Nina Dobrev attended ‘The Ripple Effect’ charity event, which was held at the Sunset Luxe Hotel in LA this weekend.

‘The Vampire Diaries’ actress opted for a demure Monique Lhuillier Fall 2011 dress.

Her corseted black lace dress with long sleeves and a fitted skirt was accessorised with a black Rena Caovilla Swarovski crystallized clutch.

The fun element of her look came via her fuchsia pink Brian Atwood ‘Maniac’ pumps, which are a favourite of Jayma Mays, Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde.

As Nina is going for very grown-up red carpet looks, I understand why she opted not to wear the bow.

I think the dress looks far better without it plus the fashion-forward pumps and the cutesy bow would’ve contradicted each other.

A simple ponytail, diamond drop earrings and pink lips completed her look.

If you had said to me at the beginning of the year that Nina Dobrev would be the one-to-watch on the red carpet, I would’ve said you were crazy.

Funny how thinks change at the turn of a dress, or a new stylist.

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