4 Nina Dobrev Style Staples To Turn Your Summer Party Wardrobe Up A Notch

Nina Dobrev has made quite the impact on Hollywood over the past year. Not only has she achieved considerable fame as lead character Elena on the hit CW series The Vampire Diaries, she has also snagged an on-and-off relationship with smoldering co-star Ian Somerhalder, and cemented herself as one of the red carpet's most daring and visionary dressers of late.

When making a public appearance, Dobrev consistently dresses in ensembles which flatter her figure and make an impact, whether from their vibrant colors or mesmerizing patterns. When you're Nina Dobrev, bolder is better, and for Summer 2014, the actress is right on trend. Dobrev's most recent red carpet appearance for the Atelier Versace Haute Couture show in Paris hit the look just right, from her patterned minidress by the designer down to her black pointy-toe pumps. If you're looking to try something a bit different for your next summer bash, why not follow Dobrev's lead and try a baroque print on a fitted dress? When paired with prim pumps and a sleek clutch, the look oozes couture glamour. The ensemble is showstopping and ultra-feminine all at the same time, and guarantees all eyes will be on you. Next step: an Ian Somerhalder-esque date.

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Dobrev's chic mini dress makes a statement because of its slim fit and its optical pattern. Achieve a similarly mesmerizing look with Clover Canyon's Lautner Land Mini Dress. Its unusual pattern calls to mind an intricate Escher drawing.


Keep the focus on your dress with a pair of black suede pointy-toe pumps. Try J. Crew's Elsie Suede Pumps for a sophisticated look.


Nina keeps her red carpet essentials in a slim black clutch. French Connection's Prim Lady Clutch will offer a similarly scaled-back look.


For her Couture Fashion Week appearance, Dobrev kept her skin beautiful and glowing and trained focus on her eyes with a dramatic coat of liner and voluminous lashes. Marc Jacobs's Beauty Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner will help you gain a similarly alluring look with minimal effort.

Images: Clover Canyon Lautner Land Mini Dress, $187.60, shopbop.com; J. Crew Elsie Suede Pumps, $245, jcrew.com; French Connection Prim Lady Clutch, $78, zappos.com; Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner, $30, sephora.com