Well Played, Christina Hendricks


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Is it INCREDIBLY basic and bare-bones? Yes.

But it’s also flattering, and everything is wrangled properly. Stepping back and taking a breath was definitely the right move for Christina — I mean, there’s a reason you have to pass remedial math before you can tackle any calculus.

[Photo: Getty]

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  1. Emma
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    I’m not a fan. Black really isn’t her colour, and the dress is a bit “get thee to a nunnery.” Maybe if it was navy, and cut off a couple of inches below the knee.

    • pantsonfire
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      I hear ya. What is with her and black? Also, I’m pretty sure I saw photos elsewhere of this and it looked extremely questionable. So much so that I thought it was going to be a Fug today. But hey, she’s giving good face, and the hair, as always, is fab. Good earrings, too, and clutch! But then my eyes catch on that daunting swell of shiny black bosom, coming at us like a menacing wave…I feel as a small boat rocked in a mighty storm, about to be taken down to the abyss where Ursula will sing to me about booooody language.

      • Emma
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        “But then my eyes catch on that daunting swell of shiny black bosom, coming at us like a menacing wave…I feel as a small boat rocked in a mighty storm, about to be taken down to the abyss…” Poetry. I’m weeping right now.

  2. Lia
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    It seems to me that for the first time ever she actually got something custom made and that the tailor really took all the necessary measurements.
    I really like that dress, because it shows her greatest asset – her amazing face. No pancake boobs that are stealing all the attention.

    • Kory
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      Wonderful poem Lia! Those bosoms caused me to cringe in horror. It’s like she’s got two over-inflated balloons stuffed into the dress and they’re bursting to get free. I started to wonder if maybe she was pregnant. The more I stared the more I thought I could see the tummy swell. She should slap whoever suggested this dress and stay away from black. Anyone that pale needs to avoid black head-to-toe black. Maybe she needs to go to one of those bra stores and learn how to properly contain her ample bosoms.

      • JanetP
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        Kory: She is a tiny woman with very large breasts. Don’t be so horrible about her and them — no matter what she wears, or what bra she’s fitted with, her breasts are going to be really, really big. I am a 32G, I know whereof I speak. The wonderful thing about this dress is that it’s actually fitted to her, so you can see she has a waist, and her boobs aren’t pushed up to her neck. You seem to think that the right bra and a different dress will magically turn her into a C cup. Ain’t gonna happen. Rudeness is not helpful.

  3. Helen
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    Agreeing with Emma, mostly, I’d make exactly those changes too.

    But also, for me, it’s so very nice to see her in something that’s just SIMPLE, and that overrides my would-be edits. Her face is the star here, as it sensibly should be, and, whatever my other quarrels with the dress, it is beautifully cut and fitted.

  4. hero
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    It confirms what I have always felt- she was born in the wrong age…….she was meant to wear the corsetted exaggerated silhouettes of a bygone era…….. on the other hand she is a shoe in for hsitorical roles, or for Serena in GEorgette Heyer’s Bath Tangle.

    • Cecilia
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      Yes! I thought I was the last one on Earth who still read Georgette Heyer, but you’re right, she’d be a perfect heroine for one of those novels. Lovely woman who usually dresses wrong.

      • coexxi
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        No… no….you are not the last one. I started to read them in my teens with some books from my grandmother!
        Every year I re-read at least 3-5 of the books. Some of them I’ve read at least 5 times…. and she would be a perfect Venetia, I think! I don’t understand why there are not more films from the books.
        But at the moment I have a Pride & Prejudice Phase (a PPP). The 1995 series, the 2005 film and the book. For days now.

        • RebekahMacd
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          Oh man. I would do so many things for a Heyer film. As long as Brits made it.

  5. Shelley
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    BEAUTIFUL!

  6. Jules
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    That neckline is horrible with a chest that size! A shallow V neck would look so much better and break up the Monoboob; not a fan of what looks like pleaty-somethings going on between that and her waist, either. Also, does she remind anyone else of a redheaded Lisa Kudrow from the neck up?

    • Erin
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      Yes! V-necks were made for women with large bosoms and it would also open up her neck and draw more attention to her face.

  7. Lisa
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    Too nun like. I agree she might be better off in super dark navy. I do like her make-up, he looks lovely .

    • Linda
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      That’s exactly what I thought!! She looks like a nun. Navy blue would have been much better with her skin and hair.

      And although this is a HUGE (pardon the pun) improvement over her past efforts, I’m still wondering if she’s wearing the right kind of bra. The girls seem to be very pointy and way too high. Hair and make up is great.

      It’s not horrible, but I still can’t believe she can’t find a stylist to help her dress for these functions.

  8. TaraMisu
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    This is better than normal for her…. I still have issues with it though.
    Totally agree with @Jules… this needs a v-neck. As a well endowed person, that was one of the first fashion things I learned. Acres of fabric on acres of boobs is unflattering. The length is stumpifying too, just cut it off to the knees.
    Her skin and hair look FAB, I’m jealous :)

  9. Spring
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    Uniboob. Ack.

  10. TonyG
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    Well done. I like the fit and I like the black color, which sets off the rich color of her hair and lets the accessories (gorgeous earrings!) shine.

  11. Sarah
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    Monoboob! At first, I thought they were hoicked up to align with her armpits. Thank God they weren’t, but the illusion alone is reason to stay away from shiny, tight fabric.
    Also, she has such a good face and colour, I’d love to see her in blues and greens.

  12. katie s.
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    not bad, but omg those boobs are hoisted up. they look uncomfortably shoved up from below – if they were a little more relaxed the whole affair would be much easier looking.

  13. lamamu
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    The way the light hits the fabric (satin??) her monoboob look boob-shelfy.

  14. Dee
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    This women makes it look like any one with a large chest can’t wear anything, she needs to talk with Salma Hayek and buy herself a bra that doesn’t make her look like she shoved two footballs up her top

  15. amys
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    What a beautiful woman. Wow, she looks so tiny (minus the lady pillows). I like that CH went for a solid color, but good gracious girl, tailor the bust!

  16. Annalynn
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    She looks great in this photo, true, but I saw other photos where I my 1st, 2nd and 3rd glances were at her huge baby bump, and the way one of her hips seemed to have sprouted its own baby bump. I guess it was the way she was standing, but some of those shots/poses were 100% fugly in nature.

  17. Carol
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    What’s going on with her feet? Geta? I can’t tell from the photo.

  18. Lindy
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    Sorry, Fug Girls, I have to disagree! That dress is wickedly unflattering! A large chest doesn’t belong in a severe crew neck, black is NOT her color, the fabric looks cheap and stiff, and the hip details (those folds and pleats not visible in this picture) are not necessary on a generous hip.

    • Lindy
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      Oh, and the cut of that sleeve is matronly and unflattering. She is gorgeous and could look so much better!

  19. Jenn
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    I can’t even put input on this because oh Jesus BOOBS LESGSLY IS NOW MARRIED. WTF.

  20. unvacuous
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    I am suprised with all the nun like descriptions, to me it just looks like a chic, modern minimalist dress. I noticed the shiny hair and great accessories first, perfect for the simplicity of the dress, which itself gives her a nice silhouette. I think she did a great job.

  21. Michelle
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    I mostly like it – unlike many of the posters, I think she looks great in black – but I would have liked it with some sort of something-or-other on the shoulders; her boobage makes her shoulders look disproportionately small. But my goodness, she’s so gorgeous.

  22. Kara
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    I don’t like this either. Not awful, but not Well-Played, in my opinion – there’s no there there with the dress, for me. I echo all the comments about how big breasts and crew necks don’t play well together. (My petite grandmother used to give me crew neck sweaters as gifts until I finally had to explain to her why a v-neck was more flattering on me – she was like “Ohhhhhh!” It was really funny.) She doesn’t look BAD, but she could look better. Her face looks stunning though.

    • anonymoose
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      Kara, I’m with you on this. To me it looks like she is wearing a floor-length salon smock and she has just had her hair done but has not removed the smock yet.

      Great makeup, though. And her hair looks better like this rather than her usual puffy do.

      Why o why doesn’t she try a fitted A-line, hemmed at mid-knee? (Scoop-or v-neck of course!)

      Thanking me stars her feet are covered….

  23. WhooflPomp
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    Fug. Fug fug fug. Get the to a Fuggery, Christina Fugdricks. Bleahhh…

  24. AM
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    I disagree about crew necks and big bosoms. I think that was made up by someone who wanted to sell more v-necks. If you watch movies from the 50s and 60s, you’ll see lots of crew necks and turtle necks, which look cute and were the height of fashion. I think it just depends on the crew neck and what you do with it. I like this look although I might have tried navy or dark brown, something a little less harsh than black on her coloring and maybe a necklace or sparkly belt, but small quibbles.

    • pantsonfire
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      Well, looking cute and height of fashion don’t necessarily go hand-in-glove, or rather, pointy brassiere-in-crewneck sweater. I suppose it’s possible that a truly large breasted woman carried off a crewneck in the midcentury, but I personally don’t think that look was all that awesome. But I can agree that everything is subject to exact execution, and there are so many exceptions to what we think of as pretty universal fashion “rules!”

  25. ringthing
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    LOVE her hair.

  26. Jill
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    Love that her hair and face are on display (and that her chest is wrangled)…but is there pleating or bunching at her waist? I hope for pleats, but it looks like bunching. :(

  27. Erin
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    I think she looks lovely – chic and sophisticated.

  28. vandalfan
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    It’s so much better than before, it’s easy to overlook the fugliness. Primarily, she needs better foundation garments.

    If she is wearing black, the fabric should have a subtle texture or “hand’. If she wants a simple, solid color, go with navy blue or some other jewel tone. The neckline would better as a slight V, but can be acceptable as is. Her makeup, and hair, of course, is perfect, but I’d love to see a long necklace or maybe a long center seam, something to provide more vertical interest.

  29. Moa
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    I actually like it – sure, her boobs look a bit weird in that neckline, but they also look pretty weird when she wears the ill-fitting stuff she usually wears. At least this looks comfortable. I think the black does suit her, and I think the length is actually fine, but I could just as well go with a shorter version.

  30. annie
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    I think she looks great. The outfit (including accessories) lets Christina’s beauty shine though without being overwhelmed by her bust. As a busty girl myself, I tend to stay away from the high neck but I think it works here. She is so well-endowed that even the slightest low neckline can look like too much.

  31. Cristina
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    She’s so unbelievably beautiful, she could wear a sack and still look pretty good.

  32. luxsword
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    It is NOT flattering.

  33. Evalyn
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    What everyone has already said: Color, structure, tailoring, shaping. What I do like about this dress is the shape at the waist. I’m afraid it’s tied in a bow at the back, but at least it shows her waist.

    Note to Christina: Yes, I know you’re a big girl and can dress yourself, but sometimes you just need expert advice. Don’t wait until someone calls What Not to Wear. You know how Stacey can be.

  34. kickassmomnyc
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    This may the first time her RC outfit is not cringeworthy. It’s plain, but more flattering — notice I didn’t say completely flattering — and tasteful than what she usually shows up in. Her hair is pretty and her face is gorgeous, as always.

  35. Jo
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    Lovely lady but agree with previous posters – a decent bra (I have 34F natural boobs and they never look trussed like that!) and a lower (but not TOO low!!) neckline. Face and hair are gorge as always.

  36. Anna
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    With boobs this big, we (all us generously endowed) need a little scoop at least, a v-neck at best. She does tend to go too low, but this doesn’t cut it either.

  37. Emily
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    When I was in high school choir, we had to wear these awful black gowns that were flattering on no one and made of some awful unnatural fabric that didn’t breathe. When I look at this dress, that is all I can see. *Shudder*

  38. elle
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    boobs naturally occur between the shoulder and the elbow, but if ya got ‘em, I guess……

    • Ms. A.
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      Right? They are pushed up to extraordinary heights.
      This is not a well played. The dress is not at all flattering.

  39. Elbyem
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    A cowl neck, mayhaps? Or a bit off the shoulder? Otherwise – let’s face it, this is the best she’s ever looked, in 2012 clothing. The focus is on her young and lovely face.

  40. Mukel
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    I totally sympathize with Christina. It can be so hard to find something that doesn’t look obscene when you have a big chest. I remember really wanting breasts in Grade 5. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. I now have big boobs and I like ‘em hoisted up as high as possible… because the evening drags on, they start to sink.

    I actually prefer a monoboob. I have a bra that “lifts and separates”, and it’s ridiculous . Like two torpedoes.

    Right now I am wearing a seriously engineered sports bra almost every day, and it holds everything in place and makes it all seem a little more modest.

    Her earrings are totally gorgeous.

  41. rb
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    Wow. Her tits are covered. That is ground-breaking. Maybe Gosling’s having a cloistering effect on her cleavage. (Why does that make me envy her more?)

  42. rb
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    Also, I went to high school with CH, and honey — those are not for real. Just sayin’.

    • Linda
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      THANK YOU!!!

      I’ve seen her in episodes of Firefly, and unless she had some weird growth spurt at age 25, those babies are man made.

      And what is it with Mad Men stars not being able to harness their unmentionables? Hammy goes out sans underwear in practically see through khakis, not that I’m complaining, but for the love of God, how does Jennifer W let him out of the house like that?? Christina’s girls are hoisted up like a meal tray under her chin. What’s going on?

  43. Shiitake
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    This is a big improvement from some of her previous outfits. Her hair, makeup and accessories are beautiful.

  44. Cheryl G.
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    Better bare bones than bare boobs.

  45. BeeDreams
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    Oooh I wanted to make a comment about her face- I never realised she was so so pretty! I “watched” (I use the word loosely) I Don’t Know How She Does It.. (was that not the shittest film in AGES????) and her face when she is talking to the camera is just DIVINE.

    Normally I am wrinkling my nose and being knocked out by her boobage but I’d never really looked at her face. Sure, I thought she was attractive as a whole but man, so so pretty. I never knew.

  46. Sajorina
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    This really is LOVELY! Well Played & FAB! Love the earrings & the clutch! WANT!

  47. tigers4us
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    Haha! “Everything is wrangled properly”. She looks great, but I’m not crazy about the dress.