WERQ: Sami Gayle in Miu Miu

Posted on August 07, 2012

Katherine McNamara? Meet a sixteen-year-old who got it exactly right.


Sami Gayle attends the “Total Recall” New York Premiere in NYC in Miu Miu Fall 2012 collection.

Miu Miu Jewel-collared Chunky-knit Wool Sweater

THAT is a girl who knows her strengths and knows how to WERQ them. Or at least, a girl who wisely hired someone to figure it out. Whatever the case, she looks ridiculously adorable and put-together. We don’t think every 16-year-old starlet should dress this way, but we definitely think this is the perfect look for this girl at this moment. Twee? You betcha. But when it works, it works. So, you WERQ that “manic-pixie dream girl” shit, girl! BABYSNAPS.

And yes, the shoes match the skirt and that’s not something we’d recommend at all, but she’s going for a super-perky, almost costumey look here, which, as we said, suits her to a T, so we’re willing to accept it. Just this once.


[Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images, net-a-porter.com]

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  • HomeOfficeGirl

    She won’t stop looking at me.  Yikes.

  • moppet

    How cute is this little Vulcan? I have no idea where she’s come from, but she’s a snappy dresser.

    • JosephLamour

      She plays Tom Selleck’s granddaughter on Blue Bloods.

      • moppet

         And she could also play Little T’Pring in the Star Trek: Kidz! movie I’m casting in my head right now.

      • GillianHolroyd

        And she’s much cuter and less Vulcan-like IRL than in these photos.

        • Nelliebelle1197

           She actually scares me too much for me to notice the outfit right now.

      • Cautiously Pessimistic

         That’s why I recognized her!  Thanks for letting me avoid Google’s hurdling game for a little while longer.  😉

        •  It’s basketball now! Much less fun and addictive. Go shoot some hoops with your bad self!

          • CYVH9000

            I can’t stop with the basketball. There goes my morning.

        • DesertDweller79

           Oh my goodness.  I had no idea one could PLAY those google doodles.  I’ve been staring at those for over a week and I didn’t know!

          Ah well.  I had fun doing the canoe slalom just now.  Thanks!

      • Dhammadina

        And she can really sing –she belted out a show tune on one Blue Bloods episode –with her great grandfather played by Len Cariou. What a surprise. She also has a mouth full of braces (at least in the show), so no wonder the no teeth smile.

  • mjude

    adorable.  baby snaps indeed

  • VanessaDK

    Is it because these starlets are so skinny that their heads seem disproportionately large? Or are they simply different creatures from the rest of us?

    • Billie_Dawn

       I read an article a while ago from a writer who regularly interviewed celebrities, and he said that it’s amazing how many of them have incredibly large heads (literally). He always wondered how directors managed to disguise their insane proportions onscreen.

      •  According to the South Park guys (in the commentary for the episode where they make fun of Ben Affleck’s giant head), most movie stars have large heads because they look better on screen.

      • MoHub

         Pat Sajak once talked about himself and Vanna being Big Head people, and indeed, it seems they’re cast because the faces register better on screen.

        However, to me, they look more like lollipops—especially the emaciated women who keep cropping up.

    • turtleemily

      She’s a teenager so she possibly hasn’t finished growing yet. It’s also the camera angles – in the full shots you can see that the text at the top of the backdrop looks larger than the bottom even though it’s all really the same size.

  • hmariec19

    Wow! Justin Bieber’s got a pretty decent set of legs!

    Cute outfit though.

    • Squarah

      Hah, my thoughts exactly.

    • She looks exactly how I picture the love child of Bieber and Selena Gomez.

      • Justin Bieber and Anne Hathaway

        • No I take it back, she looks like the female version of Shane on Weeds.

          •  You’re right! She makes me miss that “If They Mated” segment on Conan.

  • maxxman

    Are you sure that isn’t Justin Beiber?

    • Sobaika

      I feel bad because she’s a kid, but that was my first thought too.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      you stop being mean to mary stuart masterson!  

      • Every time I see the Biebs, I only see Mary Stuart Masterson…I keep waiting for his other testicle to drop…

  • Judy_J

    Yes, cute outfit.  But her hair is making me cringe.

    • akprincess72

      It’s her character’s hairstyle.

      • Judy_J

        Sorry, still makes me cringe.

        • akprincess72

          Understandable, just figured I’d throw that out there.  =)

  • She is wearing a wool sweater in August…I cannot endorse that.

  • kimmeister

    A chunky sweater to a premiere?  A photo call, maybe, but a premiere?

    • Little_Olive

      Yes. But at least she wore the blush pink version, because that shade of light blue is simply horrid. I cannot decide whether it belongs in a nursery or in a nursing home. 

  • Is 16 too young to get an eyebrow wax?

    • call_me_schmeg

      those bushy brows are totally on trend right now. there’s no unibrow and it looks pretty well under control, so i think she deserves a pass. yeah, it’s odd to see on the red carpet nowadays, but full eyebrows are youthful and babygurl is only 16. perhaps it’s the overgrown pixie-meets-full-brows that’s off-putting?

      • sweetestsith

         I hate bushy brows + pixie cuts on girls… Pick one, but combined it really makes you look like a boy. It doesn’t matter how delicate your features are, we have many years of social training that makes bushy browns + short hair = boy.

    • bookish

      I think I was 14 when my older sister held me down screaming and waxed mine. She was in beauty school at the time, and I needed it.

    •  That was one of my first thoughts, but then I bit my tongue b/c she’s only 16. But, yeah.

      • Yeah – hated myself for thinking it, but there it was. I like thick brows, but I do think a little bit of shapingis still a good thing. 

  • Sara__B

    The matching shoes give her the look of a restaurant hostess working the lunch shift. A hyper-perky hostess with a pasted-on smile. “Welcome to the House of Pies. We’re “berry” glad to see you!”

    • sweetlilvoice

       I want to go to House of Pies. Sigh. And it’s fine it she goes too.

  • nannypoo

    She seems a little intense. Cute outfit, though.

  • Does anyone else think her hair is kind of weirdly styled? All her bangs and side wisps pushed toward her face give her a creepy effect.

    • Vickiefantastico

      I thought it was just me! Since she’s sixteen, I was keeping quiet, but whew!!!

  • Rand Ortega

    Would it be terrible of me to say Sami Gayle looks like a 16 year old w/ a great sense of style & Katherine McNamara looks like she was styled by a 40 yr old who peaked in the ’80’s (right after watching The Little Mermaid)?
    Well, I’m sayin’ it anyway.

    • I wouldn’t go so far as saying “has a great sense of style,” particularly since I hate the outfit, but she IS dressed far more age appropriately than Katherine McNamara.

  • butter nut

    swear to god, i thought this was justin beiber in a dress.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Yeah, when I saw the thumbnail, I was all…what the heck is Justin wearing? oops

  • I’m happy to accept it too – this fall.  She’s cute as hell, but just looking at a sweater right now gives me heat exhaustion.

  • she has a cute, semi-androgynous style to her. me likes. 

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Yes, the outfit is adorable on her, but she’s wearing a chunky wool sweater in New York in August.
    I have no words to express how insane that is. 

  • eyebrow wax. STAT. 

  • VicksieDo

    A sweater in August?  You’re in a good mood today 🙂

  • It’s cute. But a wool sweater in August is giving me a heat rash.

    What is up with her eyes? Is it just me or does she look like she’s on the verge of shooting laser beams out of them? 

    • moppet

       I think she’s trying not to let the flashbulbs make her blink. I have that same crazy-eyed look on my passport and driver’s license photos.

  • SophieCollier

    Finally, Miu Miu is back to being cute again, at least for this ensemble.  It’s totally young ingenue style.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    That sweater is so ugly it almost distracted me from the crazy-eyes she’s making. When will that Seventeen-mag “widen your eyes for photos so they look bigger” tip finally die?

    That haircut really suits her features, though.

    •  Yeah, the more I look at it, the more I hate the sweater, too.

      There’s something about sweaters with the built-in collar to look like there’s a shirt underneath that DRIVES. ME. CRAZY.

  • Thathoodwink

    I’m not trying to be mean, but at first glance at the “thumbnail”, I thought she was Justin Bieber.

  • Thathoodwink

    Okay, I see I’m not alone….

  • Thathoodwink

    Okay, I see I’m not alone….

  • What’s wrong with her face?

  • She is adorbs, for sure. But….

    ……I am itching to tweeze those brows. Just a smidge.

    • alyce1213

      So right, a strong brow is good for her and the haircut, but just a bit cleaner.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    I absolutely, positively have a dusty rose wool sweater that my mother knit for HERSELF that probably is 50 years or more old that I can still wear and I do.  I just pulled it out from the sweater drawer.

    It looks a lot like this one, but better, ’cause my Mom made it, and the boat neckline, rather than the black lace collar, has a fabulous openwork chevron pattern that’s also repeated as “cuffs” on its short sleeves.  Same ribbing at the waist, and a similar round/ball-ish stitch in the body.

    My Mom – fashion forward and prescient more than half a century ago.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yay for your mom!

      & I hope, yay for you – that your blood counts allowed you to knock out the penultimate infusion of medicinal poison today.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        formerlyAnon, thanks, girlfriend (whom from your own post seems to be about old enough to be my daughter if I weren’t a confirmed spinster and proud of it  😉 ).

        Yay for my mom, that’s for sure.  I’d love to be able to show her that Sami Gaule pic, but she shuffled off this mortal coil 7 years ago, would have been 97 last month.

        Yup, yay for me, too.  Neupogen did its magic and boosted my WBCs, though my RBCs/hemoglobin is low (ergo, puny, pale), so I got my penultimate infusion and have posted about it on my blog, with pix both of me and of three of the wonderful infusion nurses who’ve been administering the stuff to me with dedication, great care and good cheer.  A week from today at this time, chemo will be done-done!

        • bellafigura1

          Hooray for you, sistah.  One year done with chemo (second time, 4x bc) and my hair is back and gawjus! Keep pushing, so close!

          • NDC_IPCentral

             Ah, belladfigura1, I truly,  truly  salute you, as you are a repeat fighter in the cancer wars.  I’ve walked in 4 separate BCA multi-day walks over the past ten years and have raised, oh, I think b/w $16,000 and $20,000 for breast cancer research, treatment, and so on.  You are a survivor in spades, and I wish you the very, very best. 

            Mine’s ovarian, and chemo knocked those Stage 3 tumors right out, but I had surgery 2 1/2 months ago to take out the ladybits, and I’m now finishing the second of three cycles of chemo that are part of the Japanese protocol that has worked completely phenomenally for me.

            My hair is in a one inch max boy cut and very thin, but I never went bald.  Eyebrows are mostly dissolved, but they’ll come back, too, I hope.  Appearance takes a back seat to giving the cancer the what-for.  As you well know, it changes your life.

        • formerlyAnon

          Very good to hear! If next week goes as planned, lashings of virtual champagne in next week’s TLounge!

          • NDC_IPCentral

             Y’know, if the BKs in the greater NYC area were of a mind, I’d host a celebration of my success just so that I could meet them and dispense with the virtual for once!

            But, things being what they are, and our merry band being so dispersed, lots of virtual Champagne – * think Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame might be quite the tipple for August 16!

  • formerlyAnon

    Intense stare that young un’s got.

    Thanks to you guys I now know who she is. No surprise I was ignorant because I only pause the channel switching on Blue Bloods to muse on how, finally, Tom Selleck might, MIGHT, any month now, move on out of “late middle age” where he’s seemed to rest for most of my adult life (and I’m almost too old to be his daughter – he coulda had a kid my age but he’d have been a pretty (shockingly) young teen parent).

    edited for left-out words

  • janetjb

    WERQ, indeed.

  • I saw the note for Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and then this. I thought Justin Bieber was doing drag. Imagine my disappointment. She’s very prep school….

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I echo all the Justin Bieber talk.

  • margaret meyers

    Le Biebs had a sex change and is now La Biebs.

  • snarkykitten

    but her hair is so unfortunate…

  • redgauntlet

    So this is what Just Bieber would look like if he were a boy.

  • turtleemily

    Vulcan version of naughty schoolgirl. She doesn’t have the small features for a pixie cut, but I can’t figure out why I think it works on her and not Anne Hathaway.

  • alyce1213

    Love it. Great little outfit!  I was gonna crit the hair, but I looked again, and it works – really well-suited for her.

  • lrhoff

    Why is she a “starlet” again?…..never heard of her.

    • akprincess72

      She’s on Blue Bloods as Tom Selleck’s granddaughter.  She’s actually pretty good.

  • MilaXX

    She looks cute as a button.

    ….and I feel old saying that.

  • quiltrx

    I don’t know her…does she have a giant head, or is it something about the angle here?

    The outfit is SO cute.

  • I keep seeing a very young Natalie Portman in her.  And I have no qualms about a sweater in August, because I suffer so with everything being ridiculously over air-conditioned.  I never go out of the house without a sweater or wrap, even when it’s been over 90º for weeks on end.  A cute, short-sleeved sweater top is just the thing.  What does bother me is the pointy-ness of all the hair around her face, it makes her look a little alien…..Mr. Spock’s heretofore unknown daughter.  With her hair more off her face and less “arranged”, I think she’d look better.

  • Le_Sigh

    How cute is she?  She’s rocking the Bieber haircut better that that little minidouche ever did!

  • She is trying so hard, have to respect that.

  • She’s worth watching Blue Bloods.. about the ONLY thing that makes that show watchable. Girl has a career.

  • bellafigura1

    Serious smize!

  • mila_8

    This bitter kitten just hacked up a hairball.

  • Who?

    I seriously hate the haircut. And the outfit looks a little too much like my prep school uniform (in shape, not in color). {shudder}

  • Susan Crawford

    I normally find MiuMiu kind of a PooPoo, but I have to say I really love that sweater! Sure it’s a little school uni looking, but it has just the right blend of nerdy chic and classic style. I like the pairing with the skirt, too. (Does anyone else see Tavi Gevinson rocking this outfit? It’s Tavi’s style, all right.)

    Once again, I have NO idea who this Precious Unborn Fawn is. I have GOT to get out of the house more often!

  • RzYoung

    LOVE IT! I just happen to have very short hair myself…now if only I were 16 and could afford Miu Miu hmmmm

  • I don’t know that that hair cut is doing her face any favors.  The sweater is kinda cute, but the color combination burns my eyes. 

  • EEKstl

    No idea who she is but she looks great.  I’m good with the matchy matchy skirt and shoes combo because it ties the pink and maroon together more.  And smart to wear the short-sleeved version of the sweater – it is August, after all.

  • TAGinMO

    She’d look so much better if that sweater were almost any other color.  

  • marilyn

    She needs to be in the Lord of the Rings movie.  She has natural looks for it.

  • AthenaJ

    The haircut makes her look very elf-like. I expect the next thing she’ll do is hop in a tree and bake a half-ton of cookies.
    But yes, the outfit is adorbs.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Well, if they ever remake “Inside Daisy Clover” she’s all set.

  • sweetlilvoice

    She and her eyebrows scare me. And yes I know that unplucked brows are a sign of youth…but she still scares me. I also own a version of that skirt from 5 years ago.

  • I know it’s short-sleeved but still…a “chunky-knit” wool sweater in NYC in August?  The way the temps & humidity in the Northeast have been?

  • Who the hell is this girl? She’s adorable!

  • ccm800

    I thought this was Justin Bieber when I glanced at the thumbnail. 

  • TWEEZERS! stat

  • fursa_saida

    I want to trim her hair down a little bit and maybe give her a leetle more makeup–I just feel like she’s got Bieber face a little bit here–but otherwise I love this and I want that sweater BADLY.