Christina Hendricks Style Double Shot

Posted on March 24, 2014

The Mad Men cast is poledancing like crazy to get us all excited for the new season coming up. Christina has opted for color and we are, once again, very grateful for it, since the red carpet can be a dreary place post-awards-season. Besides, if there’s any gal who should be embracing color on the regular, it’s her.

First up, a little tribute to one of her go-to designers, L’Wren Scott:


Christina Hendricks attends the 2014 PaleyFest “Mad Men” Panel in Hollywood, California in a L’Wren Scott dress.

She really looks great. Our issue here is that it’s almost costumey how retro it is. We think we’d like it better if you took 3 inches off the hem and added 3 inches to the sleeve. That would even out the proportions a bit. We’re not super-crazy about the trim, which does tend to give it a home-sewn feel. Also, the shoes are fine, but the matching bag makes us wince. Basically, this look works because of the shape and the color, both of which are perfect for her.

Next, Christina switches things up:


Christina Hendricks attends the “The Pirate Fairy” Los Angeles Premiere in a Max Mara coal coat, blush top, and coral pants paired with a Halston Heritage clutch.

SUPER cute. Our first impulse was to ding her for matching the pants to the coat, but we think doing that is what turns this into a slightly more formal look. Contrasting pants would’ve just looked like she threw a great coat over a shitty old outfit. Having it all match like this really pulls it together. Normally, we hate coats that match the ensemble because it looks way too Barbie to us, but we may have to loosen up a little when pants are in the mix. If she’d worn a matching skirt we KNOW we’d have hated it.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos, Peter West/ACE/]

    • MM4321

      Like the green dress on her. Would like the 2nd outfit in another color . . . as it is, there is entirely too much pink-red going on b/w the outfit, her face and hair color.

      • siriuslover


      • conniemd

        Yeah, the corally pink red seems to clash with her hair.

      • Kitten Mittons

        That was my first thought, too. I wonder if a shirt in another color would’ve helped. That extra shade of pink took it a little too far for me.

        That green is her color though.

    • Jessica

      I’d like the second outfit much more if the pants were a bit more tapered at the ankle. There’s something funky there. And while I don’t mind the matchiness, I don’t think that’s her color.

      • teensmom99

        I am familiar with the problem with the pants. This style is meant to be tapered but when they scaled up from size 0 to make this size, they did something wrong and didn’t taper enough. As always, the tailor is your friend.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Coral is usually a no no for red heads. She is demonstrating why perfectly.

        • Jessica

          Especially when they have a pink skin tone.

    • @Biting Panda

      I don’t know….I mean, we’ve been asking her for years to go a little more Joan in her real life dressing, but here, she has and I’m still feeling…unsatisfied. Sorry, Christina, it’s me, not you.

      • sojourneryouth

        Well then, it’s you and me too! I like (but don’t love) the green dress on her with the alterations T-Lo suggested, but I am not digging the second ensemble at all. Something about it reminds me of a “sassy” little old lady going to a more formal bingo night across town. The color is not her friend, and I get why she matched the pants to the coat, but I don’t like the effect, and the pants themselves are just not that great (and I am a HUGE fan of lady pants. I’m working on my lady thighs to be able to wear them more often!). I would like the coat on her in a more flattering color, though.

    • halleygee

      Agree.. the first dress looks good, would be better hemmed, but looks like she just stepped off the Mad Men set still in costume. The second look is just really…pink.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Even when the outfits aren’t one hundred percent, she just glows and has this luscious look about her. And the L’Wren Scott tribute was classy.

    • teensmom99

      The tribute to L’wren got me all teary when the Uncles posted it on FB. In fact, so teary that I have lost all rational judgment. I’m happy that there was a designer who knew how to dress women in curves and if she went for costume-y and retro, I say so be it. RIP Ms. Scott. And Christina, please keep looking at some of Scott’s designs.

      • DebbieLovesShoes

        I would love to read that tribute but can’t find it. Can you tell me where that it?

        • teensmom99

          Not a literal tribute. Her wearing the dress is the tribute.

          • demidaemon

            Yes. FP also did a min-tribute to L’Wren at the end of their last episode.

          • DebbieLovesShoes

            Oh, thank you….

    • latenac

      The first one makes her look good although I agree about the hem and not sure about the gold trim. The 2nd one along with being too pink doesn’t really flatter her at all. She actually looks how I feel like I look in a bathrobe and she probably weighs a lot less than I do.

      • SierraDelta

        Agree about the second outfit, too — my first thought was “She sure has fancy slippers to wear with her jammies and robe.”

        • Griffinqueen

          Agree with you both on that second outfit. As a busty vixen myself, I stongly believe that cleanly tailored lines keep you from looking like a sack of potatoes.

    • BLauD

      Both are so close, but not quite there. The green looks completely lovely on her, but the pink is just too much Barbie pink for me… Verging on Pepto. To be fair, we’re on week three of a stomach bug in our house so I see that pink in my sleep.

    • Tanya Wade

      I have nothing profound to say except both colors make her beautiful face the focus.

    • Snoskred

      She is absolutely stunning as always. The clothes are kind of secondary to her awesomeness, but I love that green on her.

      I really feel terrible for her feet. :( I do not think I have ever seen her feet look comfortable. I think Christina might want to look at something like the LK Bennet Sledge shoes that Kate Middleton wears. They just seem like they would not twist her big toes into un-natural positions like these shoes.. and, well, all the shoes we see her wearing.. seem to do.

    • Sarah

      I wish the pink coat was more tailored, and I don’t really care for the gold shoes with the green dress, but she is a pretty lady.

    • In_Stitches

      I flat out hate the second look. That color just isn’t her friend and the cut of the clothes reads elderly to me.

      The first is lovely, but yes, the embellishments feel a bit home-sewn. Still, that shade of jade is perfect for her, so it gets two thumbs up from me.

      • Leah Elzinga

        I’m with you on the second look. I believe we’re about the same age and you couldn’t pay me to dress like that. It’s just SO aging! For goodness sakes, there’s a beautiful, statuesque, bodacious broad and she’s… shlumpy. I’m disappointed because I feel like the only reason the Uncles are giving this a pass is because of her figure. If ANY other celebrity showed up in this same shape, they’d be called out for their Golden Girls realness.

      • Meg

        Totally agree. She looks like an older, poor town real estate agent in that second outfit. Looks like something you could buy at a Dress Barn. *shudder*

    • SugarSnap108

      Agree that the color and cut of the first dress are perfect, but … that trimming just looks cheap. I hate the second look. Her entire being is glowing pink, and the proportions (in contrast to the dress) make her shoulders look really narrow and her hips “wide.”

    • marlie

      Both looks are pretty great. I think the green L’Wren Scott is one of her best looks in a long time. The retro look works for her, especially as she’s doing her Mad Men poledance. And the second look is really adorable, as well. That color is great on her.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      As much as i love her, i cannot get on board with Pinky McPinkerton in that second outfit…

    • Alicia

      I love the green, but the way that coral is reflecting on her face makes it look like she’s just run a marathon.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I really hate the second look, full stop. I wished she would have opted to not wear the coat and see the (hopefully) flowy pink blouse with the skinny pants. Love the green on her, and her tribute, but the proportions are off on that dress for sure. I am still delighted with all the color, this is above and beyond her normal ill fitted, very bad black ensembles.

      • mlle

        I also hate the way the keyhole of the blouse looks against the lapels of the coat.

        • decormaven

          That’s what bugged me as well. Too much competition with the coat lapels.

        • Jessica Freeman

          Same here, which was another reason I didn’t like the coat.

          • demidaemon

            To be fair, though, these clean looks are so much better than her usually over-fussified choices.

    • shirab

      In the second one, the keyhole thingie on the blouse looks awkward with the V of the coat. Also the button on the inside of the closure makes it seem like she has it on inside-out or backward, or maybe both. A scoop neck or something simpler would have worked better, I think.

      • filmcricket

        Yes, the keyhole, combined with all that pink, is just very … there’s no other word for it: vaginal. No likey.

    • Kiltdntiltd

      If there is anyone out there who can kill it in a full on retro look its her. I love the green on her, without reservation. The pink outfit is just too much pink for me.

    • Pepper Collins

      The pink is NO. The jacket looks like a bathrobe. The green dress is really nice, though, but I do agree that it is a bit costumey.

    • MilaXX

      I like the first look, not sure if the color is right for her in the second look.

    • CT14

      More volume in her hair in the first outfit and a different purse. Nit. Picks. It’s all I’ve got. She looks great in clothes that fit her shape and that minty green.

    • boweryboy

      I hate the first look. I like the idea of the second look, but the color is too close to her skin tone so it makes her look sweaty and feverish. I want to give her a cup of Theraflu.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Love the green but that trim is horrendous!

    • mrspotts66

      love the green dress. love.

      the coral/pinky outfit reminds me of the cougar in edward scissorhands.

    • allthingspaper

      I’m trying to figure out what type of clutch could replace the gold one in the first look.
      Yes, it’s matchy-matchy, but I like the way the geometric stitching
      mimics the shape of the shoe toe. I honestly can’t think of a color that would be better than gold though.

      • demidaemon

        Silver, maybe? Or bronze? Some other metallic would work, certainly.

    • jw_ny

      She got it mostly right in each of the looks, especially since each flatter her shape. She often goes with a lot of fussy fru-fra….not here, which is good. These simple shapes and styles are her friend. A lot of initial impact, but then the attention goes right to her lovely face and eyes. (and girl really knows how to work them eyes!)

    • Sally Spannagle

      I frequently have issues with the way her hair is styled. I think she needs more volume at the roots.

      • Coleen

        The hair in the second look makes me think she is wearing a wig, even though I know she isn’t.

      • Paige @ LPD

        her natural hair is VERY thin. She wears toppers like 85% of the time.

    • formerlyAnon

      I like the green a lot. I think the trim let her/her stylist resist the temptation to introduce a poorly thought out belt or neck scarf ruffle thingy (one of her favorite mistakes), so I’m good with it.

      I *like* the retro feel, and bracelet sleeves (is that what these are? or just 3/4 length?) but in both ensembles I think the hem could have gone up. Maybe not a lot on the pink. But up. Visually, I think she “reads” shorter than she is, because of her proportions. She needs hems to hit right.

      I am not a fan of pink and she has better colors. But still a net thumbs up for both.

    • filmcricket

      Wish the first dress was hemmed higher, but otherwise I adore it on her. The second look I really like the coat and the clutch, but dislike everything else.

    • sagecreek

      Oh, I really hate the jewel keyhole neckline under a collared coat.

    • KTBSN

      Stunning as usual and she’s def lost a few pounds as evidenced by her waist and face but it looks good on her.

    • CupcakeTrudy

      The first look is Joan’s mom in her heyday of the 1940’s.
      The second look is Joan in her 80’s, now retired from her successes as Avon’s go-to in the ad world.
      Love the colors on her.

    • Sophie

      The second coat looks too much like a bathrobe… And that shade of pink looks too Barbie in any case, whether worn with trousers or a skirt. I really like the first outfit (and I think her hair looks better there as well).

    • Judy_S

      Oddly enough the second look seems more retro to me than the first, just because it’s so covered-up and unironic or unallusive or something. She looks like a very pretty young woman dressed to look her best without shoving her best in your face–circa 1960, maybe, when pants were just coming in. Sandra Dee? Debbie Reynolds just before Eddie ran off with Liz? The Scott number is amazing on her, though.

    • Gatto Nero

      Christina loves her some retro.
      The dress is fine, kind of va-va-voom, but definitely needs a few inches off the hem. The color works for her, but the trim is overdone.
      The second look is a whole lotta coral. Not sure that belted trench style is the most flattering for her.

    • Paula Pertile

      Difficult color, green. The other one is cuter.

    • Molly

      I can see Betty White wearing that second look and killing it.

    • alyce1213

      I like the first outfit much better on her, and agree about the hem. The L’Wren Scott length is for very tall women, like herself. Alterations are necessary for shorter women, like Christina and most of the rest of us. Not much good to say about the second ensemble — it’s too much of that color, which is nauseating.

    • msdamselfly

      Christina has finally hit her stride fashionwise. SHE also looks trimmer, which helps.

      • LJCdoc

        I have absolutely no evidence to support this, but my guess is she looks trimmer because she’s dressing her body appropriately.

    • Kelly

      You’re right about the first look — too long and a bit home-made-seeming, but generally good; I like it overall. But I don’t like the second one at all — the coat is too dowdy and bathrobe-y; the blouse is too mature and blah, like she’s off to her job at a suburban mall bank branch or something.

    • vitaminC

      That coral pink is lovely, but I’ve got to say it; that coat is remarkably unflattering. It always amazes me how a woman this beautiful can look so terrible in clothes.

    • kimmeister

      She is somehow looking like Calista Flockhart in the 2nd look, when she’s smiling big.

    • ReadBarbara

      Love the green dress, with mentioned alts in length and waist trim. Would like to own that one myself. Can forgive the fit on the coat, because we girls with a chest have a terrible time finding coats that fit in the shoulders/chest/waist/ etc. while still allowing you to wear your real clothes underneath it (silly practicality).

    • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

      Love it. I’d have gone for a different style on the blouse. Even though you can’t see much of it, what I’m seeing makes me wriggle.

    • RuthGo

      I don’t think that color of the coat is doing her any favors and I hate the fit/style of it. The green dress by the late, great L’Wren Scott is waaaaay more flattering.

    • tallgirl1204

      I think the trim is what “makes” the green dress– I like how it calls out her hair color without matching it exactly. And that green is fabulous on her. I know the Uncles aren’t watching Under the Gunn, but didn’t one of the “coaches” tell one of the contestants that green is not a red carpet color? Ever since then, I’ve been seeing it all over.

    • Paige @ LPD

      if the coat was shorter, and the pants were more tapered and black I think it would look way better.

    • Clash D

      The first one looks great on her although it’s a total Monet dress (in the words of Cher Horowiz). The second look is… a Pink Panther bath robe.

    • Alfred Cox

      That coat looks too much like a bathrobe to me. And the L’Wren Scott only works because of the shape, the trim and sagging boobs give it a “Real Woman PR” type feel.

    • suzq

      That green dress is serving up some 40’s realness there. Christina looks amazing. L’Wren Scott will be missed.

      I would have worn the coat opened with the belt tied in the back, but that’s just a thing with me. I would have loved to see a colorful scarf at the neck.

    • Anna Bergman

      If only Christina would learn about elongating her waits. RIP L’Wrent.

    • e jerry powell

      Didn’t she do that same coatdress in another color a few months ago?

    • VicD

      No way – you have reservations about the green and love the peach/pink/salmon? The salmon color is lovely, and the pants look like they might well tailored, but that wrap coat does her no favors – it just bunches up around her midsection. And the neckline of the blouse underneath looks really blah. Absolutely LOVED the green – it fits so well, and manages to accentuate but minimize her bustline at the same time. The retro vibe is great on her – this is Joan Holloway, after all. That green seems close to a personal best for her IMO.

      Uncles! I hate it when we disagree.

    • KT

      I think she looks really fantastic in the first dress. That is SUCH a great color and silhouette for her, and I actually like the trim. I think that’s a fair point re: the hem and sleeve length, though honestly this is working so well that I barely notice. She’s got such a retro vibe to her anyway (largely due to her role as Joan, I’m sure) that putting her in something super retro just feels right. Hair and makeup look a little underdone, but otherwise super fabulous.

      I’m really not into the second look. The outfit itself is pretty cute upon review, but on first impact, she just looks like a GIANT BALL OF PINK. Her hair, makeup, skin tone, coat, blouse, pants and purse all involve some shade of pink, and it’s kind of searing my eye balls. Though I love the shape and the idea of this for her, I really wish it were rendered in another color, or if someone with a darker complexion were wearing this pink suit combo.

    • Corsetmaker

      Love the green. Dislike the second. Tousle her hair and give her a bowl of cereal and we have a peek into how she looks in the morning!

    • Zaftiguana

      She’s adorable, but the backdrop in that second one is kind of killing me.

    • Esz

      LOVE the green dress on her – everything is amazing. But then I love how retro it is. The coral thing I hate! It makes her look ill!

      • demidaemon

        Yeah, I’m a bit iffy on that shade against her skin and hair. Not loving it, although the silhouette is perfect for her.

    • demidaemon

      L’Wren Scott, RIP. Best Christina has looked since the Emmys.

    • SparkleNeely

      She was one of the few who was sufferable during Paleyfest. Never thought I’d say this but I wanted Weiner on the panel for at least 5-10 minutes. The actors were out of control silly or embarrassing, even Hamm. They needed the show creator to give it form. It was so disappointing. She always looks great to me though. Love her.

    • E. D.

      Skirt’s a little long in the first one and her wig is too far back on the second one.

    • traceyishere

      That pink is NOT her color….green is the way to go.

    • amaranth16

      I don’t remember the last time I saw her in pants. That is a great look for her.

    • Columbinia

      On the green dress the bracelet sleeve length just looks noncommittal in the absence of statement bracelets.

      • tallgirl1204

        Bracelet length always looks like the sleeves are just too short, to me.

    • AutumnInNY

      She is stunning. Her skin is flawless. I think she looks great in both, but the hem and the trim would be better with Tlo’s suggestions.

    • PixiePunch

      Green with gold trim with automatically make me think of Captain James T. Kirk’s wrap shirt from TOS.

    • Sunraya

      Do not like the orangy thing on her. But I love her in the green dress – I think it’s the best silhouette I’ve seen her in, home sewn or not! Agree to raise the hem, though.

    • Michelle Gennari

      Not liking this hair at all. Her head looks too small for her body. Hair needs some volume. That green dress …I don’t know – don’t care for the fit – hem too long. Yeesh.

    • Pablo