Christina Hendricks in New York City

Posted on October 07, 2013

We said earlier today that we couldn’t handle fashion disasters first thing in the morning, citing Miss Christina and her long string of bless-her-heart missteps. But we’re happy to report that, as is common with a lot of people when it comes to personal style, when you get her away from expectations and trendiness, she shines.

 

Christina Hendricks seen leaving the Bowery Hotel in New York City.

Forever 21 Tres Chic Knit Sweater

This is ridiculously cute. To illustrate the uselessness of most fashion rules, here’s a well-endowed gal in a tight sweater with writing across the chest and it looks adorable on her. Most rules would tell a lady with a large chest to not even bother trying this sweater on. We get a lot of requests for fashion and style advice and while we hate setting ourselves up to tell any woman in the real world how to dress, we do pass on one bit of advice when we can: Try it on. Try it ALL on. Sure, everyone has things they know to avoid, but if you’re on the fence, and you’re holding something in your hands that you think is really cute: TRY IT ON. Also: try it on in more than one size. Also-also: Bring a seasoned co-pilot who knows how to tell a dressing room mirror what a fucking asshole it is.

Also loving the straight-legged pants and ballet flats, in full defiance of trends and expectations. That’s the other bit of universal advice we give out: Stylishness isn’t about trends. It’s about knowing what works for you and interpreting it, over and over again.

The hat is J’adorable, but the bag looks kinda beat.

 

 

Christina Hendricks seen out and about in downtown New York City.

Not quite as turn-your-head stylish as the previous getup, it’s still really cute on her. It would be tough to find an instance of us praising a fringe shawl on anything other than a Halloween fortune-teller costume, but her favorite style is Boho Chic and, again, because of expectations and settings (like the red carpet, where Boho Chic rarely works), she doesn’t get the chance to deploy it as much as she’d like. Same thing for hats. She’s crazy about them, but obviously, doesn’t get much chance to wear them during public appearances, hence the cute hat in the first outfit.

What we’re trying to say is this: Here’s a gal who’s had more than her share of problems on the style front ever since she really entered the public sphere. Sometimes it was due to her body type, which the world of fashion is reluctant to admit exists and the world of entertainment is reluctant to promote. Other times it came down to her not making very good choices for herself. But with these two outfits, she’s ignoring trends and expectations and dressing how she likes, in clothes that are almost certainly not that expensive. Result? She looks really pretty and stylish. But not remotely trendy, and that’s just fine. Perfect, in fact.

But girl, a less beat-all-to-hell bag next time, mkay?

 

[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews.com, forever21.com]

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  • RussellH88

    She always seems to look better when she’s not trying too hard, because her idea of “tying” usually ends up with her boobs pressing against her chin.

    She looks great.

  • MilaXX

    Love that first look sooooo much I want that sweater badly. Second look is great as well. I don’t even mind the neat up bag cause I’m sure we’ve all had that one bag we loved so much we carried it well past it’s prime.

    • MsKitty

      Looks over at current beat-up purse tucked under desk

      That would be correct.

    • Glam Dixie

      Amen, sister.

    • mlle

      I love that she’s wearing the same shoes and carrying the same bag in both sets of photos.

    • Lori

      I like that she’s obviously not being paid to carry that bag. I’m sort of sick of pictures of celebs doing the whole “showcase showdown” thing with the gimme bags.

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      I love that first look too! And the fact that the sweater is from Forever 21, thus not mortgage-payment-sized, or even car-payment-sized, makes it 100x better!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        They have cute ones like that at Old Navy right now. I got a cranberry colored one with pink lettering that says “Follow Your Heart”, and I really love it.

        • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

          Love the Old Navy sweaters at the moment. I recently copped the cream sweater with ‘Hello There’.

    • Heather

      Agree about bag. It kind of endears; plus, it can be hard to find a good NYC bag (that will hold your umbrella, water bottle, snack, extra layer, but has a good closure so no one steals your wallet on the subway, etc). Since she’s an LA girl, this might have been her only option. She could probably get those scuff marks out.

  • leahpapa

    “Stylishness isn’t about trends. It’s about knowing what works for you and interpreting it, over and over again.” I wish I had known this before I tried to make skinny jeans work for me, again and again succeeding only in making myself look like an apple on toothpicks.

    • MilaXX

      YES! Boyfriend jeans being back in style have been a savoir for me.

    • RebeccaKW

      Skinny jeans work for me when I’m balanced on the bottom. I don’t wear them with flats or heels. But I wear them with knee boots and it works out.

      • fursa_saida

        Same here. I can also wear them with flats, but only if they’ve got a very specific amount of extra room in the ankle, almost like a cigarette pant–if they’re actually sticking to my ankles then it’s no good at all.

  • PastryGoddess

    Maybe she should smoke pot before she select clothes for the red carpet. Then she’ll be relaxed and not over think things

  • Magatha

    She looks great. And the ballet flats – well, that made my day simply on account of I think that her feet don’t hurt.

  • Barb Rayhttp://www.google.com/

    Maybe that beat up bag will get her some new bag swag from the high end bag designers. . .?

  • Krysta

    Her hair is just to die for.

  • Barb Rayhttp://www.google.com/

    Maybe that beat bag will score her some new bag-swag from the high end designers. . .?

  • understateddiva

    That sweater really is a testament to the “try it on” rule. The letters break up the bustline, negating the uniboob effect that can happen in a tight top on a busty gal. It’s a little goofy/junior I think though.

  • boweryboy

    My quibble is the pants in the first pic. I wish they were a skosh bit narrower towards the bottom. Not too much, but just a tiny taper. I’m loving the Carnaby Street hat.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Yes – I think to balance the ballet flats they need to either be a skosh shorter (like the cuffed jeans) or just a teensy bit tapered.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Agree with both of you. But it’s a minor quibble given how great she looks over all.

    • RebeccaKW

      Agreed. I don’t care for shorter length wide-leg pants. It gives the impression that your pants are too short. But she still looks good in them, and darn better than I would.

  • H2olovngrl

    Loving the first pair of shades.

  • Garcia Loca

    So cute x2!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    If you saw my outfit entitled, “Dorothy Parker: Pop Culture Cowboy”, you might change your mind about fringed shawls…

    • H2olovngrl

      You name your outfits? Wow, do I feel inadequate right about now…

      • Sobaika

        I thought I was the only one who did that! But I tend to name them after fictional characters, not very creative. Today’s outfit is Charlotte York.

        • calimon

          I bow down to ye both.

          • random_poster

            For sure! What a fun way to manage your wardrobe.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

          I have a Ms. Peacock genre!

    • formerlyAnon

      Link to photos? Also, that sounds like an awesome title for a one-woman-show.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

        If you’re into Instagram, my user name is nevareese. It goes over “My outfit today says…” that covers outfits that I wear to work.

        • marlie

          You look like Kristen Vangsness from “Criminal Minds,” who I absolutely adore for being such a fun, quirky, and truly original person.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

            Someone on the bus just told me about her last week! She is amazing! “Queerer than Madonna riding on a purple unicorn.”
            If you go to YouTube, type in “Neva Reese International Model” – I have a video series. Just shot an aerobics video this weekend.

        • SassieCassy

          you look so fun!

          can all bks put up their insta usernames if they have them?

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

            There is truth in my advertising. ;)

          • Sobaika

            My instagram is… Sobaika. Again, very creative ;)

          • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

            Fun idea! Mine is ViviHPS.

          • calimon

            I’m not a regular poster, but with more friends/followers, i could be inspired to post more – instagram: srfnbird

        • formerlyAnon

          You are generous to share. I shall go check it out.

          (Yes, it is old school to act like sharing social media presence is a courtesy rather than happy self-promotion. I am old and I still see it as sharing work and a little bit of one’s self, or at least one’s constructed persona.)

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

            (Your comment made my day.)

    • Carleenml

      I name some, too! My favorite is Natasha–Eastern European Spy.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

        I have been known as Natasha, the Russian communist gymnast turned KGB spy dedicated to ruining British boys and turning them into men.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    Hello! So fantastic, so relaxed, so flattering. I want to have drinks with this girl.

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks so much better here. Wish she could hit a similar zone more often when she dresses up. As I’ve said before, if I had a fence jumper it’d be her.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I love it, all of it. And us tall girls are happy that ankle length is a thing now…our high waters are finally in style.

    • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

      5’11. Agreed.

    • marlie

      Yep.

    • Laurie Cubbison

      As a girl with short legs I’m happy to see the ankle length thing too because they’re exactly the right length for me.

      • kimmeister

        Yes, they’re the only pants I don’t have to hem!

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I generally avoid shirts with writing on them, but that is so cute. I’ll be trying them on, from here on out.

  • MaggieMae

    Tres chic and comfortable.

  • mlle

    I adore both looks, and that hat most of all. I wish hats were still a thing.

    • Introspective

      hats will never stop being a thing! especially on bad hair days…

      • mlle

        I wear them all the time in my social life.

    • kimmeister

      Tons of hats are sold in stores, but I’m apparently the only person around here who wears them. But I don’t care, I actually get very positive attention for them.

  • Introspective

    love the ease of it all. and the attainability of it as well for us regular old BKs.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Adorable (the first look). Pants too short if we’re gonna quibble. But more important: GIVE ME THAT HAT!!

    • kimmeister

      I especially love how her hair curls just so over the edge of her hat. Plus the combo with those white shades.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I know. So cute. And those frames. I’d look like a complete idiot in those frames, but on her the whole combo of hat-frames-hair is fabulous.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    She looks cute, but I feel almost embarrasingly happy to see she went back to the red hair. She looked good, but I missed her serving Joan Holloway hair.

  • marlie

    I love, love, love her in the “tres chic” top. It’s SUCH an adorable look. I even like the hat! And shockingly enough, it seems to minimize her chest a little. The second look isn’t nearly as exciting, but it’s fine. What gets me about the bag is that it looks like it’s cheap fake leather, and I doubt that it is.

  • Joey Melliza

    relax those puppies sister!

  • ashtangajunkie

    Love both outfits and want that hat and ‘tres chic’ sweater.

  • Not applicable

    It’s really hard to not want to cover your big girls with a shawl/pashmina when you’re out walking around… I mean, when you have large breasts, you look good with a lot of foundation and good posture- but that’s not comfortable or realistic when you’re out and about shopping & whatnot. So, without all that support you wind up with a back roll, and lots of boobage- even with good undergarments. It gets tiresome catching a sidelong glance that is unflattering. So, while I’m not as endowed as Miss C, I tooootallly get this move. Fortune-fringe be damned.

    • marlie

      That’s totally something I’d do if I’m bumming around the house on a weekend and realize that I need to run to the drugstore or something, but don’t feel like putting a bra on. Scarves/shawls are a wonderful thing.

    • keall

      Thanks to your avatar, I just read this insightful response to myself in the voice of Stephen Fry. You’d be surprised how much I enjoyed that.

      • Not applicable

        I know- it really works on so many levels… thank you Mr. Fry!

  • Imasewsure

    Hate the ballet slippers (especially in the first outfit) but really cute and comfy otherwise. Love her in hats and big shades

  • Paula Pertile

    How cute is she? Don’t even mind the bag. Wish she could wear those flats all the time – her feet usually look so tortured. So nice to see her relaxed and just herself.

  • Qitkat

    I am truly hoping this is her real hair, because it’s gorgeous.
    She is just adorable here, and we all want to be her best friend.

  • bmason6

    I saw her wearing this outfit! She was eating at Eataly, and seemed very relaxed.

  • M_E_S

    I’m a busty girl, but I definitely have a beloved sweater with writing on it like Christina does (except mine says GEEK). I love that I have legitimately worn outfits like the ones she’s wearing here. It makes me feel better about my style instincts.

  • Zaftiguana

    Aw, cute! I think the sweater works because it’s not super tight and the lettering is large.

    She really does need a better bag, though. In better shape, sure, but my bigger priority would be something with a little color or pattern that would really have set off both of these outfits.

  • Contralto

    I’m not as tall as she is (I am convinced I should be 5’7), but otherwise have the same body type. It’s always great to see what looks good on her, so I can crib a bit.

  • Tanya Wade

    I love the first outfit so much I am speechless, and must get that sweater, toute de suite.

  • RuthGo

    I’m not getting the cute in the first picture. I agree that style is about knowing what works well on you but you also have to look, to a certain extent like you pay attention. I just find those pants in the first picture incredibly sad and very, very aging. I’m totally on board with the second look.

  • bellafigura1

    Loathe the writing on the sweater (stop telling me what to think!), everything else is so wonderful, she finally looks her (young) age!!

  • Kelly

    Just goes to show that her chest is not really as large as she’s always costumed to make it look. Sure, she’s well-endowed, but her stylists and Mad Men costumers put her in foundation garments that make her chest look huge-to-the-point-of-unnatural. (And more so in more recent seasons of MM; if you look back at some of the earlier seasons, her breasts are much less on display.)

  • sunflower

    I’m not bothered by the bag. I like seeing that she actually uses it and it’s not just to promote the designer

  • keall

    One of our scintillating fellow BKs (whose name I now forget, with sincere apologies) remarked recently that Miss Christina should be cast as Daisy Buchanan, breaking this dynastic succession of waifish blondes in the role. The way that hat frames her delectable features reminds me just what a brilliant idea that is…

    • demidaemon

      I remember that comment and, while I agree with the sentiment, waify blondes get cast in that role because she is a waify blonde. If we’re talking about the mistress, however….

      • Lori

        She’s far to beautiful to play Myrtle. The fact that Myrtle isn’t beautiful is an important point in the story. It says a great deal about Tom and about his relationship with Daisy. Casting Isla Fisher in the role was one of the major “tells” that no one involved with the remake actually understood the book.

        • demidaemon

          Well, then Hollywood will never be able to ever get the casting right, considering what they consider “star quality.”

  • Sweetvegan

    Love the tres chic sweater!

    The shopping carts at Marshall’s now have slogans on them, and one of them says, “Try it on. It might be perfect.”

  • decormaven

    She’s a big vintage bag fan; I bet this is a favorite that she loves no matter what. She looks happy and relaxed, and that goes a long way in selling a look for me.

  • luluransom

    The big problem with the bag is that she’s only got her actual stuff in it. It’s not half-filled w/crumpled newspaper to show it off best. I can’t tell you how many bags I’ve returned because they sag with only my belongings in them. (Question: do celebrities walk around all the time with newspaper-stuffed handbags??)

    • marlie

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they do. Especially the loaners that they’re just showing off.

  • Trickytrisha

    The hair, the porcelain skin, that beautiful face… they don’t need fancy duds to shine. She’s a world class beauty and it’s so refreshing to see her comfortable and relaxed with her dressed down look and homey bag and shoes. Brava!

    Oh yeah, I adore that hat and the upturned curl.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    SUPER CUTE

  • Lily-Rygh

    Despite her challenges with high fashion, I just ADORE this woman and am always thrilled when she gets it right. She’s just absurdly beautiful…

  • Jai Piper

    I like that she’s carrying an obviously used bag. She likes it enough to put some wear on it. Better than the endless parade of prancing starlets carrying pristine $3k+ bags that you know they’re going to never use again, resell or hand over to a relative/employee as a “present”.

  • http://completeflake.com/ LaVonne Ellis

    That first shot looks like a magazine shoot from the boobs up. Flawless skin!

  • Jacquelyn

    She’s making an effort. And I love that first sweater

  • forward_slash_PRS

    I’m not just now noticing how well you write, but finally getting around to saying it. Thank you –

  • Horacio Perez

    Ok, I have a theory. A theory that I’ll explain with love and respect, because I LOVE Christina Hendricks and I respect her because she is THE best actress alive on TV ever.
    My theory is that Christina Hendricks is wearing a red wig here. And she has been wearing a red wig over the last two weeks. My theory is that Matthew Weiner is a talented control freak, and forces her to wear a red wig when she is filming “Mad men”, to avoid spoilers or whatever.
    Exhibit A: Joan hair is always different: red, but different, so they could all be wigs.
    Exhibit B: She had brown hair (with real-visible roots) at the Emmys, just days before she started filming.
    Exhibit C: Check any of her last appearances… (or any picture of when she is filming “Mad men”, for that matter.. I actually developed this theory last year, and now I’m confirming it…)… you always see the chic red hair, but you never get to see the roots.
    That’s my theory.

    • janierainie

      There was some kind of magazine article or interview with her that I remember her talking about wearing wigs. I wish I could remember what it was. Seems like she talked about having thin hair. Maybe I dreamed it…….

  • Horacio Perez

    Ok, I have a theory. A theory that I’ll explain with love and respect, because I LOVE Christina Hendricks and I respect her because she is THE best actress alive on TV ever.

    My theory is that Christina Hendricks is wearing a red wig here. And she has been wearing a red wig over the last two weeks. My theory is that Matthew Weiner is a talented control freak, and forces her to wear a red wig when she is filming “Mad men”, to avoid spoilers or whatever.

    Exhibit A: Joan hair is always different: red, but different, so they could all be wigs.

    Exhibit B: She had brown hair (with real-visible roots) at the Emmys, just days before she started filming.

    Exhibit C: Check any of her last appearances… (or any picture of when she is filming “Mad men”, for that matter.. I actually developed this theory last year, and now I’m confirming it…)… you always see the chic red hair, but you never get to see the roots.

    That’s my theory.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I’m really loving both of these looks. And her hair looks fantastic. Not sure about the purse but I guess just because she’s rich doesn’t mean she has to rock an expensive purse. Although if I was, I would.

  • pop_top

    Christian Siriano may dress her on the red carpet and she’s always flawless as Joan, but I love that Christina wears Forever21 like the rest of us.