Christina Hendricks in Boden at the 2014 AFI Awards

Posted on January 11, 2014

These celebs keep dressing up and handing out awards, which means a blogger can’t take a day off around here. Working on the weekend, bitches.


“Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks attends the 2014 AFI Awards Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California in a Boden sweater paired with a Dolce&Gabbana skirt and Jimmy Choo shoes.

This is really cute. Tone-on-tone is a great choice for her. Sometimes she looks cut in half when she wears separates with any real contrast. This offers just the right balance. It’s a shame that the buttons are gaping slightly on the sweater. Except for that one detail, it looks pretty great on her. And not only is this an instance where the naked pump was called for, but something about the shape of that shoe makes it look great on her. She has had a real history with shoes that didn’t flatter her feet at all. Whatever brand this is (EDIT: They’re Jimmy Choos), she should buy a pair in every color. We’re all for going to the other side of the color wheel for your accessories, but even so, that clutch is kind of ugly and cheap-looking. And the wig ain’t so hot either. But the outfit really works well for her.





[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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  • Overall I’d say this is a great look for her. These kinds of odd, off pastel tones really work for her, and of course the general silhouette is one she wears easily. I can’t say I’m on board with the shoe color, but the style of pump is perfect for her. It looks so very cheap bazaar to me, I cannot.

    • I defer to your opinion on the clutch, of course, because you know more about these things than I, but liked it because of its color and pattern — those seemed like good choices with the outfit and her coloring.

      • teensmom99

        The silhouette is, of course, early Joan–which has always been her best look.

        • Exactly. Everything from the baby blue to the shape of the skirt and sweater is 1959. The shoes are the basic stiletto pump I wore in high school and through my 20s. Had them in every color. I’m so happy feminine shoes are back.

          There is nothing good to say about the hair.

          Can’t wait for Mad Men to start so I can see the clothes I sold them.

    • decormaven

      I think she has a thing for vintage purses, but her choices of which one to pair with a chosen look aren’t always the best.

  • cmb92191

    Being similarly built, I love this outfit. I understand sweater button gaps all too well. The shoes look great as well.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’d have predicted she’d look a tad too Jayne Mansfield/sweater girl in this, but no. I like. And I like that she’s so happy and animated. And I’m just not objective because I think she’s unnaturally beautiful.

  • Pennymac

    As a girl with “girls” I use the simple solution of a couple of whip stitches with invisible thread to defeat that button gap. I can’t believe someone didn’t just pull her aside and offer this solution before she hit the carpet. I’ve been known to go up to complete strangers and let them know they have lipstick on their teeth, or a tag hanging out or whatever. She needs friends.
    I’ll be your friend, Christina….

    • Karen Belgrad

      As another girl with “girls”, I own nothing with buttons for this very reason. A camisole and an open button would have been her best friend!

      • MoHub

        I too have substantial girls, and I own almost nothing with front buttons for that reason. Pullover knits are my friends as they stretch comfortably to fit and don’t force me to buy a bigger size than I actually need.

        • Karen Belgrad

          The last time I found a button down sweater that closed properly, I also found myself with six inches of extra sleeve!

          • teensmom99

            Yeah, I think despite what some folks are saying about tape and sleeves, some of us just have to pass on most button downs. Even if you find ways to close the gaps, it’s impossible in most cases to get the buttons to line up.

    • Heather

      I use double-sided tape.

      • filmcricket

        Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but double-sided tape is the girls’ best friend.

        • Pennymac

          I see what you did there.

    • KinoEye

      I remember the pain of shopping for anything with buttons when I was much more chesty. Even if it fit in the chest, it didn’t fit anywhere else. Unfortunately, a couple of ulcers later, I no longer have that problem. But I always feel a twinge of sympathy whenever I see the button strain on more voluptuous women.

    • For the average busty gal on the street, I’d be more forgiving. But having made the decision to put Hendricks in this sweater and send her out to be photographed, someone needed to engineer a solution for the button gap. I should think that solving logistical problems is the minimum that one hires a stylist for.

    • kimmeister

      Heck, I’m an A-cup and even I sewed a cardigan shut just yesterday, just around the middle buttons.

  • CLoverleaf

    My dear, when you are a busty lady, you put double stick tape between all the buttons on shirts and cardigans. Miracle fix. You do look nice, though.

  • MilaXX

    How has she lived with boobs her entire life and not learned to stitch down button ups? No matter, I like this look, cheap bag and all. I just wish she’d shushed the wig a bit. It’s not sitting quite right on her head. Definitely an atta girl for her.

    • I must be missing something that’s a really obvious tipoff for everyone else here. How do you know it’s a wig? I thought it was just a crappy hairstyle. Also I’d like to see something around her neck–a simple necklace of jet black or onyx beads, for instance?

      • MilaXX

        In Cristina’s case her wigs tend to be a bit darker, more vibrant red than her own hair color. Also unless you are an expert wig wearer, there are rarely any natural parts or scalp showing.

      • fursa_saida

        Also, in general, she specifically is known to wear wigs and hair pieces a fair amount because her own hair is apparently very thin.

  • Judy_J

    You’re right about the shoes. She should get a pair in every color. My one quibble is with the button-up cardigan. She’s got a gap where it buttons across her bustline. One size up would solve that, I think.

  • ms_kat

    I think she looks good here, minus the peekaboo buttons. She’s so short waisted that the tone on tone works for her. Also her feet don’t look like playdough squashed out of her shoes. Good look.

  • MarieLD

    OMG. I love Boden. I get their catalog all the time, but I’m absolutely sure my boobs are (big but) smaller and nothing in there will fit me. I don’t get it.

    • I actually have that sweater in green, and as a member of the Giant Booberati (despite a reduction), it’s actually not terrible! I have several of their button-downs and have minimal gapping problems. Go! Shop to your heart’s content!

  • I love Boden. She should get the Boden Amelie dress – it would suit her.

    • charlotte

      So do I. I shop there all the time and I’m glad to see a celeb wear Boden.

      • Shelly O does sometimes, doesn’t she? Although unlike mine, hers probably doesn’t come from the ebay clearance store!

      • Isabel

        My work dresses are Boden. Good girl coverage, reasonable prices, long lasting.

  • brown-eyed girl

    Such a pretty woman, and I love the fact that she has real curves. I like this outfit, but the gaps on the sweater make me crazy.

  • DuBey2

    Has her stylist never heard of Topstik, or, for that matter, plain old double sided tape? The Gap kinda downgrades the whole look for me.
    I do love the sleeve length and skirt length also – hitting at all the most flattering spots.

  • mommyca

    “Whatever brand this is, she should buy a pair in every color.” but you wrote in the photo caption that were Jimmy Choo! Tough to work on the w-e, eh? 🙂


    Wig??? I hate buttonhole gap. Love that shade of blue on her, perfect with her skin and hair. Wig??? Really? What am I missing here?

  • MannahattaMamma

    WIG???? Wha? Wha? C’mon, it’s not fair to say that & not say anything else. WIG???

    • She often wears wigs.

    • rkdgal

      She wears wigs almost all the time. Go back and look at pictures of her, and see when you ever clearly see her scalp via a part in her hair. Sometimes she blends real hair in front with a wig covering the rest. I discovered this all recently, and I want some of her wigs…just not this one.

      • ailujailuj

        I am enlightened. Had no idea – but not surprised, she has quite thin (although pretty) hair. and that is not how the hollywoods do it. just love her in these photos – so unf’gly sexy and feminine. gorgeous blues (my mom was a red head and looked best in the blues – her prom dress was blue!) the peekaboo is fun for the office place but the gaps are really hard to comprehend in these pics- she’s had these breasts for a long time. how can you not prepare the sweater for them? need to assume you’ll be photo’d from both sides.

    • GTrain

      I had no idea it was a wig either

  • Eve Farren Farber

    That’s a wig?

  • filmcricket

    Agreed with all the nitpicks, but it’s an overall “Attagirl” for sure. Never would have picked those icy blues for her, but the sweater matches her eyes almost perfectly. I get that she’s a girly girl and likes frou-frou, but these simpler silhouettes really do let her lovely face and gorgeous figure do all the talking, which is as it should be. (And I want that ring!)

  • gayle

    Love her, love this look!

  • ashtangajunkie

    She has the prettiest skin and the blues are perfect on her. She can really rock a pencil skirt.

  • teensmom99

    She should call Amy Adams and tell her where she got these shoes. They have the sexiness Amy seems to want without the yuckiness.

  • oatmealpie

    My husband would disagree with you about the gaping buttons.

  • SewingSiren

    She and Olivia Spencer wear the worst wigs. In a town like Hollywood you would think they could do better. I like the skirt and shoes. The sweater doesn’t fit.

  • quiltrx

    As a big gal, I feel her pain with the button gaps…BUT she should certainly have a minion around who can stitch the gaps closed! It’s not like it has to be unbuttoned to take on and off. It’s the one eye twitch in a great outfit (I’ll give her the clutch, because it looks vintage and fun).

  • decormaven

    Bless the uncles for working the weekend; just light lifting, fellas. You got the Globes tomorrow night! Christina looks so pretty in these icy shades of blue- do wish the hair/wig had been fluffed a bit more and the sweater button gap addressed.

  • I like this look on her too. But I’d also like to see a bit of jewellery. Like a delicate necklace.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    As a big busted woman myself, those gaping buttons horrify me. That is something you check and check and check again before you buy a sweater or blouse. If the front can’t stay flat, you don’t buy it, no matter how much you like it when you are standing still.

  • She’s glorious. A radiant vision. And I love Boden.

  • understateddiva

    Wig is too coppery but love her makeup.

  • ACS

    Question (and I mean this sincerely): how does one know she’s wearing a wig? I see people commenting on Hendricks’ (and also Octavia Spencer’s) “wigs,” but to me, their hair just looks like, well, real hair! What are the giveaways here?

    • Fred Vaughn

      I often have to ask the same question. What are the telltales (esp. on a white girl)??

    • kittentoes

      She has said herself, her natural hair is rather sparse.

  • boweryboy

    It’s unfortunate about her sweater.

  • alliekat9090

    The sweater button gaps are unforgivable. I have the same figure issues and I NEVAH leave the house in a buttoned cardigan. The only way you can get a proper fitting cardigan with those bazooms is to have it custom made and fitted by a professional. No wait. I take that back. Just never wear one.

    • Valdri8

      Thank Heavens, I thought I was the only one. If you want to wear a cardigan and have boobs, you need to stitch the bitch shut. Works like a charm

  • d4divine

    I love it all and especially the vintage purse. The fact that the purse does not look super high end, but every girl vintage is a nice touch. The only thing that is slightly if for me is her hair…the curls are very grandma’s paper roller set.

  • shelley514

    1) How bitchy of T&Lo to call out her wig like that. SMH.
    2) Fabric tape would have taken care of the pull at buttons.

    • ChiliP

      1. Why is it bitchy? Wigs/extensions/hair pieces are chosen accessories, and they can either be well-chosen or poorly-chosen. They aren’t calling her out for choosing to wear a hair piece- they are calling her out for choosing a bad one.
      2. I agree.
      3. Christina is lovely, but there are plenty of “real women” who don’t have curves.

      • kittentoes

        And Christina is pretty open about wearing bought hair.

      • Diana

        It’s funny, I thought real women were just the ones made of flesh and bone. As a curvy girl, I don’t want to elevate one body shape at the expense of another. She looks so beautiful here, shame about the button gaps.

    • alyce1213

      3) Not ALL REAL WOMEN have curves. Some are skinny, some are thick, and that’s okay too.
      Is having curves supposed to be superior than not?

      • shelley514

        Some people take this shit real serious. Chile . . . boo.

        • Translation: Whoops! Didn’t know I was going to get called on my bullshit. Look at the time! Gotta go!

  • Qitkat

    Well, I had better love this, because it is exactly the color combination I have just painted my second bathroom (one wall in the sweater color, other three walls in the skirt color, left the standard 4 inch white tiles on the shower wall bordered with tone on tone grey accent tiles, outlined with slim charcoal pencil tiles). We also changed a vinyl floor to porcelain tile in a lovely cloudy grey pattern, 2 inch squares with dark charcoal grout. Tub and toilet are grey, vanity and wall cabinet are the color of Christina’s hair. My kids seem to think the walls are a very odd combination (they love the floor), but I’m very happy with it all.

    She looks so very pretty here. One of the few times I just knew this was a wig (I’m not good at telling) because it needed subtle color variations, and looked too shiny.

  • bxbourgie

    Ahhh.. the sweater button gap is the reason I have given up sweaters that I actually NEED to button. My boobs say NO to those sweaters. This is a great look for her, it actually looks very Springtime and I so need that right now.

  • alyce1213

    So cute. The button gaps are unfortunate, but this is really such a sweet and more youthful look than her usual frumpery. And pretty colors.
    I’ve scolded her before about getting a better wigmaker, but she doesn’t listen.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    This really is a great casual look for her-and those pics remind me of what a truly pretty woman she is-love that smile!

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  • Cheryl

    Very pretty, but jeesh, are boobs ever a nuisance, so she has my empathy on the gaps. On the bright side, I’m going to go out and buy some double sided tape, thanks to this post and the way smart than me, bitter kittens.

  • lifeisastory

    How does she not know about fashion tape? Even *I* know about fashion tape,

  • marlie

    Love the outfit – the blues look really pretty on her. I HATE the shoes, and I like the clutch, but not with this outfit. And it totally looks like she didn’t bother doing her hair. But I also love the fact that she’s pairing a big-name designer skirt with a “regular” brand sweater.

  • Imasewsure

    Other than the wigginess of this I love it. Really cute look

  • Fannie Wolston

    The Boden sweater is cute, glad to see the label mentioned too! an online fave of mine

  • I love a nude shoe when the outfit calls for it, but those Jimmy Choos are too big for Christina–they’re gaping in the front and and loose in the back (and Choo runs small!) It can be tricky and even dangerous to walk in heels that slip and slide on the foot. Yikes.

  • rissa42210

    Double-sided tape would have fixed that gaping sweater issue in a snap, and that’s an amateur mistake ruining an otherwise pretty look. Tisk. Tisk.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    Funny, my Boden sweater doesn’t look like that on me…

  • Shawn EH

    I don’t know, the button stress is sorta enhancing the sexy of the whole getup. She’s definitely a cardigan kind of gal; this is another of those like her character, but modernized looks that serves her so well.

  • yllas

    The blue sweater and blue skirt are two different shades – they clash! One is a grayed aqua, one is a sort of slate blue. Am I all alone in thinking this?