christina hendricks little black dress

Christina Hendricks in an LBD at the Ann Taylor Fall 2010 preview party. Photo: Albert Michael/startraksphoto.com

Though she's been photographed wearing little black dresses for most of her recent appearances, curvy "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks is not choosing the color for the reasons you'd imagine.

The fact that she turned to the dark side for both the Badgley Mischka fashion show and Elton John Academy Awards party last month, "is a coincidence," Hendricks told StyleList at the Ann Taylor fall preview party, where she also wore, you guessed it, black.

"I was a dancer for many, many years, and I am constantly attracted to corals and peach and black -- things that remind me of being a ballet dancer. To me, they're classic and make me feel beautiful."

But these are not the only hues the fiery redhead is drawn to. "I love dressing with bright splashes of color -- bright pink, red, peach. Purple, I love," said Hendricks, who attended the Ann Taylor bash with her Zara-clad husband, actor Geoffrey Arend.

The hourglass-figured actress certainly knows how to accentuate her assets. "I'm pretty good about accessing something on the rack and knowing whether it's going to be flattering on me or not," she said. "I always like to show my waistline. That's something I think about when I get dressed."

And even though critics called her peachy Christian Siriano Golden Globes gown a fashion misstep, Hendricks stands by it. "It was my favorite dress in the whole world," she said, "and I felt gorgeous."

While Hendricks was happy to discuss her style, she kept mum about the upcoming season of "Mad Men," except to say that she's returning to work in two weeks.

"There are going to be some big changes," she said. "I met with the writers, talked to Matt Weiner and got the scoop. It's going to be good -- it's going to be really good."

We can't wait!

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