Christina Hendricks at the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection Launch Party

Posted on November 20, 2013

This almost feels like that time January Jones dressed up in a Betty Draper costume for Halloween. Except this time it’s not nearly as good.


“Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks attends the launch celebration of the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California.

Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection

It’s a shame, because we really like everything she’s wearing here and think it could all work for her if the pieces were paired up better. Well. We’re iffy on the top, that’s true. But the skirt, shoes, and cardigan are perfectly suited to her. They just look like too much when they’re all together like this. That cardi should be paired with cuffed jeans. It would be a perfect semi-casual daytime look for her. Keep the gold shoes and the black skirt. Ditch that way-too-busy top for something simpler, darker, and with a little sparkle to it.






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  • The reds are clashing and it’s making my eyes twitch.

    • Mary229

      I know but I love that cardigan! It’s so cute. I would love to see her wear that cardigan with something else!

    • boweryboy

      My first thoughts as well.

  • Paigealicious

    Oh for Pete’s sake.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I know. I can’t even think up a valid, specific criticism, because it’s all just so crazy.

      • Paigealicious

        Like–the cardigan with that shirt next to her hair…and those shoes?? I actually like the skirt but the rest of it is just…uuughhh…did she *look* at herself before she left the house?

  • Michele

    Nope, sorry. A woman with boobs that big does not wear a big freaking ruffle on her blouse.

    • iheartbuffy

      spot on

    • Carleenml

      it’s one thing to jokingly refer to it as a ‘shelf’ and another to go for an all-out literal interpretation of one.

      • boweryboy

        A shelf lined with ’70s contact paper.

    • Rhonda Shore

      It’s an abomination.

      • Clueless_Jock

        Or rather, an aboobination 🙂

    • kimmeister

      In the side view shot, her boobs look like they’re in a different time zone than the rest of her.

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        My husbands first wife had ( I am told ) a legendary enormous rack, and the running line on her was “you can see Harriet coming around a corner before you actually see that it’s Harriet “.
        Old photos have confirmed this to be true! ( pointy-bra era )…

  • SAA

    I have a body very similar to hers, and I would never, ever, EVER wear a top with that many ruffles…buttoned all the way to the top. c’mon.

    • gabbilevy

      Me either. I don’t even bother trying things on if they have any kind of embellishment on the chest.

      • iheartbuffy

        it just makes us look (more) top heavy and does nothing for a lady with an hourglass shape. And buttoned to the top? FOR SHAME!

        • Rhonda Shore

          it’s mind-boggling!

        • kimmeister

          Small busted women can have hourglass shapes too.

          • iheartbuffy

            true – I’ll redefine “hour-glass” to more specific, as in “Marilyn Monroe hour-glass”

    • Mary229

      Actually that was my thought….that if she unbuttoned the shirt it might look less severe. The instinct with a big chest is so cover up but often it has the opposite effect.

    • Caitlin Rain

      I think I know the secret: Christina Hendricks believes she’s pear-shaped. I get it — I have a very similar figure also, and will maximize my (already prominent) top half to minimize my (also prominent) bottom half, because God knows if it’s a faux pas to look overly bust, it’s a mortal sin to look hippy. If we were bosom buddies sharing a closet, I would try to steer her toward my simple, richly colored v-necks and burn all her clothes while she wasn’t looking — that’s just the kind of friend I am.

      • lunchcoma

        You are a kind and generous person. While you’re at it, a gentle reminder that wearing skirts and slacks in your proper size is far more minimizing than wearing ones in your desired size. The blouse is far from the only problem with that look.

        • Terri Ellis

          I’m amazed that she found anything from a Banana Republic line that she could wear! I have given up on them as a brand because (beyond being overpriced), their clothes are NOT designed with us curvy women in mind.

          • RedRaven617

            That’s putting it kindly. I stopped even going into BR years ago for that exact reason.

          • Watts

            I know she’s NOT a plus-size woman, she just looks that way because of the extreme thinness of so many current Hollywood starlets, but based on what we know of her chest size (and she’s certainly given us, ahem, ample evidence) there’s no way anything from Banana Republic buttons on her. Nuh-uh.

    • lunchcoma

      My body also has her general proportions, and everything about that top – the high neck, the ruffles, the loud pattern – would make me conclude that it was some other woman’s blouse.

  • Zaftiguana

    The blouse and the way she’s (not really) wearing the cardi are kind of a disaster, but I have to wonder if it would all almost work if her hair didn’t look like she let it air dry after a shower.

    • vandeventer

      It’s not one of her better wigs.

      • Mary229

        Am I the only one that didnt know she wore a wig?

        • vandeventer

          Oh it gets discussed quite a bit…apparently Christina doesn’t like how thin her real hair is, so she always wears wigs. I think the only time I have seen her real hair was on the first episode of Mad Men. It was pretty thin actually, but certainly nothing wrong with it. I can see wearing wigs on Mad Men, but in real life I think she would look better with her natural hair.

          • Mary229

            I feel like such an idiot bc I honestly had no idea. But I’m really bad at spotting wigs and hair extensions. I wish I was better at it.

          • vandeventer

            Oh well the biggest give-away is usually the part. You can’t see any scalp. Also the way it falls around the back of the head and neck is always a giveaway for me – you can see that it’s just laying against the head and neck, rather than actually growing out of the scalp.

          • twocee

            I always learn things from the BKs. I can never spot the fake hair either.

          • decormaven

            Thank you! Did not know that.

          • filmcricket

            Pretty sure her two episodes of Firefly featured her natural hair.

  • I usually like L’wren Scott, but I think putting that many ruffles on a blouse with that busy a pattern is misguided, even before you put it on a bust like Christina’s. I love the idea of that cardigan with cuffed jeans or cigarette pants though.

  • That skirt is struggling to stay in one piece its so tight. Up a size, hem it to the knee, ditch the overly fussy blouse. LOVE those shoes, though.

    • Sarah

      ‘Tis a NICE skirt, though. And shoes, yes.

  • Tracy_Flick

    That blouse is giving her a titscrepancy, which on her is an utter disaster. The way the reds clash – cardigan, blouse, lipstick, hair, is making me feel slightly carsick. This is just not working in any way.

    • mlle

      Don’t forget the reds in the background.

  • marlie

    I need that skirt and the cardigan in my life.

  • iheartbuffy

    1. neckline way too high
    2. skirt too tight and length combined with heels looks like she has cankles and makes her look very stumpy
    3. sparkly cape does not belong here (and I don’t think on her either)
    4. tisk.

  • mlle

    The top, even if it looked better on her, it too frou frou to pair with that disco ball* of a cardigan.

    * I use the term with all due affection. My officemate calls me a magpie because of how much I like shiny things.

  • Kathy

    Ooh, I’m not liking much about this. Her hair clashes with the reds. The shiny jacket does not look good with the patterned, ruffled blouse. It’s just too much going on. The skirt looks too tight. And, if that’s not bad enough, she wore shiny gold shoes. That’s a shame because I admire her style most of the time.

  • Theresa

    What exactly is that thing on her right hand? It makes no sense with this outfit. I just can’t.

    • kimmeister

      Bwahahaha! I hadn’t even noticed it. Now it looks like she was playing with a cat’s cradle and then just forgot it was still on her hands.

  • Oh honey. Really? This is a world of No.

  • tereliz

    I would be 100% behind this if not for that heinous blouse.

  • Jessica Freeman

    As a large breasted woman myself, she should have immediately said NO to the top. The skirt is fill fitting and the draped cardigan is always a no. Either wear it or not, it has sleeves for a reason. It’s not a cape.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      It’s a cardi? I totally missed that it was a cardi.

      • iheartbuffy

        actually, it’s a superhero cape. I don’t know which one she stole it from, but I’m sure he or she is very angry.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Well the model is wearing it as a cardi…of course Joan only has it slung over her shoulders.

  • jilly_d

    I love her so much and want to see her look good on the RC, but it’s just gotten to the point where I see the thumbnail image and start cringing. Christina, seek help.

    • iheartbuffy

      is there a clinic we can send her to post-fashion intervention? Maybe TLo could start one. Could be a fruitful enterprise.

  • alyce1213

    The skirt would be fine if it fit, and the top would be fine without the (of course) ruffles. I agree the cardigan is cute — with another outfit. Her shoes look cheap to me. What is that silly hand jewelry, please — seems juvenile.

    • iheartbuffy

      if the shoes had another 2 inches on them and a platform, they’d be stripper shoes. maybe even hooker shoes.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Well, it gets the rare distinction of being better as you move from the thumbnail out to the whole outfit, and then scroll down (Scroll-down improve?). The thumbnail scared me. But, while I’m not a big fan of the visible stitching on the skirt, I think the majority of problems with this look are gone once the capelet thing is removed. And even then, what if it was a nice, sensible black to match the skirt, rather than the glitter-fest it is? Even that wouldn’t be un-salvageable.

    It would never be a WERQ, but it could be… better.

    • NC_Meg

      I call those scroll-up fugs. If you start at the bottom, it’s fine, but as you go up, fug.

  • MoHub

    Busty women need to avoid high-waisted skirts and high necklines. They make the girls look as if they’re at waist level, and this is not a good thing.

  • NC_Meg

    Jesus Christ. That top and cardigan do not go together. At all. Go home and try again, this time with someone else dressing you.

  • Judy_J

    That top is way too busy and too ruffly for a gal with Christina’s proportions.

  • Imasewsure

    I can’t get past the hair and makeup either which look a bit DIY… maybe I don’t want to look past the neck though since so much of this is bad bad bad…

    Keep the pieces but get help putting them together!!

  • kimmeister

    I’m excited that L’Wren Scott is doing a line for BR. I want to get my hands on the blouse that the model on the right is wearing.

  • princessricky

    you’re iffy about the top??? its a red rose!! its joan!!! anyhoo anyone else think she was wearing a sequined cape?

    • iheartbuffy


    • quiltrx

      I got all excited when I thought it was a spangly cape.

      • iheartbuffy

        should it belong to Captain America?

  • KinoEye

    Christina is my spirit animal, as is Joan, so I find it impossible to be totally objective when it comes to her. That said, the blush is kinda harsh and that ruffly shirt is much too fussy. Love her to pieces, though.

  • filmcricket

    She’s worn that cardi before, with a matching red skirt, and it was one of the best outfits she’s ever put together. Why are you punishing it now by forcing it to live with that blouse, Christina? You are hurting its feelings (and mine).

  • MilaXX

    Great shape on her. Shoes don’t go with the look.

  • boweryboy

    If I were her, I would seriously consider a minor boob reduction. It seems like it would exhausting to haul those things around all the time.

    • Seriously? There is nothing wrong with her figure.

      • boweryboy

        I didn’t say there was anything wrong with her figure. I said if it were me I would do it. I guess that thought comes from the fact that my mother did it years ago (5lbs total removed), and like magic her back and knee problems disappeared.

  • Kelly

    Her blush is too defined, and the wiggy wig looks wiggy, and the blouse is ugly/dowdy. And I don’t love cardigans as capes (see previous comment on “dowdy”). But the shoes are an excellent choice, and she always looks good in a pencil skirt.

    • iheartbuffy

      the skirt needs to be a size up though, especially if she’s going to sport said ugly/dowdy top. I think the tightness ends up drawing more attention to that sin of a blouse

  • Danielle

    Not sure about that cardigan. Put it all the way on or leave it in the limo.

  • Bridget Smith

    The most important part of this post is learning about the L’Wren Scott Banana Republic collection. The two looks on the models are exactly my style!

    • filmcricket

      Right? Now that I know that cardigan will be available to us mere mortals, I’m going to be saving my pennies.

  • bluefish

    Ai, caramba! What is Cristina’s problem? Atrocious! She looks like something out of one of Tony Soprano’s dreams about his parents! WHY on earth can’t anyone help this beautiful woman get dressed? Specifically, Polly Bergen in “In Camelot” except that Fran would not be caught dead!

  • HobbitGirl

    Oh, honey, stop with the tit ruffles already. As one big bosomed gal to another, they just aren’t going to work on us.

  • vahtel

    Why does she persist with the high-necked shirts? They do her no favors!

  • siriuslover

    hate the blouse and hate the color on her cheeks (unless it’s natural color from being cold). But between her hair, the cardigan, her cheeks, and that blouse, there are way to many shades of red / pink going on here.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    I go crazy for cardigans. I want that sweater!!

  • Trickytrisha

    Looks like a few dozen red flowers exploded on her chest. Interesting hand jewelry though. Not one of her better attempts.

  • Those roses are symbolizing “mistaaaaake”.

  • DTLAFamilies

    My God, that side view. It’s like the Jaws music should be playing as she walks towards you.

  • The print on the shirt reminds me of one of those Magic Eye things – like if I stare long enough a tableau of dancing unicorns will appear.

  • Kent Roby

    I’m okay with all of this with the exception of throwing the metallic cardigan on top. Incidentally, did anyone else catch her (and Neil Patrick Harris, et al) in the recent PBS production of “Company”? She was awesome.

  • Jaime

    Outfit is terrible from top to bottom. NONE of it goes.

    Girlfriend’s lost some weight, though – at least 20-30lbs. Even if she’s foundation-garmented within an inch of her life, it shows in her face and arms.

  • conniemd

    The cardigan belongs with pants clearly. The model’s outfit with the cardigan and the simple print blouse and cigarette pants looks great.

  • Shawn EH

    The thing is, if you’re going to do Drag Joan, you can’t do casual. Her beach looks are planned to a T. So when Christina tries on the Joan drag, it’s just too opposite her natural style. Stick to the black lace, girl!

  • Laylalola

    I wish it were that she just doesn’t give a shit, but it’s not that. She just can’t and won’t learn how to dress her body.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Dear god, woman. Get a stylist, PLEASE.

  • Tanya Wade

    What is that fuckery on her hand? That shirt should be burned.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Oh, honey, no.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    As we say in Ireland, that skirt is battered on to her.

  • YoungSally

    That print should cost extra bc on her it comes in IMAX 3D

  • So, did she lend the cardi to Jessica Pare because Pare was cold, or did their stylists send them out wearing the same item?

  • decormaven

    If it had been a simpler, less busy blouse, I could get behind this look. But this is no bueno.

  • crash1212

    I think this outfit would have worked if she went up a size in the skirt and ditched that hiddy cardigan.

  • melanie0866

    Yuck. Sloppy, clashing, ill-fitting. Back to the old Christine.

  • tonibaloney

    That might be the worst hairpiece I’ve seen on her.

  • nannypoo

    A ruffled blouse tucked into a skirt is the worst possible choice for a short-waisted busty woman. Trust me, I know.

  • Filmjen

    look. at. her. waist. Hot!

  • brown-eyed girl

    Oh, honey, no. No, no, no, no, no.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I wish they’d given her the blouse in white. The cardigan would have popped it better. Love the skirt on her. The shoes are an abomination.

  • Mona_Visa

    The matador cape is not working for me. Please say this isn’t becoming a trend.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    TLo should be styling Ms. Hendricks.

  • MannahattaMamma

    That top makes me all kinda dizzy. I can only imagine what it looks like if you see it on your own body.

  • e jerry powell

    It looks kind of secretarial, and not necessarily in a good way.

  • I would have liked to see Hendricks in Pare’s outfit! The red skirt looks perfect for Hendricks. I think the stylist went for the dark skirt to hide how bad the fit is. I have some of the same fit issues with Banana Republic clothes as Hendricks is demonstrating above. If you’re more voluptuous and have a larger difference between your waist and hip measurements, their pants and skirts don’t work for your figure. They’re not as generous with hip and bottom room as Ann Taylor. That skirt is pulling way too much. I bet that blouse is short-sleeved and the cardigan is hiding how her larger than average cup size is pulling the shirt’s armpit holes forward and this wider and exposing her bra. BR is not generous in their cup room either. If you’re larger than a B or maybe C cup, then their blouses tend not to fit.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I rather like this but it would be much improved if the blouse had a nice scoop neck and no ruffles.

  • annrr

    Her hair and those circles of blush on her cheeks make her look like Raggedy Ann.