Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Christina Hendricks

Posted on October 11, 2012

Hey, remember when Christina wore a string of outfits that looked fantastic on her? Remember how we all decided she must have hired a new stylist? Good times, people.

Well, the good times are over.


Christina Hendricks attends Tacori’s ‘City Lights’ Jewelry Collection Launch Party in West Hollywood, California in a BOSS Black by Hugo Boss leather dress paired with Tacori jewelry.

Boss Black by Hugo Boss Matte-Leather Dress

Jesus Christ, girl. Clearly you gave your stylist the night off, because there’s no way anyone who’s paid to pick out clothes would have picked that out for you. It’s bad enough that you’re trying to wear a leather dress, but the fact that you put a turtleneck on underneath it is causing us physical pain. A TURTLENECK. UNDER A LEATHER DRESS. Oh, we can’t. It’s like goth chick at the ski club.

What’s weird is the shoes. She normally has pretty bad taste in shoes, but these are nice. And the hair and makeup look great and we like that pendant. We can’t sign off on that clutch, though. Looks like a heating pad.

Sweetie pack this dress up and send it off to Gwen Stefani. It is SO not in your wheelhouse. And please, don’t try to dress without a stylist’s help.


[Photo Credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images,]

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  • call_me_schmeg

    and look! she brought her yoga mat to the red carpet!

    • luciaphile

      Heh, I just spit out my coffee!

    • EveEve

      More likely it’s her bdsm kit. 

      •  *Raises eyebrows* Well. Doesn’t *that* just make my girl crush even that much more fascinating.

  • Scarlet39

    It’s a shame, because she looks great from the neck up. 

    I can’t even put into words how much I hate that bag.  HATE. 

    • I dunno, her hair looks kinda scraggledy. Like she had an updo 2 days ago and hasn’t done anything since.

  • Funkykatt

    Harder for her purse to get stolen that way, at least. 

  • Um,….edgy goth biker chick anime character, is not your strong point, m’dear. And the top of that dress is so tight it looks like it MUST be causing you physical pain.

    • e jerry powell

       Maybe she’s trying to punish her breasts for some bad thing they did.

      • AthenaJ

        I feel claustrophobic just looking at them in this dress.

        • Le_Sigh

          poor babyheads, they must be suffocating so.

          • StellaZafella

             Black Leather Babyheads sounds like a bad boy band.

          •  Or maybe a really great drag band!

          • I would pay good money to see that drag band.

  • Kyle Crawford

    yeah, its pretty much Batgirl…

  • RzYoung

    shit the bed, this is bad

  • It’s bad enough it’s a leather dress, then she had to go put a turtle neck on with it.  I don’t know how she’s not melting in a pool of sweat.  

  • RebeccaKW

    That dress is really cute on the model.  I had to look several times, b/c I wasn’t convinced it was the same dress.

    Poor Christina.  Your head, legs, and feet look great.  That middle bit-wow.  Let’s pretend this never happened.

  • Sobaika

    It is two steps forward and one step back with this one.

    • charlotte

       I’d say several steps back.

  • AmeliaEve

    I don’t think this is anybody’s dress. 

    •  I actually like the dress. If it was actually tailored properly for her, (take a good look at where those bust darts hit her in the close up) and without the idiotic turtleneck under it, she could’ve made a thing of this.

      • hyperionic

        I think it suits her really well. Black leather looks great against her skin and hair. It looks a lot better on her than on the model where it looks like a trash bag. 

      • LesYeuxHiboux

         I was thinking the same. Perhaps if she just got some pointers from her stylist on how to alter garments like this to make them work for her figure, we could all be a lot happier.

        •  Unfortunately, with leather, there is no such thing as altering to enlarge, because the stitching holes cannot close back up, and typically, seam allowances are kept minimal.  Christina would have to have this custom made for her, for it to work.

          • LesYeuxHiboux

             Could she purchase a larger size to suit her bust and have it taken in? Of course, with her differential they might as well just make it custom, they’d basically have to remake the garment.

          •  Pretty much. Even the skirt gores would have to be recut. better to start fresh. it would actually end up taking less time, and costing less, than doing a full deconstruct/reconstruct job.

          • yesss, altering leather is the.worst.

            i think this would (without the ricidulous turtleneck aaah) and properly fitted look great on her.

      • MilaXX

         That’s what I was thinking, if she had gone without the turtleneck, this had a chance.

        •  Sure would have helped the fit a lot, not having even MORE volume under there.

        • ballerinawithagun

          Turtlenecks are never good for busty women. That large expanse need to be broken up as in the Tadashi Shoji (sp) dress yesterday are needed. If you are going black, go all the way and cover those blinding legs. What a beautiful face though!

    • Shawn Hill

       Agreed. It looks like a garbage bag.

  • That literally hurts my eyes!!

  • DinaSews

    Guess she is trying to prove that she is not ‘full figured’ by trying to dress like a skinny rocker chick.

  • Her purse looks like one of those wrist braces that people wear for carpel tunnel. (I actually thought she WAS wearing one of those, then realized that her purse, which appears to be made of neoprene, has a weird glove-sleeve-thingy.) 

  • See, this is why in that picture of her at Sydney Airport I cautioned against the turtleneck. The turtleneck is not a friend. The rest is a disaster too.

  • SapphoPoet

    OMG. She did put a turtleneck under that dress. Which makes it into a leather jumper. Who does that?

    The bag is puzzling.

    • unbornfawn

      Somebody’s mommy does that to you when you are 8.

  • mozzer0906

    My lips actually curled in revulsion at this site of this. 

  • nannypoo

    The shape of the dress isn’t too bad, and the length is good, and we can’t see her boobs. Her makeup is pretty. She has beautiful skin. Those were the positives.

    • e jerry powell

       What do you mean we can’t see her boobs?  You’d have to be blind to miss them in this get-up.  Looks like a dominatrix trying to smuggle Volkswagens.

      • call_me_schmeg

        i think nannypoo means, we can’t see her painful babyheads. 

        • e jerry powell

           I’m thinking that if she’s at the airport, the TSA screeners will find them difficult to miss.

      • nannypoo

        They would be hard to hide. Usually, though, she releases them to run free and feel the breeze in their faces. Here she has reined them in and covered them with not one but two durable layers.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    The shape of the dress is nice on her, though. It’s kind of like the stylist was down with the flu and from her sickbed, emailed a couple of pictures to say, okay, find something black shaped like this, and wear these shoes with it.  And Christina came back with leather and put a turtleneck underneath it and the stylist somewhere heaved into a bucket.

  • She used to dress goth in high school, she talks about it in every interview I’ve heard with her

    • So did I, but we have to move on, don’t we?

      • dress_up_doll

        It’s funny that she mentions it so often. Clearly she still identifies with her former goth persona and struggles to express herself through her wardrobe choices.

    • It’s not goth though, it’s 50s era beatnik. It’s like what an extra would wear in the scene in Funny Face when Audrey Hepburn wants to talk about empathicalism.

  • Speechless @ that clutch!

  • Judy_J

    At first I thought she’d had the dress altered to add sleeves, then I looked closer and saw that she’d worn a black turtleneck under that dress…..WTF?????  Like it was a jumper or something!  I’m speechless.

  • christinewithanx

    Oh dear lord. She looks like the president of the Minnesota Dominatrix Club. And she was doing so well!

  • Sabah Ibrahim

    I don’t get all the horror-gasps. I think she looks nice. 

    • Scimommy

      I would agree, but only from the waist up. Everything below the waist, including the, um, clutch, is not so good. Also, to me, from far away it didn’t look like a turtleneck under a dress. It looked like a dress made from several types of fabric, and I thought it looked ok.

  • twocee

    Well, at least there’s no frippery?  That’s something!  She looks great from the neck up though.

  • Black does her no favors

  • n a

    I didn’t even like the dress on that pin-thin model.  But now I’m just thinking: leather dress + turtleneck…? I cannot IMAGINE the amount of boob sweat happenin’ there…

    Oh Christina- I LOVE you- I think you are GORGEOUS and you could totally be a style icon- start having clothes made for you- I’m sure there are legions of designers who would love nothing more.

  • I think this picture now more than ever demonstrates not just that she was working with the help of a superior stylist for those halcyon few weeks, but also the help of some damned good hair extensions or wigs from the Raquel Welch Wig Collection for Redheads. Or somethin’. Something. Jeez, that bag. Is it NAVY?

  • MilaXX

    I don’t think it’s the best dress for her, but if she hadn’t added the turtleneck and wasn’t carrying a neoprine thermos, I’d give this look a pass.

  • I think she looks great! I think the dress fits her nicely and makes her look fantastic! I do hate the clutch, but otherwise I think this is a win. 

    • Guest

       Someone just took her thorazine this morning and it hasn’t fully kicked in yet…

      • Sabah Ibrahim

        The hell? Did you actually think that was funny, or were you actively trying to be a giant asshole? 

  • 2 words – squashed babyheads.  It’s also too short-waisted or perhaps that’s because there’s simply not enough room up top and the waistline has migrated north as a result?  Also awkward length on her, making her legs look heavy.   Add in the black turtleneck and the statement necklace on too short a chain, and it’s just heavy up top. 

  • unbornfawn

    Ankles down, good. Chin up, good. The rest? NO, a thousand times NO! What in the world was she thinking with the turtleneck?

  • MoHub

    And a sleeveless dress over a shirt is a true jumper. Top attached to pants is a jumpsuit. Either way, though, it was a bad decision on her part.

    • The fashion world – especially the U.S. retail end of it – tends to use jumper and jumpsuit interchangeably.

      • That’s interesting (and confusing)

  • MoHub

    I wonder whether a contrasting turtleneck would have made it better or worse.

    • formerlyAnon

      Worse. (And I thought that for her, this was not bad.)

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Leather bowling balls

  • This is terrible. Doesn’t she see what we see? I like that dress for myself, though. I have small boobs, it should work for me.

  • sweetlilvoice

    I wonder if she chose a turtleneck so she wouldn’t show so much chest? Sometimes, you have to let those dresses/shirts/etc. go.

  • Anathema_Device

    This is almost intentionally bad. The dress might work on her without the turtleneck. But I think the skirt might still be too stiff. The purse looks like it has been surgically attached to her hand.

  • It is the turtleneck that’s the problem, not the leather.  I’m pretty much the same proportion as CH, and I’ve learned that I will never look slender in a turtleneck.  (I wear them — it gets cold here — but not to an event.)  Also, leather will work, but it almost has to be a well-constructed sheath dress.  For this 50s silhouette to work, either the waist has to hit in the right place, or you don’t buy it.  Take off the turtleneck, lower the waistline about 2-3 inches, and it would probably work.

  • formerlyAnon

    She’s looked a LOT worse. On the Christina curve, I’d grade this as a B minus. Without the flash reflections off her chest, I might be willing to go to a B. 

    Her hair is awesome, not sure why anyone would choose a clutch that looks like a yoga mat.

  • Laura Osborne

    Her makeup is great and her shoes are awesome. But everything else about this look is HORRID. A leather-fetish dress with a turtleneck underneath. My brain can’t deal with this.

  • Jonas Claude Laurente

    i feel so sorry for her boobs 🙁

  • schadenfreudelicious

    that’s a lot of bulk added to a gal who doesn’t need any additional help up top… alas,she looks a bit like a leather sofa cushion….too bad as she has been doing so well as of late…

  • SummerSquash

    Honest to God, this looks like something I would put on my 3 year old for her Halloween costume (you know, add a turtleneck for when it gets chilly in the evening.)

  • Bozhi

    While I’ve seen her look a lot worse, this just does not fit.  The bust and waist do not fit correctly.  The layering with the t-neck does not help.  Her hair, makeup and shoes look good, but we all agree the clutch was not a good choice.

  • Srw27

    As a large-chested girl, I empathize with her but she should know that if you put on a dress and the fabric pulls across your chest, TAKE IT OFF, and put on a bigger size.  Stretchy fabrics (NOT leather) are your friend, dearie xoxo

  • Cheesely

    I don’t know, I don’t hate it. I love the shoes, and agree the clutch is bad. I also kind of hate the necklace.

  • Without the turtleneck, she would have looked pretty fabulous.  I love her hair.

  • It looks like someone took the SAHM autumn denim jumper look and tried to make it red carpet.  And honey, Michelle Duggar just can’t transition to the red carpet.  Some things do not compute.

  • All I can think about is how warm she must be. Yikes. 

  • fungstyle

    i think it could have worked without the turtleneck… but dear god why would anyone ever think that was a good idea? 

  • FancyPhilly

    I also thought the clutch was a yoga mat. Combined with the turtleneck and the leather I was thinking I’d either A) love to see what that yoga class was like or B) be very afraid of what goes on in that yoga class. 

  • Oh, Christina, what were you thinking?!

    If she was worried about the temperature, or showing her arms, she could and SHOULD have worn a cute little jacket or something, OR an entirely different outfit altogether. 

  • jilly_d

    I actually like this dress for her and think it would be great if not for that god-forsaken turtleneck.   And those shoes are far better than anything else she’s put on her feet for the last few years.  Don’t get me started on the fugly bag.

  • toastedink

    As a busty lady myself… let me be the first to say that turtlenecks are not our friends.

  • 3boysful

    I could theoretically see a turtleneck under the right leather dress.  For me, the problem here is that the dress’ waist is neither at Christina’s waist nor right under her bust.  Hence, it looks like she’s wearing a too-small dress, whether from the turtleneck smashed under there or her ample girls, probably a combination.   A shame, because she’s beautiful.

  • dsco3031

    This is awful. As a top-heavy girl myself, I would love to remind her of the CARDINAL RULE OF TOP-HEAVINESS that I thought everyone knew. It is as simple as this: 

    No turtlenecks. Ever. 

  • MsKitty

    I learned at the altar of Trinny and Susannah that turtlenecks and ample bosoms do not mix.  My heart weeps seeing this.

  • I can’t defend the dress, but the shoes look as if she’s got a custom shoe-maker. She’s got the same foot shape I do, with a spread transverse arch, and those were made to fit. 

  • mhleta

    It’s not THAT bad, is it? A pencil skirt would have been fierce as shit, though. I just adore her. She’s such a Woman in all the best meanings of the word. If she had lived in another time, great artists would be fighting over who got to have her as his muse. (Oh my God, is this a girl crush? At my age?)

  • ellabob

    Maybe all of her mirrors are broken…..

  • I was thinking dominatrix schoolmarm. 

  • LLuL

    Deliberate attempt to show us she’s so gorgeous even a jumper made from Hefty bags can’t hide it.  WERQ!

    • AnnaleighBelle

      Must be it!  Like Marilyn in a burlap sack!

  • BrooklynBomber

    I was so hopeful when I saw the thumbnail. Sigh.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I actually think the dress would look great on her without the turtleneck she put underneath it. It is a gorgeous dress and I think it looks better on her than on the model. The shoes are great.
    On the other hand, the gigantic clutch is hideous and the turtleneck underneath the dress is ridiculous.

  • cleep1000

    Oh, good lord. It’s like she’s getting ready to go butcher some meat, and has her knives rolled up in that “clutch”.

  • SewingSiren

    Sue me. I like it. Though I think black tights were in order too.

  • Judih1

    Hot Mess. She always looks awkward and uncomfortable no matter what she wears. Not really liking her hair either

  • It’s so hard to be a full-figured gal.  Yes, I said it!  You see clothes that look beautiful on the model and then it just looks like a completely different outfit on your body.  Oh, the frustration.

  • ChelseaNH

    If it weren’t for the leather and the turtleneck, this would not be horrible.   I mean, no babyheads is a good thing, right?

  • Imasewsure

    She needed the heating pad clutch because the leather dress and turtle neck just weren’t warm enough…. wow…. just no

  • this look is a “contractual obligation” – she has done ads, press etc. for Hugo Boss.  While I applaud them for choosing her,  surely they could find her something more flattering?  Or design for us real women (I’m a size 8 gasp!) I haven’t lost hope for her and her stylist, this is just a sad little blip in a great line of outfits.  In the past when she’s made bad choices they’ve tended towards “romatic ingenue” type clothing – high necks, ruffles, etc.  Which are an abomination on her silhouette, of course!

    • formerlyAnon

       You know, if she’s working for the clothing line, you’d THINK they’d insist that anything she wears of theirs be properly fitted, even if it had to be entirely custom made and not represent the product they’re selling retail at all. (As if that’s not done all the time by retailers & advertisers.)

  • Trisha26

    She looks very pretty aside from the outfit…and not crazy about the shoes either.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    The dress is straight-up hid-jus.  It actually looks better on the lovely Christina than it does on the model, but it looks awkward and sad on the model.

    Chrissy’s hair and make-up are beautiful, and there is no other woman I can think of that has a more beautiful face.

  • mmc2315

    It’s hard for me to look past the flash reflections on her chest.  I think that is making the dress look significantly worse than it looked in the mirror at home.  

    At first glance, I thought it was one of those dresses with a leather bodice and sweater fabric sleeves.  I didn’t even notice the turtleneck at first!  Doh!I’d like to see it WITH the sleeves, but with a different neckline.  Hair, make-up, shoes all excellent.


  • kimmeister

    She needs to stay away from shiny materials (leather, satin, lamé) on her bust.  The shine it generates makes it impossible not to stare there.

  • judybrowni

    Must be sweaty underneath all that mishigosh, and not in a good way.

  • Lisa Kramp

    I thought it was a knit-and-leather dress, too. I would love to see that with long sleeves. But I like the way she looks in it! When you have huge cans, sometimes accentuating them is your best bet because everyone’s gonna stare at ’em anyway, and the simple makeup and jewelry keep the look from going over the top, IMHO.

  • l_c_ann

    THE rule of fitting a woman’s dress is FIRST you fit the chest, and then you fit the rest. 
    Or has this been forgotten by all of North America?

  • i’m so relieved to hear this dress is leather.  i thought it was rubber!  reminded me of and episode of nypd blue, wherein a zaftig secretary told andy sipowitz she was wearing a rubber suit under her dress in an embarrassing attempt to turn him on.  but i digress…the clutch looks like the roll up case that dexter carries his knives in.

    am i watching too much tv?

  • LuxuryLime

    She looks like an unusually modest dominatrix. Just…weird.

  • alyce1213

    Her hair and makeup are exceptionally nice, but this it utterly scrolldown fug.
    From the top:  
    No turtlenecks for large breasted women
    No turtlenecks under a jumper
    No necklace outside a turtleneck
    No tight leather squooshing boobs
    No heavy leather pleated skirting
    No bare legs with a heavy, black leather dress and black turtleneck
    No pointy little pumps with heavy leather dress
    No ugly clutch that looks like a case for chef’s knives

    Poor Christina just has bad taste and no clue how to dress herself.  Such a shame.. she’s so lovely.

  • OKAY! I may definitely be alone in this but I kind of love this outfit. The skirt still emphasizes her tiny waist and even though she’s covered up on top, you can still tell her shape.

    I may be posting this because I am a 38G bra size and I wear turtlenecks but damnit, they look fabulous on us big tittied girls!

    The purse and the necklace are all wrong. The shoes are great. I think it combines a bit of a bad-ass look with feminine girliness.

    YOU GO, JOAN HALLOWAY-HARRIS-HALLOWAY! I’m mentally picturing myself in this outfit and I look fabulous too.

  • Dot

    I intensely dislike that clutch, but I really don’t hate the rest of it. The dress looks a million times better on her than on the model. Maybe the turtleneck wasn’t the best choice, but nothing here bothers me all that much — save for the clutch.

  • Vanja

    If she did choose this horrible outfit herself, then I’m sure her stylist must be resisting the urge to let everybody know that’s this monstrosity was not his/her doing.

  • The dress isn’t doing her any favors, but her hair looks fantastic. Gorgeous! (from the neck up)

  • TieDye64

    Oy! Painful.

  • I love it when a look makes me laugh out loud.  Although I doubt she was looking to get laughs…

  • Devin McMusters

    EEk!  That cuts her from an 8 to a 5 instantly.

  • Dagney

    Well.  I like it.  So there.  And if the full-figured women “are not supposed to” wear that dress, then who is?  Because that little-girl-looking model looks silly.

  • Nicholas

    Turtleneck steampunk dominatrix.

  • KathKo

    Bet you she fired her gays because they argued with her about the shoes.
    Sad, really.
    Darling, call them back and apologise.

  • Zippypie

    Without the turtleneck (wtf?!), I think I would actually like this dress on her.

  • Linda Dodson

    I don’t understand why she consistently defaults to black.  Black does not flatter everyone.  It washes her out.  In addition to just plain poor taste, she seems to be missing a color wheel.  

  • rab01

    odd, I kinda like this look.

  • I dunno, it’s kind of a mod look, which I like. The length isn’t flattering and that bag is ridiculous but I don’t mind the turtleneck with the dress.

  • spooki C

    No one should wear that dress. I can’t see a leather dress and not think “butcher’s apron”.

  • I’m in the fine-without-the-turtleneck camp. Does no one else hate the necklace outside the turtleneck on her? On a law professor, fine. On a star on the red carpet, no.

    • omg_dora

       Yeah, I don’t get the hate for the dress. It’s cute when it’s filled out well, and although it doesn’t quite fit her on top, it fits her a lot better than other things she’s worn.

      I mean, god, even WITH the weird turtleneck, it’s still a better look than that horrible Emmy Awards look that TLO sorta approved of.
      At least her hair is cute here, her dress doesn’t belong to somebody’s alcoholic aunt, and her boobs aren’t spilling out at her armpits.

  • This leather dress thing just has to stop….

  • mayavaly

    Oh my god, seriously? There is a ‘glove handle’ on that purse. I haven’t laughed this much in ages. Brilliant!

  • and yet…she seems to do this turtleneck thing all..the…damn…time. Someone needs to sit down with her and ask her, “Christina, sweetie – are you cold? Do you have thyroid issues? Were you stolen as a child and tortured by savages and have a scar on your neck that you are determined to hide?” Seriously, someone needs to steal into her house and pull out every..damn..turtleneck…from every closet, drawer or store bag or box under the beds and burn them. And then hypnotize CH and put the message of ‘we don’t cover up our necks’ into her subconscious.

  • JMansm

    Regardless of knowing what works and doesn’t work for her THAT IN NO WAY FITS. Often we see a bad fit but rarely does something just NOT FIT AT ALL. I’m flabbergasted. Was it tailored by a blind person? Did her personal shopper get her size wrong? So confused. 

  • TheOtherChristina

    I… love this? The pendant needs to hang an inch lower, and I wish it were an actual mixed-media dress, and wearing a turtleneck under a jumper is morally wrong unless its a school uniform, and JESUS CHRIST THAT CLUTCH. And yet somehow I think it works. Maybe because her hair and makeup are so gorgeous.

  • Pennymac

    Why is she carrying this mornings yoga mat rolled up in her hand on the red carpet?

  • At first I wondered if she put the turtleneck on underneath the dress because of its armholes. When you’re full-chested, sleeveless dresses are very hard to wear. Unless sleeveless dresses are tailored to fit fuller chested gals, the armholes tend to be pulled forward as the dresses stretch in the front, and then the holes show inches of bra. It’s hard to tell if that was the issue because Hendricks is keeping her arms relatively low in every shot, and there are not side shots.

    She was looking great lately. This dress is a misstep. Even without the turtleneck, the dress isn’t right for her shape. It looks like the company only made the dress wider as it went up in size. No proportions were altered to make the dress fit someone who’s a plus size by fashion standards. The bodice should be longer in order to accommodate a larger chest size and drop the dress’s waist away from the chest.

  • Wellworn

    Well the shape of the dress is good and looks good on her.  Don’t like the leather and hate the turtleneck.  I guess my ladycrush for Christina makes this passable to me.  Only because of the shape, and her shape.  I love her shape. 

  • FloridaLlamaLover

    Gawd — the dress on the runway model looks like a trash bag.  And Christina…yikes.

  • Good God, this looks like she doesn’t own a mirror…

  • pookiesmom

    Am I crazy? I totally like this. I think she looks great.

  • Why oh why the black turtle-neck jumper underneath?

  • eight_of_nine

    I have to disagree with the consensus… while it’s not her best look, I kind of like it.  But then, I have some goth tendencies, and LOVE leather.  So leather stretched across Christina’s lovely bosom is A-OK with me. XD


  • The outfit….isn’t….that bad. But yeah the clutch is terrible and way too big

  • kathrineb

    The worst thing about is where the waistline ends. If the bodice was longer and the turtle neck was removed it would be much more flattering!