WERQ: Christina Hendricks Figures it Out

Posted on August 22, 2012

There can be no doubt, kittens.


Christina Hendricks attends Jaguar Playboy VIP Reception in Pebble Beach, California.

Miss Lady DEFINITELY got herself a new stylist. Four outfits in a row, ranging from good to perfect? That doesn’t just happen for no reason. And people don’t normally figure out their own dressing flaws overnight. No, after several years of getting beat up by bitches like us, Miss Christina said, “Fine, you little pains in the ass. I’ll hire someone.”

This silhouette is perfect for her. Oh sure, some will say that adding volume to her top half is counterproductive, but we think it works because the assets are still on full display (although surprisingly demure for Playboy party) but don’t look like they’re being squished or like they’re being shoved in everyone’s face. The hair once again looks great (and we’re inclined to agree with several kittens who declared it a wig yesterday), but we’re a little surprised her makeup is so clean. She’s at a Playboy/Jaguar party, looking sexy as hell, and yet she downplayed the face paint. We’re thinking a bright red lip would have been the perfect capper to this look. Either way, girlfriend is WERQing that bod like she finally figured it out. SNAPS to you, doll.


[Photo Credit: JaguaUSA]

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  • Anathema_Device

    Not loving the fit through the midsection, but otherwise she looks really great. She is so smart to not go all pin-up at a Playboy party. The restrained sexiness is perfect here.

    Can we talk about the red Jag? Now THAT’S sexy. Especially with me behind the wheel.

    • Couldn’t agree more, Ms A.  Christina looks slammin’, but the fit is a teeny bit tight across the middle.  Nothing horrifying, just in need a small adjustment. A quarter inch ease on each side seam would take care of that perfectly.  As to the red Jag,  you’ll have to fight me for it. Unless we can take turns.

      • Anathema_Device

        Okay, since we’re sharing Ewan, too, I figure we should each have the car when we have him, right?

        • Works for me. Hmmmm, making out with Ewan McGregor in a red Jaguar. Well, if you insist.

      • Alas, That red Jaguar XKE heralded an innovative safety system to make sure the looks or passengers would never get marred:  They don’t start.

        • Well, that’s fine really, since I would only want to use it for canoodling with Ewan McGregor

          • Alas, the Ewan McGregor which which you seek canoodling heralded an innovative safety system…

          • Hey now,…Just wait a gall durned minute! Don’t you be messin’ with my fantasies. lol

          • Ya’ll messed with your own fantasies when you sought canoodles in an e-type hard-top… the only two-door with enough room for a proper McGregoring is a 1967 Cadillac ElDorado 😉

          • How about a 1926 Hispano-Suisa? So Ewan is now a verb, huh? I LOVE it. I laughed out loud at “a proper McGregoring”.

          • Celandine1

            “A proper McGregoring” also sounds exactly like an activity a man in a kilt should be engaged in!

          •  “proper McGregoring” now that’s funny!

        • Anathema_Device

           Well, I could hire people to push me or carry me around in it, like a modern litter. Or, we could cut holes in the bottom and I could propel it Flintstones-style.

          • But it’s not the convertible.  Not worth the ferrying if they can’t see you and have a hope of your breath touching them…
            *puts away the flatter-tron 2000… as it seems to be stuck on saccharine again…*

          • Anathema_Device

            But if it is a convertible, then everyone will hear me making zoom-y fast-car noises.

  • Patricia Gillett

    All her best assets on display yet it’s not at all derivative of the Joan character. This is how she should look: sexy, confident, and modern. Well done, Miss Christina. We criticized before because we love. We want her to look good!  She’s an inspiration to curvy goddesses everywhere!

    • call_me_schmeg

      exactly! and perfectly well-played for a playboy party. girl looks sexy as hell and she knows it – no photoshop needed.

      • SapphoPoet

        When she dresses properly, she’s a real inspiration. 

  • Violina23

    I kinda love the natural lip. She exudes sexy without trying too hard (even at a Playboy party), I love that about her.  

    I don’t think the slit in the middle is doing anything for her, and the pulls in the midsection are a bit distracting, but this is OVERALL so awesome, I can easily forget both.

    • Agree on the lips. Looks natural. Unlike the other silicon ladies at the mansion..

    • Anne At Large

      I think it was a great makeup choice for the party in question. Looking naturally lovely at that kind of event is a perfect way to stand out.

  • It’s a little ridiculous how happy I am to see this lady get a WERQ. It’s not as if I’m jumping up and down like a 10 year old at a Bieber concert, but I did clap a little. I may have even let a “woohoo” slip. My poor, injured dignity.

    Keep it up, Hendricks. They’ll be even bitchier if you backslide.

    • I let slip a “YAY!” I agree that it’ not 100% perfect (teeny bit too tight, slit better in back or side, weird shoes). But generally she just looks GREAT, sexy but understated and elegant.  (The dress has enough boob space!!!)

  • Tatiana Luján

    It is a little tight on her abdomen. Love her makeup, she looks gorgeous.

  • Aly Marti

    not a word about the shoes? they’re ODD. that little peep at the top is distracting. put those black pumps from her shopping day outfit on and she would be perfect.

    • kimmeister

      I hate those slit-like peeps.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        agreed, either peep or dont…

    • mshesterp

      I don’t like the sleeves or the shoes, so that prevents it from being a WERQ to me, but I love the rest of it.  She’s definitely getting there.

    • holzfaellen

       They’re odd and they’re aging as hell. The semi-peeps are even worse than the peeps…

    • formerlyAnon

       I think the shoes are fine. I don’t think she can walk or stand for very long in the shoes she wore in which to be photographed shopping. (Based upon previous discussions of the footwear she usually chooses and her bunions.)

  • Wait, wig, what?  I just assumed she got some extensions to fill things out a bit.

    • I agree. I can usually spot a wig but this doesn’t look wig-like to me. Can anyone explain why it’s wiggy?

      • I’m looking for the telltale wig signs, and I’m not seeing any.  I know she has fairly fine hair (I have it too, and we fine-haired-folks can spot it a mile away) but it’s perfectly reasonable to think she put in extensions to fill things out.

        • tereliz

          Looks like she just got colored, too. That always makes hair a bit fluffier, fuller, imo. I wouldn’t personally wear clip-ins, but I can see why they would be desirable if you’re constantly being photographed. 

          • I’m guessing if she has them, they’re probably the bonded kind. I have them too and they REALLY fluff up the hair on us finer-haired folk.

      • Dot

        That’s the beauty of a fall as opposed to a wig — the fact that it integrates with your own hair virtually eliminates the “wiggy” factor.

    • I believe she’s a big fan of clip-ins and falls and such. Generally, you can tell if you can’t see a visible part—she often has something at the crown of her head, and her hair is brushed back over it or kind of mixed in.

      See: http://www.hairlosshell.com/christina-hendricks-loves-hair-pieces


    • Sobaika

      My first thought as well. Along with “BLESS. FINALLY. THANK YOU.”

      It just feels so good when someone you’re rooting for gets it right!

  • jmorino08

    Is it me or does it look like she has that skirt on backwards?

  • lehen

    this may be a dumb question, but why would someone wear a wig that looks identical to the hair growing out of her head?

    • Sobaika

      Except it’s not identical – her natural hair is much finer and she has a lot less of it. Wigs and/or other enhancements help things fill out a bit, prevent styling damage to her natural hair, etc.

    • StellaZafella

       Dolly Parton does it all the time…saves wear and tear on the real stuff.

    • Sarah Dickerson

       Volume, darling

    • Anathema_Device

       So it doesn’t look like it is a wig?

    • lehen

      ahhh… this all makes sense.  i have no idea whether it looks like a wig or not – i am totally celebrity-hair challenged.  i didn’t even know extensions were a thing until more recently than i’d like to admit.  i always wondered how these women got such long, full, shiny hair.  

    • JuliaInBlack

      I suffer from that same fine-haired affliction, and would bet serious money that it’s not a full wig.  Maybe she just has a new hairstylist who knows how to create some POOF (and/or deploy extensions.)  My hair can look naturally super-full when I use the right product and take the time to eff around with it.  Either way, she’s gorgeous and I love huh.

    • Dot

      I think it’s a topper or fall — not a full wig.

  • TieDye64

    She looks great, yay! A different pair of shoes would make me even happier. Now let me at those Jags. *drool*

  • I would like it better if the slit were to the side or back.  Otherwise great job!

    • l_c_ann

      As I scrolled down, I thought…perfection down to her waist.

      Then the skirt…which looks like the kick pleat is backwards.  But it couldn’t be, because the darts wouldn’t be right.

      • T

        Oh my sweet Lord, you are right–the skirt *is* on backward! 

        • Sweetbetty

           That would explain the drooping wrinkles right over her lady area.  If the skirt was turned around the fullness of her derriere would have taken them up.  But since there is no zipper in the front and most women don’t want them on the side since they add bulk I can only assume the zipper is in the back, so who knows…

          I doubt very much Christina can buy closely fitted pants or skirts/dresses off the rack because of the proportions of her waist and hips.  She has a much higher rise than what most RTW is made for and the difference between her waist and hip measurement looks to be smaller than how RTW is sized.  With skirts and pants you can’t alter in a higher rise so when she wears something that fits this well it must be custom made.  And why not?  She can afford it.

  • kimmeister

    My first observation was that the bodice is corralling the girls so that they each look to be the same size as her head, but then I remembered that they really ARE the same size as her head so she’s working with what she’s got!

  • SewingSiren

    She looks great here. Wig and all.

  • Judy_J

    She looks great.  And I love the clean makeup.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Serving 40s bombshell REALNESS. It’s super-tight on her and I really don’t know how she breathes in this dress, but she looks AMAZING.

  • beebee10

    WERQQ!!!! I think going more demure at Playboy is a total show of confidence. She has the merchandise and she knows it. It’s more attention getting to exude that sexy confidence she is serving up. She will stand out more in that crowd as she is here. Plus love the reference to the bunny outfit with the faux jacket. 

    • formerlyAnon

       I think  you’ve hit the nail on the head.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I think she looks fine.  That’s all.  I know she has been slowly improving style-wise, but I’m sorry, I can’t give this a “WERQ” or get excited about it. 

  • msdamselfly

    I think this dress is horrible on her.  Let’s face it–it’s all about the boobs.

  • CassandraMortmain

    Definitely one of her best looks.  She looks pretty hot and appropriate, for a change.  But it’s telling that even in a WERQ there are some off elements.  The dress is too tight in the middle and the front slit looks odd and isn’t particularly flattering.  And she’s worn those frumpy shoes before and they’re still kind of ugly.  And I really wish she would stop posing with an angled foot – it always looks like her foot is broken.  Still, baby steps.  Hair and makeup are gorgeous.

  • Eva_baby

     I think this is a WERQ(*)  The asterisk is because it is being graded on a Christina Hendricks scale.   For HER is a WERQ(*)  for anyone else it would be ok-to-nice.  I am not seeing the awesomeness of it, but given what we have to work with then i think it is a huge improvement.

  • MsALVA

    She looks fabulous. I like that she’s posing in front of a Jag, a nice shoutout to Mad Men. It looks just like the car Don Draper borrowed for that episode where he took Joan out drinking at the bar. 

  • I can’t sign off on those shoes, that kind of peep toe only reminds me of female genitalia. Sorry, its disgusting, thus why I loathe them.  I quite like this look. Even though I’m sure that’s a Spanxx seam I see showing through the front of her dress.  It’s not ruffles or pussy bows or ill fitting.  Massive improvement! 

  • leftcoastpickle

    She looks so gorgeous, but needs much better shoes, those shoes are so unworthy of inclusion in this outfit.

  • Wellworn

    Definitely acquired a stylist, good for her.  It’s part of the job when you’re a celeb, and she finally succumbed.  I lived most of my life in Los Angeles, and sometimes I felt like I needed a stylist just to feel comfortable and “fit in” with all those beautiful people (and on my teacher’s salary, too).  Now I live in a place where a big night out is going to the local Walmart.  Ya it’s less stressful here, but I kind of miss all the glamour, too.

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    A Playboy/Jaguar party?  Did Pete Campbell arrange for Joan to be there?

  • RzYoung

    My goodness you’re right, it could totes be a wig! Good for her!

  • Not loving the dress. She looks squeezed into the damn thing like a tube of toothpaste you squeezed to hard in the center with your fingers.

  • *happy sigh* Beautiful. Cars and Christina. I’m just going to keep pulling this page up as I attempt to work from home today with two obstreperous little girls who can’t seem to stop squabbling. 

  • Wow, she looks gorgeous! I’m glad she didn’t wear heavy makeup.  

  • kikisayshi

    YAY! I have been waiting for this!

  • Andra Ruscoe

    The minimal makeup highlights her peaches and cream complexion.  Like very much!

  • TheOriginalLulu

    She looks gorgeous. YAY!!

  • piecesofconfetti

    I think she looks great! My minor quibble – the shoes. That Jaguar behind her calls for some sexy heels!

  • WERQ IT GIRL.  Yay!!!!

  • MilaXX

    She does indeed look good, I just wish she had the killer pumps on here that she wore yesterday & maybe a little color in her bag. Minor quibbles though, she looks good.

  • Hermione_Granger

    I am enjoying the placement of Joan Holloway Harris next to a Jaguar.

  • unbornfawn

    New stylist? Tish Tosh! Girl has been reading TLo, as any wise lady star should.

  • Precious baby girl. I think we are all proud of her now.

  • LuLusLemons

    Surprised she isn’t doing Lancome ads or something like that. Lovely skin.

  • Carla_Charlton

    But the SHOES — sooooo matronly!  Peep-toe pumps are just not flattering!

    • Dot

      Seriously? Peep-toes are as classic as it gets. I think adding some monstrously ugly (albeit trendy) platform is what makes them unflattering.

      •  I love peep-toes. But the peep on these is too small and the platform *shudder* is not pretty.

  • Now I can say this beautiful woman looks classy and eligant! Brava!

  • A Reeves

    She looks wonderful, I’m so proud of her!

    I was watching Miss Monroe in the Prince and the Showgirl last week  (as a prelude to My Week with Marilyn) and from time to time, a camera angle, a bit of light? I thought of Miss Hendricks. 
    It was uncanny.

  • Are these the only pair of shoes she owns?  I hate them. 

  • mhleta

    She also knows how to pose just so to highlight her curves, with none of the awkwardness of her lanky sisters, (see Angelina Jolie.)

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    She’s fine.  But I was much more focused on the car.  

  • cleep1000

    Didn’t she wear something almost exactly like this last week? Or am I having deja vu? It’s just so-so. Which for her is a triumph.  But still. Nothing to get excited about. She should only wear those jeans from yesterday, from now on. Everywhere.

  • PinkLemon

    daaaaaayyyyum girl?!!

  • Lilithcat

    I’ll take that red Jag, please!

  • sweetlilvoice

    Thank god! She looks amazing.

  • formerlyAnon

     Maybe I will concede it’s a new stylist & not a series of flukes which will break all our hearts when she reverts. One more. My doubting Thomas heart requires one more.

    Hopefully said stylist will study these pics well and see the virtue in giving the seams a bit more ease – just the tiniest tad, so a gal doesn’t have to tug down the dress to eliminate horizontal wrinkles every time she moves.

    I don’t miss a bolder lip at all, though I see it might be event-appropriate. I think this palette lets you see how very lovely she is, without drawing focus to any one feature.

  • watchmeboogie

    She’s just so freaking gorgeous, isn’t she? *sigh* Though I’m not actually crazy about the hair. It would look fine on a Real Person, but it looks dry and not polished. Really I just need *something* to pick on because everything else is great. Even her makeup, with her features she looks hot just bare-faced.

  • TSkot

    The overall impression is great, but the close-up of that dress looks like a middle-of-the-road Project Runway attempt.

  • Call me Bee

    That is YOUR dress, girl!  Perfect shape and just enough cleavage.  Any more on her looks cheap.  Her hair and face look soft and natural.  You’re right–she’s either suddenly become fashion savvy, or has found someone who is orchestrating these looks.  Whatever it is, it’s werqing!

  • Well, that pretty definitively answers that question. We figured she favored hair pieces but it looks like she wears full wigs way more than anyone realized.

    • Sweetbetty

       Yep.  Someone posted that link in the “out shopping” discussion and it convinced me that we never see her without supplementary hair.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  But as someone mentioned in that previous discussion, you’d think Christina could afford a wig with a natural looking part so they weren’t so obvious.  And I’ve always thought her “Joan” hair was mostly artificial.  But I’d trade my thick hair for her face and body any day 🙂

  • Lisa Kramp

    Atta girl. Way to show the world that curvy will always be scorchin’!

  • Perfect hair and makeup. Now can we talk about the color of the dress. I think black is too harsh. I wish this was a saturated jewel-tone.

  • nannypoo

    Very well done. She is a beautiful woman and she looks very beautiful here. I am sad that we can see the seams of her shapewear, and I’m not sure if the dress is just a little too tight or if the fabric is thinnish and the seams would show no matter what. But that is a very minor quibble when everything else is so fabulous.

  • LambeeBaby

    I didn’t think I’d ever see the day that Christina got a WERQ…now I need to rethink my stance on the Mayan calendar.

    • Lisa

      Haaa!  Yes!

  • SapphoPoet

    She looks wonderful. It’s a great shape for her and she looks sexy, not trashy. I think the extra volume works on the top here because of how it fits. Nicely done.

  • Lisa

    Just perfect, head to toe to baby heads.  She must have hired herself some gays!

  • I nearly wept with joy. She looks great, except for the tight fit in the middle, which just makes no sense at all. Otherwise, fabulous.

  • ccm800

    NAH! She prolly just been reading TLo –  finally. 

  • guest2visits

    I think this is a beautiful dress for her. Although there’s a little something Sicillian about it. I would like it in another color,
    navy, rose, light gold, ocean blue… I don’t know. Something light for summer.

  • GTrain

    Good for her! She looks great

  • PeaceBang

    I do not get the love for her. I don’t watch “Mad Men,” so my impression of her style is based purely on visuals. I find her look totally boring (when it’s not outright awful) and her haircolor garish and her hair style drab, dry and shapeless. 

  • She is wearing a Rago waist cincher. Or a similar brand. I have had that problem of wearing retro underpinnings with modern (thin and unlined) clothing, and the hook and eye closure is like a train track running right up the middle. A power slip might help, but a power slip with a waist cincher…the bulge just has to go somewhere..someone mentioned a tootpaste grabbed in the middle.