Christina Hendricks at the Emmys Performers Peer Group Reception

Posted on August 20, 2013

Are we nuts for having an overwhelming urge to rip the sleeves right off this dress?


Christina Hendricks at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Performers Peer Group cocktail reception to celebrate the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Sheraton Universal in Universal City, California.

Wouldn’t this look really cute without them? Especially if she put on a contrasting belt and some pop-o-color shoes? The shape is just right for her, but it could use better detailing. She has such a fondness for frippery and frilliness, but we have yet to see such elements ever really work for her. Sometimes, you’ve just got to let go of the things you love if those things keep letting you down, Christina darling.



[Photo Credit: Mark Davis/Getty Images]

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  • Sobaika

    I understand the point about the sleeves but want to let it slide considering it’s head and shoulders above what she usually wears. Besides, it provides a modicum of interest.

    Wish the hair was the slightest bit more polished.

    • e jerry powell

      But you do concede that those sleeves never belonged on that dress even before she put it on, right?

      • Sobaika

        No, the dress itself (sleeves included) is fine. On another starlet we wouldn’t be quibbling about it at all.

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    As a large-chested lady, I am always thinking about how to dress to minimize (which is totally my own thing – it is not necessary to always minimize the boobage), so I think they’re needed proportionally. You take off those sleeves and it becomes all about the boobs.

    Agree about needing some color contrast.

    • Deedles

      Indeed! I don’t know about you, but if there is one thing that makes me look even more boobalicious than I do, it’s high-necked sleeveless stuff. ACK!

      • MoHub

        Especially with a halter cut.

      • Girl_With_a_Pearl

        It’s such a balancing act isn’t it? Too high a neckline can be problematic as you pointed out and too low a cut and it’s baby heads time.

      • sojourneryouth

        So true! I wind up looking like my whole chest is one huge megaboob, from belly button to clavicle. NOT flattering!

    • unpious

      I agree about the proportions. I don’t always care about minimizing, but I do care about keeping good proportions, and the cap sleeves give enough weight up top to balance the boobage. Some dresses it’s fine to go full bosom, but for this one it wouldn’t work so well.

    • ecallaw1977

      My thoughts exactly. Without the sleeves it would have been skinny neck BOOBS skinny waist. The sleeves draw the eye to the shoulders.

    • CommentsByKatie

      Totally agree. I don’t have a large chest, but I have really large hips and rear; and I definitely need the the sleeves for a proportion illusion, just like you are saying. I also think the sleeves are kind of cute and delicate and it works with the sleek dress. She looks great! For me her hair is the pop of color. 🙂

    • Magatha

      Very good points. I think I’ve liked Christina’s look best when she wears an elbow-length sleeve and a narrow v-neckline.

  • Diego!

    mmm I don’t know what’s her problem or maybe her stylist is, but, doesn’t she seem to be dressing like an old woman? I mean, she may be in her late 30’s / early 40’s and from neck up she looks young but when we see her dress choices it’s like an ‘Ugh!’… Girl, fire all the people around you and get a new team to dress you properly.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      Gurl, for the love of jeebus: Call. Octavia’s. People.

      • Diego!

        I couldn’t agree more! Good point! 🙂

      • decormaven

        They’d have her styling for sure. Good call.

      • filmcricket

        Earlier today I actually saw a photo of her on Tumblr wearing a Shoji dress (and she has worn him at least once to the opening of something or other). Why he’s not on her speed-dial, I have no idea.

  • Zaftiguana

    Yes and no. I hate them, but that neckline would be uber-unflattering on her without something there. It should just be something different. Totally agreed on the need for color, though. This is just lazy. Girl, your dress is black, not peach or aubergine. You could have brought in literally ANY color.

  • She has her own special grading scale, we’ve seen her get it so very wrong, that a little thing like harmless hanky sleeves barely even register.

  • Kate Andrews

    I don’t like the little collar either. Frippery is the exactly right word for all that.

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  • kimmeister

    She does have the right kind of shoulders for little lace almost-cap sleeves. They’re not my favorite personally, but for her I think they work to bring the eye up and away from the bosom. The dress, without sleeves, with a belt, and with colorful shoes, would be MY look. 🙂

  • sugarkane105

    It’s just so funeral. Have fun with your fashion, Christina!

    • Diego!

      Her taste for fashion just died and she is kissing it goodbye!

  • nannypoo

    Either she has lost some weight or this is the most flattering dress on the planet and I want one too. I agree about the little sleeve flaps. Maybe I would like to see them made into actual sleeves and extended to the elbow.

  • Kimmu

    I have Christina sized breasts, but unlike Christina, I don’t try to hide them away from the world, so ugh to that neckline because I think she covers them up to try and minimize them and instead she just makes them look bigger and bulkier.

  • Valdri8

    I know I lament this all the time, but isn’t there anyone else out there who simply hates her in black. There are colors that she can wear that will light up her skin, and she chooses freaking black which makes her almost look like a negative.

    I do not mind the sleeves at all, but that dress would be dynamite on her in brown or emerald or blue.

    • Beardslee

      I agree, not everyone can wear black, and she is one who can’t. It is too harsh for her. Those other colors you mentioned would look great with her coloring.

      I also think that a high neck swallows her up. Trinny and Susannah say that large breasted women look better with an open neckline, and I think she demonstrates why the opposite is true.

      • Valdri8

        I kinda like the overall shape on her, but the collar on the dress just looks silly. I adore her, I just wish she would hire a decent stylist to outfit her gorgeousness.

    • GillianHolroyd

      Me three. Black sucks the life out of her.

    • KatDuck

      I have similar coloring and came of age just down the street from her in the DC metro so I understand her love of black. And yet … I’ve had to admit that the love is not mutual. Black, for me, can’t be too close to my face or I look tired and worn. Rather like she does here, come to think of it. CH, I sympathize, I really do, one NoVA girl to another … but you need to step away from the black. Embrace your colors!

  • Louise Bryan

    Maybe we are not supposed to say such things, but I am terribly bothered by the skin fold by her right armpit. It’s like the wrong bra or something is pushing flesh into an awkward bubble. Otherwise, it’s a gorgeous dress for a funeral.

    • JauntyJohn

      I share your discomfort at both the unavoidable observation and the bad fit.

  • Lily-Rygh

    I agree about the unnecessary froo-froo of the sleeves. But without any color, it’s really the only visual interest on this thing.

    I just don’t understand. Christina is just a complete knock-out in every way, and has worked as a model, and yet, she has almost no idea whatsoever what looks good on her. It’s just weird.

  • MilaXX

    I’d refer to lose the collar instead. She like lace and frill. This at east adds interest without being overwhelming. I don’t even think it needs a belt. I do which the dress were navy blue instead, or there was a pop of color in the shoe Still for her this is a pretty put together look. If this was an IN or OUT post, I’d vote IN.

  • SewingSiren

    The sleeves don’t bother me. It is essentially a unmemorable little black dress. The shoes however look too small and extremely uncomfortable on her.

  • Paula Pertile

    Your idea is good (of course), but I like it the way it is, too. She looks pretty.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Ima disagree with you gents. Removing the (admittedly ugly) sleeves would turn this effectively into a halter: a shape that’s not known to be flattering to busty ladies. On Kristyn Ritter, the sleeveless version you suggest would be fantastic.

    • MoHub

      I’m a D-cupper with narrow shoulders, and the cap sleeves would help balance me up top. Otherwise, I’d look as if I were hanging to my waist.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        That’s my shape too! Aww… But I also have a wee little head – borderline microcephalic small – so I skip high-necked halters and turtlenecks altogether because it makes my head look ridiculous.

        • MoHub

          Unbelievable! I, too, have a pinhead. And worse, it’s flanked by big, square Dumbo ears. I’ve learned to buy earrings that cover my entire earlobes and for good measure, try to keep my hair over the otoappendages.

  • JauntyJohn

    The Morticia Addams shoulder caps are a No for me as well, though I understand how it might have made her feel better about the look — and in their way even elevate this to more than “just another black dress,” even though they don’t work.
    Who is preventing this woman from getting better counsel? She herself? I’ve loved her since her guest stint on “Firefly” and applaud her work on “Mad Men.” When she gets it right she’s sensational, and a healthy antidote in our collective consciousness to the never ending onslaught of Size Zeroes out there.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I hate those “sleeves” so i agree with ripping them off…either that or make them be actual sleeves, in other words longer. And a little pop of color besides the hair and lips would also be nice. Otherwise I really like this dress especially with that little collar.

  • Ceece

    You are not nuts. Those sleeves must die.

  • filmcricket

    I’d get rid of the collar first. Those sleeves are ugly and look unfinished, but they do add some needed balance to the overall shape and some visual interest. That collar is completely unnecessary and is bugging the shit out of me. Once again with Ms. Christina I have to ask: who designs these things?

    • filmcricket

      I have discovered the answer to my question: it’s Badgley Mischka, apparently.

  • Mazenderan

    I think CH’s previous outfits have shown that she does like some detailing and fussiness at the neckline – and this is by far the best she’s done in an outfit that has that. A good show from Miss Hendricks, I think.

    I’d like to see a little more colour in her accessories.

    • marlie

      Right, if she’s going to go for stuff around the neckline, this is a relatively simple and somewhat unobtrusive way to go about it.

  • KingCrazy

    I like this. It’s a step in the right direction for her. Her body looks fantastic. Wish the shoes were more exciting, but I can live with this.

  • flamingoNW

    She usually ends up looking just not quite polished, whether it’s with fit, hair, or some detail like the shoulders, which are kind of pretty but oddly messy…. Her makeup is usually awesome tho

  • alyce1213

    This is a major improvement, even with the sleeves. Baby steps.
    So I’m not gonna say a word about waving on the RC.

  • uprightcitizen

    Her makeup in that closeup is scaring me. It’s like an overly painted doll. But it may be because I used to work with a woman who had pretty much Hendrix’s exact facial shape and features and she was cra-a-zy. It does seem like Christina and her stylist would really benefit from making it a practice to take pictures of her before she left the house. Maybe they could have seen that she needed to wipe off some blush, clean up the lipstick, smooth her hair and put on some more interesting shoes. Maybe.

  • lobsterlen

    Yes the sleeves have got to go.
    What is it with her and matronly shoes? Just about every shoe she wears makes her legs look like tree trunks and she certainly doesn’t have tree trunk legs. Maybe she can burrow some cast off shoes from Queen Helen for a more youthful look.

    • Denise Plank

      The shoes are nearly always bad, and then she does the ankle dip. It annoys me only because I think she is stunningly beautiful.

      • marlie

        I wonder if there’s a reason why she usually wears more matronly shoes. And yes, she seriously needs a lesson in posing for the cameras.

        • Valdri8

          Her feet are tragically deformed, and I am not being a wise-ass. You can actually Google them. She must be in terrible pain in any heels she wears. She must have either been a dancer or worn heels from the time she was a kid to have such bad feet at a relatively young age.

          • marlie

            Aw… that’s really unfortunate. If that’s the case, I’d almost rather see her in some really kickass flats.

            My mom had to completely replace her shoe collection (of heels) after some serious health issues, and has replaced everything with totally blinged out flats (for casual event, formal events, and everything in between).

            If my mom can do it, so can CH.

          • marlie

            Also, when my mom can’t fight the urge to buy *gorgeous* heels, she buys them for me. *Score!*

          • Mazenderan

            I know that Christina Hendricks used to do ballet, and she now has really severe bunions. Sticking to flat, wide-fitting shoes would alleviate some of the pain. Narrow shoes and high heels would be pretty painful – in fact, narrow shoes are probably impossible..

            I don’t really have an issue with her shoes. They’re a lot nicer than those dreadful platform stiletto hooves that you tend to see.

  • Imasewsure

    Frills and frippery never work for this gal… pull those sleeves off!!

  • mhleta

    I respectfully disagree with les oncles. I don’t think belts work for her. They cut her in half, shorten her waist and make her top heavy. I think the detail on this dress is the perfect little amusement to draw the eye to her lovely face. The solid color and the fit of this dress is exquisite. Structure with a whiff of softness. Very pretty.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Actually, my first impression was “somebody just ripped her sleeves before she arrived”. I like the dress, but I agree with you in the styling.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    I also just got this ‘girl interrupted’ haircut by accident.

  • Angela

    I’d rather you ripped the collar off instead.

  • sagecreek

    She has an unfortunate fondness for cutesy sleeves, doesn’t she? But this is so much better than her usual.

  • Kate4queen

    I like the sleeves, they give breadth to the top of her shoulders that takes attention away from her bust. If you took them off, you’d narrow her neck and shoulders too much.

  • Boulderista

    I think this would look great without the sleeves but with the same lace around the hem of the dress so she keeps the frippery but uses it to draw the eye downward. also think the collar has to go this is way too high cut for her figure.

  • greenwich_matron

    The sleeves form a horizontal line, as do the hair/neckline, her boobs, and the hem against her pale legs. She needs a strong vertical line in there.

  • Shawn EH

    I guess if it was one of those black lace evening gowns, the sleeves would work. They kill it as a daytime frock. And the collar is so nice!

  • largishbearishAtlish

    I dunno, the frizzy hair is giving me eye twitches…. can we chip in and buy her a bottle of conditioner?

  • Chipster

    I think this outfit does need some type of sleeve but those things look like lace hankies stuffed around her collar! A beaded clutch in pewter or maybe some metallic pumps would add some needed bling.

  • marlie

    The sleeves don’t bother me so much, since the rest of this dress is doing SUCH great things to her figure. I’m not sure if a belt would have been the perfect finishing touch, but a better ‘do *definitely* would have been.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I don’t mind the sleeves, but I do wish she would stop with the head-tilt forward and the pursed lips. Look how much better she looks when she stands up like an adult in the last photo!

  • bertkeeter

    She’s a beautiful woman. NONE of this is working for her!

  • Qitkat

    I don’t really mind anything except the makeup feels way too harsh for her delicate coloring. But a pop o’ color belt and shoes would have stepped up this look considerably.

  • Trisha26

    I would prefer if it had little lace cap sleeves that extended down about 3 to 4 more inches to hide her underarm pooch. Don’t mind this but without these would be terribly unflattering – for me.

  • E. D.

    The sleeves need to be longer, but I don’t mind them in general.

  • gracedarling

    She needs to rip them off, dump a vase of flowers over her head, do a sexy wiggle and feel instant ten times better about herself.

  • LaSylphide

    I kind of like the sleeves, although agree they should be longer. It’s a good use of lace as an accent; I never much like it covering a whole dress. And the look definitely needs some color (as if her hair doesn’t provide enough).

  • Adriana_Paula

    I like the sleeves! I have a bit of a soft spot for lace, and it seems like just enough without being froofy.

  • myristica_fragrans

    she’s way too busty to even think about short cap sleeves.

  • lizajane1776

    I would much rather see the collar gone.

  • judybrowni

    Lace sleeves (and longer, please) or a satin peter pan collar, on what should have been a sexy halter dress.

    Not both.

    Hey, I’m busty too, and not nearly as gorgeous as you, Miss Christina, but we really don’t need all that frippery around the neck.

  • Constant Reader

    Hate the sleeves; would love a pop of color in the shoes and some bling — maybe a bracelet.

  • Cathy S

    You’re crazy. I love it with the sleeves.

  • Sunshine16

    Oh boys, can’t you just give her an “atta girl” for this one? It’s soooo much better than her usual disaster.

  • hendricks has such a distinctive style, but unfortunately, it rarely flatters her. here, she looks like herself, but its also really flattering. well done. the only thing i would change is how those lace sleeves end; a straight line would have been better than whatever frippery is going on here.

  • lilyvonschtupp

    It drives me crazy that she just can’t get it right. She’s got a drop dead figure, and I’m sure there are designers who would kill to dress her. But she just can’t get it right!