Mayim Bialik in Karen Millen at the Emmys Performers Peer Group Reception

Posted on August 20, 2013

This is probably the most stylish thing we’ve seen Mayim in since her Blossom days.

We’re joking, of course. We’ve never seen her in anything stylish.

Mayim Bialik at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Performers Peer Group cocktail reception to celebrate the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Sheraton Universal in Universal City, California in a Karen Millen dress.

Karen Millen Mixed Geo Print Dress

Until now, that is. She looks really great. We’ve been informed by many a twitter follower many a time when we’re doing live red carpet commentary that she has religious reasons for wanting to remain covered up (something we’ve never bothered to research, so correct us if we’re wrong on that one). We’ve always been fine with that but felt that she had too often made the mistake of confusing modest with frumpy. We’re not entirely sold on the pattern-mixing here (mainly because they’re too similar), and we think it might be a bit small on her, but it’s got personality to it and a modern feel. We haven’t been able to say that about any of the other public appearance outfits we’ve seen her in. This is at least a step toward understanding that a lady can be modest in her clothes and still wear things with some oomph to them.


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  • Town

    I need this dress!

  • 3boysful

    I love the dress, and appreciate that she’s got a bit of makeup on. I wish she’d try a different hairstyle, however.

    • alyce1213

      She’s even got false eyelashes on (looks like it t me).

    • RL McGruder

      Isn’t she newly single? Va va voom, gurl!

      • patticake1601

        Yes she is.

    • fursa_saida

      I sincerely think that if she just parted her hair more to one side or the other it would be 100 times better. I can’t part my hair in the middle–not only is it not the best for my face, but I’ve got a widow’s peak and it just doesn’t go well–and when I figured that out (it only took me until like age 16) it made a huge difference. From the way a couple of little bits of hair are blatantly fighting the part, I’m betting she’s got a similar situation going on. (My widow’s peak is pretty big so I’ve got like three separate cowlicks, and when I learned to stop fighting them it changed everything.)

  • MilaXX

    I really like this on her. what I dislike are the ankle straps on the shoes. I also think she needs to push her hair back and needs a stronger lip.

    • kirkyo

      I don’t like the straps and the rest of the shoe as well.

    • ikillplants

      Agree, agree, agree. I was SHOCKED when I saw these pictures of her. She has NEVER looked so polished or glamorous.

  • veriance

    This is a personal best for her, IMO

    • Introspective

      agreed. she looks great here.

      • TropiCarla

        Yup. I was not blown away by her WNTW makeover and wondered if she could do better. This is lovely for her.

  • This is down right Va Voom for Mayim. Kudos.

  • SewingSiren

    I think she looks great. The most stylish that she has ever looked.

  • Rand Ortega

    Single & ready to mingle! Go, Dr. Bialik! You look divine!

    • MilaXX

      You’re right! This is her version of the sexy, post breakup bandage dress!

      • Rand Ortega

        Perfect for the Neuroscientist on the prowl. Pleasing to the nucleus accumbens in the subcortical regions to be physically provocative while geometrically interesting to the corpus callosum for Intellectual stimulation!

        • MilaXX

          well played, sir!

          • Rand Ortega

            Did a whole crapload of research for a neuroscience series I created. Amazed I still remember that stuff.

        • olsonam

          Would it be ok if I quoted you on my website? I would give you credit.

          • Rand Ortega

            I’d be honored!

    • sojourneryouth

      I was going to add that she did recently get divorced, like just this year it was finalized, so I’m thinking Miss Lady is putting it out their Reform style. While I don’t really “get” the whole covered up, modesty thing (I think it’s an ineffective and rather sexist form of social control, but I do understand not necessarily wanting to parade your bits around), I appreciate that she is apparently trying to find stylish ways of working with her beliefs, which I totally do applaud. I like it when people make things work like this.

      • Barb Ray

        For some background on her faith based wardrobe choices google:

        What Not To Wear- Blossom! (Mayim Bialik). I think she looks pretty great here.

      • greyhoundgirl

        Probably Orthodox, not Reform, and I agree about how good she looks while still observing what she needs to observe.

        • sojourneryouth

          You’re right. She was raised Reform, but has grown kind of Orthodox (I think the interview I read quoted her as “Reformadox”), so that makes sense.

          • YoungSally

            Might be modern Orthodox…

    • Amy Farrah Fowler should try this on Sheldon Cooper.

      • alyce1213

        That would be really fun to watch.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        oh, 2 points for that one! Good call annabelle!

  • decormaven

    Best thing I’ve seen her wear on the RC. Thumbs up!

  • LondonMarriott

    I FLOVE THIS. I need that dress. Good on her, I love seeing her looking great. The Anti-Frump has arrived!

  • hughman

    Bonus points for repurposing that M.C. Escher poster everyone had in college.

  • j_am

    Love it – wish her hair wasn’t covering up one of the best aspects of the dress, though.

  • terpsichory

    That’s a pretty great choice!

    Also, thanks for introducing me to that label. They have some really nice (and affordable!) stuff.

    • Rhonda Shore

      She looks great and you’re right, these clothes are quite affordable and wearable for regular people!

    • Nicole C

      Yes, thanks for pointing that out! Usually, I just skip over the clothing links because they give me a sad.

  • Whitney Barkley

    She considers herself a conservadox Jew – she was raised secular reformish, but got more religious as she got older. It’s a phenomena that I’ve never understood, as someone who was raised evangelical Christian and is friends with people raised Orthodox, Hassidic, and Shiite Muslim.

    But you do you girl! Can we talk about your hair? And volume? And some style, maybe?

    • marlie

      One of my high school friend’s faith has evolved that way as well (completely of her own volition), and while it’s a little disconcerting at first to see someone suddenly start dressing way more conservatively, it becomes a non-issue really quickly, because the person is ultimately still the same person you’ve always known.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        and hopefully, loved.

  • nyazgirl

    I positively love it. She looks amazing.

  • Kimbolina

    This is pretty great. The only thing I don’t like is the main color of the sleeves. Wish it was white instead of this orange-y skin tone color cause it sort of looks like the sleeves are sheer.

    • SewingSiren

      I’m pretty sure that the sleeves are sheer.

      • Kimbolina

        Ahhh, I think you’re right. Long, sheer printed sleeves always make me think of those fake tattoo sleeves they sell for Halloween costumes.

        • SewingSiren

          Me too.

    • terpsichory

      You’re right, they are sheer. Otherwise it might be too warm for August.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    GIRL look great!!!! SHAMY!!!

    • Kristin McNamara

      Thanks for being the first comment I saw referencing BBT! The whole time I was scrolling through these photos, all I was thinking was: “Aw, she’s so adorable!! You go, Amy Farrah-Fowler!” 🙂 That is one of my favorite shows on television right now (I have a Masters in math… those people are totally my jam) and IMHO, she does a really wonderful job with her character.

      • tetisheri

        My husband wondered what Sheldon would do if he saw Dr. Farrah-Fowler now.

        • Monzerrat Ontiveros

          I love SHAMY, I would love to see her dress like this in Sheldon’s apartment. He would lose it!!!! I love that the writers of the show haven’t force anything in the bed yet.. just that card game. Also, Sheldon in his plaid suit would look great standing next to her in this photo.

          • tetisheri

            Oh the feelz from that episode! I think the writers have handled that really well, and it’s very true to the characters. I love how Sheldon explained about intimacy and their relationship. It was just such a great moment, and one in which we see a very vulnerable Sheldon.

            I love Amy. She’s a very delightful character. I think the writers do well with her.

          • Monzerrat Ontiveros

            I can’t wait to see the next season!!!! I hope she doesn’t wear forever 64 all the time!!

          • tetisheri

            That would be nice, wouldn’t it?

      • CeeQ

        I don’t have a Masters in anything but I’m smart enough to know that BBT is freaking hilarious =)

        Yes – you go Amy Farrah-Fowler!

  • alyce1213

    I believe that modesty for Orthodox Jews (she’s “Conservadox,” which is looser) concerns more than covering up. It’s modesty of style, pattern, and color as well. A lot of the younger and middle-aged Orthodox women in my neighborhood do wear lively colors and more contemporary, even flattering styles. But the Old Way is to be as inconspicuous as possible and unfortunately, frumpy.

  • Laurie Landry

    Very cute dress and her hair and make-up look fresh.
    Stacy and Clinton re-styled her on What not to Wear a while back and she does have the religious thing.

    • OrigamiRose

      She was one of their best celebrity makeovers. Totally on-board with the program and ponied up her own money for the clothes.

      • kimmeister

        Shannon Elizabeth was probably their worst. What an attitude she had!

        • mshesterp

          I just saw hers–she was a real pill. She had more going on than just a makeover–hers was definitely related to people seeing her as the American Pie chick and not really changing since then (15 years ago!)

        • OrigamiRose

          UGH. They reran that one within the last week or two. She was so insufferable to Ted, I wish he had just kicked her out of the chair without doing a thing to her precious hair.

  • Garcia Loca

    Must be all that free time, now that she’s done with breastfeeding. Girlfriend looks great and put-together.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Love this on her. The only changes I would make would be some colour on her lips and maybe pull back the hair – a ponytail even.

  • Imasewsure

    She looks great… even the shoes are a huge improvement

  • tetisheri

    She is an Orthodox Jew, and does have modesty rules that she follows for religious reasons. She keeps her collarbones covered, wears sleeves at least to her elbow, and skirts to the knee or longer. She doesn’t wear pants. If you watch Big Bang Theory, you will see that her character dresses very modestly, as in almost completely covered up. She also wears a bare minimum of makeup.

    She’s talked about the challenges of trying to find red carpet wear that meets her requirements of religious modesty.

    • mariahwg

      I’d love to see her in some of those Valentino pieces that just came out, maybe the delft blue dress or the red dress with white collar.

      • tetisheri

        Oh, those would be pretty. I’m thinking the delft blue, but that’s because I so love that color.

  • mjude

    wow, she looks so different. i have to say i like the dress.

  • Beardslee

    Yes indeed, modest and frumpy are two very different things. More’s the pity that more people don’t understand the distinction and so wear much less that we wish they would.

  • Qitkat

    It’s a very sharp dress, but the white background bothers me. Too stark. I would like it better in another color combination, that had subtler transitions, maybe in tans and blues. I’m just not a fan of orange, but it’s quite well done here.

  • I am surprised she is wearing something that is so tight. (She does follow modesty laws but apparently she thinks they change if you are single.)

  • Nancer

    I think she looks adorable. Love this on her. One slight comment; it looks like her hair is fighting against the part. That little swatch that is going against the part to loop across her forehead is triggering a here-to-for nascent OCD in me….

    • Anniebet

      Came here to say just that. Drives me nuts.

  • Kent Roby

    I don’t particularly care for her in this, but there was that one thing I liked her in….oh, yeah, Beaches.

  • Cortney Dean

    I love this on her, full stop. Modern and fun yet modest (if that’s her thing). WINS!

  • Lola Channing

    agree on the ‘too small’. Just slightly looser would have made it perfection. As it is, the dress is rather lovely. Good choice of shoes.

  • formerlyAnon

    Next step: a hair style befitting her age and professionally obligated place in the public eye.

  • neonseattle

    this is probably the best i’ve seen her. i can only recall seeing her in terribly frumpy, aging frocks.

  • Tanya Wade

    Love it, love how she looks. This is a WERQ for her.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    She does look great. Her hair makes her face look too long though. Someone with long features should not wear straight, long hair.

  • Kirstin McAulay

    I think she looks great, a smidge of wiggle room maybe needed on the frock but – go Dr B!! She posts on Kveller (search for her blog) and there are some fabulous entries about trying to find dresses that fit curves and modesty! Very real lady.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the pattern mixing, but this is the perfect example of how ankle straps are stumpyfying on normal sized people.

  • marlie

    Yes, she dresses modestly for religious reasons, but I agree that that doesn’t mean mu-muus all the time.

    Here… she looks great, though I wish her lipstick was in a most contrasting color. The fit of the dress is a little off, but I love the print.

  • LipstickForPigs

    OH YAY! I adore her and this is the best she’s looked ever. Well DONE!

  • crash1212

    Best she’s ever looked. I think I even spy some make-up! I think I read somewhere in passing that she’s going through/just been divorced? (file under not going to bother to research) If so, perhaps this could be a good thing style-wise for our little Blossom.

  • wontons

    It’s a little short in the waist or something. Other than that…very good pick for her.

  • miriam

    Don’t want to get very religious on a fashion blog, but…
    Mayim Bialik is, to my knowledge, Modern Orthodox. I am also Modern Orthodox. The thing about religion is that it is very complicated. Some of my Modern Orthodox friends wouldn’t even consider wearing pants, while others are completely fine with it. Some feel comfortable in long sleeves only, others in short sleeves and others in no sleeves. It’s complicated.
    Personally, I don’t wear skirts or pants above the knee, sleeveless items, or shirts that show any part of my lady bits or stomach. For some, this is incredibly conservative, for others, the opposite. It’s a lifestyle choice. Don’t judge, please.
    What you CAN judge is fashion, which one can totally maintain while being covered up. That being said, 99.99% of what comes down the red carpet don’t meet any of the criteria I listed above, so Mayim probably has a hell of a time finding clothes she can wear (story of my life).

    • greyhoundgirl

      Nice explanation, miriam!

    • Rand Ortega

      Have you ever heard of ‘fashion-isha’? It’s a blog geared towards Orthodox women’s fashion. For finding cool stuff I hear the Frock Swap in Brooklyn is based on the mantra that women can be fashionable & Tznius, too. There’s also a site called MIMU MAXI that has a skirt line for Orthodox women. Hope that helps.

  • JauntyJohn

    A knockout. Fun and flattering and still in her comfort zone.

  • sweet_potato

    Wow, she looks really nice, this is the best I think I’ve ever seen her look.

  • PastryGoddess

    I think she looks great. It’s nice to see her hand has mostly recovered as well

  • Clydette Wantland

    She looks really great. Good for her!

  • E. D.

    Probably the best I’ve seen her look.

  • Beth513

    I love the dress and think she looks great. My only quibble is the cocker spaniel hair is covering up the cool shoulder detail.

  • filmcricket

    Suuuper cute. I’m impressed that a pattern that busy looks so good on anyone not of runway model proportions.

  • Amy Wilson

    As someone who has, more than once since junior high school, been told that I look just like Blossom (then) or Amy Farrah Fowler (now), I love it when Mayim looks great. And she really does here. I am not a fan of the wonky hair part (as a middle parter myself) but I am willing to overlook it.

  • Patrick Cleary

    A wonderful look for her! I love the odd pattern mixing, as it’s interesting without being too weird.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Love it!

  • Aidan B

    This is the best I’ve ever seen her look!

  • amber.

    girl, this is a ponytail look.

  • CNM

    Best I’ve seen her look in a while. Thumbs up!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    It fits (very) well, it looks modern and stylish, but she is completely in conformity to her standards. With her shiny hair and simple, flattering makeup, it’s a total win for me!

  • twigg

    I hope she keeps whoever put this together for her. She looks AMAZING.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    I never say this but…GREAT MAKEUP!!! wow, she looks perfection, that blend between you can ‘tell’ and underdone. And c’mon, your fan base is HUGE girl- make that RC shine. Kind of nice to hear about why she covers up, adds another layer of class to her (that and the PhD).

  • Diego!

    I love this dress and the effect it produces to the eye. It’s catching and amazing! She looks really good here, the best I’ve seen her in… ever! I love this look and I think it suits her really well!

  • nannypoo

    I love this dress. It’s perfect for her. Her hair is somehow too low or covering too much or something, I don’t know. She has a pretty face and a beautiful smile.

  • Phyllis Craine

    She appears to have a slammin’ bod – which you’d never realize on the show given her character

  • Joanne Abrams

    It is true that she does cover up as part of her Jewish practice. She looks great

  • demidaemon

    Good step in the right direction. However, from looking at the original version, something weird happened to the proportions in translation. This should have been a slam dunk on her, but it looks a little off somehow.

  • Adriana_Paula

    Such a shayna punim!

  • Thank you Stacy and Clinton. She looks fab.

  • Jai Piper

    The waistline needs to come down 2 inches; the dress is throwing off her proportions (what is this trend of waistlines sitting up so high? The Michelle Obama effect?)

  • AnneElliot

    She looks great!! Brainy AND beautiful! You go, Dr. Bialik!

  • Brian G. Cox

    This looks great on her and definitely meets her requirements for modest dressing (I read that somewhere, too). This one doesn’t warrant a “Forever LXI” joke.

  • quiltrx

    I think this is pretty amazing for Amy Farrah Fowler!

  • e jerry powell

    I dunno. Clinton and Stacy had her looking pretty good at the end of her WNTW episode.

    She’s what they she calls “aspiring modern Orthodox” with her Judaism. Fortunately for her, she still had some of her frumpier looks in storage before Clinton and Stacy could get her hands on them, because she started getting hired for more Conservative Jewish roles within months and all the clothes she was left with after the show didn’t really fit the roles she was cast in.

    She’s not just a Dr. of Neuroscience, she plays one on television. I don’t hold her style (or lack thereof) against her; she’s a professional geek, and will go back to being one when this particular phase of her career ends.

  • chylde

    Nice Schmata!

  • shorty j

    literally my only complaint about this is that the sort of orangey tint to the sleeves makes it look like they’re sheer, which is weird. Unless they actually are sheer. Which would still be weird. But as another modest dresser (I’m not religious but just more comfortable with most of myself covered), I applaud this one. Dresses with sleeves are something I just love the aesthetics of.

  • carnush

    Love it. Makeup is really pretty too.

  • Jess Ballinger

    I love her, and I hope she dresses like this more so there’s a reason to feature her on this site!

  • Danielle

    She looks fresh and adorable! I just… need to do something with the front of her hair. A different part placement, perhaps? Yes, a side part.

  • julnyes

    Best she has looked I think. I have grown to hate Big Bang Theory (too many horny boy jokes and not enough nerd jokes the last few seasons) but I liked her portrayal of Amy on the show. I hope she is doing well post break-up.

  • leahpapa

    She looks lovely, but her damn book did a number on me when I was the mother of a newborn. It’s hard for me to feel anything but bitterness toward her, to be honest.

    • mhleta

      What was the gist of it?

      • leahpapa

        It’s about attachment parenting (baby-wearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, something called “elimination communication,” which essentially involves being so in-tune with your baby that you don’t use diapers because you know when they need to go and hold them over the toilet). 90% of it was consonant with what my husband and I felt was right for us (the sling, breastfeeding, etc.), but it was all delivered in such a self-righteous and shaming tone that it sent my vulnerable, sleep-deprived, new-mom brain into a tailspin of self-doubt and anxiety. I can’t really hold her entirely responsible; you have to learn as a new parent how to gain confidence in your instincts, how to get to know your child and respond to her/him, how to own your new identity, and how to tune out the endless stream of advice and lecturing that comes your way. But she did get me pretty grumpy for a while.

        • mhleta

          Yes, there’s no shortage of sources to make you doubt yourself as a new parent, including, sometimes, our own mothers. Glad you found your stride. You sound like you’re doing a great job and didn’t need her in your head.

  • Well done!!

  • valerie saenz

    She looks great.

  • mhleta

    This reminds me of an MC Escher etching, but not in a bad way. I thought it might be a little small, but then I started to think that’s an unfortunate illusion created by the ombre effect happening on the bottom half. The fading makes it seem as if the fabric is pulled tight across the middle and gives way toward the bottom, when I don’t think this is actually the case. I’d like to see her tart up her hair a little, too. Us long faced gals can look a little horsey with our hair hanging down. This is a huge improvement over the Sister Wives look she showed up in when she was a guest on What Not To Wear. Well done.

  • Terri Griffith

    She’s an Orthodox Jew.

  • Susan Velazquez

    I think a high pony tail would have completed this.

  • I think, this would have been better with ponytail and maybe sleeves pushed up a bit from wrists. A tiny bit less brow, a tiny bit more lip too.

  • lalahartma

    I like this! Except the toe cleavage.