Christina Hendricks: Baby Steps

Posted on August 10, 2012

Well. She almost got it right. That’s something.

Christina Hendricks attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 2012 Installation Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California in a Dolce&Gabbana black sheer chiffon blouse paired with a Badgley Mischka pencil skirt and a L’Wren Scott clutch.

L’Wren Scott Stamped Leather Pouchette

It’s very close to a good look for her. It’s just that high-waisted skirts probably aren’t ever going to work because of that spectacular bust of hers. Sure, that skirt hits her at the smallest part of her torso, like Stacey and Clinton always suggest, but we tend to think that advice, while generally good, doesn’t apply to women with a chest as big as hers. The thinking here was probably to minimize her hips, but Christina, we’re begging you: DON’T DO THAT. Your hips are glorious. They don’t need to be minimized any more than your boobs do. They just need to be fitted correctly. If that waist sat three or four inches lower and she put a thin belt around it, this might be perfect.

We were so thrilled last month when she was spotted out on the street in quite possibly the most flattering dress she’s ever worn outside of Mad Men. It was, perhaps, too much to expect that she had suddenly figured out her personal style. Still, we think this look represents a better understanding of her needs and a more advanced sense of style. Either she’s being advised by someone new or she got herself a clue. In other words, the problem with this look is that the waist is too high — and that’s it. That’s the ONLY problem. For Christina, that’s a major step forward. Baby steps. We’ll take them over baby heads.


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  • She would be best advised to hire the Mad Men designer to do all her clothes.

  • theblondette

    As a big-busted lady, I definitely agree that you do NOT need a high waist line. People claim it’s more flattering, but really, it just makes it look like your boobs take up your entire torso. No no no.

    • ASK26

      Actually I think “it depends”.   I have large breasts.   When I was younger, I was thinner; but people would think that I was fatter than I was if I didn’t wear things that came in tighter right under the bust, because it was not obvious that the “fat” was my breasts.    Now I have no waist whatsoever, so – at least in terms of dresses – I have to wear empire.

      • theblondette

         That seems more like a question of tailoring than anything… (Trust me, I sympathise!) If you have a properly fitted shirt/dress you wouldn’t need it to pull in under the bust to prove you’re not big all over, because the shirt wouldn’t be a tent. I am not slim-waisted, but I find that dropping my waistline at least a couple of inches below my bust line pulls the eye down, creating the illusion of greater slenderness. High waists pull the gaze up. I definitely agree that it’s harder to dress a large bust if you aren’t a conventional hourglass, where a nice belt nipping you in can be enough to create an awesome silhouette! I just think us big-boobed ladies get corralled into empire lines too often, and despite what years of watching Pride and Prejudice would have me believe, they aren’t that flattering on that many ladies if anything other than boobage-display is wanted…

        • suz72350

          I’m another member of the Big-Busted Ladies. My Mom always had difficulties in dressing me in high school a million years ago. The boobage needed to be hidden and the empire waist style seemed like it might work until I tried one on. I just looked pregnant.  

    • Aurumgirl

       It is really only more flattering to women with very small busts.  Anyone who needs anything larger than a B cup should really avoid high waists. 

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       I have a large bust, but I also have a long torso, so as long as I wear a properly tailored top that comes in under the boobs and a supportive bra my proportions look good with a high waist. I am also tall, so I don’t get stump-leg. This all only holds if I am at the thinner end of my range. Every body really is different, but Christina’s is not a high-waist figure.

      • sisterb67

        The stump legs is another problem – looking at the straight-on photo, the length of this skirt is hitting her in exactly the wrong place on her shins. It cuts her off at an odd spot, and it gives her what my mother always referred to as “teddy bear legs”.  I suffer from the same thing and cannot wear mid-calf or below the knee skirts, it either has to be a few inches above the knee or down to the ankle.

    • DesertDweller79

       Indeed.  I look like I have no torso if I wear skirts/pants up around the narrowest part.  I read over and over again that this is what women are supposed to do.  But, it never failed to make me look silly.  Both you and TLo are correct that big busted women should not do this.  Sorry, Stacey and Clinton.  I still love you!

  • Patricia Gillett

    Agreed with T+LO that the waist is the only flaw here. Hair and make-up look great. Love the purse as the pop of color. 

  • Vickiefantastico

    I’m not a fan of the sleeves, myself, but I agree with you on the placement of the waist.

  • Paigealicious

    I dunno, I feel like the whole look is sort of frumpy.

    • there is nothing stylish about that blouse.
      the bag is fabulous, though.

      •  Thank you. Thought I was going crazy for a minute when I thought to myself that the bag is the only thing decent here. Puffy sleeves? That bow? Why the hell would anyone with her bust want all that foofaraw in that area?

        • I’m on the frumpery side. Love the bag tho and her hair’s gorgeous. And is it me, or does that blouse have shoulder pads that are disguised with lace epaulets?

        • I’m on the frumpery side. Love the bag tho and her hair’s gorgeous. And is it me, or does that blouse have shoulder pads that are disguised with lace epaulets?

    • butterflysunita

      I agree.  That outfit is too matronly for a beautiful woman like her.  

  • Judy_S

    She looks mighty good to me. 

  • This is better than most. I’ll take it. Her hair looks perfect.

    • We meant to mention that about her hair. It’s youthful and sexy. Pretty sure she’s wearing a fall, which is something we always felt she needed (for public appearances, at least).

      • MilaXX

         hee! I haven’t heard anyone use the term “fall” in a very long time. Have some geratol with breakfast dears.

      • Sobaika

        At the risk of sounding stupid, I’d like to know what a fall is.

        • It’s basically a half-wig. We’re surprised it’s considered an out-dated term. We’ve heard it used in conversation plenty of times.

          • Paigealicious

            Especially if, like me, you watch Toddlers and Tiaras 🙂

          • Sobaika

            So on the back half of her head is a fall? In one of the images the second half of her head looks a few shades off.

          •  Yup.

          • Wendi126

            I remember about 1970 I was 9.. Visiting my aunt who was 26 and going in her closet and seeing an entire shelf of faceless heads with various incarnations of headbands holding different length and styles of falls. Scared the shit out of me.

          • I know what a fall is– I can even tell the difference between a Bump-It and a fall. But I still have to force myself to say “hairstylist” rather than “hairdresser”. It’s a blessing and a curse to have been born in 1970.

          • zingit

            Hairdresser is outdated? I’m 24 and I use that term. So maybe you’re more current than you thought. 🙂

      • Call me Bee

        Agreed!  Remember when falls were always attached to an headband?  My (much older than me) sister had one! 

  • Jill_3

    See, I don’t know why she insists on wearing those high necks with the pussy bows. Let the babies BREATHE, honey.

    • filmcricket

      Yes, honestly all that frippery on the blouse bothers me more than the high waist (although I do see TLo’s point about that). You’ve got gorgeous, creamy skin, Christina. Boat necks are your friend.

      • funkycamper

        I find that boatnecks look horrible on large-breasted women.  Or maybe that’s just me?

        • LesYeuxHiboux

           Absolutely. If you do a boatneck width it has to be draped/cowl as well so you get enough openness to keep the boobs from becoming a massive boobshelf. Like Joan’s lavender top in S2 E1 Mad Men.

        • Jill_3

           I was thinking more of a v or a nice scoop neck. Remember how AMAZING she looked in that rust-colored dress from a few weeks ago!

          • funkycamper

            Yes, without a v or a scoop or the draped/cowl as LesYeuxHiboux mentioned, those of us who are “gifted” tend to look like we have uni-boobs.

            Anyway, this is why I’m not sold on this look for CH.  A more simple blouse with any of the necklines that show a bit more skin, doesn’t have to show cleavage just some modest skin, would have made this look more of a WERQ, imho.

    • Beardslee

       I agree!  Trinny and Susannah say that high necks belong on the small breasted or else it’s too much of a muchness.

  • annie_wonder

    I think what she might be getting wrong here is the high neck as well as the high waist. It blocks off the chest area in to one great big uni-boob, almost. She needs to get the happy medium of showing a little chest area – which she did in that gorgeous wrap dress last time – rather than all or nothing.

  • AlinaValero

    Stacey and Clinton shout out! Love that. 

    • kimmeister

      I wonder if they ever run into TLo, since they’re all traipsing around NYC.

  • Violina23

    *sigh* she is one strikingly beautiful lady… WITH a big rack too. Christina, you are my hero…

  • Sobaika

    Minor quibble, but the way she’s standing is setting off some OCD. She looks great overall, and pretty fab considering her past mistakes.

  • sweetlilvoice

    An improvement but it’s hard to see anything since it’s all black. Purse is lovely. She looked amazing in that red dress from last month. Amazing.

  • crash1212

    What TLo said with an added – that’s the best her hair has looked in forever! Nicely done!

  • Tatiana Luján

    I also think it would be better if the skirt hit just above the knee, like last month’s dress did.

  • MilaXX

    Yep this is pretty darn good for her. Now if only she’d go for another color besides black.

    • Sobaika

      True, but black looks really striking with her coloring. I’d like to see her in a deep forest green.

  • I need someone to tell me I have glorious hips. *pitiful sigh*

    She looks good, although I will never like chiffon sleeves. 

    • TheOriginalLulu

      You have glorious hips, darling. Never forget it.

    • Sobaika

      You have glorious hips!

  • teensmom99

    agree that there is progress here, but as a fellow large chested woman, I can say that the last thing she needs up there is a bow.  IN fact, separating the girls by putting them in that faux fur thing with chiffon on top and on the sleeves doesn’t do them any good. They just look weird.  Nope, too few baby steps here.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i think the high waist is not done to minimize her hips [i dont actually think it will do that]. in fact, i’m not 100% convinced it’s even done on purpose. we look so similar it’s almost a joke. she’s just taller. from that i’m extrapolating that she’s wearing a high waist cos she’s shortwaisted & [hard to explain] that’s the only way the outfit will fit. it’s not like she can go up a size, or even down a size, to make it work. the skirt’s either gonna be too big on top or too small on the bottom. it’s possible that the only thing she couldve done to bring the waist down is wear not just another skirt but another type of skirt entirely. my entirely too educated guess is that almost all pencil or even fitted skirts are gonna fit in the same fashion.

    that’s not to say she doesnt look nice, she does. i do think she looked better in the wrap dress–wrap dresses are wonderful things & they absolutely work around this particular set of figure issues gloriously–so perhaps a change of color & an upgrade in style while wearing a similar type of dress would look better.

    • filmcricket

      Yes, I’ve said for ages that her “problem” is not her bust or hips, but that there’s so little distance between the two. She’s a tall lady but all her height is in her legs, and fashion, in addition to loving the small-breasted and narrow-hipped, also loves a long waist. My issue with the outfit isn’t so much the skirt as the blouse. Get a smoother, sleeker top with a lower neck and don’t tuck it in, and voila: the flattering curves of a pencil skirt without the boob-shelf effect.

    • theblondette

       I know what you mean. I think in my case my waist-hip ratio is off for a lot of skirts, so my skirts end up riding up too high if I want them to fit my hips, and then the waistline is higher than I’d like. So annoying! Which is why a lot of the time I wear dresses…

      • Jill_3

         I have the same issue! I feel your pain. Being a girl is so hard.

        And yes, I live in dresses.

    • baxterbaby

      Exactly.  Her problem (if one so lovely could be said to have one) is the dreaded big boobs/short-waisted combo.  One reason she looks so good on Mad Men is that the majority of her costumes are dresses that are not broken up in the body line and tailored to follow her curves and give her the illusion of a longer waist.  She’s a definite hourglass, but in many instances it appears that her hips start right under her bosom.  And her self-confessed addiction to “girly” elements (lace, bows, ruffles, etc.) doesn’t help.  Not to say she can’t wear them, but I feel they should be severely edited.

      There.  I will never write another word criticizing my beloved Joan.  But Christina:  tailoring is your best friend.

      • LesYeuxHiboux

         I wish she would learn to channel her girly inclinations into accessories or pattern/fabric choices, rather than lots of tacked-on foofaraw. I love the girly stuff too, but on ladies with the boom it can easily be too much.

  • G

    She looks good, but the look is so wintery… with the black, the leather purse and all.. the shoes.  But, as you say baby steps..

  • I want her hair. I know I say that just about every time she’s featured on here, but damn, she has gorgeous hair. 

  • As a woman with an hourglass figure, it isn’t the waist that is the problem,.. It is the length and the design of the bodice. The hem makes her legs look thick. The bodice adds too much bulk.

  • I think the skirt is too long, too. And she looks so dreary in black – very vampirey. That dress you linked to looks 400x better on her than this (color, length and neckline).

  • alyce1213

    No, not even close.  Stupid bow, nonsensical lacy epaulettes, wrinkly chiffon sleeves, slightly puffy bodice, too-high waisted skirt, bad peep-toe shoes. 

    This beautiful woman has neither good taste nor sound judgment about what she should wear (or maybe its her stylist), and what a waste that is.

  • msdamselfly

    Completely agree

  • janetjb

    I’m surprised this fussy blouse somewhat works for her.  I wish she were wearing something other than blackr, but as you say – baby steps.

  • out for a walk

    Somewhat off-topic, but while I love that “pouchette” in its official picture, somehow the detail gets super lost in all the shots of Christina holding it, and it looks like a slab of meat. Not that I blame anyone for that, it’s just unfortunate.

  • nannypoo

    Can you believe that bag costs $1730? It’s a nice bag but bitch, please. 

  • h2olovngrl

    She is posing like her dogs are killing her. when I look at her face, I can almost hear her inner monologue of I can’t wait to get out of these shoes!

  • Call me Bee

    She looks great here.  My only complaint is that it’s still summer and this is certainly a cold-weather look.  But that’s just me.  She looks beautiful. 

  • Her hair and make-up look stunning but I agree with you that the high-wasted thing doesn’t always work with a large bust. She looks real pretty though – black is stunning on her.

  • Zaftiguana

    I think the neckline is also a little problematic, especially with that pussy bow (and no, I’m not just critiquing it as an excuse to write “pussy bow,” although that is super fun). I do think pussy bows can work on seriously busty ladies like Christina and myself, but a nice stiff pussy bow with some volume that sits higher and to the side at an angle is a better way to go than a limp, low, centered one like this. 

  • If she went with a lower-waisted skirt, she’d probably have to get a new blouse I’m thinking? The blouse is so loose it would lose the shape of her bust and it would just look a big, black floating chiffon pillow case…I also think if it was lower and she added a belt, she’d have to choose a different clutch…

  • HM3

    Hendricks’ figure is especially fabulous because, as large-chested as she may be, her lower body is well proportioned to her upper body, in a way that almost seemed to “balance things out,” IMHO. Minimizing those hips alters that balance, and makes her look top-heavy.

  • Something I really admire about you two is that while you could go the route of “she’s fat and needs to lose those hips”, and although you are not sexually attracted to her, I love that you revel in how womanly she is. You talk about her glorious hips and spectacular bust, and it doesn’t come across sexist or sarcastic or as anything but truly appreciative of the many curves of a woman. I find that encouraging–thank you for being such a class act. 

  • This is ALMOST perfect! Agree that she needs to lower the waist of the skirt, and then this look would be killa. 

  • that clutch is GORGEOUS!

  • Valdri8

    Why does she always wear black when she has the coloring to wear hues that would make most women look as though they need a transfusion? Oh TLo. Please email her and take her on as your first client. You two could so rock her world.

    • meowing

      Absolutely.  Autumnal colors are stunning on her, akin the the fab dress TLo highlighted recently.

  • snarkykitten

    I don’t know if it’s because Hollywood stylists don’t know how to dress non-paper thin models, or if it’s because she’s hesitant to end up looking typecast, but Christina Hendricks’ missteps always makes me sad. She’s so gorgeous.

    • alyce1213

      It IS sad. Wasted beauty, wasted potential.

      • LesYeuxHiboux

         I feel like it could be limiting her career to only be seen looking amazing in period dress. She needs a stylist who can maker her look incredible and modern.

        • alyce1213

          She was in “Drive” last year, playing just a regular girl in jeans, t-shirt and fake leather jacket — no special or glamorous costuming. Nonetheless, she looked young and gorgeous and voluptuous. It wasn’t a huge role, that went to Carey Mulligan, but Christina was really good and I hope her career fulfills its potential.

    • formerlyAnon

      It makes me crazy. She is certifiably beautiful in my opinion, not just under the right lighting from the right angle with a smart make-up artist, and she has the money these days to have everything she wears custom made or tailored to her needs and she knows a costumer who dresses her to advantage and can surely recommend a stylist or for gods sake give her an illustrated list of “rules” not to break without an expert’s consult and yet she can’t seem to pull it together.

      *deep breath* o.k. done being crazy for now

  • BrooklynBomber

    And, also, a stamped leather bag with a cocktail dress?!

  • Neverbuynewclothes

    Satin is not one’s best choice when being photographed in glaring lights.  I like this whole ensemble but the reflection on the satin bow is distracting and takes the blouse toward a negligee.  

  • Christina Hendricks is in the pictures? all I see is that gorgeous William Mossis (or Morrishish?) design on the fantastic Morrocco pouchette; L’Wren Scott’s got more taste than the rest of the design world put together some days.

    • Wendi126

      It does look like a William Morris design..wonder if that was the inspiration

      • I realized that the reason I was so sure of the design is that it’s a detail of a J. Silver pattern Wm. Morris & Co rug which I actually own (a replica 5X7). I’d take a photo but I have large old dogs and do not have time to vacuum today, especially since I just wasted twenty minutes trawling through google images looking for it.

  • jilly_d

    WHY must you always choose black, darling?  Can we get an eggplant around here?  Or emerald?  Cobalt?  SOMETHING!!!

    • PinkLemon

       Eggplant would do wonders for her. WONDERS.

  • Jessi03

    You’re ok with the pussy bow?  On a busty girl?  I am surprised.

  • Wendi126

    I like the way she looks but it seems more going to a cowboy funeral than a luncheon

    • formerlyAnon

      I don’t much like this, but “cowboy funeral” is inspired.

  • Really like the bagclutchthing

  • guest2visits

    I just don’t mind the high skirt as much as I dislike the fussy blouse. And what a beautiful bag.

  • Susan Crawford

    High-waisted skirts are tough to wear if you’re well-endowed like Ms. Hendricks. But she looks pretty great here! She has an enviable complexion – if there were awards for gorgeous skin, she would snag the grand prize.

    The bag – I die!

    • Adriana_Paula

      Well, Cate blanchett would get the grand prize, but Christina would definitely silver.

      • Susan Crawford

        Yes, I forgot about Cate the Great’s luminous complexion. OK, so gold for Cate, silver for Christina and a tie for bronze between Natalie Portman and Viola Davis, both of whom obviously take great care of their skin!

  • KQ67

    She is beautiful, I love her figure, her red hair and creamy complexion. However, she looks stumpy and frumpy imo.

  • GillianHolroyd

    On second look, I don’t hate it *as much* but     >sigh<     all the frou-frou crap is depressing and black will never be her color, I don't care how pale her skin is.

    Wish Project Runway would come up with a Dress Christina Hendricks challenge. Although there was that one guy that time who couldn't deal with breasts.

    But someone please tell her that black lace/chiffon/bows are not her friends.

  • Lilithcat

    That purse looks like something kids make in summer camp.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I love her and her sense of humor so much, and I love that clutch. Christina, you are looking better here, but you could look so much better. I’ve got big boobs and a big butt and a little waist, too. Meet me in San Francisco and we’ll go shopping, I can help you rock that bod, girl. Ignore my high-waisted skirts, I have a long torso and a good bra. 

  • Judy_J

    Baby steps, indeed. I’m not a fan of the sheer black blouse, and that high-waisted skirt is not her friend. But this is better than some of her previous attempts.

  • SublimatedRage

    I don’t know what the “rule” on purses or clutches is, but I think if you have to hold it with two hands, it is too large.  You can’t really get a sense of the waist and hips because of her pose — 

  • bluefish

    She looks god-awful. 

  • bellafigura1

    The waist is too high and the blouse is too high-necked and fussy.  She needs a modest v neck with just a touch of cleavage or a nice wide scoop that sits at the very edge of her shoulders. I don’t think she should ever cover up that gorgeous creamy decolletage (but again, high, more shoulder and chest than cleavage), recto and verso, ever ever ever. Her skin is where it’s at and she just has to figure out how to feature it without being overexposed. I’m sure you’ve noted this before, but she needs to study Marilyn! And Liz.

  • Snarky_Amber

    I agree about the high-waisted skirt (my jugs are as big as hers if not bigger, and I’ve always been sad that I can’t pull off high-waisted pants and skirts, but seriously, they just make busty girls look like they pulled their pants/skirt up too high), but I also think the neckline is too high for a chesty broad, too. You gotta let the girls breathe a little. That all said, her hair and makeup is FLAWLESS.

  • STOP with the pussy bows!

    As a similarly built woman, I have known for years that you never wear boat necks, scoop necks, turtlenecks, or anything that hits just at the hips.  Geezus woman, how many times do you have to look in the mirror before the mirror hits you on the face (or chest)?

  • Tara

    As a fellow gal with an enormous bust, you have GOT to wear some sort of scooped neckline.  It kills me that Christina wears tops that choke her.  I look like 2 giant boobs in a turtleneck, but look somewhat well-proportioned in a low cut blouse. 

    I gotta say, though – I look awesome in high-waisted skirts. 

  • ziarah

    Love that clutch. “Pouchette?” Seriously?

  • Whatever, whatever, whatever… The bag! I want the bag!

  • Wellworn

    All so true.  Great advice.  Her hips are glorious, as are her everything.  I’m not jealous, just uh, envious.  Ya, that’s it.

  • quiltrx

    That clutch is worth cutting one hundred bitches for.

  • formerlyAnon

    I can’t accept that anything that makes her look this matronly is “almost” for a woman so beautiful. But I don’t understand proportion like you guys so I will allow as I’m probably wrong. Even if she has put on a few pounds (which I can’t judge, I don’t pay enough attention) I don’t see how the shapely gal – who isn’t remotely large boned – in a couple of recent photos could turn into this matronly creature.

    I DO think the floppy bow  and the lace-on-sheer look are also matronifying (?) mistakes. She looks like one of my well-padded & large-boned peasant Irish aunts, if they’d been redheads in sexy mourning in their 30s.

  • ccm800

    She should pour over everything Monroe wore and hire someone

  • I’m going to have to say — absolutely not! That blouse is terrible. Please take me shopping with you. I can help.

  • aristida_girl

    Skrits too long, waist and neckline are to high! Everytime she gets is wrong, it is the same things. We should stage an intervention.

  • Laylalola

    The black is always so harsh on her.

  • Y’all aren’t calling her out on the limp-ass pussy bow?  I’m saddened, TLo.  Saddened.

  • Lisa Kramp

    Amen to what theblondette said. When you have superstructure like that (I’ve had mine longer than Christine’s been alive), the waistline has to sit right at the top of your hips to balance you.

  • The competing blacks aren’t the best thing, either. But the shoes are nice, and she looks pleased as punch, which elevates the rest.