Spring Style Icon: Nina Dobrev

Jo Bentham looks through the TV star’s style transformation over the years

13th March 2017

In my personal opinion, Nina Dobrev is remarkably under-appreciated in the fashion world. Her ever-diverse style has been catching my eye since she first graced our screens as Elena Gilbert in The Vampire Diaries in 2009.

My mind shoots back to Comic Con 2009, where Dobrev wore the most beautiful, elegant baby blue ruffled blouse paired with some contrastingly sexy high-waist black shorts. She was the picture of ‘cool-elegance’ and who knew she was foreshadowing the MAJOR ruffle trend of 15/16 way back when?

Now, I have to mention another, less pleasing, outfit choice Dobrev made during Comic Con 2009. For another day of the convention, she opted for black skinny jeans and a dark pink logo tee. I mean, I’ve heard of – and much appreciate – the term ‘jeans and a nice top’, it’s a lifesaver for a spontaneous night out with the girls, but when you’re a rich, famous celeb promoting a TV show? No. But hey, this was 2009, so lets cut the girl some slack.

“She was the picture of ‘cool-elegance’ and who knew she was foreshadowing the MAJOR ruffle trend of 15/16 way back when?”

Dobrev has definitely gone on to make up for the unfortunate ‘mighty mouse’ incident, and her red carpet appearances of late have taken my breath away. The 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party was a brilliant night for fashion, and Dobrev sported my absolute favourite look of the night, and possibly my favourite red carpet look EVER. She opted for a pretty, soft look in the most breathtaking pink, embellished Elie Saab gown. With her hair pulled away from her face and left loose down her back and her simple, ‘no-make-up-make-up’ look, she looked like a princess. However, Dobrev, liking to add a bit of sexiness to her looks, made sure the dress wasn’t too innocent and plain, opting for a low cut neckline and a low reaching back to add some grown-up elegance.

Proving just how diverse and interesting her fashion choices are, Dobrev opted for a completely different look at this years Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Having cut her long locks into a long bob, she opted for a much more openly sexy look to compliment her new, mature hairstyle. Wearing Dior’s unforgettable bandeau bra and shorts sheer gown, paired with a black choker for added feistiness, she proved that she can pull of any look, and can not be beaten when it comes to changing up her style.

The red carpet is not the only place Dobrev manages to give us major style envy though, her street style is to die for and she is the queen of dressing to suit the occasion. One look that automatically comes to mind is her boho-chic choice at Coachella 2016. Her red flowery top and rounded sunglasses are one thing, but what really tops this look off is the hair. Oh the hair. Some people go to Coachella and think it’s the perfect reason to dress, well, just bizarre. Dobrev however, got it so right. Adding a braid to her natural-looking wavy hair and securing a feather and dream catcher, she showed everyone how to nail the relaxed, hippy look without looking too dishevelled and in my mind, cemented her title as style icon.

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