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10: J. MENDEL AT TEEN CHOICE AWARDS, 2012
The Teen Choice Awards are all about fun style and Nina nails it in this emerald J. Mendel bustier dress, accessorized with gold Jimmy Choo sandals. It’s basically our dream bridesmaid dress (friends, are you taking note?).
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9: D&G AT TEEN CHOICE AWARDS, 2011
The actress makes gingham feel flirty and even a bit edgy in a D&G mini with a flared skirt. And instead of going for expected strappy sandals and a matching clutch, she opts for navy satin Ferragamo pumps and a tiny white D&G clutch.
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8: ELIE SAAB AT SAG AWARDS, 2013
We don’t know what we envy more – this Elie Saab gown or Nina’s pert derriere. She shows off her assets in the sexy cutout number, adding a thin pink belt for a monochromatic look. A sparkly Judith Leiber clutch and shoulder-grazing danglers make for the perfect toppers.
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7: MONIQUE LHUILLIER AT TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL, 2012
When we think of Monique Lhuillier, we picture wedding dresses, girlie gowns and yards and yards of lace. But we love that Nina opted for one of the designer’s printed shorts suits. She doubles down on color with a pair of Manolo Blahnik for Monique Lhuillier orange-and-tan heels.
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6: MONIQUE LHUILLIER AT CRITICS' CHOICE AWARDS, 2013
It’s easy to see why the designer is one of The Vampire Diaries starlet’s go-tos. Nina hits another high note in this turquoise sequin-covered mini with a keyhole cutout at the décolletage. Not even her gorgeous Brian Atwood peep-toes or pretty pony can steal our attention away from this dress.
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5: MAX MARA AT 25 MOST POWERFUL STYLISTS LUNCHEON, 2013
According to our recent poll, 65% of you are obsessed with this Grecian jumpsuit, but we give it a 100% approval rating. She accessorizes the draped design with metallic accessories that also get our endorsement.
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4: DONNA KARAN ATELIER AT MET GALA, 2012
This dress is a party in the front…and the back…and the sides. Nina leaves jaws on the red carpet when she arrives in a backless black-and-gold stunner with a statement-making train.
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3: ELIE SAAB AT AMFAR'S CINEMA AGAINST AIDS GALA, 2012
Sequins have never looked so sexy. (Okay, the incredibly high slit may have something to do with it too.) In this electric-blue confection, the actress reminds us of a mermaid – in the best possible way.
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2: NAEEM KHAN AT ELTON JOHN'S OSCAR PARTY, 2013
Nina proves she Khan pull off anything in the designer’s bold black-and-white creation. The baroque-embroidered masterpiece (yes, that’s how we’re referring to it) also has a sexy open back, so it’s a feast for the eyes at all angles.
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1: DONNA KARAN AT EMMYS, 2011
Three years later, and we’re still dreaming about this dress. The actress became every teenage boy’s fantasy and every woman’s style crush in this structured red number. With that Neil Lane diamond necklace, she skyrocketed herself to the top of best dressed lists everywhere.