What better way to pay homage to Mad Men than by dressing up as Joan Hollaway aka Christina Hendricks for Halloween? Not only is she the sexy secretary, she’s also their resident feisty ginger.
When channeling Joan, keep two words in mind: glamour and vintage. Retro-style clothes, shoes, accessories, hair and make-up will be the key to pulling off this look.
You’ve already hit the jackpot with your ginger hair colour and porcelain skin, so all that’s left is to follow this how-to guide for the rest of the costume.
Joan always wears form-fitting clothes of the era, while never shying away from the bold colours that offset her striking red hair.
A hip-hugging pencil skirt or bodycon dress are a couple of ways to achieve this. Just make sure the hemline hits you at the knee, because if it’s any shorter or longer, it will lose its retro appeal.
If opting for a skirt, pair it with a soft clingy V-neck or boat-neck sweater with three-quarter-length sleeves. If you go along this route, think along the lines of thin cashmere, not thick wool.
Some Mary Jane heels or classic style pumps in a solid colour will be the perfect choice. You can pair them with thin nude stockings if desired.
Don’t forget some bling. A brooch is a must when dressing up in 1960s-style garb.
Also, go for simple earrings and a necklace – Joan’s trademark pen necklace would be the ultimate score if you could locate one. Or, just make one of your own. Seriously, Mad Men fans would LOVE you.
When it comes to make-up, it’s all about the eyes and lips.
Add the black cat-eye liner flicks to your upper lids, then go heavy on the mascara for flirty lashes.
Finishing the look off with some red lipstick will help you achieve the perfect pout.
Create side-swept bangs – if you don’t have a fringe, then pull a small section of your hair diagonally across your forehead and pin behind your ear.
Put that flaming red hair up in a vintage-style French twist or just use a simple clip to put it up away from your face.
A fun way to complete your Christina Hendricks Halloween costume is with a prop cigarette.
And there you have it, a simple yet effective Halloween costume for redheads, and a fun and flirty way to transform yourself into one of the most beautiful redheads in television history.