As many missteps Christina Hendricks makes on the red carpet, I am still really drawn to her as the anti-Hollywood starlet - super curvy, pale and ginger. It has A LOT to do with my Mad Men obsession and wish to wake up to Joan Holloway's wardrobe every morning. Well wasn't I delighted to discover that Laura Brown of Harper's Bazaar interviewed Hendricks for 'The Look'. You might recall that Laura sat down with Kim Kardashian to discuss her klassy designer kloset, surgery rumours and even allowed Kim to paint her face like a dirty harlot. I still can decide if Laura is nuts, drunk or an idiot - she's kind of annoying and you can see her subjects look a little wide-eyed at first, and then succuming to the kook. Christina's sit-down was pretty interesting, for vintage and retro fans. They met at Hendrick's favourite L.A. vintage store My Ulricka where she talked about what she's learned style-wise from being on Mad Men and brought along a few of her favourite pieces. Laura kicks off by telling us that Chrissy is a vintage expert first and foremost becuase she loves vintage (loving something being the keystone of being an expert - works for Brangelina fans). Christina takes the reins and explains her pre-mad Men interest in retro. Coming from a small town in Idaho with few stores, she worked and thrift stores such as the Salvation Army putting together "interesting" and "sometimes tragic" looks. Fast forward to Hollywood stardom and you've got a gal who knows her sh*t. She recommends hats, and glamourous outerwear for the retro glam gal. On hats Christina says:
The secret to wearing a hat is that you have to commit.
A beaded caplet can be worn with a dress or t-shirt and jeans, and an open moulded hat can be worn to dinner as part of a look. On her character Joan Holloway's influence on her, she details that before working with Mad Men's costume designer Janie Bryant, she was into gorgeous loose '20s looks but discovered what tailoring, particularly the pencil skirt did for her on set. I wholly agree with how difficult it is for the big-boobed to werk loose and draped clothing. There are some cute moments where Laura produces the Joan Holloway Barbie doll, and Christina speculates on what Joany would be shopping online for - 'entertaining accoutrements'. How darling. For the full interview, Hendrick's advice on the single vintage piece every gal must have and a MEGA not-hiddy hat parade, here's the video. My favourite quotes:
I think you've gotta lock down your fascinator (Christina) It's called life's rich tapestry (Nutjob Laura)
Check out My Ulrika for vintage inspiration

About Aisling O'Connor

Aisling is an Irish fashion, pop culture and lifestyle writer whose work can be seen in Harpers Bazaar, The Atlantic, The Daily Mail and The Independent's Irish edition and many others. With a unique sartorial perspective, she strives to translate high fashion and street style into accessible looks - and savage often ridiculous celebrity stylings as a matter of public service.
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  1. jojo says:

    Christina is a beauty alright but as Joan she is an icon. Joan from a time when women wore foundations, got fitted for Bra’s and Girdles yes I said it a Girdle. My mom talks about my grandmother who was a lingerie buyer taking her to a lingerie shop to be fitted for a bra…which my mom did with me also…
    Who gets fitted for a bra today ? Most women aren’t even wearing the correct size.
    And Spanx have replaced the girdle or corset. Spanx are not sexy, who wants to peel off their clothes to reveal Spanx ?
    There is nothing sexier than a merry widow bra. Joan knows about all these things,
    in her merry widow with a silky wrapper on top she is all woman.
    And that is part of Joan’s allure, but Joan is also smart. The joan’s paved the way for todays career woman…but she never forgot her assets and how to use them.
    P.S. How does Laura keep her job ?

    • Shiny says:

      I’d be all for ’50s iron knickers and girdles. I’ve tried having the bazookas measured but every brand has a different fit. I try on loads until I get the right fit, then buy four of the same bra.

      Laura must be on work experience from the home.

  2. jojo says:

    I feel in love with Le Mystere have to go up a size but they give great support and even the plain ones are pretty….I have to wait for a sale though and then I stock up also.

  3. Sassy says:

    sigh i’m wearing what in my mind is a fabulous dress but as the day goes on and i feel fatter and fatter – i’m thinking who’s going to ask if my lunch tummy is actually a baby and then i’ll DIE. i seem to remember this dress looking better when i bought it…..

    i need wine.

  4. Sylly says:

    Christina has a really sweet smile. She is way prettier here than her red carpet pix would suggest.

  5. Fiona says:

    I agree that she’s pretty. I’m just disappointed that she appears to have a boob job. Another barbi-fied.

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