One of our favorite Mad Men alums, Christina Hendricks, is celebrating her birthday today. To honor her special day, we've gathered our five favorite looks from the actress, showcasing her enviable curves, and break down how she creates a polished look time and time again. Scroll down to see her tricks of the trade and steal some for yourself!
1. Smart Tailored Suiting
A great suit can be hard for any woman but with curves, it can be an even bigger challenge. Look for single breasted, as this elongates your frame and doesn't make you appear stumpy. Wide leg trousers look elegant, while skinny leg could be unflattering.
2. Create an Hourglass Shape
Nip in your waist with a full skirted dress. This classic shape is forgiving on all women. Choose a neckline that shows off as much as you want on top (v-neck, scoop, assymetrical, or even sheer, as seen on Hendricks above). The skirt masks hips and makes the most of those curves.
3. Elongate Your Frame
The fit of a pencil skirt is key. While it's a basic that every woman should own, every woman should not own the exact same silhouette. Curves look flattering in a skirt that hits just below the knee, as it elongates the frame, making you appear leaner. Be sure to tuck in your top to complete a polished look.
4. Show Off Those Curves
Look for a fitted sheath that skims, not clings. Remember sexy does not equal tight! A bit of detail, such as a fold, flounce, or flutter sleeves add some interest to a classic silhouette.
5. You Can Wear White (Before and) After Labor Day
The thing to remember with curves is balance. If you love you legs, show 'em! If it's your arms, go sleeveless! The key is to complement those features while playing down other parts that you may not want to flaunt. Case in point, this smart look above: It works if you'd like to cover your booty or your arms. An added bonus: it counters the myth that white doesn't work on curvy figures.