At today’s CW Network upfront event in New York City, The Vampire Diaries‘ Nina Dobrev was a vision in blue, wearing a cobalt Versace dress with braided detailing and a pair of iridescent leopard print heels from Rupert Sanderson.
Just as her character’s wardrobe has changed dramatically, so too has Dobrev’s real-life style. Over the past year, the actress has become a perennial best dressed lister, wearing looks from both household name designers like Donna Karan, Elie Saab, and Oscar de la Renta, and edgy up-and-comers like Thakoon and Guishem.
To what does she attribute her killer style? EW caught up with the actress to find out — and to ask her whether she agrees with Gwyneth Paltrow’s declaration that this year’s Met Gala “sucked.”
“I think having a stylist, and also growing up and changing as a person,” Dobrev, who has worked with stylist Ilaria Urbinati for a year and a half, said of her evolution. “I used to be a lot more immature — and younger — and my style reflected that. Now I know what I want, and I know what I like. I also have more confidence to take risks.”
Though Dobrev has gained wisdom and confidence with age, she admitted she was still a bundle of nerves at this year’s Met Gala, also known as the “Oscars of Fashion.”