?? Her red carpet outfits are rarely flattering, which is sad considering her assets…

  • G

    Her stylist hates her.

    • charlotte

       That implies that she has one.

  • Scarlet39

    Why?  Just why?? 

  • Anglow

    The more going on with the body, the less should be going on with the clothes.

  • GypsyHowell

    I just do not get her. Does Christina not realize that she looks AWESOME on MM, episode after episode after episode? Gorgeous clothes, flattering make up, well-styled hair — every damn minute she’s on the screen.  

    Is she secretly being paid by Janie Bryant to venture out IRL in the most godawful horrendous unflattering shit she can muster (where does one even FIND a dress so spectacularly ugly, anyway?) so as to further enhance Janie’s reputation as a costume designer? Do. Not. Get. 

    • TheDivineMissAnn

       Perhaps she’s trying to avoid being too identified with one character.  Her stylist could still take a cue from the colors and hair/makeup styles Christina wears in MM.

      • GypsyHowell

        Exactly. Something sleek, no fussy frills and fribbles and lace and gewgaws, something form fitting to show off her lovely curves without her boobs searing your eyeballs, bright colors, a bold piece of jewelry. Stilettos to balance out her proportions, no flat or chunky shoes. Cmon now Christina! 

    • twocee

       I think this may have been said here before, but I really think CH loves that “soft, feminine” look, and no matter if it really suits her or not, she’s going to wear it.  I think she’s a bows and frills kind of girl.  If so, you gotta wonder if the choices she wears in real life are more extreme because she has to wear the “no frills” clothes on MM.  She associates those styles with her professional life, and she wants to be different and more “her” off the set.

      OK – end of psycho-analyzing CH based solely on her clothing choices 🙂

      • SojournerYouth

         But, I think you are totally right!  She seems to like the frou frou, girly side of things, which is precisely why she shows up looking a little Bo Peep-ish at all times.  I do think she’s maybe even unconsciously contrasting the sleek, “armored” (as TLo say) appearance of Joan’s clothes.  Since the Joan character is so iconic, and she is so perfect in that role, she probably doesn’t want to be overidentified with it, and thus typecast in the future.

        • Oh yeah, I read that she loves girly details even though they don’t flatter her. I guess she’s tired of dressing like Joan all time time but come on, there’s got to be a designer that can flatter her.

  • beebee10

    well…i know what you are saying but there are elements that are working. 
    I don’t love this look at all, but it’s OK. I don’t think she look that bad. Don’t like the length and the nightgown effect. She is always struggling with what  she ‘likes’ and what really looks great on her. And the woman can look phenomenal! 
    I still bow down to  her.

  • What? babyheads?

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    At least the bodice fits well.  It’s a good deal better than some of her other efforts, so I give her a pass on this one. 

  • Diego!

    She poses “a lá” Mariah Carey. Hideous!

  • Your character, Joan, always looks slamming. Why? Because Joan is always dressed with clean lines, and few details. You would do well to follow her lead.

  • Again! Had this hit at or about the knee, she would have looked amazing!  **shakes fists at the heavens** WHY?????

  • Not to grade on a curve but this is better than most of her outfits so I hesitate to judge her too harshly. Then again, if we don’t, how will she learn. 

  • MarissaLG

    As always, TLo is correct in everything they say, but from the neck up, she is KILLING.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    She’s kind of a GTNYD queen, isn’t she? How many has she had already?
    In any case, I love the way she exudes self-confidence no matter what she’s wearing, but she really does need some help. This thing is ugly and unflattering and it fits her horribly. That sheer part is killing me; it’s all crooked and pulling all over the place. Girl, get yourself together! 

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Christina is unfortunately the poster child for “Gurrrrl, that’s not your dress,” but I will say this time her selection is not nearly as bad as previous choices have been. 

  • nannypoo

    It’s hard to dress a short waisted body with giant boobs, but on her show and in that recent magazine shoot she looks perfect. What can be so hard about replicating those looks? Here, in spite of her beautiful face and her soft flattering hairstyle, she looks ridiculous.

  • minnye

    I really, really miss If We Were Her Gays. It was so much fun. Did Christina Hendricks get one?  

  • mjude

    seriously, does she really pay someone to pick out her clothes?  she is so pretty, i just dont get it.

  • That is without doubt a vintage dress, looks to me like late 30s to early 40s. Actually 2 dresses, the sheer over a solid under-dress which appears to have been shortened to be shorter than what was/is an evening gown in an attempt to modernize it. I don’t hate it. I think the angles for these photos are unflattering, but a fun and different look. 

  • surfergirl70

    I think that unless Janie Bryant put her in it, it’s never her dress.  She chooses all wrong for herself.

    • MilaXX

      She either cannot dress herself or has bas stylist because she look good on MadMen and pretty much every movie she’s in. 

  • jw_ny

    Christina has become the poster child of “girl, that’s not your dress”…..smh.  

  • Mon Dieu! I had no idea she could look this awful…she should throw away everything black that might be in her closet , and vow never to wear black again! It looks like a bad Halloween costume on her.

  • Call me Bee

    Well…sometimes a girl just wants to wear black lace out in public.  I think it’s awright.  Not great.  Not awful.  She looks happy. 

  • Dot

    From the waist up, she looks great. The lower half of that dress is such a shame — way too much going on. But I think the way she is standing in the first photo probably makes it look a little sloppier than it likely came across IRL…? One can only hope.

  • Ozski

    Christina tends to gravitate towards romantic, lacy, frilly vintage dresses and I think this one actually works EXCEPT it needs to be hemmed. Also a pop of color for the shoes would have been nice. I think she looks stunning in black and her hair is very pretty.

  • Wedding night peignoir leftover from the sixties.

  • lilibetp

    Why the heck does she not just get Janie Bryant to dress her for every occasion?

  • Erin Nice

    Well, at least her makeup looks pretty. I cannot conceive of the individual who chose this dress for her though. 

  • GypsyHowell

    I’m trying to think who this dress WOULD look good on.

    Coming up blank…..

  • theblondette

    Oh sweetheart, whyyyy. This makes me sad because you are SO BEAUTIFUL. I know that the TV and movie industry and the general media, for all their chuckling love of your curves, makes it really hard to be unselfconsciously curvaceous and to celebrate a natural and lovely body, but seriously, get some stylists who love you as you really look and have them dress you accordingly!!

  • j_anson

    Hmm, I gotta say, not that it’s perfect, but she’s done worse. At least it flatters her shape reasonably.

  • PeggyOC

    I like it from the waist up.  If the skirt weren’t a sheer, this would be a win.

  • Candigirl1968

    I feel like she keeps wearing fussy things as if to say, “I will keep doing this and one day you WILL like it.”  
    Um, nope, I probably wont.  

  • But her breasts look comfortable and respectable!  Her makeup is nice! and her hair, it isn’t great, but it’s cute…

  • MilaXX

    I don’t really dislike this on her. It’s the perfect silhouette for her figure and the top is pretty. I wish the bottom wasn’t more of that sheer dress insanity that seems to be so on trend, but considering her previous RC efforts this is not bad. I don’t like her hair, but I’d give this look a B-

  • Sarah Thomas

    Knee length and with a unified hem and I’d really like this. 

  • I love Christina, but at this point her whole life is a “Girl, That’s Not Your Dress.” Someone else here aptly mentioned that she tends to favor soft, floaty feminine looks even if they don’t suit her and she’d look much better in something tailored.  I don’t know why so often in her styling choices she ends up looking like an Old West saloon girl.

  • jmorino08

    A nightgown that actually weighs her down. That is some serious wackitude right there!

  • But she looks like she *feels* really pretty, so that has to count for something? Or maybe she’s just happy because she won. 

  • Bozhi

    She loves these frilly dresses, even though they don’t flatter her.  

    When I was her age, I loved to wear knits and sweater dresses, even though they really made me look frumpy.  I finally gave in to the fact that I looked a lot better in a more structured garment, and that is what I now wear. 

  • AlexisPayne

    The top almost works, at least she isn’t sporting baby heads

  • rumcg66

    I think given her mostly unfortunate choices in the past this is a pretty big improvement. Making the skirt more streamlined would fix it, and at least it FITS. And her hair and makeup are lovely.

  • Lina_bee

    So great from neck up!!

  • ballerinawithagun

    Unfortunately, the lining or dress underneath would have been perfect by itself! Why did they throw on the extra nightgown???

  • It’s so close, though!  The top has just the right shape for her ample assets, and look how tiny her waist is (for a woman with such a textbook hourglass figure, she makes herself look thick in the trunk depressingly often).  If it just flared out into a nice, simple A-line – maybe with the sheer overlay the same length as the skirt, just for texture, I think it’d be gorgeous.

  • sweetestsith

    I love the neckline, and even like the skirt, and the bodice fit is quite nice without squeezing the girls to her chin, but I just can’t handle the sleeves. Eliminate them, and/or make the sheer overlay a halter and I think she’d be perfectly lovely. I don’t really understand why she doesn’t play with updated 50s-ish formalwear more, I think it would be fab on her.

  • rose88

    I like this dress on her!  It has a vintage feel, which is perfect for her body type.  I also like the fit of the bodice, because the girls aren’t trying to escape as they are often prone to do to her.  I’ll rate this a WERQ!

  • Jessica Goldstein

    You know, I kind of like it. The shape is flattering and the fit is very good, especially through the bust. The only thing I don’t like is some of the detail on the top layer and the two-length skirt effect. If the overlay were the same length as the underskirt, I’d rate this a home-run. I might prefer a different color, too, but that’s just a quibble. The shoes are really pretty, too. 

  • lordandtaylor

    It is another take of a Morticia dress from the second tier touring company of “The Addams Family.”

  • JMansm

    Am I crazy that this reminds me marginally of a nightgown Joan wore? Like one of the ones during the episode when y’all started drawing the Elizabeth Taylor comparisons. 

  • guest2visits

    It does look a lot like a nighty. And it kind of looks like the fancy lingerie style dresses of the 50s era. Evening wear, cocktail hour.
    I don’t hate it, I think she’s wearing it pretty well.

  • sk8tfan

    We already know she doesn’t look in the mirror or else she’d never go out looking as terrible as she always does. But she has a husband. Doesn’t the guy like her? Why doesn’t he stop her from this public ruin?

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      maybe he’s not like my second ex who would’ve [& did’ve] tortured me & tormented me til the ends of both time & the earth if i looked like this. maybe her husband really does like her & so doesnt notice what my ex constantly called flaws. what a joy that would be.

      • sk8tfan

        What a charming idea! About her husband, I mean, not about your ex. I’ll bet her husband thinks he’s lucky he hooked such a doll. Probably prefers her without clothes anyway.

  • hilbobaggins

    She fills me with despair.  Always, from the neck down, with the fluffy and raggedy.  Always disappointing.  Why does she not understand this is not her look??

    • alyce1213

      the fluffy and raggedy!


  • PastryGoddess

    I don’t know.  I thinks she’s pulling it off.  And her girls look better than they have in a long time.  

  • marilyn

    That’s not ANYBODY’S dress.

  • Rand Ortega

    Is the term “negligee” still in use? Because that’s what immediately came to mind when I saw this dress.
    Pls, TLo, fly to Hollywood & save this gorgeous woman like the fashion superheroes that you are. Your Bitter Kittens & Unborn Fauns would gladly take up a collection to fund it. 

  • Wellworn

    Out. I was just saying on the Keira Knightley post that Keira can pull off that really feminine look because she has an edge and the contrast works.  But Christina is all soft and romantic in her appearance, so she needs the opposite contrast.  When she does these soft romantic retro looks, which she really seems to like, it does look like bedroom wear.  She is beautiful, but there is a reason she looks best as Joan.  That suit of armor kind of dress, and the harder edge hair, contrasts well with all the softness in her appearance.

  • Toto Maya

    I actually kinda like it. She looks pretty good. It’s a little… black and funereal, but I love the top of the dress and her hair. She looks cute. She’s done much, much worse than this.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    who made this dress? it looks like an old dress but i dont think it is. i dont think it’s vintage for the same reason that it doesnt work: nobody until recently felt the both absolute & crazy need to stuff a sheer over a short. in fact, were this actually old the issue would have been noticed as a flaw instead of a design spec: the problem really is that the stupid slip is too short. not to mention that the dress is too long. end both at the knee & she would look a million miles better.

  • EEKstl

    Way too much frippery.  And even I can’t believe I wrote “frippery.”

  • “Oooh, dat’s baaad.” — Heidi Klum 

  • alyce1213

    I don’t think the bustline of this dress flatters her, it’s very dowdy (read: grandma).  I don’t mean she has to be be bare, but there’s too much going on all over, and the top is straight-up nightgown.  Even if the intended look was vintage, her body needs more structure and a sleeker look, less frou-frou.  She needs to have her clothes custom-made. — her body is quite exceptional, and worth it — by someone who understands her, poor thing.

  • Judith Mignault

    Helena Bonham Carter!  Ship it off to Helena Bonham Carter! 

  • Rebecca Jay

    Beautiful, glowing, happy.  I think she looks wonderful even with the it’s-not-that-bad dress.  

  • joe_tey83

    On top of winning Best Supporting Actress, she also wins 2012’s Girl, That’s Not Your Dress Mascot. Both awards are equally well-deserved.

  • Indovina

    If I stop scrolling down just at about knee level, the dress is not so bad (certainly far better than if I look at the whole picture). It still seems a little severe, perhaps, but it isn’t terrible. Oddly, in spite of the fact that her chest is more covered up than in a lot of her preferred looks, I actually think that, in some respects, the dress makes her look bustier – albeit not in the immediate look-at-these sort of way.

    I have to disagree with those who say she should dress like Joan in real life, both because I dislike Joan* (there, I said it and I don’t regret saying it) and because I dislike that era of clothing (there, I also said that and don’t regret saying it). But, beyond my personal preferences, I think that Joan, frankly, looks quite a bit older than Christina Hendricks does and is (part of why I don’t care for that era of clothing). Indeed, I recall an interview with Christina Hendricks wherein she mentioned people saying the same thing to her – so there’s one more reason why she doesn’t dress like Joan. Which is not to say, however, that there aren’t style lessons about what works for body type that she could learn from how her character is dressed. In any case, I think, as an actor, it would probably be best for her not to look like her character, especially since so much of the attention paid her already has nothing to do with her acting.

    * Note: I think that she’s an interesting character and to the show’s benefit, but I find the general fondness for Joan almost embarrassing. Incidentally, in part given the show’s fondness for parallelisms in character development, people often compare Joan to other secretaries of importance or to Peggy, but I actually think her mirror on the show in many ways is Pete. Bearing in mind, though, that I haven’t seen Season 5.

  • TieDye64

    Ummmm, she looks great from the neck up.

  • Jennifer Hejtmánková

    Why can’t she just dress like she does on Mad Men???

  • cleep1000

    It’s not the worst thing she’s ever worn. But that’s not saying much. Shorter would have been much better.

  • mom2ab

    She has looked a lot worse- I give her points for wrangling the baby heads and the pretty makeup. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I love the shape of that neckline and those sleeves on her, but why did it have to be sheer?!

  • Ooof.  What this gives in terms of fit, comfort and flattery it totally takes away in ‘oh honey – that’s a nightie.’

  • Qitkat

    It can’t be a good sign when I involuntarily snicker upon first viewing this. Sorry Christina.

  • CMS

    From the thumbnail I was thinking “What do they mean?  Not her dress?  But she looks great” and then the rest revealed itself…

  • NurseEllen

    If this just had little cap sleeves (no pouffing, no shirring), and the skirt didn’t have the sheer overlay & was just one hem length, and wasn’t such a dirndl shape, it would be a total IN, because the bodice & top are wonderful with her figure.  Her hair & makeup are lovely, too.  As it is though…NOT her dress.

  • Beth G

    She’s looked WAY worse.  At least the girls are covered and supported.

  • KatDuck

    Christy, dear? A few style tips. First, from a fellow ginger, black is not your color. You’re clearly an autumn and this same dress in a rich green, peacock blue, or lovely crimson would look a hundred times better. Second, I loved Heart of Gold as much as you did even if Saffron wasn’t in it but please stop thinking that “bordello modern” is your style. It isn’t, sweety. It really isn’t. 

  • Tom Shea

    Gives me a great desire to see C-Hen as some sort of TV-movie pirate queen, but otherwise:no.

  • ziarah

    Stevie Nicks could rock this dress. 

    • egl48

      Oh yes!!!

  • Sadness.

  • I wish she’d just let Joan dress her and be done with it.

  • quiltrx

    Poor Christina–it’s NEVER her dress, is it?

  • AutumnInNY

    Oh boy. Another “sad” outfit, as Uncle Tim Gunn might say. How is this possible? She is such a beautiful and talented  woman it pains me to see her in some of these horrifying outfits. 
    She should just hire Janie Bryant or (one of her assistants) if JB is busy during MM’s hiatus to be her stylist. Period. Janie knows how to best flatter Christina’s figure/style and has excellent taste. I’m betting we wouldn’t be seeing her making such unfortunate choices in the future if someone in the MM camp took the reins or at least spent a few hours helping her out for the next event. 

  • formerlyAnon

    It would be much more efficient to just post “Holy Moly Ms. Hendricks, that IS your dress!” posts, should the need ever arise when she’s out of costume.

    Though I am beginning to take a clinical interest in the ways she finds to un-flatter her considerable beauty.

    P.S. Though, from the waist up, she’s actually looking kind of cute here. Too bad about that skirt.

  • It’s clearly how she sees herself; as a goth rock chick, but with A-line proportions. Which is better than being trashy, right?

  • I think she looks very pretty.  The fit is certainly better than usual, and her hair looks really good here.

  • Love her way too much…..not your dress dear.