Christina Hendricks on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Posted on April 22, 2014

You’d think a dress like this would be perfect for her, but it’s really not working for us.


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It’s not very flattering at all (although strangely, it looks better sitting down), and the print looks a little cheap on camera. It’s a good-on-paper dress, certainly. If you held it up, we’d say, “Oh that’s perfect for Christina Hendricks,” but sometimes, even when all the stars appear to be in alignment, it just doesn’t work out.

The makeup is gorgeous, but the shape of her hair is a little odd.





[Photo Credit: Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images, Nathaniel Chadwick/NBC]

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  • Wendi126

    That face….breathtaking

    • DaringMiss

      Totally agree. She should use this face for every appearance.

    • Sarah

      Like a doll, but not in a bad way. Just in a porcelain perfection way.

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      My first thought was, “God, that SKIN”. Stunning.

    • MissusBee

      Yes. She’s known for her body, but the face is world class, and all the better for that glint of humour and sass missing in the usual empty-eyed pout-and-smoulder division.

  • SuzyQuzey

    The dress is a bit overwhelming. The sleeves, particularly.

    • FridaStaire

      Actually, there just something vulgar about the dress.

      • Trent

        It looks, IMO, like a dressing gown from Victoria’s Secret that a cougar wears when she’s Entertaining At Home. And the wig needs to be yanked just a smidge to the side. Her face is gorgeous, though!

        • FridaStaire

          Oh Trent. Now I love it! Thanks for reframing my paradigm!

        • greenwich_matron

          Exactly! I thought it looked like a bathrobe, and that they should also have a fleece version for winter.

        • Aurumgirl

          Ah, well, I posted before I read this. That would make me the Cougar Entertaining At Home, then.

        • Kent Roby

          A cougar wearing cougar; now my brain hurts.

        • demidaemon

          YES. Exactly.

      • Mazenderan

        It’s too much. Animal print, lace, lapels, clingy…It’s like something Martin’s brassy girlfriend Sherry would have worn in Frasier.

  • theblondette

    Yeah, it makes her boobs and belly look bigger than they are. Which isn’t to say they look bad, but it’s not the slinkiest look for TV.

    I, who do not have to go on national television and will not be scrutinised by the world, am even more boobalicious than CH, would love to have this dress though! I have three leopardprint dresses already, but hey. There is always room for one more. And I have accepted my belly will always pooch out. So I am trying to embrace it. *sashays away, belly wobbling gently*

  • SewSophie

    The kaftan she wore over it was cuter.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Those shoulder pads are not the business. Add them to the sleeves, add them to the collar, and them to the print- and it’s ALL too much.

    • kimmeister

      I get the idea of creating a stronger shoulder to deflect some attention away from the rack, but then those huge honking black lapels just draw the attention back to it. I think the shoulder pads could have been ok in the absence of the black lapels.

      • SugarSnap108

        Those giant lapels are definitely the biggest problem here.

        • Little_Olive

          They needed to be non-textured and shawl-type, IMO. The brocade peaks are just too Miami funeral.

      • TwiddlyStun

        Just picture it sans lapels and with a necklace. So much better!

    • holla

      All of those put together is making her look matronly and cougar-ish at the same time. I think the print in the DVF classic wrap would work better.

      • sojourneryouth

        There’s also a vague whiff of Hugh Heffnerwear, which is never, ever good! Her face is more on point than ever before, though.

  • LadyVimes

    It looks like she came out in her dressing gown. Face is flawless though.

  • Toby Wollin

    For some reason, her breasts look to be about waist level in that thing – is it possible that this is a foundation-fault rather than anything else? Don’t know, but having her boobs at waist level cuts her in half and makes her look stumpy, imho. Too bad – I think if the girls had been hoisted up a couple of inches, the dress would have looked better.

    • Donna Tabor

      The lapels are what makes her breasts look low.

  • EmJayEl

    The material and the black trim is making it look like a bathrobe or smoking jacket. Not great, Bob.

    • uprightcitizen

      My first thought, upon seeing pic number one, was that she was sitting in her robe. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a robe just like that at Macy’s.

  • LeelaST

    The most striking things about her (to me) are her hair and face. That print detracts from both (although her hair does look very odd.) If the dress didn’t have those lapels it might work, looks like a jacket or robe as is.

  • Imasewsure

    Great classic shoes for once… awful dress awful hair… lovely woman

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    She needs bigger hair. I say this because I am well endowed, and when I don’t zhuzh my hair, I don’t look balanced. I wouldn’t go so far as to say she looks like a pin head here (I’ve been there, so I can speak from experience) but there definitely needs more oomph up top. I know that her natural hair is very thin, so don’t scold me. I also know that too much oomph can tip the scales into the realm of Dolly Parton, but, honestly, I’d rather go in that direction, given the choice.

    Not that I think better hair would really help this dress. The close-up makes it look like Hugh Hefner’s pajamas and I think the sleeves are too long.

    • malarson2

      *zhuzh* pronunciation, please (if I’m going to steal it, I want to say it right)

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        The “zh” sounds the same as when you say the name “Zsa Zsa”.

        • malarson2

          Got it. Thank you.

      • There must be old episodes of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on youtube or something where you can hear it. Carson Kressley was a big one for zhuzhing. Actually, Nigella Lawson zhuzhs food on some of her shows too.

      • Kent Roby

        I first heard that word used (often) by the boys on Queer Eye back in the day.

      • alyce1213

        I’ve wondered about the etymology of zhuzh. I thought it might be derived from Yiddish — something Carson picked up working in NYC’s garment center, although I’d never heard it before and I’m familiar with the vernacular. I was only partly right — it’s in his book “Off the Cuff,” he spells it “tszuj.” This post prompted me — finally — to Google for more.
        Alicia — turns out it has British roots, derived from Polari (slang used by British theatre folk and gay men). Here, it’s spelled zhoozh:

        • demidaemon

          Huh. Intriguing. I love me some etymology.

        • malarson2

          Fantastic! Thank you for this.

        • Actually I do remember hearing that – I can’t remember what I was reading/listening to/watching that was about Polari, but it came up! Thanks for the memory-jog.

  • Evan

    This ages her so much. Her head looks stunning though.

  • sagecreek

    I can’t comment, I think animal prints always look cheap. (I know, don’t hate me, fellow BKs!)

    • Jackie4g

      I don’t hate you. I admire you. Why must there be an unending revival of what is always a bad idea? Let the animals wear their own skin and we can all admire them from a distance.

    • Little_Olive

      I love you. I was so proud of myself the day I accepted I was independent enough to admit that I hate animal print and would never wear it, no matter how hip it was. (For the record, I’m proud of other things too).

    • formerlyAnon

      Hate you? No. I hate animal prints, irrationally.

    • marlie

      I am generally not a fan of animal print, but if one MUST wear it, I think it works better as an accessory; a pair of shoes, a scarf, etc. Not the WHOLE outfit.

      • sojourneryouth

        Agree. I usually hate it on principle like I hate those stoles that are basically the whole animal carcass dried out with glass eyes–animal beauty is not human beauty (and also, those stoles are just cruel and gross!), so leave the cheetah print for the cheetahs. Also, there is just a cheap and sleazy connotation to it that I can’t escape, even if it’s maybe a bit unfair. BUT, accessories can work. I have a friend who wears leopard-print heels with one of her LBD’s, and fierce she looks, indeed, so never say never.

    • Kent Roby

      I see this “jacket” working on Alan Cumming, and no one else.

      • Janet B

        ala Hugh Hefner?

        • Kent Roby

          I think AC can somehow miraculously wear this without appearing the least bit sleazy or cheap. Hell, I’d even wear it with a solid black shirt and skinny black pants (we can get away with a lot here in New Orleans).

  • lilypad2

    her wigs are atrocious! can’t understand how she gets a pass on those dollah store wigs she sports

    • MilaXX

      Sometimes she gets the wig right but other times it looks like something from the sale rack at Wig World.

  • Deedles

    That looks like “I let my hair dry in a scrunchie,” to me.

  • nannypoo

    The hair and the dress are awful, but just look at that face. She’s gorgeous.

  • Mothra

    Love her face, not the hair and that dress looks oddly house-coaty.

  • The hair is wrong for the dress. Paired with the collar, it’s disguising the length of her neck. As a curvy gal, I have to watch that myself. A thin neck can make the difference between curvy and plump.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Should’ve posted the caftan. That was perfect! 🙂

    • Yeah, she should have just worn the caftan!

    • MilaXX

      The caftan was better than the real dress.

    • jilly_d

      total agreement; I adored that caftan on her.

  • AlisonS

    I think I owned this robe when I was 5 years old….

  • IraKi

    I would so jump the fence for her!

  • alyce1213

    The print is hideous and visually enlarging. I don’t like the contrasting lapels — they detract from the line of her décolletage. A wrap dress is the right idea, but not this one. This dress is for nobody. I also know she can do something better with her hair/hairpieces, she needs a better hair stylist.

    • matildarf

      It’s like she doesn’t have a best friend or a stylist who loves her. She needs someone to say “NO!”

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        I often think the same thing and I end up feeling sad for her, because I’m afraid she has no bestie who will tell her, with love, when something isn’t working for her.

        • matildarf

          I know. She is so beautiful with a tough figure to dress, but not impossible. She always looks great on the show, not so much in real life… I wish Janie could dress her all the time.

    • CakesOnAPlane

      That wig/hairpiece does not look remotely in the same geographic region of where her actual hairline should be.

  • Angela

    This dress reminds me of one of Hugh Hefner’s smoking jackets.

  • sherrietee

    It reminds me a robe they give you to put on when you get your hair cut at the salon.

  • decormaven

    The lapels are focus-pulling, and it’s a little more pattern than I’d like to see; maybe just a patterned top and slim black skirt. By golly, she has a beautiful face. I hope she continues to get oodles of screen time post-Mad Men.

  • Scot Meacham Wood

    lordy – that face is F.L.A.W.L.E.S.S.

  • Tara Gray Burkholder

    It looks like a bathrobe.

  • msdamselfly

    I love her hair and makeup but the dress is cheap looking

  • Aunt Tabby

    This just looks old and dowdy on her, and the black matte collar is sucking the glow from her beautiful complexion. Her face looks SO beautiful here, but the fabric setting is just sad.

  • lamamu

    The shoes are killah!

  • what not

    For some reason it reminds me of an ’80s power suit.

    • marlie

      Yes. It seems so dated.

  • KT

    Ugh it looks like a sexy bathrobe, like she’s teasing out the idea that she might undress at any moment. How very on the nose.

    Hair and makeup are GORGEOUS, and I like the shoes too.

  • marlie

    This dress makes me so sad. It looks like she borrowed something from Hef’s smoking jacket reject pile. It also makes her look way broader and bigger on top (and in the middle) than she really is. Her face is lovely as always, but there’s also something off about her hair.

  • SophieCollier

    I literally said “Oh god” in that shot of her stepping up onto the stage. That’s a horrible cut. WHY IS IT HORRIBLE? You’re right, this style of dress is totally her. I suppose if it were an actual suit it would work? Egad. That’s just awful. I feel bad for her.

  • BobStPaul

    Have to agree on every count.

  • BLauD

    Her face is pure loveliness, but what is going on with her hair? It seems flatter than it ought to be or something…

  • malarson2

    She can always change her clothes. But boy-howdy is she blessed with that face and those curves. Beautiful.

  • ladybane

    I think she looks amazing. I don’t care what she wears. I am here for her.

  • Sophie

    Amazing face. I don’t like much of the rest, but I’m still stuck on the close-up.

  • MilaXX

    I did not like this dress on her and the wig was especially wiggy looking.

  • Jacob Bowen

    The way the lapel ends in the wrap of the dress seems to accentuate her middle, and is not the most flattering for her figure (which doesn’t even need flattering…damn). My only question, why does she wear wigs? I don’t know if this is inappropriate to ask or if it’s been discussed previously, but I knew she wore them, I just wonder why….

    • Gatto Nero

      I read somewhere that her hair is a bit thin, so she generally augments it with smaller hairpieces or wears a wig.

  • titaness25

    It kind of looks like an 80’s bathrobe.

  • kt

    She’s a stunner. More legs and arms, less fabric, and no extra flibbety-gibbets at the chest s’il vous plait

  • Tanya Wade

    This is a tough one. I love the shoes, and am so glad to see her in such fierce Single White Female pumps. I feel that if the stupid lapels were removed and it went more Diane Von F. 1970s wrap dress with a long collar and better wrap, we’d be getting someplace. It would separate the girls better. Hair is wiggy as usual, but with a face like that….I mean seriously. Porcelain doll.

  • CT14

    She looks better sitting down, but walking? That dress makes her look fat.

    It looks like it should work, but it does NOT.

  • Comfy

    Designer: House of Heffner

  • Pennymac

    I think the walking pic is at an unflattering angle. Seated, this is really pretty. And I’m always amazed at how luminous her skin looks.

  • Yeah she’s my straight-up girl crush.

  • quiltrx

    I agree it’s really good sitting down, disappointing standing up. Man, her face looks like a porcelain doll…so lovely.

  • Little_Olive

    Oh that lapel. It has single-handedly managed to take the dress from ok to JP Penny in 20 inches of fabric.

  • Gatto Nero

    The rose-embossed lapel and cuffs — just very odd with the leopard print. And I think animal prints skew cheap anyway.
    Her skin is gorgeous.

  • icm

    yup! she gives good face

  • Judih1

    something about the dress reminds me of a bathrobe. or a robe she puts on while getting her make up done – which looks flawless by the way

  • formerlyAnon

    Makeup is beautiful but the hair is weirdly unflattering. Hate that print.

  • Jen

    I actually like it!

  • SparkleNeely

    She’s gorgeous. I want her skin tone, no pores either.

  • This is the perfect demonstration of why I don’t like wrap dresses on me – the strong diagonal line always seems to pull down the bustline and widen the waist. I also think that if you are going to wear animal print you don’t need any other print – those patterned lapels are just too much. This in a shirt-dress, with the collar emphasising the shoulders instead of these mahoosive lapels which make it look like her armpits are the widest part of her body, would have been more successful.

    • cocohall

      Thank you for explaining this. I always hear how the wrap dress is supposed to be every woman’s friend, and on me it just gets matronly in a hurry. I have wide shoulders and the diagonal line just seems to be pointing an arrow to that fact. And sadly, at my age, my waistline has just gone missing.

      As for our Miss Christina, she looked so good a few days ago in that little black number. Fresh and chic. This look is neither of those things, but her skin is beyond gorgeous. Does she have a skin care endorsement? I would buy whatever it was. Damn.

      • I would definitely buy her skincare line! I’ve always wanted to try that SKII stuff that Cate Blanchett pimps, but I can’t afford it.

  • kmk05

    Nope nope nope. It’s a matronly robe, and it ages her. Her curves and that print are not friends: there are too many connotations to a leopard animal print, a house robe, and someone who is already rocking a retro look.

  • Verascity

    Man, I wonder if this is an attracted-to-women thing, because I normally hate leopard print but I think she looks crazy hot in this.

  • That helmet hair looks pasted into place by VO-5.

  • Malia C.

    I feel like Homer Simpson outside the gun store, hopping from foot to foot. Where’s Mad Style? 🙂

  • cmb123

    it looks like a bathrobe

  • Crystal

    Face is gorgeous but that hair is not good.

  • RussellH88

    Why Martha, your Sunday chapel dress!

  • Zeee

    In addition to the sleeves and the fabric, I think the color is off. Too yellow maybe?

  • Aurumgirl

    That’s….my bathrobe. And I wish I was joking.

    Otherwise, she’s very beautiful. That can’t be undone by what she wears.

  • Lilithcat

    It looks like a bathrobe, that’s what’s wrong with it.

  • Danielle

    The face is flawless.

  • AnneElliot

    I don’t like the combination of the busy print AND the wrap AND the giant lapels. One of the three might have worked, or two, but not all three. Too much!! But her skin is flawless.

  • Allison Angier

    Nicely explained, littlevase. These things can be so hard to type out…your clever example is spot on. I am deeply impressed with you!

  • madge

    i think we have undergarment failure here, folks. and we’re all used to seeing her strapped into those 1960s foundation pieces…

  • littlemac8

    She is so beautiful, really lovely. Maybe somebody did her wig who doesn’t regularly style it?

  • Proving the point that not all wrap dresses universally flattering, as I’ve learned in many a dressing room.

  • Patrick Cleary

    It looks more like it should be looser and be a heavy coat. It would be an awesome coat, with that collar and that fabric.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Her hair is giving me a slight mullet vibe.

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  • Wink

    Short sleeves would help the dress. Love the shoes. Face looks great, but hair looks unfinished.

  • TamraLS

    Is it just me or is she channeling Jaclyn Smith in that close-up? Lovely.

    • MaggieMae

      No, now that you mention it, I see it!

  • shelley514

    What a gorgeous face though! The second photo looks like there might be a bun in the oven.

  • malarson2

    Ok, thanks to all of your awesome comments – and the very nicely specific description from littlevase – I feel ready to go out into the world (or my kitchen) and starting zhuzhu-ing the hell out of everything!

  • Kelly

    Even in a bathrobe of a dress in terrible fabric and with seriously bad hair, she looks gorgeous.

  • demidaemon

    It looks a bit like a bathrobe, which is exactly why I don’t like it.

  • suzq

    I wonder what it would look like if we reversed the leopard with the black…..

  • Vtg Fashion Library

    And the shoes! She’s wearing heels! Her makeup is giving me life. She is so beautiful.

  • Corinne Thomas Bippert

    Can anyone tell me what brand of shoes she is wearing? I’ve been seeing them all over and would love to know!

  • AmeliaEve

    Definitely getting a bathrobe vibe from the dress, but these shoes are very daring for Ms. Hendricks.

  • EEKstl

    The dress itself is very flattering on her, and I love me some leopard print, but this is just too much. Shoes are fab and makeup is stunning.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    looks like one of those ‘getting your hair washed in’ smocks…

    I don’t follow her and know zero about redheads and lip color, but am I the only one getting twitchy-eyed over the red lipstick battling it out with the hair color thing?? (and imagine it is hell trying to not have that happen so what do you do?

  • greyhoundgirl

    I was actually in the audience. It looked better in person but the print was sort of overwhelming for her. But no worries–it was soon covered with a silly caftan. She was luminous–her skin really does glow.

  • Michelle Gennari

    She is so pretty and has such a rockin’ bod but she always looks kind of frumpy. She needs to hire a really good stylist.