Christina Hendricks and Tracee Ellis Ross at the InStyle Badass Women Dinner

Posted on October 29, 2018

A couple of badass ladies working a couple of highly head-turning looks.



We’ve always used Miss Christina as an example of someone who loves a certain style that doesn’t love her back. In terms of learning good style, she’s making the classic mistake of sticking with an aesthetic and style she loves that simply doesn’t suit her. She’s always talked about her love of a frilly, old-school romantic, tea-stained, vintage-boutique sort of style. And while we can understand the appeal for her, it’s simply not a style that pops or sings on her. We always say that if you love an aesthetic that doesn’t love you back, stop wearing it and decorate your guest bath in that style.

Anyway, this is actually a cute dress and the colors look great on her, but the Holly Hobbie vibe just isn’t the best choice for her. Give her a scoop neckline, shorten the sleeves, simplify the skirt, and remove the shoulder elements.

And then there’s Miss Tracee, the QUEEN of going her own way:


We would argue that, like a lot of her public looks, this outfit’s not to be taken all that seriously. It’s all about the exuberance, attention-seeking and personality of the look. We would never argue that the combination of that ruffle and that gigantic fabric flower is workable in any real-world way. We can’t, in good conscience, claim she looks chic here – or even that this looks good on her. But we get it. It’s fun and bold and yes, even a little badass in its own wacky way. It suits Aunt Tracee perfectly. It’s right for the venue. As cray as it all is, we can’t be mad at it.




Style Credits:
Tracee Ellis Ross: Marc Jacobs Ruffled Ensemble from the Spring 2019 Collection | Nicholas Kirkwood Sandals

Styled by Karla Welch | Makeup by Lisa Storey | Hair by Araxi Lindsey

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages,]

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